The Italian Summer
Golf, Food, and Family at Lake Como
By Roland Merullo
(Touchstone, Hardcover, 9781416563532, 272pp.)
Publication Date: April 28, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Fore, bella! From the author of critically acclaimed Golfing with God comes a charming narrative of a hole-in-one trip through Italy -- a glorious summer of golfing, eating, and learning how to slow down and enjoy life.
In the summer of 2007, Roland Merullo was feeling a little burnt out by the frantic pace of his life in the United States and decided to rent an Italian villa near the shore of Lake Como. He arrived in Italy with his wife and two young daughters, hoping the Mediterranean air would teach him to appreciatethe more relaxed, Italian way of living: a focus on food, family, and fun. An avid golfer and golf writer, Merullo also set out to enjoy one of Italy's lesser-known treasures: excellent golf on some gorgeous courses.
With his customary wit, keen eye, and down-to-earth style, Merullo shares this fascinating account of his summer in Italy, offering detailed and often humorous descriptions of wonderful meals, colorful characters, rounds of golf at some of the most beautiful courses in Europe, and precious time spent with family. The Italian Summer brings to life the myriad joys of Italian existence in a way that all lovers of food, wine, travel, and the proverbial "good walk spoiled" will savor.
Roland Merullo was born in Boston and raised in the working-class city of Revere, Massachusetts. He had a scholarship to Exeter Academy and graduated in 1971, went to Boston University for two years, transferred to Brown and graduated from Brown in 1975, then earned a Master's there in 1976. Roland has published seven novels and two books of non-fiction, and he and his family have traveled to Italy eight times in the past twelve years. He currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife Amanda and their two daughters, Alexandra and Juliana.