Palladian Days

  • by Sally Gable, Carl I. Gable
  • Narrated by Sally Gable
  • 5 hrs and 1 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What Sally Gable thought she wanted was a summer house in New Hampshire. What she found and learned to love was a new life in a beautiful and celebrated Palladian villa in the countryside outside Venice. In Palladian Days, she takes us with her on a journey of discovery and transformation as she and her husband, Carl, become the bemused owners of Villa Cornaro, built in 1552 by the great Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio and called by Town & Country one of the ten most influential buildings in the world. Sally Gable writes lovingly of the villa as she and Carl settle in and slowly uncover its history, the lives of its former inhabitants, and its architectural pleasures. She tells of her early days there, learning to speak Italian with the help of her engaging new neighbors in the tiny town that surrounds the villa, Piombino Dese, a place both traditional and busily modern with its old-fashioned street markets and its burgeoning economy.
In Palladian Days, we enter with Sally and Carl into their engrossing adventure, following along as they are woven ever more deeply into the fabric of small-town Italy and into its larger national history. Their story will delight travelers and would-be travelers, all who are fascinated by architecture, by art, by the powerful essence of place, and, especially, house-dreamers everywhere.

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What the Critics Say

"Delightful." (Publishers Weekly)

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wonderful !

What a wonderful book!! For those who have visited Italy and those that wish to, this is a wonderful story af an American couple who purchase a 400 year old Palladian (small mansion) and learn to love the house and the people near Venice. A couple of times they go into more detail on the history and architecture of this house than I cared to hear but overall I could't wait to hear this book every day!!! I hope they write a sequel!!! Great listening !!
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- Allan

Great Read

I really enjoyed this book. Sally Gable does an outstanding job of making you feel like you are right there with her in Italy. Provides a nice mix of story telling, history, and live in Italy.
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- Heizenberg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2005
  • Publisher: Random House Audio