By Alan Epstein
A party of the nature and elegance of 1 of the world's such a lot remarkable towns! This brilliant insider's view of the main mature urban in the world is the suitable spouse for an individual who loves whatever Italian. In 1995, after a twenty-year love affair with Italy, Alan Epstein fulfilled his dream to dwell in Rome. In As the Romans Do, he celebrates the spirit of this fashionable, dramatic, old urban that shaped the hub of a far-flung empire and brought the Mediterranean tradition to the remainder of the realm. He additionally finds today's Roman women and men in all their attractive contradictions: their gregarious caffe tradition; inborn inventive aptitude; passionate appreciation of excellent meals; instinctive distrust of expertise; showy intercourse allure; ingrained appeal and expressiveness; strangely strange attitudes towards marriage and faith; and lots more and plenty, even more.
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As the Romans Do: An American Family's Italian Odyssey by Alan Epstein