Under The Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes. I read this book many years ago and I immediately put under the spell of moving to an exotic country and buying an ancient house. Reading Under The Tuscan Sun was my introduction to books that are travel essays. I love the author’s sense of adventure and the love and care she took in restoring Bramasole. I could not put this book down, and completely got lost in Mayes’ adventure.