Frances Mayes presents See You in the Piazza
Frances Mayes presents See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy
Frances Mayes, beloved author and cultural emissary of Italy, has spent the past thirty years splitting her time between her native United States and adopted home in Tuscany. Yet, despite the decades she has spent there, she insists she still doesn’t know all of Italy because, as she puts it, “to know Italy takes ten lifetimes.” Not that she won’t explore as much as she can in this lifetime! In her enticing new book SEE YOU IN THE PIAZZA: New Places to Discover in Italy (Crown; March 12, 2019), Mayes, with her husband, Ed, hits the road in their white Alfa Romeo to explore the country afresh from north to south. Eating and drinking her way from Friuli to Sicily, Mayes seeks the very best local food, wine, culture, and history that Italy has to offer—and discovers countless, unexpected charms along the way.
With vibrant descriptions, Mayes finds the Italy that is never obvious—little-known villages in Marche, a Trentino hideaway with no cars, a Sardinian island with hidden coves, and enchanting places in Tuscany that you’ve never heard of. She savors sbrisolona, the crumbly, nutty dessert of Emilia Romagna; succulent fish from the Catania market; regional cheeses; dark chocolates of Torino; and in every location, the brilliant local wines. As Mayes zigzags around the country, she visits each town’s artistic treasures—castles in Le Langhe, Puglia’s Romanesque rose windows, the palaces of Genoa, and the elegant baptistry of Parma. Throughout SEE YOU IN THE PIAZZA, Mayes conjures the enchantment of the backstreets, the hubbub of markets, and the dreamlike wonder of that space between lunch and dinner when a city invites us to wander its nooks and crannies or lose ourselves in the pages of a delicious book. We’re invited along for the ride.
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