Northshire Presents LA DOLCE VITA UNIVERSITY - Carla Gambescia in conversation with Susan Van Allen

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 6:00pm
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Join this Northshire virtual event for an exploration of Italy and its remarkably rich cultural gifts, both past and present with Carla Gambescia author of La Dolce Vita University and Susan Van Allen author of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go.

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La Dolce Vita University, 2nd Edition is the perfect sampler for anyone curious about (or already in amore with) Italy and its remarkably rich cultural gifts, both past and present. This fully revised second edition includes 75 pages of new material (60 new chapters and 40 new illustrations) to expand on the delights in the first edition. True to its lighthearted name, La Dolce Vita "U" is all about pleasurable learning, or what we prefer to call "edu-tainment." Its dozens of entertaining yet authoritative mini-essays on a wide assortment of intriguing topics encourage random dipping at the reader's pleasure. Even the most erudite Italophile will discover fun new facts and fascinating new insights in the pages of La Dolce Vita U.

Mini-essays treat specific topics in one or more of the following subject areas: the Italian character; the visual arts (art, artists, architects); the performing arts (music, theater, cinema); history and antiquity; language and literature; cuisine and agriculture; wine and spirits; traditions and festivals; style and applied arts; unique places. In a wink and nod to the book's "academic" identity, the 200 mini-essays are arranged alphabetically and accompanied by charming illustrations throughout. A special traveler's topic index is provided at the end of the book.

"Imagine it as a dessert course filled with dark chocolates filled with exotic fruits and nuts, packed with knowledge and love of history and art, wisdom and wit, Italian, American, global. Carla wears her scholarship lightly, you never get overfull—but what a feast!” —Denise Scott Brown, Winner of the Jane Drew Prize for Women in Architecture

“The title—La Dolce Vita University—captures the great virtues of this reader-friendly book perfectly: it’s delicious and educational at the same time.” —Robert N. Watson, PhD. Distinguished Professor of English, Associate Vice-Provost for Educational Innovation, UCLA


Carla Gambescia's passion for Italy began early--with her mother's love of the Renaissance masters and her father's discourses on Italian geniuses of every calling. In the ensuing decades she has toured every region of Italy (often by bicycle) and immersed herself in its astonishing array of cultural treasures. In recent years Carla has combined her passion as an Italophile and writer with her skills as a career marketer and branding expert, acting as a consultant to and a collaborator with boutique tour operators. She conceived and co-led the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour, winner of Outside magazine's "Best Trip in Western Europe." In 2008 Carla founded Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria, in Mount Kisco, New York, with the ambition of creating a unique environment and dining experience that would enable guests to feel as though they had stepped right into Italy. Via Vanti! quickly won plaudits not just for its innovative Italian cuisine, extraordinary gelato (named "Best Gelato Shop in New York") and dazzling jewel box interior but also, under Carla's direction, for its active program of culinary and cultural events. It is Carla's conviction that all of us, regardless of our inherited ethnicities, share an "inner Italian"--that part of our nature which is most expressive, festive, spontaneous and fun--just waiting to be unlocked. La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z is the natural outgrowth of Carla's work and play in both the restaurant and boutique travel industries, as well as a lifelong love affair with the land of her ancestors.

Susan Van Allen is the author of 4 books about Italian travel, including 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go. She also designs and hosts “Golden Weeks in Italy: For Women Only” offering an insider's adventures that are customized for females to immerse themselves in the pleasures of Bell' Italia.

This fully updated 10th Anniversary Edition of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go is packed with new information. Susan Van Allen provides the best insider’s femme-friendly advice for sights, shopping, restaurants, and many new destinations and Golden Day itineraries to enhance your travel experiences in the Bel Paese.Whether it’s your first or twenty-first visit, this new edition of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go is a straight shot to the heart and soul of one of the world’s most beloved destinations.

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La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z By Carla Gambescia Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609521981
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Published: Travelers' Tales - November 23rd, 2021

100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go - 10th Anniversary Edition By Susan Van Allen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609521868
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Published: Travelers' Tales - August 4th, 2020

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