Bella Italia

Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy

By Frances Mayes

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In Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes brings a poet's voice, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer together to create an enchanting and lyrical book about the life, the traditions, and the cuisine of Tuscany. This is definitely an example of the book far exceeding the film version; indeed, the film only bears resemblance to the book by its title.

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Venice Revealed

By Peter Ackroyd

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Explore the palazzos, churches, alleyways and canals of one of the world's most seductive and mysterious cities. British writer and historian Peter Ackroyd leads an in-depth tour of the art, architecture, music, and theater of Venice, from Tintoretto to Vivaldi, Canaletto to Carnival. Interviews with preservationists reveal the desperate efforts underway to rescue the floating city from the ravages of time and the sea. On DVD.

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