"Hales takes us on an enriching and delightful journey, filled with fascinating characters, scintillating sensual details, and an authentic connection to the ever-inspiring Italian heart and soul that has given the world boundless pleasures."
–SUSAN VAN ALLEN, author of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go
“In this inquisitive celebration of the Italian spirit, Hales traverses the country, exploring its history and culture… The chapters on food will delight readers… Sure to inspire many vacations, this volume shows Italy’s many contributions to the world and captures the essence of the very things that make it such a wondrous place.”
“[Hales’] love affair with Italy shines through as she recounts the histories of colorful characters who made their names through war, art, food, wine, music, and more. She brings the reader with her to experience the country’s long-lasting traditions and the people whose dedication keeps that legacy alive today… Frothy as a cappuccino and rich as tiramisu, La Passione is a delightful excursion into the heart of Italian culture.”
Dianne Hales is the author of La Bella Lingua, a New York Times best-seller; Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, an Amazon best book of the year, translated into six languages; and more than forty trade and text books.