L’Idea: La passione italiana, an interesting topic for your next book about Italy, La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World. Could you tell us more about that?
Dianne: After decades of visiting Italy, I began to see a common theme in Italians: a passion that inspired them to pour their time and energy into something they valued. To me, la passione italiana is a primal force that stems from an insatiable hunger to discover and create.
During my quest for Italian passion, I shadowed artisanal makers of chocolate and cheese, joined in Sicily’s Holy Week traditions, celebrated a neighborhood Carnevale in Venice, and explored vineyards, silk mills, movie sets, ceramics studios, movie sets, race tracks and fashion salons. I wanted to introduce readers to unforgettable personalities brimming with the greatest of Italian passions—for life itself.
L’Idea: A message for our readers?
Dianne: Thank you for sharing your homeland, your mother tongue and your fascinating history and culture with so many foreigners like myself. We can never be true Italians but your generosity of spirit makes us feel welcome.