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How disappointing! The title of this book should be “Umbrellas”. Having spent a few vacations in different parts of Italy, I thought this would be a perfect coffee table book. Was I ever wrong. Even the pictures seemed to be washed out-not a deep colour. I purchased 2 of these so that I could give one to a close couple of ours who we’ve spent time in Italy with. I’m starting to doubt that thought. I should return them. Don’t waste your money!
This book is all about the umbrellas on the beaches of Italy. I bought it after a trip to Italy in March thinking it would be a fun book to look at and reminisce about our trip. Well we didn’t go to Italy in the summer so we didn’t even see the umbrellas on the beaches. Also, even if we had, I’m pretty sure we would have seen a lot of other beautiful scenery that we would have rather the book included! The description of this book does not tell you that it’s 90% focused on pictures of umbrellas! Be forewarned.
This book was not my cup of tea. It reminded me of my obnoxious cousin’s Instagram pics of her trip to Italy put into a thin, unimpressive book. It looked tiny next to my other coffee table books. This book contains pictures of a hand holding an ice cream cone/ drink with Italy in the background. And umbrellas! Oh, the umbrellas. Be prepared for page after page of aerial pictures of coastlines with tons of umbrellas. The photographer even devoted a page with a quote saying something to the effect of “ I just love vintage umbrellas along the coastline”. Yeah, we can tell. Very amateur. However, if you enjoy gorgeous, glossy photos of Italy in a large sumptuous coffee table book, get Slim Aaron’s La Dolce Vita. You’ll love it.
I purchased this book for a traveler who had been to many of the places mentioned. The photos were mainly of beach umbrellas in various configurations on various beaches. It is totally useless as the memoir I expected