Visiting Italy for the Mantova Literature Festival

Visiting Italy several times since past so many years has given me an adrenaline rush. It pushes me to keep seeking, learning, traveling and creating. And here I am going again to do more of the same! This time I will be a Guest and International Blogger/Journalist for the English part of their website Mantova Literature Festival/Festivaletteratura.

The International Literature Festival takes place annually in Mantova and this year (2016) it is doubly special as it is celebrating 20 years of literary success. I am stoked to be part of the 20th edition because I know this journey will be like no other!

Image Courtesy: Mantova Toursim

For everyone’s benefit the town of Mantova is in the region of Lombardy, about 2 hours from Milan. It is the Italian Capital of Culture for 2016 and needless to say another UNESCO world heritage site.

Mantova -Image Courtesy: Italy Magazine

There will be a lot of Literature talk this entire month as several big names visit the Festivaletteratura. I can hardly contain my emotions because it’s two of the things I love a lot – BOOKS & ITALY. Nothing like both passions coming together, right?? So, BEHOLD!

I will be soon amongst a crowd of notable authors such as Alain de Botton, Roberto Calasso, Antony Beevor, Alessandro Baricco, David Mitchell, Sarah Waters, Julian Barnes and the list goes on. There is still a lot to be done at my end-packing, to do lists, planning etc. I also just finalized my plans on where I will be traveling to after Italy. Any wild guesses?? 🙂

Meanwhile, follow along here as well as my Instagram and Twitter. I promise to make it entertaining for all of you out there- the Literature as well as the Non Literature lovers 🙂

“I am all the more convinced that we, as Italians, know nothing about certain aspects of being Italian.. Now I am in Mantua on a July night, where some Mantuans have come up with the wonderful idea of a literary festival which, year after year, takes place as summer draws to an end.” -Andrea Camilleri

Until next time,



65 thoughts on “Visiting Italy for the Mantova Literature Festival

  1. Congratulations Ishita! What an opportunity of a lifetime! I am so happy for you to be able to blend your passion for Italy and your love of books in this endeavor!! I will eagerly be following your posts!

  2. Oh wow. Sarah waters and David Mitchell and of my god so much bookish and cultural goodness. You so deserve this and I can’t wait to see what you post. So proud of you Ishita!

  3. Wow Ishita !!! Congratulations and the best wishes as you get ready to embark upon a new role. It was beautiful to see your bond with Italy grow and cultivate over a period of time. Get ready to unleash the spark all over again. #morepowertoitalophilia 😘😘😘

  4. Congratulations Clever girl. I feel so proud of you. How very exciting to be rubbing shoulders with like minded people. Have a terrific time.

      1. Sorry, I must be going nuts. I always get Padova and Mantova mixed up, they are both fabulous.
        What a pity you can’t stay a bit longer. I arrive in BdL on 17th September.

        1. Yeah unfortunately no. I travel to eastern Europe .. I think it’s high time I make the most of my European travels after Italy 🙂 who knows when I might come back.

  5. That’s an amazing opportunity Ishita – Congratulations and I’m not surprised you’re so stoked! Hope all the prep is going well and enjoy every minute 🙂

  6. Outstanding! I am impressed that someone of your caliber both like my Photo Blog and chose to follow me. We had visited Italy in 2014 and as so many of your fans here have stated. We fell in Love with both the Country and its people.
    Wishing you Safe Travels and Break A Leg!

  7. Congratulations and what an interesting opportunity! I hope you enjoy it though it sounds difficult not to.
    May I ask a favour – I am a finalist in a travel writing competition on the Balkanvibe website. Would you mind if I posted a link here to the finalists page where your followers could read the finalists, look at the many lovely photos and like/comment on those they enjoy? Thanks and all the best.

  8. Thanks very much Ishita. The link is below and mine is the raspberry picking story. They promoted it as a writing competition and now say on ‘September 5 we will initiate a two-week competition to determine three winners … Because your selection as a winner depends on your post’s quality of content as well as social media virality, we encourage you to share your Balkanvibe article … with friends and followers and have them like, share, and comment on the story … to maximize your chances of winning the trip’ which is a bit rude IMO but what can you do. 🙂
    Anyway, this is the link to the finalists’ page and thanks again:

  9. Bravissima!!! a great experience & great food too in Mantova😋😋😋😋did you know next year my birthplace – Pistoia – will be the Italy’s capital of culture ? This year is Mantova😉hope I could meet you soon as you have a friend here,me!👍👍

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