In a world turned upside down, we know that we can’t return to what was, yet we have no idea what will be. Although much has changed, one thing hasn’t: our love for Italy.
In the past few months, we’ve wept for the lives lost. We’ve worried about friends and loved ones. We’ve sadly cancelled our plans to visit. Yet when asked if I miss Italy, I say no. I’ve been going to Italy every day and have found both comfort and inspiration for a new e-book: “A” Is for Amore.
Based on decades of research, writing, and wandering, “A” Is for Amore takes readers on a whimsical letter-by-letter journey through the Italian ABCs. You’ll travel to Florence and Rome, savor Italians’ favorite dishes, explore the worlds of fashion and wine, meet Dante, Leonardo, and the irresistible Italian man, and gain a new appreciation of the Italian “H” (acca) and “Z” (zeta). You can download the PDF for free—a small gift that I hope will entertain and uplift you. Buon viaggio!
Not even a global pandemic can destroy the passions that this website celebrates—for Italy, language, history, art, music, food, wine, fashion, film, and the joy of living fully day to day. I invite you to visit often, subscribe to my weekly blog, join the La Bella Lingua group on Facebook, and follow me on social media. If you are reading your way through these unsettling times, escape to Italy with La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language; La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World; Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered; and (in Italian) La Bella Lingua: La mia storia d’amore con l’italiano.
From the earliest days of the coronavirus crisis, rainbows have appeared on signs and banners all over Italy with the message: Andrà tutto bene. Everything will be okay. Until we reach the better days at the rainbow’s end, stay safe and well.