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The Lady in the Palazzo - At Home in Umbria

Marlena de Blasi

From village feasts and rustic tavernas to ancient piazzas and moonlit balconies, the smells and tastes and sounds and soul of Umbria come alive in bestselling author Marlena de Blasi's evocative memoir. By turns romantic and sensual, joyous and celebratory, touching and humorous, Marlena de Blasi's account of moving with her husband, Fernando, to Orvieto, the largest city in Italy's Umbria, will appeal to anyone who delights in travel and shares the fantasy of beginning a new life in a very different place. It is a tale of the couple's search for the right home-which turns out to be the former ballroom of a fifteenth=-century palazzo-and the right balance in their lives, in this case making friends of cooks, counts, shepherds, and a lone violinist. It is a tale, too, of an American woman finding her niche in a society bound by tradition and seemingly closed to outsiders. With a voice full of wonder, de Blasi brings to life these engagingly quirky people and the aloof, almost daunting society that exists in Umbria. Not since Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence has a writer so convincingly captures the essence of a singular place and created a feast for readers of all stripes. "Vivid writing and an affectionate appreciation of the sounds, scenes and flavors of Italy."-Publishers Weekly

From village feasts and rustic tavernas to ancient piazzas and moonlit balconies, the smells and tastes and sounds and soul of Umbria come alive in bestselling author Marlena de Blasi's evocative memoir. By turns romantic and sensual, joyous and celebratory, touching and humorous, Marlena de Blasi's account of moving with her husband, Fernando, to Orvieto, the largest city in Italy's Umbria, will appeal to anyone who delights in travel and shares the fantasy of beginning a new life in a very different place. It is a tale of the couple's search for the right home-which turns out to be the former ballroom of a fifteenth=-century palazzo-and the right balance in their lives, in this case making friends of cooks, counts, shepherds, and a lone violinist. It is a tale, too, of an American woman finding her niche in a society bound by tradition and seemingly closed to outsiders. With a voice full of wonder, de Blasi brings to life these engagingly quirky people and the aloof, almost daunting society that exists in Umbria. Not since Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence has a writer so convincingly captures the essence of a singular place and created a feast for readers of all stripes. "Vivid writing and an affectionate appreciation of the sounds, scenes and flavors of Italy."-Publishers Weekly
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From village feasts and rustic tavernas to ancient piazzas and moonlit balconies, the smells and tastes and sounds and soul of Umbria come alive in bestselling author Marlena de Blasi's evocative memoir. By turns romantic and sensual, joyous and celebratory, touching and humorous, Marlena de Blasi's account of moving with her husband, Fernando, to Orvieto, the largest city in Italy's Umbria, will appeal to anyone who delights in travel and shares the fantasy of beginning a new life in a very different place. It is a tale of the couple's search for the right home-which turns out to be the former ballroom of a fifteenth=-century palazzo-and the right balance in their lives, in this case making friends of cooks, counts, shepherds, and a lone violinist. It is a tale, too, of an American woman finding her niche in a society bound by tradition and seemingly closed to outsiders. With a voice full of wonder, de Blasi brings to life these engagingly quirky people and the aloof, almost daunting society that exists in Umbria. Not since Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence has a writer so convincingly captures the essence of a singular place and created a feast for readers of all stripes. "Vivid writing and an affectionate appreciation of the sounds, scenes and flavors of Italy."-Publishers Weekly

Language:

English

Narrators:

Laural Merlington

Length:

9h 40m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

33:49


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

18:29


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

40:12


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

10:00


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

12:43


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

33:19


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

06:16


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

37:21


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

27:05


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

35:49


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

16:25


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

26:41


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

19:31


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

20:26


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

35:33


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

06:49


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

42:31


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

19:41


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

36:07


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

25:39


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

28:21


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

43:47


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

03:55