Juvenile books set in Italy
“First he holds the fruit in the palm of his hand, stem side up. Then he makes a horizontal cut to divide it exactly in half. The juice of a freshly picked orange is abundant, irrepressible and its aroma bursts into the air (…) I have participated in this ritual in fields all over Italy and it is always a moving moment. There is nothing that can compare to the taste of an orange just picked from the tree”. The aromas, the textures, the colors, the sights are touched in Helena Attlee’s The Country Where the Lemon Tree Blossoms (Acantilado). A golden starting point to tour the boot-shaped peninsula that enchanted the British garden expert. Italy is a country to know from one end to the other. From the Alps to Sicily. Punished by the coronavirus crisis, reading is a way not only to travel, but also to vindicate the subjugating beauty of its landscapes.
Transalpine tourThe Romans and the Medici cultivated them. Oranges, lemons and citrons. Attlee’s treatise on citrus fruits, translated into Spanish by another Italy enthusiast, María Belmonte (who signs Pilgrims of Beauty: Travelers through Italy and Greece), is sometimes misleading in bookstores, where it tends to occupy the kitchen section. Although this delicate essay that combines horticultural theory and travel chronicle does not forget about gastronomy, the reader should know that he or she is in front of a hypnotic sensory experience where history and nature go hand in hand. They will look at lemon trees differently after reading it.
Books about italy
Below we list novels and movies that we recommend you to read or watch before your trip, or even during it. They are not travel guides, nor endless historical books, but our personal recommendations that will make you enjoy even more this wonderful trip:
‘Naples: Gomorrah’, the most famous book about the Mafia by the Neapolitan Saviano, is such an intimate and detailed investigation that he has been living under a continuous death threat ever since. The book on which the famous movie “The Godfather” of the same name, written by Mario Puzo, was based, although only part of it takes place in Sicily, is also a fantastic way to understand the workings of the Mafia. Buy the book Gomorrah for 9,45€.
The writer Hans Christian Andersen described the beautiful capital of Italy in a phrase that has not lost its meaning over time: “Rome is like a book of fables, on every page you find a wonder”. The ruins of the city recall the times when the city lived as the center of the powerful Roman Empire, and its historic center is made up of Renaissance-era buildings, built on cobblestone streets that lead to grandiose palaces, churches and piazzas.
Rome, the so-called Eternal City, because time stood still here centuries ago, is one of the places in the world with the most history in each of its monuments, churches, fountains and museums. It is a collection of architectural wonders, heritage of the different eras lived in the city over time, among which are the majestic Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, or the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican. And what better way to get to know it and visit it than through the following literary recommendations.
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