A Thousand Days in Venice

A Thousand Days in Venice

An Unexpected Romance

Book - 2002
Average Rating:
Rate this:

Fernando first sees Marlena across the Piazza San Marco and falls in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice caf#65533; a year later, he knows it is fate. He knows little English; she, a divorced American chef traveling through Italy, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thought she was done with romantic love, incapable of intimacy. Yet within months of their first meeting, she has quit her job, sold her house in St. Louis, kissed her two grown sons good-bye, and moved to Venice to marry "the stranger," as she calls Fernando.
This deliciously satisfying memoir is filled with the foods and flavors of Italy and peppered with culinary observations and recipes. But the main course here is an enchanting true story about a woman who falls in love with both a man and a city, and finally finds the home she didn't even know she was missing.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2002
Characteristics: 272 p. ; 19 cm
ISBN: 1565123212
Call Number: 945.31 DE:BLASI


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jul 11, 2017

A quirky, fun book. Descriptive and chronicaling a love story later in life. Sweet and tasty as romances go.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

A delicious biography for anyone who loves to read about food, romance and Venice. A chef and a food critic, Marlena is sent to Venice to write an article and instead finds herself falling in love with a venetian bank manager who looks like Peter Sellers. After one morning of coffee and conversation she heads back to the States and finds that in that brief encounter she has met her destiny. In the next eight months she packs up her life in St. Louis and moves to Venice to marry the stranger, against the wishes of her grown children and many of her friends. Her new life has many challenges, but in the end, love does seem to conquer all.

Jan 25, 2014

There are sentences in this book that are so beautifully written I would re-read them just to savor the sounds and ideas. The story is full of gentle humor as well as unexpected passion between a Venetian man and an American woman who meet by chance and then strive to build a life together.

Jun 01, 2013

I loved this book, so descriptive and in depth. If you liked Under The Tuscan Sun you will enjoy this too, about life and love in Italy.

Jan 08, 2010

A beautifully written book about Marlena's falling in love with a Venetian man she has just met. The language is beautiful in this book. There were turns of phrase that had me alternately chuckling and weeping. And given that she is a food writer, Marlena includes recipes of some of the food she cooked.

Jan 07, 2010

This is a very charming story. If you love travel lit - you'll really enjoy this book.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at JCPL

To Top