Under the Tuscan Sun By: Frances Mayes


ABOUT UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN from PenguinRandomHouse.com

20th Anniversary Edition with a New Afterword

Twenty years ago, Frances Mayes–widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer–introduced readers to a wondrous new world when she bought and restored an abandoned villa called Bramasole in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. Under the Tuscan  inspired generations to embark on their own journeys–whether that be flying to a foreign country in search of themselves, savoring one of the book’s dozens of delicious seasonal recipes, or simply being transported by Mayes’s signature evocative, sensory language. Now, with a new afterword from the Bard of Tuscany herself, the 20th anniversary edition of Under the Tuscan Sun brings us up-to-date with the book’s most beloved characters.


FRANCES MAYES is the author of four books about Tuscany. The now-classic Under the Tuscan Sun–which was a New York Times bestseller for more than two and a half years and became a Touchstone movie starring Diane Lane. It was followed by Bella Tuscany and two illustrated books, In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home. She is also the author of the novel,Swan, six books of poetry, and The Discovery of Poetry. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

My Review:

This is one of my favorite books and I can’t believe it was first published 20 years ago.  This memoir and the movie adaptation are my “go-to” when I want something uplifting. Frances Mayes has written the story of her spontaneous purchase of a house in Tuscany and the days following with the renovations.  Her descriptions transport you to that house and that town with those people whom you want to befriend.

Her afterward in this 20th anniversary edition just reminded me how much I loved this story.  Frances Mayes has a way of making her words- dare alla luce- give to the light. If you haven’t read this yet, please give yourself a gift and read this!

This is a 5 crown read!


I received the 20th anniversary edition of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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