The Lady in the Palazzo

The Lady in the Palazzo

At Home in Umbria

Book - 2007
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Marlena di Blasi seduced readers to fall in love with Venice, then Tuscany, with her popular and critically acclaimed books A Thousand Days in Venice and A Thousand Days in Tuscany . Now she takes readers on a journey into the heart of Orvieto, an ancient city in the less-trodden region of Umbria. Rich with history and a vivid sense of place, her tale is by turns romantic and sensual, joyous and celebratory, as she and her husband search for a home in this city on a hill--finding one that turns out to be the former ballroom of a dilapidated sixteenth-century palazzo. Along the way, de Blasi befriends an array of colorful characters, including cooks and counts and shepherds and a lone violinist, cooking her way into the hearts of her Umbrian neighbors.

Brimming with life and kissed by romance, The Lady in the Palazzo perfectly captures the essence of a singular place and offers up a feast--and the recipes to prepare it!--for readers of all stripes.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007.
ISBN: 9781565124738
Characteristics: 317 p. ;,23 cm.


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Nov 08, 2014

This the first book of De Blasi's I've read and I've just put a hold on another one. That is how much I love her writing. It is a story of her and her husband's move to and discovery of Orvieto in Umbria. There are a few recipes at the end of the book but it's not really a cookbook and yet I was learning about food all through it. It is more about the people of Orvieto and how they became her friends. I think it would be best to read her books in order starting with A Thousand Days in Venice, the beginning of the love story.

Aug 18, 2014

Excellent memoir! Read like a fiction bestseller, and had to keep reminding myself the story was true!

Loved how Marlena described the multiple layers of Italian dialects and races, and how through the years, some of their beliefs and mannerisms have endured.

Will read other books from Malena

Jul 13, 2013

Loved this book! Marlena and her husband have moved to Umbria and this book concerns the trials and tribulations of them moving into their 'ballroom' of a house.

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