- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Potter Style (October 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307452484
- ISBN-13: 978-0307452481
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 12.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,206,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For the Love of Italy: Rural Pleasures and Hotel Estates Hardcover – October 19, 2010
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"The spectacular beauty of Italy is revealed through the treasures Marella Caracciolo has meticulously sought out and that Oberto Gili has captured on film. For the Love of Italy is a private tour of the wonderful diversity of a country whose food, landscapes and people fill me with inspiration."
"For the Love of Italy is one of the most beautiful travel books I have ever seen…the abundantly gifted Caracciolo and Gili are in top form. Gorgeous, bountiful photographs transport us into this romance with family farms; lively, charming text captures their appealing personalities. I will return to this book over and over again, transported into dream trips--and inspired to make a plane reservation! The celebration of a love affair with a way of life, this book is itself a treasure."
– Dominique Browning, author of Slow Love: How I Lost my Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness
About the Author
Marella Caracciolo was the Italian editor at House and Garden for twelve years and writes regularly for W and World of Interiors. She is the author of several books on Italian and Mediterranean villas and gardens, including Niki de Saint Phalle and the Tarot Garden, and a novel, The Light In Between. She is married to the artist Sandro Chia with whom she has two daughters. They live in Rome and at Castello Romitorio, their wine estate where they welcome tourists throughout the year.
Oberto Gili’s work is regularly featured in Town & Country; Travel & Leisure; and British, Spanish, and American Vogue, among other publications. Gili, the author of Luxury of Space, divides his time among New York, Rome, and his own cheese farm and agriturismo in Bra, Italy.
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In this book you are introduced to 22 family-run estates throughout Italy which were chosen because they are "not too large, not too famous, extremely hospitable and photogenic" says author Marella Caracciolo, former Italian editor for HOUSE & GARDEN magazine and the author of several books on Italy. Both she and the book's photographer, Oberto Gili, spent part of their childhood in Italy and have farmed, or own working farms now which rent rooms to guests and are featured in the book.
At these farm estates you can take cooking courses, make pasta, help with farm chores, pick olives, sample the home-grown wine and produce, eat farm-to-table meals, and learn from the hosts directly where the most beautiful area walks and best restaurants are. The book is divided into four sections by geography, guiding you from northern Italy, through central Italy, Tuscany to the south near Sicily. Both author and photographer are passionate about the subject, and their passion infuses the book. You learn about the history of the estates which were former castles, palaces, farms and even caves, some dating from the 1200's and Renaissance, and how they were restored and operate today.
There are plentiful interior and exterior photos--the photographer refuses to take a picture of anything he personally doesn't find beautiful, so it's a very personal look at these estates. Some have been in the same family for seven generations. You will enjoy looking at, and learning about, these estates for the modern day pilgrim on a pilgrimage seeking beauty, rejuvenation and inspiration. By the end of the book, you won't want to stay anywhere else. You realize, by staying at the farm estates, you're supporting the local farming lifestyle and families who care for the land whilst helping to encourage it to thrive for others to enjoy in its pristine and authentic condition. The book has contact information and websites for all of the estates and other organizations' websites helpful to travelers interested in rural Italy. The cover is a view from one of the hotel estate's windows onto a garden--if you like that view, you'll love this book and think about staying at one of these farming estates.