Category Archives: Books

Top 8 locations for Shakespeare in Italy

Over the years scholars and literature students have debated many things about the English playwright William Shakespeare. Who was he? Did he write all his plays? Did he ever travel to Italy? And if he didn’t, how come he knew … Continue reading

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Famous Italians : the one and only Giacomo Casanova

The name Giacomo Casanova conjures up scenes of debauchery, womanizing and sex. And down through the ages numerous books and films have tried to capture the legendary seducer’s persona. So as we celebrate the adventurer’s 290th birthday let’s take a quick … Continue reading

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Seven books that conjure up the heart and soul of Venice

According to Saint Augustine “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” But sometimes it’s not possible to travel physically. There is a solution, however. The quickest, cheapest and easiest way to fire … Continue reading

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Lets talk about Casanova

There are times when blogging can be a solitary business – researching, reading and writing alone – but the blogosphere is a friendly community as I found out last month when I met up with writer and fellow blogger Kathy Ann González … Continue reading

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Tuscan Rose book review

As the nights lengthen and winter closes in, few things beat curling up with a good book. Preferably one that transports you either in time, place or emotion. Or, if you’re lucky, all three. Tuscan Rose by Belinda Alexandra does … Continue reading

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The divorced lady’s companion to living in Italy

“Shut your dammed trap Peter. I’m leaving for Italy next week.” And with that Marilyn Wade silences her ex-husband’s meddling questions about what she’s doing with her life and sets out for Milan taking us with her for the ride! … Continue reading

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I’m Montalbano!

If you like your detectives irascible, principled and loyal with an insatiable apetite for the truth, amongst other things, then Sicilian Salvatore Montalbano is your man. Italians know Commissario (Inspector) Montalbano as the head of the fictional Vigàta police precinct. … Continue reading

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