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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Flagrans Press (April 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982600410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982600412
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,862,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Be Chique!

More About the Author

Barbara Conelli is a travel writer, photographer, radio hostess, polyglot and lifelong nomad. Blessed with ample enthusiasm, energy and stamina, she is always on the move, embracing her free spirit and restless nature. Barb lives passionately between New York and her worldwide adventures. She is addicted to dark chocolate with almonds, and on her travels she collects shoes, bracelets, paintings, experiences, and extraordinarily charming men. With so much to do and enjoy in this beautiful world, she's not planning to kick the bucket until she's at least 100 years old. Her motto is: "You have one life. Live it to the fullest."

For more information, please visit http://www.barbaraconelli.com

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If anyone wants to visit Italy, I recommend reading this book first.
KAT
After reading one of the short chapters in the book, you can close your eyes and imagine yourself experiencing the very things you just read about.
Stephanie Ward
I love the author's descriptions of the warm people and good food, the grace and poise of Milanese women.
Catrina T.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ardee Eichelmann on September 11, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Barbara Conelli shares her love of Milan and neighboring areas in a delightfully gossipy manner as if you were sitting with a favorite girlfriend drinking espresso and eating pastry. Conelli weaves a travel itinerary filled with juicy facts and tidbits of history so you don't miss a single opportunity to fully savor the Milanese countryside.

The city of Milan and its citizens are the focal point of this book discussing feminine attitudes and fashion, traffic, culinary delicacies, art and music just to mention a few of the topics Ms. Conelli whispers in your ears about. It is a charming book and I recommend it highly for a delightful read that may have you yearning for wine tinged with the salt air, Italian silk or hats that will define you as a woman of a certain class and bearing.

Enjoy Chique Secrets of Dolce Vita and then share it with your best friend. You will have a lovely time discussing it over a glass of fine Italian wine.

Ciao!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ace717 on September 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
The descriptive quality of this book is astounding. I have never been to Italy but am planning to go in May, I was already thrilled about the trip but this book just sent me into overdrive. My parents recently returned and I can't wait to share this book with them and hear their response. I'm not sure I would call this a beach read, but as I turned the pages I jumped into my own private tiny vacation! This is definitely not your typical stuffy travel book (and I know it's not meant to be a travel book but it is so informative it could be), it is amazing and visual both through the descriptions and pictures. I very much enjoyed reading about the lifestyle present in Italy also...too bad I can't just pick up and move there...May cannot come soon enough! I would recommend this book to everyone whether you have been to Italy or not I feel there is much to be gained from reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Chatham on July 13, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Chique Secrets Of Dolce Vita is a tale of travel and life stories about the exceptional women of Milan and living dolce vita.

Author Barbara Conelli shares with the reader the life and people of Milan, Italy and its surrounding countryside. Portions of the novel deal with the historical aspects that have created the beauty that is unsurpassed in Milan. We learn that the women who make up Milan are the cities life and strength and the city shines as a glorious woman herself, with many hidden facets, all waiting to be explored.

Dolce Vita is a bohemian lifestyle, where one is free to express themselves as wish as long as it harms no one. There is no rhyme or reason to living dolce vita other than your own character and style that creates the essence of you. In Milan, Como, Bellagio and other quaint and charming places around the seaside of Italy, you will learn of its history, from its renaissance artists to its famous wines to the expensive spice of Saffron just to name a few.

You will hear of her people, her delicacies, and the heartbeat that continues to breath throughout the land: the etiquette, the chique, the rich and the poor all intermingle with one another, blending together a tapestry of life that will leave you wanting to pack your bags and experience the lifestyle of those who call Milan their home. It will leave you wanting to live your own dolce vita!!

I thought this was a very easy read, that was told with much delight and spontaneous life. I found myself smelling the seashore and tasting the pastries being described. I could almost feel the silk brush against my cheek and smell the smoke from the cigarettes that waft through the air. The words are encouraging and heart-warming which leaves you yearning to live dolce vita.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Duncan on June 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
In Chique Secrets of Dolce Vita Barbara Conelli shares with us her lighthearted yet insightful view of the world of Milan, Italy. Through her eyes, we learn that Milan is a not simply a city, but a life experience, with many moods, tastes and desires. Most of all we learn that if we open our senses to Milan and its surrounding countryside, we can learn to simply enjoy life and live it to its fullest.

In her part fascinating history lesson, part intriguing travelogue Ms. Conelli guides us on a journey woven through the little towns around Milan as well as its various quarters. On the journey she shows us the very best of life from outstanding fashion and style to the subtleties of exquisite meals and drinks. With humor and poetic language she shows us unique places to meet friends old or new and simply enjoy a sunny day or a cool evening.

Chique Secrets of Dolce Vita is about life and how to live it well. Ms. Conelli shares with us the past and present of Milan, and gives us a taste of the lives of the people whose zest for life is to be admired and, if possible, copied. Whether you are able to visit Milan one day, or not, you will be infused with a zest for life similar to the people and places that inhabit the pages of this delightfully educational and pleasant book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia L. Sands on May 26, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
There's no question author Barbara Conelli understands la dolce vita! Her new book Chique Secrets Of Dolce Vita offers the reader unique, intimate and extremely useful details about Italian life. If you are planning a trip to Italy and in particular to the areas around Milan, Lake Como, or Cinque Terre, this book should be your constant guide as there are tips I would be surprised to find anywhere else. Ms. Conelli's knowledge of the areas and some of the very special people who inhabit them will make your visit more special than any standard guide book. However this is also a book to be read by those who are not traveling. It's delightful, humorous, and educational, offering everyone the opportunity to lose themselves in la dolce vita wherever you happen to be.
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