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La Dolce Vita University (LDVU) is the perfect sampler for anyone curious about (or already in amore with) Italy and its remarkably rich cultural gifts, both past and present. True to its lighthearted name, La Dolce Vita “U” is all about pleasurable learning, or what we prefer to call “edu-tainment.” Its dozens of entertaining yet authoritative mini-essays on a wide assort La Dolce Vita University (LDVU) is the perfect sampler for anyone curious about (or already in amore with) Italy and its remarkably rich cultural gifts, both past and present. True to its lighthearted name, La Dolce Vita “U” is all about pleasurable learning, or what we prefer to call “edu-tainment.” Its dozens of entertaining yet authoritative mini-essays on a wide assortment of intriguing topics encourage random dipping at the reader’s pleasure. Even the most erudite Italophile will discover fun new facts and fascinating new insights in the pages of La Dolce Vita U. Mini-essays treat specific topics in one or more of the following subject areas: the Italian character; the visual arts (art, artists, architects); the performing arts (music, theater, cinema); history and antiquity; language and literature; cuisine and agriculture; wine and spirits; traditions and festivals; style and applied arts; unique places. In a wink and nod to the book’s “academic” identity, the 165 mini-essays are arranged alphabetically and accompanied by charming illustrations throughout. A special traveler’s topic index is provided at the end of the book.


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La Dolce Vita University (LDVU) is the perfect sampler for anyone curious about (or already in amore with) Italy and its remarkably rich cultural gifts, both past and present. True to its lighthearted name, La Dolce Vita “U” is all about pleasurable learning, or what we prefer to call “edu-tainment.” Its dozens of entertaining yet authoritative mini-essays on a wide assort La Dolce Vita University (LDVU) is the perfect sampler for anyone curious about (or already in amore with) Italy and its remarkably rich cultural gifts, both past and present. True to its lighthearted name, La Dolce Vita “U” is all about pleasurable learning, or what we prefer to call “edu-tainment.” Its dozens of entertaining yet authoritative mini-essays on a wide assortment of intriguing topics encourage random dipping at the reader’s pleasure. Even the most erudite Italophile will discover fun new facts and fascinating new insights in the pages of La Dolce Vita U. Mini-essays treat specific topics in one or more of the following subject areas: the Italian character; the visual arts (art, artists, architects); the performing arts (music, theater, cinema); history and antiquity; language and literature; cuisine and agriculture; wine and spirits; traditions and festivals; style and applied arts; unique places. In a wink and nod to the book’s “academic” identity, the 165 mini-essays are arranged alphabetically and accompanied by charming illustrations throughout. A special traveler’s topic index is provided at the end of the book.

48 review for La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z

  1. 4 out of 5

    Randal White

    An absolutely wonderful book! The author has written a series of fascinating short essays about Italy. Divided into an "A to Z" format, these are tidbits you would never get in the run-of-the-mill tour guides or history books. It covers subjects ranging from Gelato to Venus's Navel. Loads of insights into the Italian food and drink you love, as well as fun historical tidbits. It's the kind of book that you can pick up and read a couple of the entries, then set back down until you find some more An absolutely wonderful book! The author has written a series of fascinating short essays about Italy. Divided into an "A to Z" format, these are tidbits you would never get in the run-of-the-mill tour guides or history books. It covers subjects ranging from Gelato to Venus's Navel. Loads of insights into the Italian food and drink you love, as well as fun historical tidbits. It's the kind of book that you can pick up and read a couple of the entries, then set back down until you find some more time. You can't get lost. Or, you can be like me, and just devour the book! As a personal note, my wife and I have been blessed to have the most wonderful foreign exchange students live with us. One of our favorites, an Italian girl, has had her family "adopt" us. We visit them, they visit us, plus we talk all the time. I brought up several of these little stories to them, and they were amazed that I, an American, would know such things! It was really fun! If you have any interest in Italian life and culture, take a break from the "I bought a villa in Italy" books, and give this one a chance. You will be amazed!

  2. 5 out of 5

    David

    Absolutely fabulous compilation of facts about Italy from ancient times to today. It covers art, religion, food, politics, and anything else you could think of. Wonderful!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Be Hương

    My Italy 101. A must read for me to learn about Italy, the people and culture and history. I’m very ignorant when it comes to history and geography (typical Asian) so didn’t have the right amount of knowledge when I first visited Italy. Without the knowledge, I didn’t have the right appreciation for the culture and art as well as the Italian people. I actually found Italy cities loud and messy and chaotic in my first visit, which is completely opposite to the Nordic. However, after reading this My Italy 101. A must read for me to learn about Italy, the people and culture and history. I’m very ignorant when it comes to history and geography (typical Asian) so didn’t have the right amount of knowledge when I first visited Italy. Without the knowledge, I didn’t have the right appreciation for the culture and art as well as the Italian people. I actually found Italy cities loud and messy and chaotic in my first visit, which is completely opposite to the Nordic. However, after reading this book, I somehow was imparted with the writer’s love for this country, who’s an Italian American. In my second visit, which was to Napoli, I fell in love with the people there for their friendliness and passion. La passione italiana is truly what distinguishes Italy from the rest of the world.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Candida

    A fun read. Highly recommend it.

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