How to Be Italian

Eat, drink, dress, travel and love la dolce vita



ISBN: 9781922417312 Category:

Maria Pasquale


Is it pausing to enjoy an aperitivo or gelato? A passeggiata down a laneway steeped in history? An August spent tanning at the beach?

This book is a celebration of the Italian lifestyle – an education in drinking to savour the moment, travelling indulgently, and cherishing food and culture. A lesson in the dolce far niente: the sweetness of doing nothing. We may not all live in the bel paese, but anyone can learn from the rich tapestry of life on the boot.

From the innovation of Italian fashion and design, the Golden Age of its cinema to the Roman Empire’s cultural echoes (and some very good espresso), take a dip into the Italian psyche and learn to eat, love, dress, think and have fun as only the Italians can.

Additional information

Weight 558 g
Dimensions 16.5 x 20.2 cm
Publisher name Smith Street Books
Publication date 1 October 2021
Number of pages 216
Format Hardback
Dimensions 16.5 x 20.2 cm
Weight 558 g


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Born in Melbourne, Australia, to Italian parents, Maria Pasquale always knew Rome was her destiny and on a whim, moved to the eternal city in 2011. An unabashed romantic (Rome being her one true love!), she is the creator of popular food, travel and lifestyle blog HeartRome which has readers in over 100 countries. Her blog has been featured by the BBC and Vogue and she contributes regularly to Fodor’s and USA Today. She has published two books.