A poet enamoured with Basho’s haiku explores Italy one magical summer, beginning on a stony beach in Sicily. Part travel-diary, part manifesto, Signora Bella’s Grand Tour is a celebration of La Dolce Vita.

the sea would type a book for me
if only i could find
an alphabet of stones

what is Italy if not devout?

even the cats turn out
for the procession of the saint

i doze off in an alpine meadow

on this sweet summer day
the poet and her brother bees at work