For this assignment I chose the suggested reading, “Italy, A Love Story: Women Write About the Italian Experience.” This book appealed to me because even from the title I could tell it would be relatable. So far my experience in Italy has felt like a dream. I have enjoyed the culture, ventured through many parts of the country, and formed strong relationships on the way. I was intrigued to read about other women’s experiences in the wonderful country to be inspired for the rest of my time here.
The stories from the book touched on the food, the romance, and the culture of the people. From just my short time here, I can already relate to the women in this book. Overall, this book is not about each individual part of Italy, but rather it is about the land as a whole. It explains through narrative perfectly how one can fall in love in Italy. This is not about falling in love with a significant other- as Italy does have a reputation for that- but it is about falling in love with the land itself. Italy has an ability to captivate it’s habitants.
My favorite aspect of the book is how it told stories of many parts of Italy. Women from parts of Italy such as Milan, Rome, Sicily, contributed to this book to further describe the essence of Italy. It was interesting to read the stories from these cities, since I have been lucky enough to visit them myself. Traveling through Milan and Rome, I fell in love with the architecture, the food, and the people I met along the way. People have been very accommodating. Do they have that typical Italian sass? Of course! But that is what adds to this country to help define it. The architecture is also an amazing aspect. The duomos are magnificent and intricate. It amazes me to be in a land with so much history and see the buildings that were created long ago, without the modern technology that is available today. This book does a great job capturing all the aesthetics of Italy to further drive home how easy it is to fall in love with this country.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy and entertaining read. If you want to read personal experience about Italy and its tradition, this is the perfect leisurely read. After just seven weeks in the city, I can relate to this book and can contribute my own similar stories that captivate the wonderful spirit of Italy.