A very charming book, written in a warm and friendly way, making the tales and places come alive and attract the reader even more. Barbara has captured Italian spirits very well. Her passion for Milan comes across clearly. --M. J. Hooper, Editor
In this book, Conelli masterfully details Milan and the sheer beauty of the Milanese lifestyle and point of view. American women need a trip to Milan! --Andrea Katz, Great Thoughts
From the Author
Dear Reader - Dear Chique Dolce Vita Soulmate,
Italy is the country where my grandma was born, where I first fell in love, where I was first kissed, where I bought my first red stilettos, and where I made my first scrumptious cannelloni. There are my friends, acquaintances, aunts, cousins, favorite stores, restaurants, people, and dogs. My repeated encounters with Italy are ardent, thrilling, exciting, and unique every single time. Its streets are full of old loves, presents loves, and the expectation of future loves. In its shadows there is laughter, joy, delight, and emotions. Its embrace is passionate and its kisses are endless. Italy is a sensual lover, a devoted friend, and a loving family. It is a place where I get lost and find myself at the same time. Where I'm different, yet each time myself, always the same and yet each time, newborn.
Chique Books are an invitation. An invitation to join me, travel with me, experience Italian adventures and meet the fascinating women that have created the face of Italy. To see places off the beaten track where the authentic Italian heart is still beating.
Let me guide you through all the magical places of Italy with their simple yet amazing people and stories, through the present and the past of mysterious cities, and through the country I've always been in love with. If you want to switch off just for a while and submerge yourself in stories that engage all your senses and take you on an adventurous journey to the beautiful, Chique unknown, these are the books for you. If you're a passionate traveler with a sense of adventure, you will enjoy them even more.
It is my deepest and most sincere wish to bring a piece of Chique Dolce Vita into your world through the pages of my books. With love from me to you.