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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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National Geographic Piedmont & Northwest Italy, With Turin, the Mountains, and Lakes

National Geographic Piedmont & Northwest Italy, With Turin, the Mountains, and Lakes

by Tim Jepson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A practical guide to Piedmont, Northwestern Italy and Turin in the visually attractive National Geographic style, complete with photographs, illustrations, maps, and good cultural and historical information. (ITL657, $21.95)

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
  • BEST SELLER

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)

Italy, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Italy, A Traveler's Literary Companion

by Lawrence Venuti

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Not just a literary companion, this anthology is also a who's who of contemporary Italian writers that captures the spirit, history and allure of the country. (ITL466, $14.95)

Piemonte, Valle d'Aosta Map

Piemonte, Valle d'Aosta Map

by Touring Club Italiano

  • 2008
  • MAP

A regional map of the Piemonte region of Italy at a good scale of 1:200,000. (ITL147, $13.95)

 
Civilized Traveller's Guide to Turin

Civilized Traveller's Guide to Turin


by Eugenia F. Bell

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 201 PAGES

An insiders guide to the art, culture, history and attractions of Turin, including recommended hotels, restaurants and shops. With three walking tours and suggested excursions outside the city. (ITL655, $14.95)

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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

Made in Italy, A Shopper's Guide

Made in Italy, A Shopper's Guide


by Laura Morelli

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

The second edition of Morelli's expert survey of handcrafted Italian shops and products from Murano glass to ceramics, jewelry and leather. (ITL473, $24.95)

Autumn in Piemonte


by Simon Griffiths | Manuela Darling-Gansser

  • FOOD
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A lavishly illustrated culinary portrait of Italy's most productive agricultural region, from countryside trattorias to opulent Turin cafes. (ITA50, $35.00)

Biba's Italy

Biba's Italy


by Biba Caggiano

  • FOOD
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Caggiano focuses on regional, seasonal food in this omnibus cookbook (featuring 100 recipes), menu planner and travel guide to Rome, Florence, Bologna, Milan and Venice. Nicely produced, this handsome sepia-toned book includes recommended restaurants, cafes and markets in each city. (ITL777, $29.95)

Why Italians Love to Talk About Food

Why Italians Love to Talk About Food


by Elena Kostioukovitch

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 480 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

This charming, informative journey through Italy's great regional cuisine, from the Alps to Sicily, includes color photos, menus and glossaries. Umberto Eco's Russian translator, Kostioukovitch explores the food of her adopted homeland as a way to understand the different tastes, dialects and attitudes of each region. (ITA110, $35.00)

A Traveller's History of Italy

A Traveller's History of Italy


by Valerio Lintner

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 287 PAGES

A brief history of Italy through the 1990s -- wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed. With a useful chronology and historical gazetteer, this book marches confidently through the centuries. (ITL86, $14.95)

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)

One Hundred & One Beautiful Small Towns in Italy, Food and Wine

One Hundred & One Beautiful Small Towns in Italy, Food and Wine


by Paolo Lazzarin

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES
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A lavishly photographed, personal guide to Italian villages famous for food and wine. (ITL952, $45.00)

The Italians

The Italians


by Luigi Barzini

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

The definitive portrait of the Italian people, this is a classic, scholarly essay on the Italian character. Though first published in 1964, it's still worth reading for its insight, grace and wit. (ITL05, $17.00)

The Art of the Renaissance

The Art of the Renaissance


by Peter Murray

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES

A classic, illustrated survey of the world of the Renaissance and its art. With chapters on Florence and its artists, the Netherlands, early illustrated books and many individual artists. (ITL14, $18.95)

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)

Italian Hours

Italian Hours


by Henry James

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 376 PAGES

A classic series of travel essays written between 1872 and 1909 on the art, religion and people of Italy. James is an observant guide to Rome, Naples, Florence and other great destinations in the 19th century. (ITL07, $17.00)

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)

A Long Finish, An Aurelio Zen Mystery

A Long Finish, An Aurelio Zen Mystery


by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Another enjoyable "Aurelio Zen Mystery" from Michael Dibdin, this time private investigator Zen is in Rome and Alba, enjoying wonderful wine and food while uncovering a murderous plot that may jeopardize the Piemontese wine industry. (ITL193, $14.95)

A Private Affair


by Beppe Fenoglio

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Fenoglio's widely regarded novella is set in the Piedmont in 1943 as Italy surrenders to the Allies. (ITA140, $17.95)

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