Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Blog Tour: Review of Frances Mayes Always Italy by Frances Mayes and Ondine Cohane

Authors: Frances Mayes & Ondine Cohane
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication Date: March 2020

The world’s favorite expert on la dolce vita (Under the Tuscan Sun author) guides readers through Italy’s iconic regions, replete with lavish National Geographic images.

This lush guide, featuring more than 350 glorious photographs from National Geographic, showcases the best Italy has to offer from the perspective of two women who have spent their lives reveling in its unique joys. In these illuminating pages, Frances Mayes, the author of Under the Tuscan Sun and many other bestsellers, and New York Times travel writer Ondine Cohane reveal an Italy that only the locals know, filled with top destinations and unforgettable travel experiences in every region. From the colorful coastline of Cinque Terre and the quiet ports of the Aeolian Islands to the Renaissance architecture of Florence and the best pizza in Rome, every section features insider secrets and off-the-beaten-path recommendations (for example, a little restaurant in Piedmont known for its tajarin, a pasta that is the perfect bed for the region’s celebrated truffles). Here are the best places to stay, eat, and tour, paired with the rich history of each city, hillside town, and unique terrain. Along the way, you’ll make stops at the country’s hidden gems–art galleries, local restaurants, little-known hiking trails, spas, and premier spots for R&R. Inspiring and utterly unique, this vivid treasury is a must-have for anyone who wants to experience the best of Italy.

Frances Mayes Alway Italy is produced by National Geographic and gives the reader an "insider look" at all Italy has to offer.  I had honestly never thought abut visiting Italy before leafing through this book. The gorgeous photos and the personal write-ups about each region have made me rethink adding this country to my bucket list.  This book is like a travel guide, but better. Wine lovers will enjoy checking out each "In Your Glass" section.  I personally loved the photos.  I highly recommend this addition to any traveler's collection.

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About Frances Mayes

FRANCES MAYES is the author of four bestsellers, Under the Tuscan Sun, Bella Tuscany, Everyday in Tuscany, and In Tuscany. All are about taking chances, living in Italy, and the “voluptuousness of Italian life.” A widely published poet and essayist, Mayes has written numerous memoirs, books of poetry, and novels. Formerly a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University, she now devotes herself full-time to writing, traveling, and restoring a historic garden. She and her husband divide their time between North Carolina and Cortona, Italy.

Find out more about Mayes at her website, and connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

About Ondine Cohane

ONDINE COHANE, a contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler, writes regularly for the New York Times travel section, among many other publications. She has appeared on CNN and Good Morning America, and co-hosts Condé Nast Traveler’s Insider Guide series on PBS. Cohane lives in the Renaissance town of Pienza in Southern Tuscany and owns two boutique hotels.

Find out more about Cohane at her website, and connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

Tour Stops
Wednesday, April 1st: Instagram: @books_with_bethany
Thursday, April 2nd: Tabi Thoughts
Friday, April 3rd: Jennifer ~ Tar Heel Reader
Monday, April 6th: Man of La Book
Wednesday, April 8th: Instagram: @colbywilkens
Thursday, April 9th: Instagram: @somekindofalibrary
Monday, April 13th: A Bookish Way of Life
Tuesday, April 14th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, April 15th: Gone With the Family
Thursday, April 16th: The Unexplorer
Monday, April 20th: Amy’s Book-et List
Tuesday, April 21st: The Wayfaring Voyager
TBD: Tuesday, April 7th: Wellreadtraveler

1 comment:

Sara Strand said...

Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours