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The Smiles of Rome, A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers

The Smiles of Rome, A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers

by Susan Cahill

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 332 PAGES

A wonderfully inspired anthology featuring excerpts from 29 writers and artists interspersed with practical suggestions for travelers. (ITL573, $16.00)

The Colosseum

The Colosseum

by Keith Hopkins | Mary Beard

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

This engaging overview of the history of the Colosseum deconstructs Hollywood-perpetrated misconceptions of gladiator-eating lions, Nero fiddling and other myths. (ITL654, $17.50)

Ancient Rome: Art, Architecture, and History

Ancient Rome: Art, Architecture, and History

by Ada Gabucci

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

This lively, illustrated survey of Ancient Rome's monuments, history and art is a terrific introduction. (ITL419, $19.95)

Blue Guide Rome

Blue Guide Rome

by Alta Macadam

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 600 PAGES

The 10th edition of MacAdam's ultimate guide to Rome, with full color street maps, dozens of site plans, suggested walks and extensive commentary on the history and significance of every church, monument and district. (ITL230, $26.95)

Rome Map

Rome Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2016
  • MAP

A handy map at a scale of 1:11,000, with a more detailed overview of the city center. (ITL60, $9.95)

 
Italy Adventure Map

Italy Adventure Map


by National Geographic Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

A shaded, color map of Italy, at a scale of 1:1,000,000. (ITA220, $12.95)

Eyewitness Guide Rome

Eyewitness Guide Rome


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to Rome featuring hundreds of color photographs, neighborhood maps and innovative site plans. (ITL158, $21.99)

Fodor's Rome's 25 Best

Fodor's Rome's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This shirt-pocket guide includes a map of the city and essential information on its highlights. (ITL112, $13.99)

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A handy, palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (ITL531, $9.99)

The Atlas of Ancient Rome, Biography and Portraits of the City

The Atlas of Ancient Rome, Biography and Portraits of the City


by Andrea Carandini

  • REFERENCE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 1248 PAGES
  • COMING IN FEBRUARY

A decade in the making, this two-volume atlas mixes up-to-date archaeological research with the latest mapping technology, taking urban Rome apart piece by piece. A monumental work, destined to become a standard reference. (ITA642, $199.50)

The Seven Hills of Rome, A Geological Tour of the Eternal City

The Seven Hills of Rome, A Geological Tour of the Eternal City


by Grant Heiken

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

With a timeline, chapters on each of the seven hills, Tiber Floodplain and overview of geology, this accessible guide, written by experts in geology, culture and history of Rome, shows the importance of the geological setting to the history of the city over the millennia. (ITA188, $30.95)

Eating Rome, Living the Good Life in the Eternal City

Eating Rome, Living the Good Life in the Eternal City


by Elizabeth Helman Minchilli

  • FOOD
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A very helpful guide in navigating the scene of contemporary Roman cuisine. Blogger and food writer Elizabeth Minchilli shares where to find the best coffees, pastas, gelatos, pizzas and other authentic Italian fare alongside recipes for how to prepare some yourself. (ITA515, $24.99)

Food Wine Rome

Food Wine Rome


by David Downie

  • FOOD
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A renowned food writer's highly selective guide to Rome's authentic small eateries, culinary traditions, wine, wineries, food artisans and gourmet shops (ITL999, $24.95)

La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind


by Beppe Severgnini

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses their never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. The book opens with a snapshot of Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia. (ITL718, $15.00)

Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome

Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome


by Christopher Scarre

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A vivid overview of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and its expansion throughout North Africa and the Mediterranean, illustrated with ingenious color maps on many topics (political borders, trade, defense, religion) and 80 color photographs. (ITL29, $20.00)

Rome

Rome


by Robert Hughes

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

Opening with his arrival in Rome in 1958 as a wide-eyed young Australian, Hughes takes in the art, architecture, sculpture and life of Rome, past and present, in this splendidly written, sweeping tale of the beloved city, including memorable portraits of characters from Caesar to Cicero, Mussolini and Fellini. (ITA267, $18.95)

Rome, A Cultural History

Rome, A Cultural History


by Jonathan Boardman

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER

Not a comprehensive history, but a good, easy-to-read introduction to the city and its landmarks that will appeal both to first time visitors and those who know and love the city. (ITA302, $15.00)

SPQR, A History of Ancient Rome

SPQR, A History of Ancient Rome


by Mary Beard

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES

The incomparable historian Mary Beard draws together the perspectives of emperors, citizens, women, slaves, conquered enemies and more in this popular history of the Roman Republic. (ITA598, $17.95)

The Italians

The Italians


by John Hooper

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Italy correspondent for The Economist Hooper explores Italy -- its baffling contradictions, unique character and contemporary culture -- in this illuminating portrait. (ITA528, $17.00)

The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum


by David Watkin

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 180 PAGES

Watkin reveals the history and purpose of the forum, including its Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque churches and nearby monuments in this sophisticated pocket guide and history. (ITA112, $16.00)

The Roman Way

The Roman Way


by Edith Hamilton

  • HISTORY
  • 2017
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • COMING IN JULY

Decorated classicist Edith Hamilton filtered over 2,000 years of Roman history and literature into this potent collection of writings on the Roman way of life. (ITA676, $15.95)

The Romans and Their World, A Short Introduction

The Romans and Their World, A Short Introduction


by Brian Campbell

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Drawing on the firsthand sources, this survey provides a lucid background on the ancient Romans and their world, touching on many topics of interest to the traveler. A lively and wide-ranging book that lends immediacy to Roman culture. (ITA600, $25.00)

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling


by Ross King

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

King's colorful chronicle of the world's most famous ceiling paints a maniacal pope, a budding artist and a "who's who" of other 16th-century Italians (Raphael, Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci). Presented with flair and backed by a wealth of research. (ITL464, $19.00)

St. Peter's

St. Peter's


by Keith Miller | Mary Beard

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Miller traces the evolution of St. Peter's from its original incarnation, built on the orders of Emperor Constantine, to its medieval rebirth and additions by Michelangelo, Bernini and Maderno in this history, guide and celebration of the great baroque basilica. (ITL886, $16.00)

The Other Side of the Tiber, Reflections on Time in Italy

The Other Side of the Tiber, Reflections on Time in Italy


by Wallis Wilde-Menozzi

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An ardent Midwesterner transplanted to Parma, Wallis Wilde-Menozzi returns to the Rome of her youth in this soulful meditation on the people, places, ruins, statues and allure of the Eternal City. She's particularly astute on art, but it is her ability to conjure the life of the city that sets the book apart. (ITA373, $16.00)

Cabal

Cabal


by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 241 PAGES

Zen is called to the Vatican to investigate the death of Prince Ludovico Ruspanti, who plunged from the roof of St. Peter's Basilica. (ITL620, $13.95)

Rome Stories

Rome Stories


by Jonathan Keates

  • LITERATURE
  • 2017
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES
  • COMING IN MARCH

Part of the well-produced Everyman's Library series, this collection of classic tales shows Rome in different lights across the centuries. Featuring artists, poets, philosophers, novelists and more, the passages explore the fascination that Rome has inspired in so many, for so long. (ITA664, $16.00)

The Roman Tales

The Roman Tales


by Stendhal | Susan Ashe

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A freshly translated collection of stories by the great French writer Stendhal. All set in Italy, the tales convey the author's passionate interest in the country and establish his place as one of the great French writers of the 20th century. (ITA527, $14.99)

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