The 100 places in Italy that make women happy
The tile is very original “100 places in Italy every woman should go” (www.travelerstales.com pp. 443 $ 19,95) and it contains the description of places where women are welcomed and cared for or where something can touch their heart. Following this criterion Susan Van Allen has chosen gardens, beaches, beauty centres, coffee shops, stores, weddings and even mothers…… always with a vigilant eye and without being influenced by the fame of certain places, on the country sometimes choosing unusual locations.
At the end of the book there are some practical pieces of advice: how to save money, what to leave at home (iron, and trainers for example) …. How to dress << Italian women dress stylishly without a lot of fuss. So colour coordinate your outfits, add lightweight accents, be neat, and all will be well. Over-packing will end up being a drag on your trip—unfortunately the days of scurrying porters are over and you’ll end up having to lug about your own belongings—packing light is so much more sophisticated! Remember, you can always hand wash, or get to a laundry or dry cleaner while you’re there >>.
Very useful advice considering the dimensions of the suitcases used by the majority of US female tourists.
In the guide book by Susan Van Allen, which it as its second edition, there are also some sacred place, with particular
preference for the Virgin and a list of all the religious female festivities : Santa Lucia in Syracuse, Santa Caterina from Siena … then of course there is lady day on March 8th International Women’s day.
The description of Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino begins wonderfully like this <<This place is extraordinary >> and she describes the inside and outside of the winery as a place where women really are protagonists.
Susan came to visit us some months ago. Nice and always smiling, she transmits enthusiasm; she is minute with black hair and large eyes which are always attentive. Here ancestors emigrated to the USA from southern Italy but she grew up in New Jersey and began to travel to Italy especially to rediscover her origins. She is a successful journalist and has been a member of the staff of the Everybody Loves Raymond programme that won an Emmy Award.
Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini