Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy

by Frances Mayes

Hardcover, 1999

Collection

Description

Having spent her summers in Tuscany for the past several years, Frances Mayes relished the opportunity to experience the pleasures of Primavera, an Italian spring. A sabbatical from teaching in San Francisco allowed her to return to Cortona - and her beloved house, Bramasole - just as the first green appeared on the rocky hillsides. Bella Tuscanyis a passionate and lyrical account of her continuing love affair with Italy. Now truly at home there, Mayes writes of her deepening connection to the land, her flourishing friendships with local people and the joys of art, food and wine. It is also a memoir of a season of change, and of renewed possibility. As spring becomes summer she revives Bramasole's lush gardens, meets the challenges of learning a new language, tours regions from Sicily to the Veneto and faces transitions in her family life. Spiced with recipes from Mayes' Tuscan kitchen and written in the sensuous and evocative prose that has become her hallmark, BELLA TUSCANY is a celebration of the sweet life in Italy.… (more)

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Rating

(249 ratings; 3.4)

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LibraryThing member justine
Not as good as Under the Tuscan Sun, but very readable.
LibraryThing member mrn945
Oh, Italia! How I adore you!

The follow-up to Under the Tuscan Sun, Bella Tuscany is less about the home Ms. Mayes and her partner have built than their settling into the landscape and community. They spent more time in Italy during this memoir than they did in the last, using up a great deal of vacation time I suspect!

I really enjoyed reading Ms. Mayes descriptions of the Italian landscape; they were as evocative and rich as in her first memoir. They spent more time touring around small Italian towns in this memoir, and a lot more time visiting local wineries and farms. This is what I loved about the sequel, I felt like Ms. Mayes was delving deeper into the Italian mindset; I felt like I better understood the area she was living in this time around. I also loved her musings about the Italian language - I've tried to learn Italian too and it's exceptionally difficult!

I know that she has written a third memoir about her life in Italy, and another about traveling to Greece. Big plans to track down copies to read in the sun!

Clearly I highly recommend this memoir. It was beautiful, lyrical, and rich.
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LibraryThing member aylin1
This book wasn't as polished as "Under the Tuscan Sun". It didn't seem tidied up, but had a very real steak to it- right out of the journals and onto the page without cleansing the raw impressions and thoughts of the author to please mass readers. This made it a bit uneven but that did not detract from the whole for me- perhaps even added to it for this type of book. I found the author to be more of a real person.… (more)
LibraryThing member nemoman
This a lightweight summer travel read that rhapsodizes about the good life in Tuscany.
LibraryThing member john257hopper
A return to the author's senses-filled life in Tuscany. As wonderfully evocative as its predecessor.
LibraryThing member auntieknickers
Sequel to UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN; Frances Mayes has found happinessin love and location. A form of escape reading, but quite well-done and enjoyable. Highly recommended. Don't listen to the author reading her own work, though.
LibraryThing member PamelaBarrett
Frances Mayes takes us back to Bramasole, her home in Tuscany, just as spring comes to Cortona. This time she is with her love Ed; and the home terraces have blossomed, ready for the next phase of planting and design. It is a story of seasons, not just spring, summer fall and winter, it is about the seasons of life: the changes the come expectedly and those that sneak up on us. Bella Tuscany is just the type of book I love to read when the itch to travel is scratched by my lack of funds. So I journey vividly to Italy, and dream about what it would be like to spend a whole summer in this place, or anywhere that I could afford a second home. Also it’s fun to try the recipes she includes, and add the beans and different plants to my garden. 4 stars.… (more)
LibraryThing member unclebob53703
Sequel to Under the Tuscan Sun, and just as good.
LibraryThing member LauGal
If you liked "Under the Tuscan Sun",you will like this one.It continues on with her months/life spent in Bramasole each year. Frances and Ed and become part of the community and enjoy living the italian lifestyle.They continue to renovate the house italian style! very good read. She gets a bit long in some spots,but a very worthwhile read!!!!!This is a good book that "takes you away!"Good summer read.… (more)
LibraryThing member Smits
This book is an easy read. However, it made me hungry and craving fennel. It also sorta inspired me to work on our garden. It reads somewhat like a diary of a year in Tuscany with side trips including Sicily. Frances Mayes loves Italy, food , wine , trees and flowers and makes you love it all too.
LibraryThing member PamelaBarrett
Frances Mayes takes us back to Bramasole, her home in Tuscany, just as spring comes to Cortona. This time she is with her love Ed; and the home terraces have blossomed, ready for the next phase of planting and design. It is a story of seasons, not just spring, summer fall and winter, it is about the seasons of life: the changes the come expectedly and those that sneak up on us. Bella Tuscany is just the type of book I love to read when the itch to travel is scratched by my lack of funds. So I journey vividly to Italy, and dream about what it would be like to spend a whole summer in this place, or anywhere that I could afford a second home. Also it’s fun to try the recipes she includes, and add the beans and different plants to my garden. 4 stars.… (more)

Publication

Broadway (1999), Edition: 1st, 304 pages

Original publication date

1999

Pages

304

ISBN

0767902831 / 9780767902830

Language

Original language

English
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