American blogger and longtime Italy resident, Francesca Maggi, takes off her rose-colored glasses and takes on Italy's world-renowned Quality of Life. Starting with her X Commandments of Life in Italy, she tackles Italian bureaucracy, drivers, superstitions, traditions, La Mamma and more. Readers will get a hilarious insider's guide from an outsider's perspective, taking us through the trials and tribulations of life in Bell'Italia.
Illustrator Gianni Falcone (Gianfalco) has been wielding his satirical pen for over a decade to depict Italian politics and its repercussions on society at large. Publishing his cast of character on his DiarioAcido (AcidDiary) website, his cartoons have been printed in magazines and websites across the globe. Taking on global issue like Darfur, Burma and 9/11, Gianni dreams of a better world by exposing its pox-marks through his vignettes. www.gianfalco.it - http://open.salon.com/blog/gianfalco