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Going to Italy?

July 21, 2023

Is it me, or does it seem like everyone is going on fabulous vacations except me? They are?

I knew it!

I cannot go this year because I am in the throes of painting every square inch of this condo, (including doors-yuck) like the maniac that I clearly am. Note to self, Next time, hire a painter!

But I’m passing valuable information on to any of you lucky enough to take that fabulous once-in-a-lifetime Italy vacation. You MUST get this book. My nephew Patrick, who’s spent years studying and living in Italy wrote it.

Did I mention he also has a PhD from Penn State, and an MBA from the Bocconi Institute in Italy? This guy is no lightweight. He knows his stuff, is a good writer, is really fun, and does happen to be my nephew. So, even though this looks like nepotism, trust me, it isn’t because the book is actually really good!

Plus it will stop you from doing something dopey like carving your initials into the Colosseum, like a British, and now a Swiss tourist, have recently done. The Brit claims he didn’t know how old the Colosseum was. (Confession: I didn’t either, but figured it at around 2,000. I was off by 49 years. It is 1,951 years old.)

The book has great stories and weaves in really insightful information on what life is like for native Italians. Most travel books tell you what to do and where to go. This book tells you how to do it with grace and style. It’s called A Guide to Italy: Cultural Insights and Tips to Maximize Your Trip. Click on that link and it will take you right to Amazon where you can buy the book. It’s only $14.99 and well worth it!

Even if your trip is a year or two away, the info in this book will not go out of style because it gives you insight into how Italians think and act. (People have been trying to figure me out for decades, so clearly this is a book whose time has come!) You’ll thank me for this!

Safe travels and please pass this blog on to any of your friends who will be visiting that beautiful boot-shaped peninsula! Here’s the link again, just in case: A Guide to Italy: Cultural Insights and Tips to Maximize Your Trip.

And if you haven’t signed up to be a follower yet, please do! I plan to be the next one in this family to publish a book and I don’t want you to miss it. Love yinz and Happy Summer!

  • Reply
    Fran Tunno
    July 24, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Diana,
    How wonderful. I think you will find it full of useful information, I know I did. There were lots of things I didn’t know. Have a wonderful time and enjoy a glass of wine for me! Thanks for buying it! Feel free to leave a review on Amazon!

  • Reply
    Nicol Zanzarella
    July 23, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    It is on my shopping list! Maybe that is where we really need to meet up one of these days!

  • Reply
    Diana Diekmann
    July 23, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I bought your nephew’s guide book to Italy for a friend of mine that will be meeting me for the last two weeks of my 8-week vacation to Italy in August and September. It sounds like a great intro to Italy for a non-Italian as well as an Italian going to Italy. I’m getting it for him but will also have the opportunity to read it as well. Looking forward to reading it but also for my upcoming trip!! Take care!

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