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Immerse yourself in the Soul of Bell’Italia

Susan Van Allen, author of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, is back with an entertaining collection of adventures. Enjoy stories filled with passion,rich memories, and laughs, that blend to bring you an authentic portrait of one woman’s experiences in the Bel Paese.

Come along with this savvy traveler, as she revels in Roman wine bar flirtations, climbs Sicily’s Stromboli volcano, and hunts for truffles in Umbria. Each story weaves together an authentic, loving tale of the world’s most enchanting destination. And for travelers, there is practical advice: from where to lunch in Pisa, to the perfect Puglia agriturismo, or a charming B&B in Naples.

Whether you’re in a comfy armchair, planning your next trip, or getting psyched on the plane, Letters from Italy will inspire you to embrace La Dolce Vita, with all its awesome surprises.


A girlfriend’s delight. Leave your BFF at home, and head to Italy with Susan van Allen… a full-bodied, spirited, sensuous romp that will take you places you might never discover or enjoy as much on your own. From a nunnery in Rome to a volcano in Stromboli, lucky readers get to tag along as Susan shares experiences, memories, revelations, and her unabashed delight…Another grace note: Susan includes useful recommendations for places to stay, eat and see at the end of each chapter. You will be tempted to try them all.” –Dianne Hales, author of La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language

Susan Van Allen recalls her steps through Italy in this witty and entertaining collection of letters. Susan writes with a real passion for Italy’s cobbled streets, gondolas and flirtatious nature – something we can all relate to here at Italia!. A captivating read that will make you long for your own Italian adventure.” — Italia! magazine

Refreshingly open…I loved this book.” — Margaret Cowan, Mamma Margaret and Friends

a delightful collection…true Italophiles will love.” –Michelle Fabio, Bleeding Espresso

…fun lighthearted read…Her writing style makes you feel as if you’re traveling along with an Italy loving friend.” — Robin Locker Lacey, My Melange

Susan Van Allen’s collection of her travel tales in Italy will cause nostalgia if you’ve been and create desire if you’ve not. Each adventure is written with heart, passion, and humor. The last chapter came much too soon. We want her to go back and tell us more.” — Carol Coviello Malzone, Flavors of Rome