Paperback. Pub the Date: April. 2000 Pages: 318 in Publisher: Bantam Continuing Frances Mayes's account of her love affair with Italy. Bella Tuscany presents the author now truly at home there. Meeting the challenges of learning a new language and touring regions outside Tuscany . including castle towns. fishing villages. and islands. With fresh adventures and updates on the characters introduced in Under the Tuscan Sun. Mayes also explores new themes in this wondrous corner of the world. delving into gardening. wine-making. and the experience of primavera - a season of renewed possibility. And Mayes reveals more simple pleasures from her Tuscan kitchen in a section devoted to recipes. In the sensuous. vivid prose that has become her hallmark. Bella Tuscany celeates Mayes's deepening connection to the land and her flourishing friendships in a newfound haven of idyllic living.