Every Day in Tuscany

  • by Frances Mayes
  • Narrated by Frances Mayes
  • 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this sequel to her New York Times best sellers Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, the celebrated "bard of Tuscany" (New York Times) lyrically chronicles her continuing, two decades-long love affair with Tuscany's people, art, cuisine, and lifestyle.
Frances Mayes offers her listeners a deeply personal memoir of her present-day life in Tuscany, encompassing both the changes she has experienced since Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany appeared, and sensuous, evocative reflections on the timeless beauty and vivid pleasures of Italian life.
Among the themes Mayes explores are how her experience of Tuscany dramatically expanded when she renovated and became a part-time resident of a 13th-century house with a stone roof in the mountains above Cortona, how life in the mountains introduced her to a "wilder" side of Tuscany - and with it a lively engagement with Tuscany's mountain people. Throughout, she reveals the concrete joys of life in her adopted hill town, with particular attention tolife in the piazza, the art of Luca Signorelli (Renaissance painter from Cortona), and the pastoral pleasures of feasting from her garden. Moving always toward a deeper engagement, Mayes writes of Tuscan icons that have become for her storehouses of memory, of crucible moments from which bigger ideas emerged, and of the writing life she has enjoyed in the room where Under the Tuscan Sun began.
With more on the pleasures of life at Bramasole, the delights and challenges of living in Italy day-to-day and favorite recipes, Every Day in Tuscany is a passionate and inviting account of the richness and complexity of Italian life.


What the Critics Say

"If the parade of art, food, elemental landscape and abiding camaraderie gives the reader a case of eye-ache and envy, the author can only be admired for having worked hard to earn the life and for celebrating it with such genuine relish. Mayes the sensualist in full bloom." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Mayes is generous with her thoughts, and her evocative writing simply oozes charm and warmth. In these times, this quick read is a thoroughly enjoyable way to visit Italy without once considering the heartbreaking dollar-to-euro conversion rate." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Travelers Guide

If you are planning a trip to Italy you may fnind this book helpful. If you are looking for another wonderful Frances Mayes story about her life in Tuscany, this may dissapoint. She talks about her friends and the wonderful food and wine, but the chapters are only losely tied together.
I am having trouble getting the pdf dowload file from Audible. It would be fun to have the recipies to try.
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- Ron Brown

very disappointed

What did you like best about Every Day in Tuscany? What did you like least?

I have read the book and enjoyed it and was looking forward to listening to it at leisure. However after a couple of chapters I had to give up. How somebody who had spent considerable time in italy during the past 20 years could have such terrible pronunciation is beyoud me. It became irritating.

Would you be willing to try another book from Frances Mayes? Why or why not?

Yes, provided no Italian was involved.

Would you be willing to try another one of Frances Mayes’s performances?


If this book were a movie would you go see it?


Any additional comments?

Must be more careful in the future. Even if it is a good storey the narrator can kill it.

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- carl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-09-2010
  • Publisher: Random House Audio