Not in a Tuscan Villa



Not in a Tuscan Villa What happens if you decide to make a dream come true Newly retired and looking for than a vacation, John and Nancy Petralia intrepidly pack a few suitcases and head to the perfect Italian city Within days their dream becomes a nightmare After residing in two Italian cities, negotiating the roads and healthcare, discovering art, friends, food, and customs, the Petralias learn than they anticipate about Italy, themselves, what it means to be American, and what s important in life Part memoir, part commentary, quirky and sincere, Not in a Tuscan Villa is about having the courage to step out of your comfort zone and do something challenging in later life The adventure recaptures the Petralia s youth, rekindles their romance and changes their lives forever. New Read Not in a Tuscan Villa author John Petralia For Kindle ePUB or eBook – heartforum.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • 289 pages
  • Not in a Tuscan Villa
  • John Petralia
  • English
  • 04 November 2017
  • 0615762530

10 thoughts on “Not in a Tuscan Villa

  1. Lewis Weinstein says:

    This is a delightful book for many reasons First, it is well written, every page immersing the reader deep into the experience of two people who had the courage to take a year and do something totally different from their previous experience There is an exciting sense of adventure, a willingness and the sense of humor to accept that ever...

  2. Barbara Swift says:

    I just finished reading Not in a Tuscan Village by John and Nancy Petralia and thought long and hard about my review I know this is being promoted as a travel book, but I think it is a love story Nancy s narratives captured her love of art, history, design, food, communications, relationships and adventure John reveled in the everyday joy of loving, living and being proud of his Sicilian heritage and South Philadelphia upbringing Together, they share their own love story so beautifully whi I just finished reading Not in a Tuscan Village by John and Nancy Petralia and thought long and hard about my review I know this is being promoted as a travel book, but I think it is a love story Nancy s narratives captured her love of art, history, design, food, communications, relationships and adventure John reveled in the everyday joy of loving, living and being proud of his Sicilian heritage and South Philadelphia upbringing Tog...

  3. Bonda Garrison says:

    I found this book interesting for the two different voices The authors alternate chapters so it s a sort of he said, she said He sof a commentator, and a funny one, talking about things they observe and often relating that to his South Philly upbringing She sthe narrator of their experiences and talks about art, the working people, their friends, and the benefits of winter travel They both write of the struggle to become fluent in Italian and their misadventures I was surprised I found this book interesting for the two different voices The authors alternate chapters so it s a sort of he said, she said He sof a commentator, and a funny one, talking about things they observe and often relating that to his South Philly upbringing She sthe narrator of their experiences and talks about art, the working people, their friends, and the benefits of winter travel They both write...

  4. Ken Wing says:

    This is a book about what happens when two people not only dare to dream, but dare to make their dreams come true to become the authors of their own life story It s a book about life It s about the friend on the other side of that stranger It s about life lived outdoors on foot or bicycle, at an outdoor caf and in the public square It s about life lived with eyes and ears open to experience It s about life invigorated by learning about self and other And it s about life enriched by gener This is a book about what happens when two people not only dare to dream, but dare to make their dreams come true to become the authors of their own life story It s a book about life It s about the friend on the oth...

  5. Judy Weiner says:

    Damn I just finished reading this book I did not want it to end I began reading yesterday morning morning, had to put the book down to go out, and just finished it right now I had to tell everyone how much joy this book has given me The authors touched the core of my heart I was THERE , I cannot wait to suggest and then later discuss this book with my book club I do not know how the authors managed to perfectly blend two different styles, two experiences and two voices and have the end pr Damn I just finished reading this book I did not want it to end I began reading yesterday morning morning, had to put the book down to go out, and just finished it right now I had to tell everyone how much joy this book has given me The authors touched the core of my heart I was THERE , I cannot wait to suggest and then later discuss this book with my book club I do not know how the authors...

  6. Sheri says:

    Well, kudos to you I have read many adventure stories of people traveling throught bella Italia, but I truly felt I was taking the journey with you both it was very real and written with so much heart The joy of your discoveries and experiences was palpable.Although every second I spend in Italy is food for my soul, it s always nice to venture along through someone else s eyes Thank you for sharing your unforgettable year in this book I m sure if we met one day, we d feel connected by Well, kudos to you I have read many adventure stories of people traveling throught bella Italia, but I truly felt I was taking the journey with you both it was very real and written with so much heart The jo...

  7. Lori Kaplan says:

    I loved this book I loved learning about Italy all the history and way of life Nancy and John made me feel as if I was in Italy with them I really got such a strong feeling for what life is like there I ve always wanted to go and visit and hopefully one of these days I will have the opportunity Living somewhere for a year puts you in such a different vantage point than visiting for a week or two or even a month I loved hearing about all of their adventures and learnings of Italy a I loved this book I loved learning about Italy all the history and way of life Nancy and John made me feel as if I was in...

  8. Tracy says:

    This was a fun and eye opening read The authors picked up and moved to Italy for a year We ve considered spending a few months in Europe after retirement so it was interesting to hear some of the challenges that the authors faced and how different life is over there The authors loved to cook so there was a lot of discussion about cooking and food This is one thing that scares me because I am not a good cook and I m afraid we would starve if I have to cook from scratch each day It would be i This was a fun and eye opening read The authors picked up and moved to Italy for a year We ve considered spending a few months in Europe after retirement so it was interesting to hear some of the challenges t...

  9. Linda W says:

    I enjoyed this book so much because it is about pursuing and living your dream This couple always wanted to live in Italy for a period of time Turns out they were able to live there for an entire year There were unexpected twists and turns that had to be met and that was a good bit of the fun except, of course, a trip to the hospital but that provided excellent insights into the health care system in Italy Bottomline they have a good system I felt as if I were on the trip with them and le I enjoyed this book so much because it is about pursuing and living your dream This couple always wanted to live in Italy for a period of time Turns out they were able to live there for an entire year Ther...

  10. Laura says:

    3.5 stars I enjoyed reading this book about a couple in their 60s who got out of their comfort zone and moved to Italy for a year What made this bookinteresting to me than Under the Tuscan Sun is that this couple really made an effort to learn the language and immerse...

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