Yes, that number is correct. I have been in Italy for 10 years and this blog is also 10 years old. I still remember the feelings I had preparing for my move, which started before I even knew when that would be.
Once the husband and I were officially engaged, I tried to prepare for what life would be like living in Italy. I bought lots of Chick-Lit books to light that flame of excitement and keep that fantasy alive. I devoured them. I would make weekly trips to the local bookshop just to find more and more books.
While thinking about this post for the #DolceVitaBloggers Link up, I wasn’t sure what to write about, but then I saw Jasmine’s post about a book called, ‘A Thousand Days in Venice.’
I remember reading that book as well as ‘A Thousand Days in Tuscany’ and thinking how I just couldn’t wait to move to Italy. While packing up my belonging, sadly a lot of books didn’t make the cut to be brought over but I saved a few favourites. If you’re daydreaming about a life in Bella Italia, may I suggest some fun reading to light that spark!
I think a lot of Expat reach for at least one of Tim Parks‘ book. Italian Neighbors is the story of Tim and his family in Verona.
When reading about Italy, it’s almost a required to read Beppe Severgnini‘s books. Between ‘Ciao, America!’ and ‘La Bella Figura‘, you’ll be laughing at both side of the Expat Life!
‘Were You Always An Italian?’ is a look at Italian- Americans stereotypes which is always fun!
Frances Mayes ‘Under The Tuscan Sun’ needs no introduction but I must say that I saw the movie first THEN read the book which I DID NOT enjoy. That’s because I did the reverse and it completely ruined the book. I know a lot of people love it, but I just can’t get into it.
‘Living La Dolce Vita: Bring the Passion, Laughter, and Serenity of Italy Into your Daily life’ by Raeleen D’Agotino Mautner really need no other information. The title tells you everything you need to know!
The one that really got me, the one that made me live in that fantasy bubble for a while was ‘Italy, A Love Story’ which is a collection of stories from women and their experiences in Italy.
Last but not least, is The Travellers Tales: Italy is a collection of essays obviously with different styles of writing. Not all of the stories are great, there are a few that will make you smile.
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