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When Lisa Condies marriage and a subsequent relationship disintegrated, she traveled to Italy to lick her wounds and implored her angels to help her discover what her next chapter of life might hold. As Lisa explored the streets of Florence, she felt invigorated and fulfillled wandering through the famed architecture and spectacular galleries; a deep sense of peace When Lisa Condie’s marriage and a subsequent relationship disintegrated, she traveled to Italy to lick her wounds and implored her angels to help her discover what her next chapter of life might hold. As Lisa explored the streets of Florence, she felt invigorated and fulfillled wandering through the famed architecture and spectacular galleries; a deep sense of peace enveloped her as she discovered the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, where Condie sought out wineries and olive groves, and monasteries and churches for answers and inspiration. The imposing Duomo that dominated the Florence skyline and the city’s awe-inspiring bridges and meandering rivers beckoned her to leave her Utah home. The sights of Florence not only healed her, they became her muse.


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When Lisa Condies marriage and a subsequent relationship disintegrated, she traveled to Italy to lick her wounds and implored her angels to help her discover what her next chapter of life might hold. As Lisa explored the streets of Florence, she felt invigorated and fulfillled wandering through the famed architecture and spectacular galleries; a deep sense of peace When Lisa Condie’s marriage and a subsequent relationship disintegrated, she traveled to Italy to lick her wounds and implored her angels to help her discover what her next chapter of life might hold. As Lisa explored the streets of Florence, she felt invigorated and fulfillled wandering through the famed architecture and spectacular galleries; a deep sense of peace enveloped her as she discovered the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, where Condie sought out wineries and olive groves, and monasteries and churches for answers and inspiration. The imposing Duomo that dominated the Florence skyline and the city’s awe-inspiring bridges and meandering rivers beckoned her to leave her Utah home. The sights of Florence not only healed her, they became her muse.

30 review for I Found Myself in Tuscany

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    I started reading this book and put it down thinking, "Oh No! Not another Eat Pray Love" which was a sometimes interesting book but Elizabeth Gilbert herself was a self focussed turn off for me. Although Lisa Condie drowned herself in coffee and spirits (I have never read a book where that was emphasized so much) and used exclamation marks (how did all those exclamation marks get past an editor?) as I kept reading I had to admire her for learning a new language and the pluck it took to live I started reading this book and put it down thinking, "Oh No! Not another Eat Pray Love" which was a sometimes interesting book but Elizabeth Gilbert herself was a self focussed turn off for me. Although Lisa Condie drowned herself in coffee and spirits (I have never read a book where that was emphasized so much) and used exclamation marks (how did all those exclamation marks get past an editor?) as I kept reading I had to admire her for learning a new language and the pluck it took to live alone and make new friends. She described scenes well and having been to Barcelona I read that description of walking down La Rambla outloud to my husband. We felt we were there walking for a minute or two. Her tours sounded like safe and well planned events for women who want to travel and need to do it alone. I admired her for being that tenacious and clever and able to go through the confusion of the Italian visa process. I really enjoyed the book. Would give it 3.5 for sure.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    I can hear the bells What an inspirational woman. Let's just say I'm doing my research now for my trip. I'm waiting for the 2018 dates to come out. Lisa's writing transports you to that exact time and place. You can literally smell and taste the food, feel the cold of the Utah winter and the smoldering heat of the august sun in Florence. I was captivated. This is a must read for a wonderlust heart.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mirtha Valdes

    Inspirational This book left me with the confirmation that there is always hope, but it is up to us to search for our joy and to find ourselves in the process. I enjoyed it immensely as I have a recently returned from Florence. I started reading the book when I planned my trip with Mu husband. I read it before I left, during, and after my trip and it has been a perfect backdrop to my own adventure. I also immensely enjoyed staying in Florence and hope to return many more times. I'd also love to Inspirational This book left me with the confirmation that there is always hope, but it is up to us to search for our joy and to find ourselves in the process. I enjoyed it immensely as I have a recently returned from Florence. I started reading the book when I planned my trip with Mu husband. I read it before I left, during, and after my trip and it has been a perfect backdrop to my own adventure. I also immensely enjoyed staying in Florence and hope to return many more times. I'd also love to think that someday I can go on one of them Miss Condie's tours of Tuscany and Florence with my own girlfriends.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eileenjp

    Lisa Condie left Utah to live in Italy to get perspective after difficult relationship. She completely re-invented herself over the next couple years, starting a new business and beginning her writing career. The first part of this book was a must read for anyone that is planning a trip to Florence Italy. Lisa Condie has done a great job bringing Florence alive and describing in detail many of the small Tuscan towns and places to visit around Florence itself. The last few chapters in this book Lisa Condie left Utah to live in Italy to get perspective after difficult relationship. She completely re-invented herself over the next couple years, starting a new business and beginning her writing career. The first part of this book was a must read for anyone that is planning a trip to Florence Italy. Lisa Condie has done a great job bringing Florence alive and describing in detail many of the small Tuscan towns and places to visit around Florence itself. The last few chapters in this book seemed repetitive and seemed unnecessary to me. In my opinion leaving them off would have been a better choice. All in all this was a well written interesting book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christine Campbell

    As good as a holiday I have followed Lisa Condie's posts on Facebook so was interested to see how it all began. Although at times it seems like everything fell into place Lisa takes us through the highs and lows, the red tape challenges and betrayals without dwelling on how low she must have felt at times. I'm sure the beautiful surroundings, mainly sunny days and the Italian approach to life must have helped. As many people have said Lisa is living the dream and I am more than a little envious As good as a holiday I have followed Lisa Condie's posts on Facebook so was interested to see how it all began. Although at times it seems like everything fell into place Lisa takes us through the highs and lows, the red tape challenges and betrayals without dwelling on how low she must have felt at times. I'm sure the beautiful surroundings, mainly sunny days and the Italian approach to life must have helped. As many people have said Lisa is living the dream and I am more than a little envious but it's taken courage and a lot of self belief. Thanks for the tour.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    What a good book! Not the usual ex-pat moves abroad story where the worst thing that happens is termites in the barn or a backed-up drain and nobody can converse with the plumber because of the language difference. I was taken aback by what happened to Lisa and am glad that she persevered and followed her dream. In fact, I'm coming to Florence in May, Lisa - let's meet for cappuccino (before 10 of course).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Faith W

    Inspirational Travel Log An excellent story of ones journey to healing, self-understanding, and finding solace in ones own strength while receiving the wonders of living and exploring life in the most wondrous and beautiful region of Tuscany. This is my go to book for travel info and for inspiration to realize my dream of someday finding myself in Tuscany! Inspirational Travel Log An excellent story of one’s journey to healing, self-understanding, and finding solace in one’s own strength while receiving the wonders of living and exploring life in the most wondrous and beautiful region of Tuscany. This is my “go to” book for travel info and for inspiration to realize my dream of someday finding myself in Tuscany!

  8. 5 out of 5

    nicolette davis

    Inspiring Book Loved the book. It wasnt best seller material, but it was best inspiring material. She chose a life well lived and gave life to many women who needed to see life isnt a forgone conclusion at 50 or 60 years old. Bravo to the author for sharing her life with her readers! Inspiring Book Loved the book. It wasn’t best seller material, but it was best inspiring material. She chose a life well lived and gave life to many women who needed to see life isn’t a forgone conclusion at 50 or 60 years old. Bravo to the author for sharing her life with her readers!

  9. 5 out of 5

    David

    A heart warming story of life's changes, finding your true self and adapting to move on.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bettina Wolfe

    Bellissimo! I loved this book! A wonderful, beautifully written, and inspiring story. Follow Lisa on her courageous journey and be whisked away to Tuscany.

  11. 5 out of 5

    shirley king

    Life affirming Having just returned from a trip to Italy, I found this to be charming, funny and very accurate in the characters as well as the culture of Florence.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen Freeman

    Another bad example of a vanity press publication. The authentic glimpses of Tuscany or Italian life are few and far between. Mostly we get the author re-hashing bad breakups, escaping to Tuscany and shedding tears at the drop of a ubiquitous white feather. Credit to her for starting a tour business for women in Tuscany which occupies much of the book. Add a sprinkling of Wayne Dyer's platitudes and it's a snooze from start to finish.

  13. 4 out of 5

    tammie

    Good tesad Great book. Loved that it had bits and pieces of Salt Lake. I would recommend it to everyone who likes an easy read

  14. 5 out of 5

    Louise

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

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    Stephanie Johnson

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maria Trejo

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maryanne Smith

  20. 5 out of 5

    DonnaMaynes

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Gadberry

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nathan A. Hartseil

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heike

  24. 5 out of 5

    P Pricer

  25. 5 out of 5

    Helene Golombek

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    Louise Cusa

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mr J Kimble

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Rogers

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gary Walkingshaw

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