A Year In TUSCANY

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Summary of A Year in TUSCANY

"A tale of reality, history, landscape and art."

History, art, gastronomy, monuments, images: these are the elements that dominate the impressions of Barbara Athanassiadis in Tuscany, where she spends the four seasons of the year painting watercolours and discovering the hidden treasures of one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The excursions through the vineyards in autumn give her the opportunity to let her imagination roam free and to transport us to the unique landscapes that surround her.

The winter walks through Florence and Siena are an extraordinary exhibition dedicated to the world of Art.

The spring excursions in her Beetle to the medieval towns open her eyes, and ours, to the traditions of the place, which she critiques with her own Mediterranean influences as to how Tuscany was viewed by the English during the Grand Tour.

In the summer, she leaves for Maremma, virgin land within Tuscany, where she lives through the stories and legends of its people while at the same time taking a step back to look at the Etruscans.  She makes quick stops to local restaurants to taste the delicious, traditional cuisine allowing us to share in her meal of sliced bread seasoned with olive oil, ravioli al pecorino, and pappardelle in rabbit stew, all flavored with herbs and cheese and washed down with a glass of the famous Vin Santo.

Her travel story, written from the heart, clearly shows that she is charmed not only by the peculiarities and traditions of the region, but also the hidden details of everyday life.  It is these little details, an unknown aspect in the daily life of Tuscans, which surprise her and never fail to charm.


BOOK REVIEWS

"Through the images, Barbara Athanassiadis writes a lyrical text, in which Tuscany, the noblest of the Italian lands, is celebrated in all its splendor. Centuries of human effort have changed the original natural fabric creating a landscape on a human scale that has no equal. I should add that I would like to read the text in its original language but it was not possible, since I do not know it. However, the translation, beautiful, with a fluid language, charming and persuasive, allows  me to assume that the original  text is of equal beauty: the cases in which the translations have been able to overcome the originals can be counted on the fingers of one hand, in more than three millennia of the civilization of writing."

Professor Fabrizio Lemme, Academy of San Luca - Rome

"The pages of your books are like paintings that a painter paints in real time, while living, capturing the moments - not just spatially but also through the sensory nuances that give color to life. The choice of Tuscany, over other colourful Italian regions, only reinforces the passion and the materiality of the feelings generating chapters, paragraphs, lines, words ... "

Roberto Castellucci, Painter


"With time and disposition as her allies and, above all, her thorough knowledge of Italian  Renaissance Art, Barbara Athanassiadis offers a journey along which I came to learn exactly what to look at, not just to feel what she herself may have achieved, but mostly to attain a conciliation with style and culture, the two natural companions of any wanderer. The painter that she is allowed for certain strokes of her brushes to go astray, much to the benefit of the rest of us!  Secret nuances and mixtures of colors so vivid that they transpire, despite everything, in the watercolors striving to surge from the pages of her book. The numerous references to Art and the reports of talks she had with several people she has met throughout her life, not just dwelling in Tuscany, have admittedly made me richer and definitely strengthened my resolve to revisit the region harboring the sources of elixir. For this is what Tuscany is all about."

Yiannis Spaveras, Greek Writer

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About the author

 Athanassiadis Barbara is the author of seven novels, including three travel narratives on Italy: "A Year in Tuscany" (2007), "Feeling Rome" (2009) and "My Venice" (2014), which make up a trilogy on three major Italian cities of Art. She divides her time between Athens and Rome.

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Publisher
AA Publishing
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Published on
Sep 17, 2014
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Pages
172
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ISBN
9780992117412
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English
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Art / European
Travel / Essays & Travelogues
Travel / Europe / General
Travel / Europe / Italy
Travel / General
Travel / Museums, Tours, Points of Interest
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Travel / Special Interest / Adventure
Travel / Special Interest / Literary
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Barbara Athanassiadis
The eBook is illustrated with colourful photos.

Watch the YouTube video Book Trailer Feeling ROME:  http://youtu.be/n7wWEazN8fA

Summary of Feeling ROME

"An intimate portrait of the Eternal City"

Visiting a city and then describing it in a guide book is very different than living it, breathing in the atmosphere, enjoying its surprises, discovering its details and recounting its hidden personality in an engaging and passionate way.

In “Feeling Rome” Barbara Athanassiadis does just that: she introduces us to Rome, the Eternal City, albeit contemplating it from a different perspective, one that is more humane but also more penetrating, revealing the secrets of the particular way of life of the Romans, masterfully balanced between their glorious past and a bright and promising present.

At the same time, she delicately touches upon the monuments, palaces, fountains, piazzas and shops of this fascinating city, breathing in the ineffable aura of the "dolce vita" of fashion and art.

The author takes readers by the hand on a revealing walk, inviting even the most fanatical admirers of this city to fall in love again, as if it was the first time! «... As I walked through the gate of the Piazza del Popolo, in front of me I saw the square, dominated by the twin churches and the high obelisk, marking the top of the three streets opening like a fan ahead, leading to as many squares with stairs in marble and baroque palaces. Two hundred years before, that same imposing gate had been crossed by Goethe, who, finding himself in the presence of such a spectacle, a prelude to the wonders of the Eternal City, opened his arms and said, "Now I begin to live!”»


BOOK REVIEWS

"Ever the charmer when she hits the paper, Barbara Athanassiadis takes us along on a stroll through Rome, her dwelling city of adoption. As a matter of fact, this journey is bound to take us far beyond the walls of this city and on to a trip to the Holy Land, where the journey turns into a soul-searching experience, as the author endeavors to connect her establishment in Rome to her remote origins.

Thus, as light as a feather, from palazzos to verandas, and from piazzas to movies of the ‘60s, Barbara flutters along, shedding what she feels is superfluous, along the way. Sometimes entire blocks are obliterated, churches seem to vanish into thin air and even historic accuracy seems as some point, to lose importance…. An experienced traveler, fully conversant with the art of getting rid of unnecessary burdens in her own, so very special, unmistakably feminine and romantic way, something like picking up the most beautiful Mediterranean flowers, before putting them in a vase to share the composition with roses and… artichokes alike!"

Maria Ioannides, Review in Vakchikon Magazine


"In her new travel book, Barbara Athanassiadis lives, breathes, takes delight in, discovers and guides us with a personal and insightful look of Rome, the Eternal City. She deciphers the unique lifestyle of the Romans, easily juggling between their glorious past and their bright present. She takes her readers on transcendent strolls, revealing precious and little-known secrets and inspiring all, even the most unrepentant lovers of Rome, to rediscover it once more."

Theodore Gregoriadis, Review in Passport Magazine

Barbara Athanassiadis
The eBook is illustrated with colourful photos.

Watch the YouTube book trailer video My VENICE:
http://youtu.be/vsXT9aluhfk

Summary of My VENICE

"An intimate look at the Myth, History and the magic of its Arts"

"...I liked the way the city had attracted my attention. But, in order to discover it, I asked it to stop hiding behind its masks. I wanted it real. To allow me to discover its secrets, understand its problems and hold a direct conversation with it. And it was promised to me, and all disguises were thrown off as our conversation began..."

A trip through time, myth, History, the magic of Art and life is what Barbara Athanassiadis manages to achieve with the discerning eye of an experienced traveller.  It is the same eye that captured reflections of Italy in her earlier narratives, the books A Year in Tuscany and Feeling Rome.

My Venice is the final book left to complete her unique literary trilogy that approaches time, place and people, both in the past and in the present.  Without directing our steps, the author transports us through the canals, the narrow streets and the squares of Venice, and she focuses our attention on works of Nature and Art, drawing on legends and historical omissions.

The “Winged Lion” leisurely embraces the shoulders of our romantic heroine, and the “Seagull’s Flight” even reaches the “Empress Sissy in Venice”. The “Tiny Murano Spheres” roll down and stop before “The Fork of the Byzantine Princess”, “Torcello” flirts with the “Venetian Women in the Harem”…

BOOK REVIEWS

"Barbara must have been very much in love with Venice, because I know that for many years she has desired to write this book. She visited the city many times in the fall and stayed for long periods in order to internalize all that she describes expertly afterwards, providing the reader with her interesting reflections on the streets, the innumerable bridges and the countless churches, but also a wonderful lesson in History and an eye-catching look at its mysterious and sensual Art. We all know what Venice is for “art lovers”. Reading her book, it is obvious that she had an exclusive dialogue with the Serenissima, in order for its magic to penetrate inside her and then to be able to narrate her intimate relationship within this dreamy city. I particularly liked the point when she asked Venice not to hide behind its masks, but to throw aside its touristic veils and be revealed to her without any secrets."

Lydia Mastronikolis, President of the Friends of the Cultural Association "Hellenic World"

 
"Attentive to the Venetian glances of  Barbara Athanassiadis’ book, I  realized an emotional escalation, as the author is quite literal with her title: MY VENICE. This is indeed her own Venice, with the meaning not so much of her subjective glance or the focus on what selectively charms her, but in the particular way she sees things, looking towards the view of many sights, and not really seeing them.  She wanders amongst her favorite places and drags my gaze to colors and sensations without guiding it .  Just as charmingly, she approximates aspects of everyday life in her extra-literary life, calmly, with a nonchalance and always with a smile.  Just as spontaneously, and naturally, she unfolds the myth in which she dresses her wanderings.  Motives, thoughts, quests, reactions of her heroes, occur nearly as obviously... By reading her book, we follow the confessional narration  of a friend, where the intimacy of her voice is entrusted to our ears."

Helen Kritika , Book Critic

 
"Through the narration of Barbara Athanassiadis, I discovered in fact that Venice is inside her, hence the title: MY VENICE. While our friendship has bonded us for years, I was truly touched by her book. It's as if she has taken me by the hand and together we stroll this fairytale town; either when the fog envelops it , or when the pink color of its sunset embraces it.  Barbara's spontaneous and mature descriptions have spurred my curiosity to such an extent that I feel a strong desire to actually go to Venice and see the places that have inspired her. I consider myself lucky when I fall upon such a book.  The narrative makes me travel and look at places I have heard about countless times in a fresh and novel way ... all while I sit comfortably in my armchair."

Zoe Kyriakou, Radio Producer, “Easy 97,2”. Athens, Greece

Barbara Athanassiadis
The eBook is illustrated with colourful photos.

Author's YouTube video Book Trailers: 

- Traveling In ITALY:   https://youtu.be/SmUgyerpLA8     

- Feeling ROME:  http://youtu.be/n7wWEazN8fA 

- A Year In TUSCANY: http://youtu.be/-y4QPBFu8QE

- My VENICE:  http://youtu.be/vsXT9aluhfk

SUMMARY OF THE BOOK TRAVELING IN ITALY

"Discovering the Land of Art, History and Culture" 

It is from Italy that the journey into My World of Great Beauties begins.

Having lived in Italy for 25 years, a tender smile etches itself upon my lips.  “Just a smile?” you may find yourself asking.  Yes, but that smile is the result of thousands of images that have remained vibrantly alive in my memory, as if the quarter century that has passed was only yesterday.  The smile also happens to best express the extreme sentimentality which, from within the three books of my trilogy, takes on the semblance of a light and airy dance.

In Italy, beyond anything else, the senses dance, and it is the most sensual dance in the world.  The theatricality of the Roman Baroque is in harmony with the curt steps of Tuscany and the fragile grace of Venice.  And the people are full of movement as well.  The Romans swirl crazily about in arches, the Tuscans, completely aligned and bringing back a sense of order, while the Venetians confer their own charming mystical note.  

It is true that God graced Italy with an abundance of Beauty, and if its expression is best defined with four elements:  nature, color, harmony and elegance, then as charmed as I was at encountering them, I set out to share this experience with you.  If each book is a reflection of the fantasy of its creator, it is also a reflection of the fantasy of its readers.


REVIEWS

"In her new travel book, Barbara Athanassiadis lives, breathes, takes delight in, discovers and guides us with a personal and insightful look of Rome, the Eternal City.  She deciphers the unique lifestyle of the Romans, easily juggling between their glorious past and their bright present.  She takes her readers on transcendent strolls, revealing precious and little-known secrets and inspiring all, even the most unrepentant lovers of Rome, to rediscover it once more."

Theodore Gregoriadis, Review in Passport Magazine

 
"A Year In Tuscany by Barbara Athanassiadis retraces the world of the Medici through the eyes of a traveler fully impregnated by classical culture, capable of discovering the long thin line that binds the cradle of Italy to Greece, Mediterranean  mother of our intellectual universe. Barbara's eyes delve into aspects beyond our habitual vision of Tuscany."

Giuseppe Di Stefano, Corriere della Sera

 
"Attentive to the Venetian glances of  Barbara Athanassiadis’ book, I  realized an emotional escalation, as the author is quite literal with her title: MY VENICE. This is indeed her own Venice, with the meaning not so much of her subjective glance or the focus on what selectively charms her, but in the particular way she sees things, looking towards the view of many sights, and not really seeing them.  She wanders amongst her favorite places and drags my gaze to colors and sensations without guiding it .  Just as charmingly, she approximates aspects of everyday life in her extra-literary life, calmly, with a nonchalance and always with a smile.  Just as spontaneously, and naturally, she unfolds the myth in which she dresses her wanderings.  Motives, thoughts, quests, reactions of her heroes, occur nearly as obviously... By reading her book, we follow the confessional narration  of a friend, where the intimacy of her voice is entrusted to our ears.

Helen Kritika , Book Critic

Barbara Athanassiadis
Guarda il video book trailer "My VENICE" su YouTube:
http://youtu.be/vsXT9aluhfk

 L'eBook è illustrato con fotografie a colori.

 

SINOSSI del libro LA MIA VENEZIA

"Il mio viaggio personale, nel mito, nella storia, nella magia dell'arte"

Con lo sguardo penetrante dell’esperta viaggiatrice, Barbara Athanassiadis intraprende, nel suo nuovo libro, un viaggio nel tempo, nel mito, nella Storia, nella magia dell’Arte e della vita. E lo stesso sguardo carico di gioiosa curiosità che si riscontra in altri precedenti racconti di viaggio dell’autrice, quali Un Anno in Toscana e Passeggiate Romane che, con La mia Venezia compongono la trilogia dedicata dalla scrittrice greca al suo “Gran Tour” in Italia.

Rivolgendosi al lettore col suo accattivante sorriso e col suo inconfondibile stile, Barbara Athanassiadis lo invita a seguirla, la prende delicatamente per mano e lo guida attraverso i canali, i rii, le piazze della città lagunare, attira la sua attenzione  sulle sue bellezze naturali, sulle straordinarie opere artistiche, che hanno reso Venezia una città unica al mondo.

Il «Leone alato» riposa pigramente sulle spalle di questa romantica eroina, il «Volo del gabbiano» giunge fino all’imperatrice Sissi, le «Sferette di Murano» rotolano incontro alla «Forchetta della principessa bizantina», «Τorcello» corteggia le «Veneziane nell’harem»…

 

RECENSIONI

"Osservando lo sguardo su Venezia proposto del libro di Barbara Athanassiadis, ho percepito la presenza di un coinvolgimento emotivo. Il titolo del libro infatti rispecchia perfettamente le intenzioni dell’autrice: La mia Venezia. Perché si tratta davvero della Venezia di Barbara Athanassiadis, non tanto nel senso dello sguardo soggettivo o della scelta di mettere a fuoco gli elementi specifici che l’affascinano, ma soprattutto nel senso che l’autrice, benché punti lo sguardo su quello che vedono tutti gli altri, non vede le stesse cose che vedono loro.

Infatti Barbara Athanassiadis percorrendo i suoi luoghi preferiti ha attirato il mio sguardo, senza asservirlo, su aspetti, colori e sensazioni della città. L’autrice spiega con spontaneità e naturalezza il mito che riveste il suo percorso di viaggio, ma anche con la stessa raffinatezza, la stessa serenità e la stessa grazia con cui affronta i diversi aspetti della realtà nella sua vita extraletteraria. Le idee, le riflessioni, le aspirazioni e le reazioni dei personaggi sgorgano in modo assolutamente naturale… Al punto che, leggendo questo libro, si ha l’impressione di ascoltare la voce familiare di un’amica che ci sussurra all’orecchio le sue storie segrete. "

Eleni Kritikà, Critico letterario

 

"Grazie al racconto di Barbara Athanassiadis ho scoperto che Venezia si trova davvero dentro di lei. Così ecco spiegato il titolo: La mia Venezia. Anche se siamo amiche da molti anni, la sua storia mi ha emozionato molto. Ho avuto la sensazione di essere presa per mano e di passeggiare con lei in questa città favolosa, che a volte è nascosta dalla nebbia e a volte viene abbracciata dai colori pastello del tramonto. La naturalezza e nel contempo maturità delle doti descrittive dell’autrice ha attirato la mia attenzione, al punto che avrei voglia anch’io di fare un viaggio a Venezia per conoscere la città che l’ha ispirata. Mi ritengo fortunata quando ho l’occasione di imbattermi in un libro come questo, con una storia che fa viaggiare e offre al lettore uno sguardo nuovo su cose che si danno ormai per scontate, mentre si sta seduti comodamente sulla poltrona di casa propria."

Zoe Kyriakou, Produttore radiofonico “Easy 97,2” Atene, Grecia

 

"Barbara deve essere follemente innamorata di Venezia, perché so che per molti anni aveva desiderato la stesura di questo libro. Ha visitato la città molte volte in autunno e vi è rimasta per lunghi periodi, al fine di interiorizzare tutto quello che poi ha descritto e collegato sapientemente, offrendo al lettore le sue interessanti riflessioni sulle piazze, gli infiniti ponti e innumerevoli chiese, ma anche una meravigliosa lezione sulla storia ed un accattivante sguardo sull’arte di questa misteriosa e sensuale città. Sappiamo tutti cosa è Venezia per gli “art lovers”. Attraverso la lettura del suo libro è ovvio che ha avuto un dialogo esclusivo con la Serenissima, affinché la sua magia penetrasse dentro di lei e così poter dopo raccontare la sua intima relazione con questi luoghi suggestivi. Leggendo e gustando le pagine del libro mi è piaciuto soprattutto il punto in cui chiede alla città di non nascondersi dietro le sue maschere e rilevarsi senza nessun segreto, gettando i suoi veli turistici."

Lydia Mastronikolis, Presidente degli Amici della Associazione Culturale “Il Mondo Ellenico” 

Barbara Athanassiadis
Autore YouTube video Book Trailers: 

- Passeggiate Romane:  http://youtu.be/tbVJRvIfqOI

- Un Anno in Toscana: http://youtu.be/zgG6QD2kXBY

- La mia Venezia:  http://youtu.be/vsXT9aluhfk 

- Viaggio in ITALIA: https://youtu.be/SmUgyerpLA8


Sintesi di VIAGGIO IN ITALIA

“Alla scoperta del Paese dell’arte, della storia e della cultura”


È dall’Italia che il viaggio nel mondo delle mie Grandi Bellezze comincia.

Dopo 25 anni vissuti in Italia, un dolce sorriso mi si abbozza sulle labbra. Soltanto un sorriso? mi chiederete. Infatti. Un sorriso nato dalla presenza di migliaia di immagini che dopo un quarto di secolo trascorso in un soffio continuano a restarmi vivide nella memoria. Ma si tratta anche di un sorriso frutto della estrema sensibilità che attraverso i miei libri, assume la forma di una danza leggiadra.

In Italia a danzare sono soprattutto i sensi. Parliamo del Paese più sensuale del mondo. La teatralità del barocco a Roma fa da contrappunto ai rapidi passi della Toscana, che infine si incontrano con la fragile grazia di Venezia. Lo stesso vale per le persone. I romani volteggiano roteando, i toscani riportano l’ordine volteggiando in linea retta mentre i veneziani danno quel tocco di mistero che ne costituisce il fascino.

Va detto che il buon Dio ha elargito a piene mani la bellezza in Italia: la natura, i colori, l’armonia, l’eleganza. Sono rimasta affascinata da tutto questo e a mia volta cerco di trasmetterlo a voi.

Ciascun libro, frutto della fantasia dell’autore, innesca nel contempo la fantasia dei lettori.

Bon voyage!

 

RECENSIONI

"Nel suo nuovo racconto di viaggi Barbara Athanassiadis ci fa vivere, respirare, assaporare e scoprire le strade di Roma, la Città Eterna, con uno sguardo affettuoso e penetrante. Decifra il particolare modo di vita dei romani, segnato da un virtuosistico equilibrio tra le glorie del passato e il fascino del presente. Accompagna i lettori in una serie di passeggiate mentali durante le quali rivela segreti preziosi facendo sì che anche i fan di questa città la riscoprano con occhi nuovi."

Theòdoros Grigoriadis, Mensile «Passport»

 

Un Anno in Toscana di Barbara Athanassiadis ripercorre il mondo che fu dei Medici con gli occhi di una viaggiatrice ricca di cultura classica, capace di scoprire la lunga linea sottile che lega la culla dell’arte italiana alla Grecia, madre mediterranea del nostro universo intellettuale. Gli occhi di Barbara indagano aspetti che sfuggono alla nostra visione abitudinaria della Toscana.

Giuseppe Di Stefano, Corriere della Sera

 

"Osservando lo sguardo su Venezia proposto del libro di Barbara Athanassiadis, ho percepito la presenza di un coinvolgimento emotivo. Il titolo del libro infatti rispecchia perfettamente le intenzioni dell’autrice: La mia Venezia. Perché si tratta davvero della Venezia di Barbara Athanassiadis, non tanto nel senso dello sguardo soggettivo o della scelta di mettere a fuoco gli elementi specifici che l’affascinano, ma soprattutto nel senso che l’autrice, benché punti lo sguardo su quello che vedono tutti gli altri, non vede le stesse cose che vedono loro.

Infatti Barbara Athanassiadis percorrendo i suoi luoghi preferiti ha attirato il mio sguardo, senza asservirlo, su aspetti, colori e sensazioni della città. L’autrice spiega con spontaneità e naturalezza il mito che riveste il suo percorso di viaggio, ma anche con la stessa raffinatezza, la stessa serenità e la stessa grazia con cui affronta i diversi aspetti della realtà nella sua vita extraletteraria. Le idee, le riflessioni, le aspirazioni e le reazioni dei personaggi sgorgano in modo assolutamente naturale… Al punto che, leggendo questo libro, si ha l’impressione di ascoltare la voce familiare di un’amica che ci sussurra all’orecchio le sue storie segrete. "

Eleni Kritikà, Critico letterario

Barbara Athanassiadis
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