Travelers’ Tales: Italy (Compiled & Edited By: Anne Calcagno

Winner of Foreword’s Silver Medal for Best Travel Book of the Year

‘…today more than ever, in good times as in bad, the world recognizes in Italy an essential idea of beauty: beauty of landscape, beauty of learning, beauty of art, beauty of human romance and affection. All these responses, all these varied judgments, are expressed somewhere or other in the pages of this book. Go on darling, close your eyes and think of Italy…’ –From the Introduction by Jan Morris

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Critical Acclaim for Travelers’ Tales

This is travel writing at its glorious best.’ —Chicago Tribune

‘For the thoughtful traveler, these books are an invaluable resource. There’s nothing like them on the market.’ —Pico Iyer

‘I can’t think of a better way to get comfortable with a destination than by delving into Traveler’s Tales…before reading a guidebook, before seeing a travel agent.’ —Paul Glasman, Society of American Travel Writers

“…reading this collection of tales was an absolute pleasure. Each story brought back the wonderful charisma of the country – the sights, the smells, the sounds. I recommend it highly both for the armchair traveller as well as for the journeywoman setting off to explore Italy for the first time.’ —Evelyn Hannon, Editor Choice Award, Journeywoman: Her best books and Great Guides


  • Foreword’s Silver Medal, Best Travel Book of the Year 
  • Editors’ Choice Award: Journeywoman & the Independent Travel Stores Association Francisco Book Festival  



From Love Like a Dog to Traveler’s Tales and Pray for Yourself, author Anne Calcagno’s work has consistently received excellent reviews. Here’s what people are saying.

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Travel Articles

“Emboldened by Women in High Heels” (an adventure on the Great wall of China…)
In Whose Panties Are These? More Misadventures from Funny Women on the Road. Ed. by Jennifer L. Leo (Travelers’ Tales, 2004)

.… loaded with hilarious stories from women who have gone to the ends of the earth only to hear the sniggering of the cosmos. From an African Village to the Great Wall of China, these stories that weren’t so funny when they happened prove once again that travel, like laughter, is the best medicine.

“Kicked Into the Mediterranean” (The Egadi Islands)
Thirty Days In Italy
Ed. by James & Sean O’Reilly & Larry Habegger. (Travelers’ Tales, 2006)

What would you do if you were sentenced to 30 days abroad?… 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.


“Eritrea: A New Country By Land and Sea”

The New York Times, Travel, feature

December 10, 1995

“Saudi Arabia: An American Woman Comes Face To Face with a Kingdom Long Off-Limits to Westerners”

Chicago Tribune, Travel, feature November 19, 2000

“A Westerner’s Eye on Saudi Arabia”

Saudi Gazette (Saudi Arabia’s English language national daily newspaper)

July 12, 2000

“Italian Workers in Saudi Arabia, 1944-54”

Saudi Gazette

July 31, 2000

“Still on Cortland Street” (a Chicago narrative…)

In In The Middle of the Middle West, Literary Nonfiction from the Heartland, Ed. by Becky Bradway

(Indiana University Press, 2003)

“Italian sun and a cerulean sea? That’s amore, and it’s all on the Egadis”

In Washington Post

October 23, 2014

Anne Calcagno

Travelers’ Tales: Tuscany

These essays by renowned travel writers explore the many lures of Tuscany — its rolling hills, sunny climate, friendly people, and superb food and wine. This extraordinary region comes alive in tales of harvesting grapes, hunting for truffles, hiking ancient Etruscan paths, and glorying in the region’s bountiful art, music, history, and above all, romance. Some of the writers have made Tuscany their home, others came to vacation or study. But the spell of the region pervades all of these accounts. Authors include Frances Mayes, Matthew Spender, Jan Morris, Ferenc Mate, and Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, among others.

“So what is this region – of the heart, in the heart of Italy – of Tuscany? It is the one region Tuscans and travelers single out. Ask anyone about Italy; he can usually name cities and Roman monuments with alacrity, but regions? You must mean Tuscany.”
from the Introduction by Anne Calcagno