The Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria

The Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria

by Marlena de Blasi
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The Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria by Marlena de Blasi

Marlena di Blasi seduced readers to fall in love with Venice, then Tuscany, with her popular and critically acclaimed books A Thousand Days in Venice and A Thousand Days in Tuscany. Now she takes readers on a journey into the heart of Orvieto, an ancient city in the less-trodden region of Umbria. Rich with history and a vivid sense of place, her tale is by turns romantic and sensual, joyous and celebratory, as she and her husband search for a home in this city on a hill—finding one that turns out to be the former ballroom of a dilapidated sixteenth-century palazzo. Along the way, de Blasi befriends an array of colorful characters, including cooks and counts and shepherds and a lone violinist, cooking her way into the hearts of her Umbrian neighbors.

Brimming with life and kissed by romance, The Lady in the Palazzo perfectly captures the essence of a singular place and offers up a feast—and the recipes to prepare it!—for readers of all stripes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565124738
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 01/26/2007
Pages: 317
Product dimensions: 4.78(w) x 7.82(h) x 1.24(d)

About the Author

An American chef and food and wine journalist, Marlena de Blasi has written five memoirs, a novel, and two books about the regional foods of Italy. She lives with her husband in the Umbrian hilltown of Orvieto. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.


Orvieto, a hilltown in Umbria

Place of Birth:

Schenectady, New York


B.A., State University of New York at Albany; graduate studies in political science, New York University

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