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Bestselling and beloved author Frances Mayes discovers the hidden pleasures of Italy in a sumptuous travel narrative that crisscrosses the country, with inventive new recipes celebrating Italian cuisine

The Roman Forum, the Leaning Tower, the Piazza San Marco: these are the sights synonymous with Italy. But such landmarks only scratch the surface of this magical country's offerings. In See You in the Piazza, Frances Mayes introduces us to the Italy only the locals know, as she and her husband, Ed, eat and drink their way through fifteen regions – from Friuli to Sardinia. Along the way, she seeks out the cultural and historic gems not found in traditional guidebooks.

Frances conjures the enchantment of the backstreets, the hubbub of the markets, the dreamlike wonder of that space between lunch and dinner when a city cracks open to those who would wander or when a mind is drawn into the pages of a delicious book – and discloses to us the secrets that only someone who is on intimate terms with a place could find.

Reviews

A sparkling and irresistible view of Italy . . . Readers will want to take their time, savoring this poetic travelogue like a smooth wine.

Publishers Weekly

Here, we are off the beaten track, soaking in the distinctive sunlight, traditional cuisines, architecture, and geographical features of each area.

Library Journal

A charming homage to upscale travel through Italy.

Kirkus Reviews

Mayes enthusiastically seeks out the highlights of small towns . . . with obvious delight

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143796831

    April 2, 2019

    Viking

    448 pages

    RRP $34.99

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  • EBook

    9780143796855

    April 2, 2019

    Penguin eBooks

    448 pages

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