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Travel by Book by Luca Domani

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I enjoy reading travel memoirs. It is entertaining to read about places I haven’t been and perhaps may never have a chance to visit.

In a different way, reading travelogues of familiar destinations is also satisfying.  It can be a chance to revisit places from your own travels, and more interestingly, to see the differences between the author’s experiences and my own. Travel is a very personal experience and can vary depending on the circumstances of one’s visit. The time of year you choose to visit, the weather during the week you are there, the company you keep, all of those can make the difference between a good and a bad trip. Even the restaurants you eat at, the roads you take, the modes of transport you use, will influence your impressions of a place. After all, fate affects us in our everyday lives, so the same applies during our travels.

One of my favorite travelogues is A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena di Blasi. In preparation for writing my own story, I also reread this lovely travel memoir to help refresh my own memories of the city. The author is a chef who travels to Venice and falls in love with a Venetian. Her book recounts her adventures with moving to Venice, and the highs and lows of her relationship with her Venetian, Fernando. There are plenty of descriptions of food and even recipes at the end, but my favorite part of the book is her narrative of the people she encounters throughout her time there. Then most important of these encounters, when Marlena meets Fernando, seems to be fated.  He admires her from afar in Piazza San Marco, but doesn’t have a chance to introduce himself.  It isn’t until a year later, when he sees her again at a restaurant in a different part of Venice, that they finally meet and fall in love. It feels like it was meant to be.

In An American in Venice, the weather is the fateful impetus that brings Tom and Giovanni together. If Tom hadn’t arrived at his hotel during acqua alta (flooding conditions), then he might have never chosen to stop by the pizzeria next door where Giovanni was working. Perhaps if I had never had similar experience, then I wouldn’t have written it that way. In that sense, my story is also part travelogue. The paths that Tom and Giovanni tread in my book recall my own time in Venice. Part of my intention in writing it was to bring a piece of Venice to the reader, in the same way a travel memoir might. At the same time, I also journeyed there myself, returning to treasured memories of visits to a magical city. Whether you have already been there or plan to travel there in the future, I hope you will check out a copy of my book and enjoy a taste of Venice.

Tom has always been steady and predictable—a formula he’s sure will lead him to success in his career. When his method fails him and he loses his job, he throws caution to the wind for the first time in his life and books a European holiday.

Maybe Tom shouldn’t be surprised that Cupid’s arrow finds him in one of the most romantic cities in the world: Venice, Italy. When he encounters Giovanni working in the family pizzeria, it’s lust at first sight. Their time together touring the city is so magical it feels like a dream. But Tom is shy while Giovanni is charming and flirtatious. Tom has a newfound freedom with his unemployment, while family burdens weigh heavily on Giovanni. Add culture differences and miscommunication into the mix, and their brief romance might fade as quickly as the beautiful dream it resembles.

Luca Domani has been writing stories since childhood. Although he has a doctorate in engineering, he has never given up on his dream of being a writer. He adores science fiction and is partial to postapocalyptic epics with zombie hordes, but at heart, he is a hopeless romantic. Luca is married to his high school sweetheart, who is his muse and the love of his life. They reside in Massachusetts with their dog and cat. An American in Venice is his second publication outside of a technical journal.




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