True Stories of Escape to the Good Life

Edited by James O’Reilly, Larry Habegger, and Sean O’Reilly“Open my heart and you shall see
Graven inside of it—Italy”

—Lord ByronWhat would you do if you were sentenced to 30 days in Italy? We can’t all be shipped off for a month, but whether you have 30 days off or just a few, these true stories from other travelers will give you ideas of where to go, what to do, and what it’s like to be there.

  • Spend a day hanging out with Frances Mayes and Michael Shapiro in Cortona
  • Learn what you’ve always suspected about Italian men with Aimeé Dowl in Grado
  • Walk the paths of Cinque Terre with Georgia Hesse
  • Fall into the Grand Canal with Doug Lansky in Venice as he tries to become a gondolier
  • Confess all your sins with Sean O’Reilly at St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Enjoy the kindness of strangers with David Yeadon in Calabria
  • Create your own “Roman Holiday” with Taras Grescoe
  • Explore magical islands off the coast of Sicily with Anne Calcagno
  • Take shelter with nuns, the ghost of Saint Francis, and Marael Johnson in Assisi
  • Consider the pickpocket with velvet hands in Rome with Wendell Ricketts
  • Explore the world of artisans in Florence with Bill Fink

and much more…

As the editors write in their Introduction to 30 Days in Italy, “Italy is a cultural homeland for all of us in the Western world, a place of a lifetime. No guidebook can reveal its secrets, no Fellini the fevered pulse of its life. You have to discover these things for yourself.”

About the “30 Days” Series

30 Days in Italy is the second book in a new series from Travelers’ Tales, a series that provides 30 glimpses of life and culture, a story a day to inspire dreams, plans, journeys.

About the Editors

James O’Reilly, president and publisher of Travelers’ Tales, was born in England and raised in San Francisco. He’s visited more than forty countries, along the way meditating with monks in Tibet, participating in West African voodoo rituals, living in the French Alps, and hanging out the laundry with nuns in Florence.

Larry Habegger, executive editor of Travelers’ Tales, has been writing about travel since 1980. He has visited almost fifty countries and six of the seven continents, traveling from the Arctic to equatorial rain forest, the Himalayas to the Dead Sea.

Sean O’Reilly is director of special sales and editor-at-large for Travelers’ Tales. He is a former seminarian, stockbroker, and prison instructor with a degree in Psychology, and author of the groundbreaking book on men’s behavior, How to Manage Your DICK.

About Travelers’ Tales

Founded in 1993, Travelers’ Tales publishes the best travel writing from world-famous authors and emerging writers, with the goal to inspire and enlighten readers through true stories by travelers who have explored the depths of their experiences. The award-winning series includes: country and regional guides; books that explore the themes of women’s travel, spirituality, food, humor, and adventure; travel advice books; single-author travel narratives; and Travelers’ Tales Classics, a series which introduces out-of-print favorites of travel literature to a new audience.

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30 Days in Italy: True Stories of Escape to the Good Life
Edited by James O’Reilly, Larry Habegger, and Sean O’Reilly
Travelers’ Tales, October 2006
$14.95, trade paperback, 224 pages, 5 1/8″ x 8″
ISBN: 1-932361-42-1