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"A realistic look into what happens when you uproot your family to immerse yourself in a foreign culture, attempting to raise kids in an unfamiliar environment."--Huffington Post's list of "Ten Fascinating Books about Living in a Foreign Country", August 2016

"If you can't get yourself to Italy for an extended stay, 'Il Bel Centro' is a worthy substitute. Highly recommended." --Michelle Fabio, Bleeding Espresso, reviewing for Spring 2016 issue of Ambassador, the magazine of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

"For those with small children who want to live in Italy, 'Il Bel Centro' is a must read. ...'Il Bel Centro' reads in many ways like a romance novel. In this case it is the author who falls in love with a country and way of life...It is a grand book..."--PRIMO magazine, October, 2016

"If you love Italy this is a book you need to read."--Maria and Andrew's Mi o My Italy.

"I enjoyed following the ups and downs of becoming part of the town and was sad when they left at the end of their year. Her book doesn't involve buying or restoring a house so it gives the feeling of something a little more attainable to the average person than the others." --Martha's Italy list of "Nine Recommended Books about Living in Central Italy" August, 2016

"I could not have a better description for Spello, than that of Michelle Damiani author of Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center a wonderful tale of her year of "intensive" Italian life in this adorable medieval hill-town. Michelle's book is a treasure trove for those who are planning to move to a village in rural Italy for a sabbatical or forever."--Letizia Mattiacci, author of Kitchen with a View

"Il Bel Centro is not a glamorous account of life in a nice villa somewhere in Italy, where the only inconveniences are funny misunderstandings with the neighbors or the strange behavior of natives, but it is a sincere report of how difficult life can be when you leave everything behind and throw yourself in a totally unknown situation. No matter how nice and charming the place you live is, nothing is certain - not even the result of a dishwashing cycle - and you have to figure everything out, even the simplest things. Michelle Damiani tells everything about that experience, in a sincere way...She does not hide the difficult parts of such an adventure and this makes the book really true and real, which is something I truly appreciated. At the same time, she shares all the beauty and the extreme rewards you get by putting yourself in such a situation: personal growth, self-discovery, strength. And the joy of living in Italy... As a matter of fact, the book is a very good read for people purely interested in life in Italy too. The form of a diary and its chronological order gives the reader the opportunity of knowing more about the different seasons, the traditions, the food and delicacies you can find in a certain period only, and some peculiar Italian festivities."--Cinzia Ferri, Instantly Italy

"Michelle's writing is beautiful and takes the reader to Spello- an ancient town in the heart of Bella Italia. She makes us part of her struggles, frustrations and victories. Not only do you get to know about life in a small Italian town (with no frills) but also understand the traditions of small town Italy. Il Bel Centro is a must read for travel enthusiasts in general and especially for anyone looking to move to Italy."--Ishita Sood, Italophilia

"100 Must-Read Adventure Books"--BookRiot


About the Author

Michelle Damiani is a freelance writer, clinical psychologist, and food lover currently living in Charlottesville, VA. Her heart, however, is in Spello, Italy, where she and her family spent a year growing accustomed to being fish out of water, grappling with the hardships of parenting on foreign soil, and ultimately cleaving into the soul of Italian village life. Before that year abroad, Michelle wrote short fiction--one of her stories was recently awarded first place in the Hook Short Fiction contest, juried by author John Grisham. While in Italy, she used the time that her children were in Italian public schools to write a blog about their experiences. The blog, Il Bel Centro, was awarded the bronze award for best Italian blog by Expatsblog. Once back in Charlottesville, she transformed the blog into a book, Il Bel Centro: a Year in the Beautiful Center, now available in print and e-book.

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  • File Size: 12469 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
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  • Publisher: Rialto Press; 1 edition (June 30, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 30, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010RH9G3C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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