North of Naples, South of Rome

By Paolo Tullio
Read by Frederick Davidson

8.05 Hours 08/01/1999 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781470889074

Since childhood, Paolo Tullio has returned each year to his hometown of Gallinaro, to the labyrinthine nest of his relations and the passionate, warmhearted people of his valley. In North of Naples, South of Rome, he describes a hilariously chaotic wine competition, samples the Italian cantina, instructs on market-day haggling and surreptitious truffle-hunting, and investigates the charms and scams of Naples. He looks with disbelief at a tortuous bureaucracy, shows how to win a local election, observes the Catholic Church’s role in daily life, and reflects upon a recent earthquake that saved the valley. With fascinating detours on local buildings, history, folklore, and fashion, the listener tours a carousel of picnics, feasts, and fireworks. This affectionate tour of a charming, intimate world is as enticing and as original as A Year in Provence.

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Summary

Summary

Since childhood, Paolo Tullio has returned each year to his hometown of Gallinaro, to the labyrinthine nest of his relations and the passionate, warmhearted people of his valley. In North of Naples, South of Rome, he describes a hilariously chaotic wine competition, samples the Italian cantina, instructs on market-day haggling and surreptitious truffle-hunting, and investigates the charms and scams of Naples. He looks with disbelief at a tortuous bureaucracy, shows how to win a local election, observes the Catholic Church’s role in daily life, and reflects upon a recent earthquake that saved the valley. With fascinating detours on local buildings, history, folklore, and fashion, the listener tours a carousel of picnics, feasts, and fireworks. This affectionate tour of a charming, intimate world is as enticing and as original as A Year in Provence.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A wonderful invitation to the piquant joys of Italian country living…As reviving as a hot espresso.” Sunday Times (London)
“A genuine warm breeze of Italy blows from these pages.” The Irish Times
“Tullio’s opinionated, convivial, sometimes irreverent guide to Italy and the Italians, the basis for a six-part PBS television series, takes us down byways rarely glimpsed by tourists…His Italy is at once reassuringly familiar and surprisingly new.” Publishers Weekly
“Delightful…Tullio’s amusing narrative of the people and countryside captures the quirks and nuances of small-town life…these hilarious tales will leave readers longing for a journey to Italy.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Paolo Tullio

Paolo Tullio was born in the Comino Valley but educated in England. He lives in Ireland with his wife, Susan Morley, and their children.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 8.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English