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See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Bestselling and beloved author Frances Mayes discovers the hidden pleasures of Italy in a sumptuous travel narrative that crisscrosses the country, with inventive new recipes celebrating Italian cuisine

The Roman Forum, the Leaning Tower, the Piazza San Marco: these are the sights synonymous with Italy. But such landmarks only scratch the surface of this magical country's o
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Crown
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Susan Johnson
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
This is Mayes at her best. She takes us on a tour of Italy and little known places. They are places Mayes and her family have visited and enjoyed. It is chock full of travel tidbits, recipes and wonderful renditions of the sights and smells of Italy. It is not a book to be used to plan a trip and is not set up necessarily in geographical order. It's just places that Mayes has enjoyed.
While I was reading this, I wanted to book a trip to Italy, rent a car and spend six months travelling around en
Randal White
I LOVE ITALY!!!! And until I can retire there in a few years, books like this help keep me sane.
What a wonderful travelogue of SO many places in Italy, of the sights, the people, the FOOD! You can almost picture the scenes, the smells and the tastes.
It's a long book, over 400 pages. The better to savor it slowly, reading one chapter at a time.
The only complaint I have, (and as this is an advance reading copy, maybe it will be fixed in the final product?), is that there were no photos. The add
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
From the author of Under the Tuscan Sun comes another beautiful book about Italy. In See You in the Piazza, Frances Mayes has written a travelogue, a cookbook, an historical tome. She lovingly describes Italy's people, art, architecture, food and wine. The recipes are very detailed and tantalizing. Each geographical area of Italy has its own style of cuisine so therefore you will find a variety of recipes. But what stands out is the prose. I frequently find myself reading passages out loud to my ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel, memoir
I know Frances Mayes from her famous memoir/book that was made into a semi fictional movie Under The Tuscan Sun. Its been a long time since I read the her first book and I believe she is still living in Bramasole. Anyway in this fabulous travel memoir, she goes around different parts of Italy with her husband and grandson. I listened to the audiobook and this is a summary of the book in a nutshell; fabulous vistas, delightful food, supreme wines, important historical places and lovely weather. W ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Mayes brings the rest of us along on her beautiful journey through Italy. Her descriptions the the scenery and food are incredibly realistic -- even if her travels are well out of realm of possibility for most of us. But that is the glory of reading travelogues! Free travel without restrictions.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, november
If you can get past the immense privilege on display in Mayes' love for expensive sit-down restaurants and plush lodgings, then yes, you will be charmed and transported by the descriptions of food, history, and Italian life. Better read one section at a time, rather than straight through -- as you would a guidebook -- SEE YOU IN THE PIAZZA would be a much more pleasurable reading experience if it contained photos, maps, drawings, and other visual support for her travels.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this all day while mulching lavender and roses, feeling very italian in our temperate Californian climate. In the beginning I was charmed, transported, recalling my own holidays, but after hours and hours and hours the sameness was getting to me, not to mention I am a squeamish eater and was turned off over and over.... In small doses this would be enjoyabe, and she really has a way with words, but what charms me also repulsed me... I have read all her books, I find the older I get ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-stars, netgalley
4.5 stars

Mayes brings her delectable writing style to the pages of this travelogue/memoir/guide for all of us who wish we could take two weeks to walk in her shoes. Italy isn't just a place but an attitude and way of living, something Mayes makes clear through gently describing the distinctions between one little town and another.

This is not a book you pick up with your map in hand to help you plan your trip to Italy so much as it is like a first date (or first date in a long time) with the Ita
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Frances Mayes. The first time I read Under The Tuscan Sun I knew it was, for me, a life changing book, and I was right. I fell in love with all things Italian because of her words and descriptions; I could taste the food she described and the scents she smelled; could visualize the details of her house and her travels. I’ve read every book she’s written since then, and was so excited to receive an ARC of her newest book on travel in Italy, See You In The Piazza.

I could never b
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I really liked this travelogue. The author starts north in Torino and moves south geographically instead of her actual chronology. She is very descriptive and tells some stories about their travels in many cases but in some instance just lists restaurant and places to go. I would have like more detail in those spots. I like that she has added recipes and plan on trying a few. This book makes me want to get online and book a trip right now. I also like that she included links to reading material ...more
Crystal King
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: italy, non-fiction
This book is a bit of a departure from the other books you might have read by Mayes. It's a love letter to Italy, a journey through some of the lesser known regions and towns of la bella paese. She takes you beyond the hubbub of Venezia and Firenze, off the beaten path to Modena and Calabria and a slew of places in between. I love that she intersperses recipes throughout the book, lending both history and color to her selections. It's not so much of a guidebook as it is a book for the armchair t ...more
Holly Senecal
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I cannot wait for this book to come out so all the people I have told about it can read it.
Frances Mayes has a special talent. Yes, obviously she is an author of wonderful books. Not all authors however have the ability to describe things in such a way that literally slows down your reading...Why? Frances Mayes draws you in and plunks you down in the piazza with her. The reading slows because you are no longer seeing words on a page but are tasting the food, smelling the smells, hearing the so
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
newbie author to me, France Mayes ... i look forward to reading more from her soon enough!! love the cover!! now i have seen the movie " Under The Tuscan Sun" with Diane Lane a billion times, love that movie, i am curious if it follows the authors read to the tee or what? I was super lucky to get an ARC ...not sure if this was a Goodreads giveaway or? no literature was in the book when i got it shipped to me??! love that when that happens but wish i knew who to thank??! thanks!! i love cooking, ...more
I would recommend this depending on what the reader is looking for. This book contains information on various places in Italy that Mayes and her family have visited. This is more travelogue but not really a travel guide as one might expect. The book will give the reader ideas of places to visit if they are planning a trip to Italy but there is plenty here for the armchair traveler as well. Recipes are also included among the entries so the reader can get a real taste of Italy as well. If the rea ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frances Mayes is a wonderful author! She has brought us another unique book. This one sends us with her and her family and friends exploring each unique area of Italy. Along with each beautiful description and experience she give us a mouthwatering recipe. As always, I feel like I’m right there with her. If you really want to learn about and experience Italy, don’t reach for a travel guide. Instead join Frances on her journey through the country with this book. You’ll love it!
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Richard Saul Wurman wrote the Access Travel Series from the late Seventies to about 1998. These books offered a quirky view of the locations they covered, filled with suggestions from local residents, and entries about unusual stores and sites that are ignored by most other travel guides. I loved traveling with those guides, which always left me feeling like I had experienced some of the actual culture of a place, not just the cultural or historic sites that are highlighted in most travel guides ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful companion to have while traveling through Italy. Yes, it’s a travel book, but it reads like a journal.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Italy has been portrayed in so many ways in books, this book just brings it to life even more. Frances Mayes describes the places as if you’re experiencing them with her. It makes me desire to go there! Enjoyable and beautiful!
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was going to be more of a novel. Instead it was a guide to Italy and many of the wonderful places to visit. This would be a good book for those planning a trip to Italy.

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a review copy. This is my honest and unbiased review of this book.
Michelle Ogden
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Italophiles rejoice a new travel book is here to help you find even more to love about Italia. Frances Mayes really brings the small towns to life and makes your stomach rumble with advice on what to see and what to eat you can't go wrong.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read for a honest review for Crown Publishing.I have read Ms.Mayes book Under The Tuscan Sun ,beautiful written like your right there, just like See You in the Piazza. You can almost smell the lasagna coming out of the oven.I would love to visit Italy one day and this is a handy guide.
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it!

Bestselling and beloved author Frances Mayes discovers the hidden pleasures of Italy in a sumptuous travel narrative that crisscrosses each region, with inventive new recipes celebrating Italian cuisine
The Roman Forum, the Leaning Tower, the Piazza San Marco: these are the sights synonymous
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are an armchair traveler as I am and you love reading about Italy, get this book immediately! I certainly loved Under the Tuscan Sun as well as Mayes' next book Bella Tuscany. This one won't disappoint if you are fans of Frances Mayes and like a foodie/cultural narrative.

See You in the Piazza isn't a novel. I'd describe it as a cross between a memoir and a travel guide, yet it isn't specifically either one. It's the sort of Ex-Pat lit that I can sink my teeth into, traveling vicariously t
Mary Lins
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"See You in the Piazza" by Frances Mayes, is a must-read before you head to Italy, and a lovely reminiscent read if you have already been! I’ve been to Italy 7 times and that’s nothing compared to Mayes vast experience with this beautiful and quirky country that “calls to me” as it obviously does to her.

"The most vivid pleasures of Italy are the simple ones.” This is so true and you should approach any trip to Italy – whether to the big cities or to the countryside – in this way. Mayes beautiful
Michelle Mallette
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This is a combination memoir/travel guide from Frances Mayes, introducing readers to the smaller towns of Italy. Going from north to south, rather than in chronological order, she shares her love of this country of food, wine, sunshine, beaches and piazzas. It doesn't quite fit the bill as a travel guide, and might have been better as a full-blown memoir. Mayes' intention is to encourage travellers to explore Italia as the locals live it
Rachel Rogers
Someone I used to respect encouraged me to read Frances Mayes instead of Peter Mayle. She's more respectful of her subject matter; Mayle just mocks everyone. I disagree. I've read several books by both over the years and I simply can't get the same enjoyment out of Mayes' books as I do the Mayle's. She comes across as so incredibly erudite and well-educated that I feel inferior. No, wrong word. I don't feel encouraged to learn more by her example; I feel so far behind the curve that I might as w ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-reading
I am so sorry that I checked this book out from the library. This is a book to buy. Unlike a novel, Frances Mayes treats you to short snippets of her travels around Italy. See You In the Piazza can be picked up and put down without losing the thread of where she is and what will be next. It’s not a tedious travelogue. Ms. Mayes descriptions and impressions are seductive essays of the people, places and food in Italy. Because it was a library book I read it straight through to the end but I wish ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. It is a travel account of Italy, with everything you think should be in it - restaurants, cafes, museums, recipes, history, interesting travel experiences, and more. I now have many good ideas - thank you! That being said I have these criticisms: 1) I think it would benefit from some pictures; 2) I think an Index would be helpful; 3) Although the script for each Chapter heading is lovely and flowing, I had some trouble reading it; perhaps a serif fon ...more
In this book, Frances Mayes explores the hidden gems of Italy. I enjoyed imagining these places and the recipes included in the book, but I thought it needed photos and other visuals to make it more robust. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Linda Quinn
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really 3.5 stars only because it was a little choppy to read. This was kind of an "Italy Off the Beaten Path" and gave me insight and desire to visit the smaller, less touristy towns and regions. THe food all sounds delicious!
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Frances Mayes's new book is See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy published by Crown. Her most recent novel is Women in Sunlight, published by Crown and available in paperback in spring 2019. With her husband, Edward Mayes she recently published The Tuscan Sun Cookbook. Every Day in Tuscany is the third volume in her bestselling Tuscany memoir series.

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