Over the years that I have resided in Italy, I have sought out some of the most beautiful and historic hotels and inns in the country. I knew their hospitality and their history would delight me, but I also knew that their interiors, their gardens, and most importantly their views would inspire both my pen and my brush. I was never disappointed. I invite you to enjoy these unique hotels through my words and my paintings. It is my hope that these pages will tempt you into making these hotels part of your travel plans when next you travel to Italy.
Through paintings, photos and prose, I celebrate all that is Italy - the traditions and festivals, the food and the wines, the enchanting cities and the peaceful countryside. Come travel with me. A must for anyone who loves Italy, who dreams of travel here, or who simply wants to savor their own memories of the country.
All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson
Has Italy captured your heart and your imagination? In this travel journal, I strive to capture the essence of the country, not through the usual highlights of a whirlwind tour of the peninsula, but through leisurely travels to the cities and countryside, often off the beaten path and during the quieter seasons. Festivals that ignite the imagination, banquets of tables laden with Italy’s abundant harvest, shepherds and farmers toiling their land, opera divas that sing in a way that almost breaks one heart – these are the experiences that inspired the title: Italy – the Beauty and the Feast. I invite you to travel along with me. This is the sequel to my first collection of travel stories, Italian Wanderlust.