Under the Tuscan Sun, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Frances Mayes - widely published poet, gourmet cook and travel writer - opens the door on a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside.

She finds faded frescoes beneath the whitewash in the dining room, a vineyard under wildly overgrown brambles - and even a wayward scorpion under her pillow. And from her traditional kitchen and simple garden she creates dozens of delicious seasonal recipes, all included in this book.

In the vibrant local markets and neighbouring hill towns, the author explores the nuances of the Italian landscape, history and cuisine.

Each adventure yields delightful surprises - the perfect panettone, an unforgettable wine, or painted Etruscan tombs.

Doing for Tuscany what Peter Mayle did for Provence, Mayes writes about the tastes and pleasures of a foreign country with gusto and passion.

A celebration of the extraordinary quality of life in Tuscany, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN is a feast for all the senses.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, map
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780553506679



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This captures the experience of life in Tuscany very well, the countryside, cuisine, city life, culture and history. A pleasant lightweight read between heavier books.

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This book had been sitting on my bookshelf for some time. I’d won it in a competition and I’d enjoyed the movie. I knew that it wouldn’t be exactly like the movie, but venturing to Tuscany while commuting sounded like a pretty sweet deal. After a couple of days, I couldn’t continue. I was sick of reading about banks and jumping into the middle of a group of barely explained characters (I don’t care if they are real- I don’t know them, therefore explain)! There was little description, just repetition of boring, self centred ramblings.

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I'm really torn about this book. On one hand Mayes is a good writer and I eminsly enjoyed reading about their struggles to get the house up to scratch. However, I found the non house related parts of the book to be a bit of a slog. Its rare for me not to like travel writing and strangly I want to read more in gernaral about the Etruscans and see more of what they've left.<br/><br/>I also struggled a bit with the almost non sequitor style of the book. The jumping around threw me a bit. <br/><br/>I have a feeling that in a few months I might update this review. Lets see if the book sticks with me. <br/><br/>

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