Italy Fever: 14 Ways to Satisfy Your Love Affair with Italy

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Memoir and Pre-Travel Companion. Marwitz departs from her architectural background and succumbs to the pleasures of Italy---all year long, newewing her post-forty spirit by following a passion and by indulging in engaging (and often humorous ways) to feed an Italy fever. She shares old and new ideas and humble experiences to help readers discover, interpret, and incorporate "pieces" of Italy into their own lives. From talking to a map of Italy on her walls to learning finger counting in Italian, from collecting old postcards of Venice and Rome to sampling gelato combinations and calling it "research," from craving the music of Andrea Bocelli to overdosing on Verdi and Puccini, from stalking used bookstores for Italy-looking and -sounding titles to marathon movie weekends via video---she is smitten, even obsessed with all things Italian.

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"After twenty years of marriage and against my better judgment, I finally convinced David to use his virgin passport and our frequent flyer miles to celebrate a special anniversary in the country of cypress-fringed roads and blood-orange sunsets.

As soon as he agreed, however, my heart began fluttering with anticipation---but not for the reason you might expect. It wasn't that I was already daydreaming of a tangled Tuscan romance in a country villa. Instead, I was struck by the thought of David trying to pack his clothes for his first trip abroad."

She had first traveled to Italy as a graduate student in architecture. She captured images of Roman ruins and historic Renaissance buildings and absorbed the sensuous landscape of rural Italy. And that's when it happened---the beginning of her love affair with a foreign country.

Now, more than ten years later, Darlene Marwitz renews her post-forty spirit by following a passion and indulging in engaging (and often humorous) ways to feed her Italy fever. She shares old and new ideas and humble experiences to help readers discover, interpret, and incorporate "pieces" of Italy into their own lives.

From . . . talking to a map of Italy on her walls to learning finger counting in Italian, from collecting old postcards of Venice and Rome to sampling gelato combinations and calling it "research," from craving the music of Andrea Bocelli to overdosing on Verdi and Puccini, from stalking used bookstores for Italy-looking and-sounding titles to marathon movie weekends via video---she is smitten, even obsessed, with all things Italian.

About the Author:

Darlene Marwitz holds two master's degrees from the School of Architecture at The University of Texas in Austin. She worked for six years on the preservation and restoration of the Texas Capitol before returning to private business. She lives in Austin and Fredericksburg with her husband, David Marwitz. This is her first book.

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