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A tasty quest

Advantages: An irresistible confection of gastronomy, travel and history
Disadvantages: Leaves one hungry for more

...What a delicious book this is, if an impossible one to categorise. Al Dente is not a cookery book, although it contains over thirty recipes. Itís not a travel book, although it follows the authorís trail all over Italy, illustrating the itinerary with ...

torr 29.01.2010 ∑ Read full review
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Review of Al Dente - William Black

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Italy is calling me again !

Advantages: Useful information and different to the normal guide books
Disadvantages: None

This guide was a book purchased by me when my Wanderlust magazine ran an offer for its subscribers to purchase books free and just pay for postage. Being a lover of the Italian places I have been to visit so far and completely loving the way of life, I fe ...

frankiecesca 21.12.2011 ∑ Read full review
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Review of Italy - Culture Smart! - Charles Abbott

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The New Tuscany

Advantages: Good writing, amusing comment and invaluable advice
Disadvantages: Sometimes out of date?

...Rome and the Heart of Italy by Dana Facaros, Michael Pauls. The Authors Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls have written over 45 Cadogan guides including regional guides for France and a series of guides on Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey. They write with ...

cjsingleton 13.02.2003 ∑ Read full review
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Review of Cadogan Guide to Rome & the Heart of Italy - Cadogan

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When too much self-analysis spoils the broth

Advantages: Some great food writing and accounts of Tuscan life
Disadvantages: Boring analysis of their marriage

...I first encountered Marlena de Blasi a couple of years ago when I read (and reviewed) "A Thousand Days in Venice"; in that book the food writer and restaurant critic recounts how she met an Italian bank manager and left her home in St Louis to marry him a ...

fizzytom 04.11.2009 ∑ Read full review
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Review of A Thousand Days in Tuscany - Marlena De Blasi

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The Truth about Italy

Advantages: Tells you about the REAL Italy
Disadvantages: Some chapters can be heavy going

While television and the internet may have developed the phenomenon yet further, the idea of the armchair tourist is not that new. In the nineteenth century well-to-do young men set off on the "Grand Tour" to see Europe and bring back souvenirs from, in p ...

fizzytom 08.03.2004 ∑ Read full review
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Review of The Dark Heart of Italy - Tobias Jones

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