Traveling in ITALY: Discovering the Land of Art, History and Culture

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The eBook is illustrated with colourful photos.

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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

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About the author

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

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Publisher
AA Publishing
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Pages
28
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ISBN
9780993890659
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Language
English
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Genres
Art / European
Literary Collections / European / Italian
Travel / Europe / General
Travel / Europe / Italy
Travel / General
Travel / Museums, Tours, Points of Interest
Travel / Reference
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:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKuzDPalf_Wfl_WkRNi1NIuy

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
Guarda il video book trailer "My VENICE" su YouTube:
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 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” 

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