Friday, 14 June, 2024

Do you ever feel like Italy is just showing off just a bit? It’s literally got the best of both worlds, surrounded by the sea _and graced with mountains (hello, Italian Alps, Dolomites, and Apennines), woodlands, and hills, including the famous seven of Rome.

The climate is ideal for growing lovely things like figs, almonds, olives, grapes, and… romance. What’s more romantic than sweethearts riding a Vespa under the moonlight? Or a spritz sipped under a beach umbrella on the Italian Riviera? A dip in the Adriatic, a stroll in the Tuscan sunshine, a run down a slope in the Italian Alps — these are the things of which dreams are made.

Which leads us to this fact: Italy has the third highest life expectancy in Europe: 83.5 years of living la dolce vita, the sweet life. The food, the wine, the weather, the language, the history; it’s an embarrassment of riches, and we’re all the better for it.

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In this episode, we discuss everything that makes Italy one of the most enchanting places on Earth. We get curious about the world’s largest rock band and a possibly cursed village, daydream about eating pasta carbonara in Rome, and cross the sea to Sicily. Then we recommend five great books that took us there on the page, including a love letter to Trieste, a history of Venice through food, a fresh look at Galileo’s life, a novel infused with sunshine and Gothic vibes, and a beautiful story of found family set in Florence. (show notes / transcript)

recommended books

A Room with a View

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Cinnamon and Salt: Cicchetti in Venice

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Galileo's Daughter

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The Invitation

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Still Life

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Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere

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Oh, Italy! We see your snow-capped mountains and sunny beaches, your fresh pasta and sweet gelato, your Renaissance artists, iconic cities, and the soft, magical quality of your light. We love all of it. Grazie.
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to the warm sunshine and stunning sights of Florence with Lucy Honeychurch, a heroine who would take the world by storm, if she could only get out of her 19th-century muddle.
Let the Romantic poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow transport you to Italy's Amalfi coast. His lyrical words evoke the awesome beauty and formidable power of the Tyrrhenian Sea 'where the waves and mountains meet.'
Take a virtual trip to Italy with a love letter to Trieste, a history of Venice told through food, a fresh look at Galileo's life, a novel infused with sunshine and Gothic vibes, and two dreamy literary classics.

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