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On My Bookshelf: Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vita

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What better way to wrap up a week of posts about my trip than by sharing a book that captures the essence of Italy through a collection of amazing photographs? "Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vita" has been sitting on my desk for some time now, and whenever I need some inspiration (or an instant transport back to my vacation) I flip through the glossy pages for a glimpse into the photographer's love-affair with my favorite country to visit.

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Donna Fabrizia Lanza di Mazzarino in the garden of her grandparents’ Villa Tasca d’Almerita, Palermo, 1984. Slim Aarons/Getty Images

Abrams Publishing Company has done a series of books featuring Aarons' photographs, but this one is my favorite by far. Aarons was stationed in Italy as a documentary photographer for many years, but even after he relocated to New York he continued to visit nearly every year until he passed away. Clearly, he loved the country as much as I do, which is why I take so much pleasure in flipping through his collection. The book documents "La Dolce Vita," or the good life, through photographs of Italian celebrities, aristocracy, and the cultural elite at sweeping estates, beautiful renaissance villas, or in breathtaking views of the countryside. Perhaps it's a little indulgent, since clearly not everyone can live like an Italian socialite, but the glamorous, vibrant images pull you in enough that you can at least pretend.

Princess Colonna

Princess Colonna and her third son, Prospero, in the grand gallery of the Colonna family palace, which occupies an entire city block near the Piazza Santi Apostoli. Slim Aarons/Getty Images

Pick up a copy and start daydreaming.

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