March 2020 – Chat with Frances Mayes, Always Italy

There’s Always Italy: A Chat With Author Frances Mayes
One of my favorite things to say is, “no matter what, we always have Italy.” I know my friend Frances Mayes feels the same way, even during these impossibly difficult times as we go to press. For her new book, Always Italy (National Geographic), Frances traveled the length of the boot to turn her informative and poetic lens to the diversity of Italy’s 20 regions. Travel journalist Ondine Cohane worked with Frances in providing all the details on where to go and what to experience.

Always Italy: An Introduction
Frances Mayes introduces her book with an excerpt: The journeys I took for this book were exhilarating because, finally, I could stop at Greek ruins in Calabria; order the rustic pastas of Sardinia; stand under waterfalls in Trentino–Alto Adige; watch water buffalo milk turn into mozzarella in Puglia; and hike the sublime trails of Valle d’Aosta.

News, Tips, Deals and Events
The Italian government has declared March 25 National Dante Day (Dantedì) to celebrate Dante Alighieri, the author of The Divine Comedy, an epic poem completed in 1320. Bologna could soon have a new UNESCO World Heritage site if its famous porticoes are selected for the coveted list.  After a six-year-long restoration, the Casa del Frutteto (House of the Orchard) in Pompeii has reopened, featuring vivid botanical frescoes.

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