Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes

I’d picked this book out of the pile because it was one of the ones that had been sitting there the longest.   In hindsight, I wish I’d saved it until winter.    I say that because it’s filled with glorious descriptions of Tuscany in the summer, and the author is a gardener, so it’s written right up my alley with plant descriptions, food descriptions, and interesting places to visit descriptions.   I may have to keep this book around just so I can pull it out in the depths of the Maine winter, to remember that it can indeed be lovely outside.

The book follows the trials and travails of buying an old house in Tuscany, which the author and her partner are only occupying in the summer, so restoration work is done in fits and spurts, or over long distances.

There’s also a great deal of exploration of the surrounding countryside, with some history thrown in.   Definitely comparable to A Year in Provence, but with an Italian accent.


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