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.
"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