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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Italy in Books - Reading Challenge - March



  • Paperback: 155 pages
  • Genre : Travel and History
  • Publisher: Etruria Editions Edizioni Archeoares 2010
  • Source: Purchased directly from the author
  • Review Quote From the back cover: “Mary Jane Cryan’s latest book, confirms her as a leading voice on that fascinating area of Italy known as Etruria. A scrupulous researcher, she combines scholarship with a passionate love of her subject, bringing long ago personages and events vividly to life.” Margaret Stenhouse, Italy Update.

Italy in Books - Reading Challenge 2011

The March post with a list of books that the other people taking part are reading this month has already been posted. March Reviews

I first met the author of this book virtually in early 2004 when we were planning the latter stages of our move to Italy. We had decided on the region of Northern Lazio as being the place we wanted to start our search for a home. While doing online research we came across  Elegant Etruria Mary Jane’s very informative website. We made contact with Mary Jane and it was her that found us the apartment in Tuscania that we would rent while house hunting. When we arrived in March 2004 she was kind enough to help us settle in, which included introducing us to her earlier publications. These we have found to be the perfect guidebooks for helping us learn so much about this beautiful and almost undiscovered region we now call ‘home’

It should be no surprise therefore that as soon as possible we obtained a copy of this her latest book and a perfect candidate for the Italy in Books - Reading Challenge 2011

This latest book is just as compelling as her previous ones, with some enthralling sounding places tempting us yet again to get out there and explore. Thanks Mary Jane for sharing your passion for this region by sharing these intriguing stories. The book is divided into four sections, Itineraries, Influences, Treasures and People. With itineraries that range from The Tombs of Tarquina to Searching for the Stuarts, Influences from America to Ireland, Treasures in gardens and castles and finally so many fascinating people I defy you not to find something amongst these pages that will absorb you.

In conclusion if you decide to come and visit this region in reality or virtually, if you want to discover some of the places that tourists do not normally get to see then make sure you get hold of a copy for yourself. Copies can be purchased direct from Mary Jane by clicking on this link.

Etruria Travel, History and Itineraries in Central Italy

Mary Jane Cryan

Links to other books by the author

Vetralla Connection,

Affreschi Exploring Etruria

Travels To Tuscany and Northern Lazio

I am also including this video I found on YouTube to tempt you a little further with its atmospheric surroundings. What a beautiful place to have given a book presentation.

Courtesy of saltaripe


I also post these ‘Italy in Books’ reviews on my other blog LindyLouMac's Book Reviews


  1. Cara Lindy, thank you very much for this beautiful review. I bought a book of Mary Jane "Travels to Tuscany " when I was in Viterbo this January. And a little bit later we've friended with Mary Jane at Facebook. It appeared that she knows Russia and Moscow very well.

  2. SanTatiana@ You already know how passionate MJC is about this region then.:)

  3. Hi Lindy!

    At last I've managed to return your visit...this has been an especially busy few days, but I'm now trying to catch up on my blog reading.

    I'm delighted you enjoyed your visit and felt it worthwhile to join as a follower. I am certainly going to enjoy visiting your blog from now on!

    I'll be back as soon as I can fit it in, to start reading through your archives :)

    Have a great day!

  4. Desiree@ I am not surprised you have been busy recently, thanks for making time to visit.

  5. What a great book for my mother. She is bonkers about Italy...no just make that 'bonkers' and I haven't know what to buy her for her birthday so brilliant. Thank you very much. Also thank you for adding me to your blog roll...I'm afraid I've stolen your button to put on my blog...it's so pretty I had to have it :)

  6. This looks like a lovely book. Do you live in Italy all year round now? Do you miss England at all? That would be my one worry about living abroad - missing my family.


  7. Lately I am so unhappy and ashamed of Italy's bad image in the world due to some ridicolous politicians, but when I read that so many foreign people are in love with my country, I become proud and honoured. Thank you so much.

  8. Facing50@ I hope your Mum enjoys the book, maybe it will tempt her to visit this region.

    Dona@ Yes be proud that you were born Italian and are living in such a beautiful country.

  9. Thank you for the book recommendation. I love reading books written by insiders in a country.


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