Divided into 15 equally enchanting chapters, her book tells tales of unexpected meetings, magical moments and love in Milan.
For Ms. Conelli, love doesn’t require lavishness or grand gestures. To her, it means something else; simple pleasures, new discoveries, little things, and much more.
In Milan, love can surround you everywhere. You just need to know where and how to look.
With grace and elegance, Ms. Conelli shares the city’s special spots, only known by locals and passionate lovers of Milan. Her unique way of capturing the magic of places and people she writes about is ever present, guiding you through Milan – by morning, day or night. Every part of the book brings a different perspective to the essence of love.
Mariella taught me that when the streets of Milan ask you to dance, there’s nothing else to do but put on your ballet shoes and surrender with confidence to the arms of the city that has materialized the visions of courageous, fearless people.
You will see Milan from a new angle rarely discovered by tourists, learn the origin to Pizza Margherita, shop for exclusive fashion in the Golden Quadrangle, find out where to go for a divine snack of crispy panzerotto (and where to savor it), come along on a romantic evening tram adventure, experience the sublime nature of ballet, and dine at an extravagant restaurant whose entire interior is for sale (because the owner believes “…every space must evolve and grow so that life energy can flow through it continuously…”).
It is as if you follow the author every step of the journey and you feel an unavoidable desire to walk the streets of Milan on location, not only through your imagination.
In Milan, there are very few things you can rely on. Life here is fast and loves constant changes.
The final chapter and Ms. Conneli’s unforeseen encounter with an American outside Tiffany’s, as taken out of a Hollywood movie, excellently summarizes what dolce amore is really about.
The Art of Loving Your Life Like an Italian: Italy is a country that lives and breathes love in all its forms. There's no other nation in the world that would feel the joy of life more deeply and genuinely, that would celebrate the gift of human existence more vividly and exuberantly. Italians love to live, and they love enjoying life with all their senses.
Travel Writer's Secrets: Dream, Share, Write: "It all started with a dream: I had been collecting travel experiences for years, capturing them on the pages of my red travel journals and through the lens of my camera. But I felt a strong, growing desire to show the beauty and the magic to others. To help them see what I was seeing, to help them feel what I was feeling. Travel equals emotions. Travel gives you an extraordinary opportunity to learn, grow and discover who you truly are. I dreamt of finding a way to pass it on."
THE CHIQUE ART OF LOVING YOUR LIFE It’s February, the famous month of love, pink teddy bears, heart-shaped chocolates and engagement rings dangerously hidden in desserts, waiting to be choked on. The month that reminds me how much I actually don’t need all this because my most magical flame is everlasting, super strong and very Italian: I have a secret, passionate love affair with my life.
Maxim was a charming Frenchman and a born Parisian who never forgot to mention that his family came from the correct, wealthy bank of the Seine. Actually, to be precise, it concerned only his mother. His father’s presence in the family was considered an unpleasant social slip which had been held against him bitterly all his life.
IL BEL PAESE AND ITALIAN DOLCE VITA RITUALS “No matter where in Italy you happen to find yourself, you can be sure to find the same, very Italian rituals everywhere you go. After years spent in Italy with family and friends, and after very thorough lessons on the Art of Dolce Vita from my Milanese Grandma Lily, I take these little rituals with me everywhere I go, always trying to keep their spirit alive in my heart.”
"I know how fragile our life is, I realize we never know how much time we have left and when this ride will be over. Every day I wake up full of joy, determined to create a life worth living. When I'm 95 (or 105), I want to be able to look back and say: Hey, this party has been blooming marvelous. "
"We often think that happiness must be grandiose, yet it’s so ridiculously simple. Italy really helps you realize that life is a gift, with the good and the less good, and it’s to be appreciated and savored."
"My books always have a deeper message and I love using the city I write about as “the stage of life”, a creative space where we can learn, grow and get to know ourselves. Milan is about loving your life and finding beauty in simple, everyday things. Rome is about being fully present in your life instead of exhaustingly focusing on doing, doing, doing."
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“I believe shoes are the best litmus paper that tells you what a woman is like. When I meet someone new, I don’t look them in the eyes, I look at their shoes. Thanks to years of experience, I’ve become the ultimate shoe psychologist. Looking at your shoes, I can say what kind of men you like, what you love to eat, how you slept last night and whether you cohabitate with Antonio Banderas’s look-alike or with a large, fat orange cat.”
I'm very passionate about writing, but I do need breaks that allow my ideas and inspiration to "marinate". Also, I'm not one of those writers who complete and publish a book every six or seven weeks. My books are a big part of myself, and you can't really mass-produce your soul :) I prefer to enjoy the creative process and to be sure that my readers get something more than pages full of empty words.
“I was definitely aiming at women who love to travel and explore the world, but also at those who dream of traveling the world and who are in love with everything Italian. I didn’t want to write a travel book, and I don’t consider myself a travel writer. Chique Secrets of Dolce Vita is not a travel guide, it’s a book that reveals the secrets of Italy and allows you to indulge in your own Dolce Vita no matter where you are in the world. It’s a book about sunny days, kind people, values that we sometimes seem to forget in today’s hectic world, and the art of finding pleasure in little everyday things.”
"Milan is often the gateway to Italy from Northern Europe, and arriving at the imposing station of Milano Centrale is a fitting start to any stay in Milan. Milan, the city where men still feel "Italian" and the women perfect the seductive swing of the hips. This is the city where the dolce vita and cosmopolitan glamour exist!"