An inside look into travel in Italy but
NOT a travel book
My Secret Italy A Girl’s Guide to Intimate Italy, by Isabella Campagnol, Beatrice Campagnol and Elizabeth Rainer
Photographs by Lorenzo Di Renzo
This collaboration by native Italians offers a fresh approach to experiencing Italian culture, a cities and people. The authors share the secret places and locals you can find in Italy if you know where to look, includes wonderful history lessons, folklore, superstition and biographies.
Italy is special. The more you visit the more you long to return. If you have a love for the Italian way of life or enjoy exploring a town or city beyond the list of ‘important sites’, the approach the writers of this ‘experience guide’ take, will show you how to enjoy Italy on a different level. Tourists transform into travelers when they enjoy meeting locals, discovering unknown places and experiences not featured in travel books. My Secret Italy opens doors to the places and people that may not be included in well promoted travel books.
This is NOT a tour book but a great on the ground resource for seeing Italy as a traveler. You may find yourself reading every page of My Secret Italy, as I did and highlighting many ‘stops’ for your next trip Home to Italy. The introduction explains “the inspiration for My Secret Italy from the destinations for the 19thcentury traditional Grand Tour”. Today’s list includes far more: “all of these experiences, and more, become a select itinerary for the sensitive traveler”. What a great inspiration!
Each chapter in this delightful book takes you to a different region in Italy, many that are not on the usual tourist’s list. You visit large and small cities and even a few small towns. You will learn more than what are the most important buildings, churches or art found in each location but also discover such treasures as ‘Emilian rolled-out pastry in Bologna, a house with 12 sisters in Milan, a museum to Mary in Abruzzo, silks for a King in Caserta, the statue that stopped the lava in Naples or wine doors and windows in Firenze’. Stunning photographs and illustrations punctuate each description.
With more than 70 entries you are sure to find some surprises. Have you visited the Museo dell’Occhiale (eye ware museum) in a small town in the Dolomites? Did you know that Nove in the province of Vicenza is known for ceramics? The legend of “An Honest Woman and a Greedy One” (page 45) will have me searching for the marble face in the wall, in Venice. If I visited a fraction of the fascinating shops and artisans listed, I would be traveling for many weeks. Just a small sample of many unique entries.
You will find a few recipes included and contact information for shops and museums is also available. Directions should be available on the individually listed web sites. The color-coded sections, dividing entries into North, South, East or West, allows the reader to target parts of Italy.
A thoroughly enjoyable read even for an armchair traveler.
“My Secret Italy” A Girl’s Guide to Intimate Italy by Isabella Campagnol, Beatrice Campagnol and Elisabeth Rainer. Photographs by Lorenzo Di Renzo
ISBN number 9788873017738
You may also enjoy the in depth tour of Venice where you will meet artisans and visit shops while learning about Venice from locals.
“My Pretty Venice” a Girls’ guide to True Venice by Isabella Campagnol, Elisabeth Rainer, Illustrations by Beatrice Campagnol