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Opera 101, A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera

Opera 101, A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera

by Fred Plotkin | Placido Domingo

  • MUSIC
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 494 PAGES

A well-written introduction to opera, this volume includes a brief history of the art form, a guide to operatic terms and a review of 11 famous operas. (GEN175, $18.00)

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)

Honey from a Weed, Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, The Cyclades and Apulia

Honey from a Weed, Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, The Cyclades and Apulia

by Patience Gray

  • FOOD
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A knowledgeable, unfussy grand tour of the Mediterranean, its history and its foodstuffs, by Patience Gray, who traveled to Catalonia, the Cyclades, Apulia/Puglia and Tuscany. (ITL426, $39.95)

Christ Stopped at Eboli, The Story of a Year

Christ Stopped at Eboli, The Story of a Year

by Carlo Levi | Frances Frenaye

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 268 PAGES

An affecting memoir of southern Italy, originally published in 1947, it stems from the author's forced relocation to the region as punishment for anti-fascist political activity. (ITL09, $16.00)

Italy Map

Italy Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A convenient laminated map of Italy at a scale of 1:800,000 with excellent topographic detail, an index and large maps of Sicily and Sardinia. (ITL19, $11.95)

 
Puglia Map

Puglia Map


by Touring Club Italiano

  • MAP

The locals' map of Puglia, at a scale of 1:200,000. (ITL425, $13.95)

Rome Map

Rome Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2007
  • MAP

A handy map at a scale of 1:11,000, with a more detailed overview of the city center. (ITL60, $8.95)

Southern Italy Map


by Touring Club Italiano

  • MAP

A regional map of Italy, stretching from Rome to the southern tip. (ITL222, $14.95)

Blue Guide Northern Italy, from the Alps to the Adriatic

Blue Guide Northern Italy, from the Alps to the Adriatic


by Paul Blanchard

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 735 PAGES
  • COMING IN NOVEMBER

This guide by a popular tour leader provides a thorough overview of the history, art and architecture of northern Italy from Trieste across to the Valle d'Aosta, Venice, Verona, Milan, Genoa and Bologna. (ITL48, $32.95)

Eyewitness Guide Italy

Eyewitness Guide Italy


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

Another gem in the Eyewitness series, this superb guide is handsome, convenient and up-to-date. Featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. (ITL32, $30.00)

Eyewitness Guide Rome

Eyewitness Guide Rome


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to Rome featuring hundreds of color photographs, neighborhood maps and innovative site plans. (ITL158, $25.00)

Fodor's Rome's 25 Best

Fodor's Rome's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 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
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

A handy, palm-size guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (ITL531, $8.99)

Lonely Planet Southern Italy

Lonely Planet Southern Italy


by Paula Hardy

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

In hallmark Lonely Planet style, this practical guide to southern Italy series features insider tips, highlights and itineraries, cultural insights and reviews of places to eat, sleep and shop. Covers Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria, Sicily, Naples and Campania. (ITL978, $24.99)

The Penguin Concise Guide to Opera

The Penguin Concise Guide to Opera


by Amanda Holden

  • REFERENCE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 530 PAGES

An essential reference for the opera enthusiast. Well organized, with short descriptions of plots, characters, performances and historical background. (MUS01, $22.00)

Italy for the Gourmet Traveler

Italy for the Gourmet Traveler


by Fred Plotkin

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 736 PAGES

Organized geographically, this encyclopedic guide features eating establishments, cooking schools, markets, shops and other gastronomic treasures in 500 cities and villages, perfect for the food-addled who can't be in the company of the irrepressible master himself. (ITL268, $24.95)

Italy, A Short History

Italy, A Short History


by Harry Hearder

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

Elegantly written, generous and informative, this compact book takes in the sweep of Italian history from the Roman Republic through the Renaissance, World War II and up to the present. (ITL56, $29.99)

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. Severgnini opens the book with a snapshot of the hubbub at Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia. (ITL718, $15.00)

100 Great Operas and Their Stories

100 Great Operas and Their Stories


by Henry W. Simon

  • MUSIC
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 554 PAGES

A reference to 100 of the best-known operas from the 17th century to today. (MUS04, $17.95)

Classical Music 101, A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music

Classical Music 101, A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music


by Fred Plotkin

  • MUSIC
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

Plotkin's primer on classical music is geared to the casual, intellectually curious listener and does an admirable job of describing how best to experience and appreciate the great works, both new and old. (MUS15, $18.95)

The Magic of Opera


by J. Merrill Knapp

  • MUSIC
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 371 PAGES

An excellent introduction to opera. (GEN139, $18.95)

Twentieth Century Opera, A Guide

Twentieth Century Opera, A Guide


by George Martin

  • MUSIC
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 703 PAGES

This survey of 20th century opera contains thoughtful essays as well as capsule descriptions of 90 of the century's best operas. (MUS02, $25.00)

Italian Days

Italian Days


by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 479 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Grizzuti Harrison writes with warmth and depth of her journey from Milan south to Calabria in this sprightly account of Italy and the Italians. (ITL02, $16.00)

La Bella Lingua

La Bella Lingua


by Dianne Hales

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES
  • NEW

Inebriated with the sounds of Italian, lovesick for its phrases and enamored of its earthy idioms, Hales, "a sensible woman of sturdy Polish stock," dives into the Italian of the piazza, literature, movies and streets in this charming memoir. (ITA26, $15.00)

Been Here a Thousand Years

Been Here a Thousand Years


by Mariolina Venezia | Marina Harss

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES
  • NEW

Venezia deftly weaves the creation of modern Italy, Garibaldi, Mussolini and the tumultuous recent history of the nation into this compact novel of five generations of the Falcone women -- and the rhythm of daily life in an ancient Basilicata hill town near the coastline of Puglia. (ITA24, $18.00)

Casa Rossa

Casa Rossa


by Francesca Marciano

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 340 PAGES

A vivid novel following the lives of a mother, daughter and granddaughter from Puglia over the course of the 20th century, opening as the narrator prepares to sell Casa Rossa, the family farm. (ITL534, $14.95)

Italy in Mind

Italy in Mind


by Alice Powers

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 349 PAGES

A terrific collection of some of the best literary writing on Italy, including pieces by Melville, Lawrence, Henry James, Mary McCarthy and many others. (ITL39, $18.95)

Venturing in Italy, Travels in Puglia, the Land of Two Seas

Venturing in Italy, Travels in Puglia, the Land of Two Seas


by Barb Euser

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

This collection of 30 true tales by contemporary writers and journalists celebrates the people, places and history of Puglia. (ITA14, $14.95)

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