Fashion & Beauty

How to Be Italian: Eat, Drink, Dress, Travel and Love La Dolce Vita

Delve into the art of loving and living in every moment.

'Italian' is as evocative a word as any, but what does it really mean? The answer is a lifestyle that many envy, from one of the world's most beloved countries - aperitifs and the art of drinking coffee. Feast days and a quiet August. Cities steeped in history, where the past is always present and countless style and fashion icons reside. In a country where wine is produced in every region, food is deeply entrenched in tradition, and some of the world's greatest artists, composers, and thinkers have lived, passion is everywhere and la dolce vita thrives.

This book is a celebration of what it means to be from Italy - an education in drinking to savour the moment, travelling indulgently, and dolce far niente - the sweetness of doing nothing. From the innovation of Italian fashion and design, the golden age of its cinema, the Roman Empire's cultural echoes, and some very good espresso, take a dip into the Italian psyche and learn to eat, love, dress, think, and have fun as only Italia can.

About The Author

Maria Pasquale was born in Melbourne to Italian parents and has been based in Rome since 2011. With formal qualifications in political science and history, she is an award-winning food and travel journalist and writes regularly for USA Today, CNN, Condé Nast, The Telegraph and Fortune. She is founder of the popular blog HeartRome, which has readers in 100 countries, and in 2017, she published I Heart Rome with Smith Street Books.

  • Publish Date: October 12, 2021
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Reference - Personal & Practical Guides
  • Publisher: Smith Street Books
  • Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 7-2/3
  • Pages: 140
  • US Price: $19.95
  • CDN Price: $26.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-922417-31-2