"What an enjoyable read -- you will want to immediately leave for a golfing vacation in Italy!"
– Dr. Bob Rotella, author of Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect
"After reading Roland Merullo's delightful The Italian Summer, I found myself daydreaming of emulating his magical summer abroad with golf clubs in tow. Life is too short not to savor its delights. Pour a glass of vino, find an easy chair, and enjoy a splendid tale of golf, food, and life in the peaceful lane, Italian style."
– David Wood, author of Around the World in 80 Rounds
"A colorful, affectionate tour of Italian landscape and food."
– Kirkus Reviews
"[The Italian Summer] recalls Calvin Trillin in its casual tone, good humor, affable interactions with family, and everyman's love of regional food and wine."
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Roland Merullo was born in Boston and raised in the working-class city of Revere, Massachusetts. He had a scholarship to Exeter Academy and graduated in 1971, went to Boston University for two years, transferred to Brown and graduated from Brown in 1975, then earned a Master's there in 1976. Roland has published seven novels and two books of non-fiction, and he and his family have traveled to Italy eight times in the past twelve years. He currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife Amanda and their two daughters, Alexandra and Juliana.