See You in the Piazza: New Places To Discover in Italy

Crown Archetype. Mar. 2019. 448p. index. ISBN 9780451497697. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780451497710. TRAV
OrangeReviewStarMayes, best known for her lyrical works about Tuscany (Under the Tuscan Sun), divides her time between a farm near Hillsborough, NC, and a home in Cortona, Tuscany. She admits that it would take "ten lifetimes" to know Italy well. This work takes readers along with the author and husband Ed as they travel by car, train, ferry, or foot, to lesser-known village squares where two or more roads meet. At these crossroads, they find a church, market, osteria or trattoria, and perhaps a town hall. Visitors to Italy may appreciate the role of the piazza in Rome, Naples, Venice, Pisa, Florence, and Trieste, for example. Here, we are off the beaten track, soaking in the distinctive sunlight, traditional cuisines, architecture, and geographical features of each area. Mayes celebrates the ethnic, cultural, and culinary differences of picturesque villages in the north, central, south, and island regions of the country, providing delightful trattoria recipes, poetry, and anecdotes. Readers will definitely eat well by staying by her whimsical and conversational side.
VERDICT Recommended for those who look for the unexpected when they travel. [See Prepub Alert, 9/24/18.]

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