Friday, February 22, 2019

Made in Italy by Laura Morelli (Book Review and Giveaway!)

Book Details:

Book Title: Made in Italy by Laura Morelli
Category: Adult Non-fiction, 161 pages
Genre: Travel, History, Art
Publisher: Authentic Arts Publishing
Release date: Jan, 2019
Tour dates: Feb 11 to March 8, 2019
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Richly painted maiolica ceramics from Tuscany. Supple Florentine leather. The cameos of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Parmigiano-Reggiano, the king of cheeses. Jaw-dropping glass from the island of Murano.

MADE IN ITALY takes you on a complete tour of the dazzling artisanal legacy of Italy, uncovering off-the-beaten-path destinations and one-of-a-kind, hidden workshops where everything from leather bags to gilded frames are turned out completely by hand, piece by piece.

This book includes instructions for getting a free copy of the companion guide, ARTISANS OF ITALY, with complete, continually updated listings of Laura's personally recommended shops and artisans across Italy.

Laura Morelli, art historian and trusted guide in the world of cultural travel and authentic shopping, leads you behind the tourist traps to discover some of Italy's most traditional arts.

Laura holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and shares how, what, and where to buy; hints on recognizing quality and authenticity; and tips for bringing home the artisanal treasures of Italy in your suitcase.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Art historian Laura Morelli's passion about what she does is clear in the books that she writes. Although she's written two historical fiction novels, she's also written a series of non-fiction books: the Authentic Arts guidebook series, one of which is Made in Italy. She states in her book that "the goal of Made in Italy is to enhance your appreciation of, and, in some cases, introduce you to, the most typical, handcrafted products from each of Italy's 18 regions."

I loved reading through this book! Not only did I learn about the different artisanal products produced in Italy, but it stimulated in me a desire to visit these regions and see them for myself. I am planning a month-long trip to Italy in three years time to celebrate my 30th wedding anniversary and I will use this book to plan my itinerary. If you want to know how to shop well and find authentic items, this book is it. Morelli writes in the first person and her narrative is interspersed with her own personal experiences shopping. She liberally gives you tips on how to get stuff tax-free, how to pack, how to handle Customs for the items you are bringing home and how to ship stuff home.

For each of the Italian geographical zones she covers in her book, Morelli gives us a brief history of the area, what makes it different and unique from the other areas and what crafts they are known for, making this book interesting to read, especially if you love Italy, art and travel. Packed with current information and shopping tips, this guidebook is a must for lovers of quality artisanal products and Italian traditions.

Note: This book also comes with the updated downloadable shoppers companion book Artisans of Italy. It lists where to buy authentic Italian goods.

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Meet the Author:

LAURA MORELLI holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, has taught college students in the U.S. and in Italy, and currently produces art history lessons for TED-Ed. She authored a column for National Geographic Traveler called “The Genuine Article” and has contributed pieces about art and authentic travel to CNN Radio, The Frommers Travel Show, and in USA TODAY, Departures, and other media.

Laura is the author of the Authentic Arts guidebook series that includes the popular book Made in Italy. Her fiction brings the stories of art history to life. Her debut novel, The Gondola Maker, won an IPPY for Best Historical Fiction and a Benjamin Franklin Award.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

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