About Mary Jane Cryan and Etruria Editions

American-Irish writer and historian Mary Jane Cryan has been living in Italy since 1965. An international educator, researcher and writer, she has also been an official Vatican guide, Site Director and lecturer for Elderhostel and the creator of start-ups for numerous American universities, high schools, writers’ and artists’ workshops.

For the past 12 years she has been an  enrichment lecturer aboard luxury cruise ships plying the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Black Seas.  Click  on the above  link  for a list of  her  illustrated  presentations and sail-in commentaries on  cruise ships. For other talks in Italian check  Presentations  Page.

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Her byline appears in scholarly Italian and English language  journals (La Loggetta,  The Irish Sword), best-selling guidebooks ,  English language newspapers and magazines and Italian lifestyle magazines . A  Bibliography  dating from  1978  to present  is listed under Books.

While living in Moscow during the Perestroika she was on the staff of Moscow Magazine, the first Western style magazine to appear in the USSR.

The Central Italian area known as Etruria or Tuscia, between Rome and Florence has  inspired  7 publications. The area is  still pristine in its beauty and traditions, unspoiled by mass tourism and well loved by cultured  visitors and residents. The only thing lacking – hordes of tourists.

Etruria Editions’  books are researched, written, published and printed  here in central Italy and copies are  marketed and distributed  all over the world from Etruria Editions’ headquarters  located in an historic palazzo in central Italy.     Read reviews  on the Books page  and order directly  from the website.

Besides the Tarquinia-Cardarelli prize for cultural promotion and City of Capranica prize for historical research, her cultural website www.elegantetruria.com has won several awards including  “Narrare il Lazio” prize for the best website about the Lazio Region.

In 2010 she published  Etruria-travel, history and itineraries in central Italy  which was presented at Palazzo del Collegio Romano in Rome and, a few months later,  a limited edition dedicated to 19th century Italian history, The Irish and English in Italy’s Risorgimento. See the BOOKS  page for latest publications , where to buy, how to order.

Follow  Mary Jane on social media: Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram for latest happenings  in the  arts and culture of central Italy.

Most travelers to Italy will have a copy of at least one guidebook Mary Jane helped to write:  DK’s Eyewitness Guide to Rome, Fodor’s,  Designer Bargains in Italy, or perhaps Buying a Home in Italy or Living and Working in Italy . Some of the many books by Mary Jane Cryan

A full bibliography can be seen at this link: http://www.elegantetruria.com/bibliography.htm

Check   the latest interview in Italian on TusciaUp ,

Here is  an older interview,  from 2004,  when  “Travels to Tuscany and Northern Lazio” was published.

7 pages on Inside the Vatican by Lucy Gordan,  Mary Jane Cryan October 2004-01.

Check out the  latest interview on The Local website.


Etruria Storie e Segreti, Mary Jane’s first book about Northern Lazio in Italian, was released in December, 2013.

It is again available after a  second  printing.
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LATEST BOOK  Published in 2017 in  both English and Italian    copertina Palazzo

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