The Hills of Tuscany

The Hills of Tuscany

The true-life adventure of a couple who did what most of us only dream of doing, Ferenc Mate's enticing, beautifully written memoir of their first year in this enchanted place brings to life the real Tuscany: the neighbors, the spectacular hills where The English Patient was filmed, country life, the farm family down the road who virtually adopt them and with whom they rel The true-life adventure of a couple who did what most of us only dream of doing, Ferenc Mate's enticing, beautifully writ...

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Title:The Hills of Tuscany
Author:Ferenc Máté
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Genres:Travel
ISBN:The Hills of Tuscany
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Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

The Hills of Tuscany Reviews

  • Anna
    Mar 31, 2009
    I was really prepared to hate this - the soft-focus mid-menopause cover contributed to a sense of dread about it. But as I'm writing about tuscany, I've had to plow through all sorts of sentimental drivel about the perfect eden that is the contado of tuscany, inhabited by peasants who ...
  • Maribel
    Apr 21, 2009
    Ok I know I say I LOVE THIS BOOK for just about every other book I read but I really do LOVE this book. I have been in love with Tuscany/Umbria and Provence for a while now and I love reading travel essays/memoirs. Most of them have been ok and I've enjoyed reading them but nothing lik...
  • Leah
    Oct 25, 2010
    I love reading about Italy, but I'm beginning to realize that the reason these authors live such a charmed life in Tuscany and paint such glorious pictures is because they don't have to worry about the typical 9-5 job that bogs most individuals down. Their job is to enjoy the land, mee...
  • Simon
    Aug 05, 2013
    The book is full of descriptions of beautiful scenery, fine food and rustic locals. That's enough for it to be a winner for many people. However, there?s something false about this ?true? story. The people in it are not quite real, more like portraits on a pretty canvass. As for ...
  • Donna DeKeyrel
    Apr 30, 2014
    Okay......so I am reading this book while IN Tuscany......so how could I not love it!? I wish we were brave enough (and had the funds!!!) to do what they did. It sounds so romantic and peaceful. Made me a little sad that I am in the walls of Lucca.....and not in the country. But only a...
  • Michelle
    Jan 31, 2013
    Ah, Tuscany! I love you so. I have armchair traveled there many times, and will visit in person someday. I loved reading about how one couple relocated to a small village in Tuscany and learned to live among the locals. I read with jealousy how they simplified their lives and settle...
  • Jane
    Feb 26, 2013
    Made me long for a return trip to Tuscany. Equally enchanting and overwritten. Long descriptions of the Tuscan countryside, which no doubt stirs inspiration when witnessed in the first person, however the author's poetic ramblings about it quickly became tedious. "Ghosting" as a verb w...
  • Marlene French
    May 16, 2018
    This memoir was so romantic in that the descriptions of Tuscany and the people, architecture, art, etc makes you want to pack a bag and escape to see for yourself! Really great book! ...
  • Sovotchka
    Jun 17, 2012
    I've read A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover's Dream ("book two") before this book, and somehow, this worked against me. You don't necessarily have to read Mt's books in order. Basically the first book tells the story of Ferenc Mt and his wife Candace giving up their nomad ...
  • Shawna
    Feb 10, 2010
    After slogging through the fist 50 pages, which are slow, this was a pleasure. The slower pace of life, friendships, beautiful Italy, all made this a delight to read. ...
  • Jim Cabaj
    Dec 16, 2017
    I loved when I traveled to Italy. Explored the cultural treasures of Tuscany. Enjoyed big glass of wine accompanied by the most amazing food you ever tasted. After an amazing trip you wondered what life would be like to live in Tuscany. The author and his wife Candace get to explore...
  • Adrienne Manwaring
    Sep 12, 2017
    A sweet little story with fantastic descriptions of the people, food and places in Tuscany. ...
  • Kara Clevinger
    Mar 18, 2014
    ?One by one we emptied the bottles of wine in our tiny cantina, and little by little we learned about Tuscany?its hills, its light, its food and wine, and most importantly its simple, passionate, in-love-with-life people. And, almost in spite of ourselves, we learned to live and en...
  • Sandy
    Jul 02, 2013
    This was a new author for me. I picked this book because it was about Tuscany. It was delightful to read. I not only learned some interesting facts about places in Tuscany but also some Italian words and phrases by reading this book. The author gives you a feel for the place, the peopl...
  • David Lumpkin
    Apr 15, 2018
    Ferenc Mt writes with an artist?s paint brush placing vividly colored oils upon the each page of this book. His enthusiastic words paint brilliant pictures of his daily life and adventures in Tuscany. His passion is unmatched as he writes of the land, the towns, the buildings and...
  • Mary Wallace
    Jul 01, 2016
    Interesting that there is so much repetition of words, to the point of annoyance... 'autumn' is in so many of the first paragraphs, autumn light, autumn this, autumn that. I know it's autumn. A friend picked this up and read the first few pages and said there was a lot of 'shiny lan...
  • Negin
    Jun 03, 2018
    This memoir was a bit slow in that there wasn?t much in the way of plot and dialog, yet the descriptions were wonderful. I mean it is Tuscany after all! I enjoyed reading this shortly before our recent visit there. I always enjoy reading books about places that I?m about to visit. ...
  • Andrea Wright
    May 08, 2017
    Lovely little story of finding a home in Tuscany and becoming a local. Just what I needed for a bit of travel relaxation. ...
  • Michael Huang
    May 13, 2018
    The author (a writer) and his wife (a painter) wanted to live in Tuscany (in 1987) despite that they speak very little Italian. They arrived and started to hunt for a house. Part I of the memoir is just house hunting. The only thing worth noting is a small village having no old people ...
  • Tina
    Jun 11, 2013
    Author Ferenc Mate and his wife Candace did what many of us would to ? moved to a country where the food, wine and ambiance leaves you with a permanent vacation state of mind. OK, maybe that didn?t happen to them but I would wager it could be that way for me and my husband. Tuscany...
  • Sharon
    Feb 07, 2015
    I loved the concept of this book, however the Author never really engaged me. I found the chapters quite disjointed, and it took FOREVER to get to the main point ie... the farmhouse. I loved their neighbors, Nonna and Paolucci and reading about the simple but fulfilling lifestyle they ...
  • Michelle
    Sep 03, 2018
    This was just what I wanted in a summertime, pool-side read: the story of "regular" people who fulfill their dream of living in a Tuscan farmhouse. Makes one think that anyone can do it! Loved the descriptions of the surrounding countryside, the interesting neighbors, and especially......
  • Clara Ellen
    Jun 13, 2018
    I enjoyed this book so much. So much of it was just perfect - the likable couple finding a home in a rural area, the lovely countryside, the kind neighbors - all of that together makes for a mental escape into Tuscany! The descriptions were great, too. I remember how the author took th...
  • Audrey Dale
    May 12, 2018
    In the top 10 of my favorite books! A beautifully written non-fiction story about a couple who go to live in Italy. Throughout the book, and through all their misadventures fixing up the house they buy, the love the have for each other shines through. Funny, touching, beautiful...and t...
  • Daver
    Nov 16, 2013
    OK, I guess I'm with the minority on this one... I would re-read this book before I EVER read another book by Francis Mayes! Pardon me for not preferring that every descriptive paragraph end on a negative note. I read this book while laying flat on my back hoping I could recover in t...
  • Jackie Wayman
    Jun 26, 2018
    Enjoyed it. Montepulciano rocks. Mat Italian phrased: ciambelline - donuts assolutamente: absolutely a pi tardi: a little later mi sento come un bambino:i feel like a kid che bello! how beautiful domani si fa festa: tomorrow is a holiday giusto: just right vendemmia: grape...
  • Glenda
    Feb 04, 2018
    First time reviewer. I am totally fascinated with Tuscany. Not having been there yet, I am filling this absence with books and movies of this bucolic region. Ferenc Mt allowed me to feel as if I have already visited it with his wonderful descriptions. ?Skylarks hovered and trille...
  • Jill Mulligan
    Nov 23, 2016
    This book did not really have a storyline but that's part of why I loved it. It took me forever to read and in between reading other books I would come back to it for a few chapters feeling as though I didn't miss a thing. Whenever I wanted I could easily revisit the sights, sounds, an...
  • Leah Rich
    Jun 15, 2018
    Beautiful descriptions of their adventure. A relaxed European pace of through the story. Makes me want to visit the countryside of Italy more than ever. ...
  • Nicholasdm
    Oct 24, 2018
    A pleasant insightful stroll into an era (1980s) which has now disappeared! ...