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One woman's story of finding beauty and herself - and a practical guide to living a better life, the Italian way!

Kamin Mohammadi, a magazine editor in London, should have been on top of the world. But after heartbreak and loneliness, the stress of her 'dream life' was ruining her physical and mental health. Gifted a ticket to freedom - a redundancy package and the offer of a friend's apartment in Florence - Kamin took a giant leap. It did not take her long to notice how differently her new Italian neighbours approached life: enjoying themselves, taking their time to eat and drink, taking their lives at a deliberately slower pace.

Filled with wonderful characters - from the local bartender/barista who becomes her love adviser to the plumbers who fix her heating and teach her to make pasta al pomodoro - here is a mantra for savouring the beauty and colour of every day that Italians have followed for generations, a guide to the slow life for busy people, a story of finding love (and self-love) in unlikely places and an evocative account of a year living an Italian life.

©2018 Kamin Mohammadi (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Kate Lord Brown
  • 06-30-18

The Good Life

If you've ever dreamt of escaping to Italy, or having the time to discover what really makes life worth living, this is the book for you - beautifully narrated by the author, too.

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  • Christopher
  • 05-13-18

Not really much about the Bella Figura

I was dissapointed, mainly because I expected more of an insight into the Bella Figura.
It was basically a story about a ladys time in Florence.
OK but I thought it was going to be different to a host of comparable books available.

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  • Zebra Karma
  • 05-28-18

Mostly very good

I’ve deducted a star because of the preachy and long-winded epilogue about food and exercise regime. “Bella Figura is not a diet...” - surely no one thought it was? Although the book is a tad more Bridget Jones Diary than it needed to be. Still a diverting read though.

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  • lindaha
  • 09-15-18

Can’t listen to this

I really wanted to like this and the story sounded as if it could have been nicely escapist. Sadly I couldn’t listen to the narrator. It is a very wooden performance and very off-putting to listen to.

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  • Julie Bennett
  • 10-10-18

The only book I have not been able to finish

This book was so boring! I would say I have wide ranging taste in the books I download but this was the first I just could not finish .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-18

Beautiful Bella Figura

Great way to hear a good, interesting story. It really helped me since I went through a similar time in my life. Thank you for writing this story, I really loved it

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  • Polly
  • 10-07-18

Far too negative about England

The story should haven excellent, but was far too negative about England, this is a pity.

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  • Ville Girl
  • 10-07-18

An uplifting story, with great recipes.

Loved everything about this book, it’s so heartwarming. It has made me think about improving my eating (Olive oil has been purchased) lifestyle and attitude towards life. Thank you Kamin, 5 star all the way!

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  • Diane H. Smith
  • 10-03-18

Stick with it’s worth the journey

I wasn’t at all sure if I was going to enjoy this to start with but I loved it! The author is the reader so obviously not as polished as most professional Audible narrators but I grew to love her honest delivery. I am trying to incorporate Bella Figura into my own life. Such a feeling of well being ( even without the Italian weather or beauty of Florence!) comes from slowing down, appreciating what is around you and what you eat and drink, and most importantly being kind to yourself. I shall listen again as necessary!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-18

Not just entertaining

I found Bella figura not just entertaining but educational.
It speaks a lot of real sense about how to live a healthy life style not just from a food aspect but from the mental, emotional and phisical aspects too. I am a 68 year old male pensioner, so I'm not like the character in this book in any way but her advice on looking after ones self IS very beneficial to all ages and both sexes. I for one am glad I stumbled on this book and had the good sense to listen right to the end even although it's not the usual kind of book I listen to, nor did I think it would have any relevance to my life but how wrong one can be. I am off to buy my first bottle of (Green) extra virgin olive oil for drinking. I often cook with it and drizzle it on food as I love Italian food, but to just drink it had never crossed my mind. So from now on it's only the finest olive oil for cooking, drizzling and DRINKING from here on, along with the rest of the Bella figura lifestyle recommendations. In three months time I will review any changes to my health and fitness and again in 6 and then 12 months. That should have given it a really good chance to prove it's worth. I was thinking of going over to Spain or the south of France 🇫🇷 to live as I've pretty much had it with 🇬🇧 but maybe now I just might consider living in Italy 🇮🇹. How better to live a Bella figura lifestyle? 😁