and swing those hips, baby."
Charming, poetic, delightful and humorous travel and life stories about extraordinary Milanese women, men who have succumbed to their temptation, and the art of living your own dolce vita no matter where in the world you are.'
‘Chique Secrets of Dolce Vita’ is a beautiful work by author Barbara Conelli that brilliantly describes the Italian city of Milan and its surrounds. However, this is far more than a guidebook, Conelli describes the city and advises the reader where to visit and eat, but also instructs on how to achieve the enviable ‘dolce vita’ of the Milanese people, and in particular the women. The resulting work is not merely practical but also intensely inspiring.
Barbara Conelli obviously adores Milan; her love for the city practically jumped off every page. Her writing invoked the beauty and vibrancy of the area as well as the fiery temperaments and opinions of many of its stylish and poised residents.
Conelli managed to capture the true Milan, it’s history, food, culture and even fashion. I enjoyed the charming stories of the metropolis’ citizens and learnt a lot about the region and its people.
This really was the ultimate woman’s book. The ladies described by Conelli are beautiful, vivacious, and most inspirationally, actually supportive of each other. They relished their femininity but not just so they could entice men, time with the girls was also vitally important.
‘Chique Secrets of Dolce Vita’ was an easy read which it was impossible not to become completely immersed in; it was heart-warming and left me yearning for the life Conelli describes so well. I did feel that the book would benefit from some tighter editing and, in particular, some re-wording in places, to give it a more professional finish. Having said that, ‘Chique Secrets of Dolce Vita’ was a lovely combination of city guidebook and instruction on how to live a happier more fulfilled life. It certainly inspired me to visit Milan and many of the images it conjured up made a very lasting impression on me.