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Italy: The Amalfi Coast

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Essential Reading

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Eyewitness Guide Naples & Amalfi Coast

Eyewitness Guide Naples & Amalfi Coast

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Covering Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Amalfi coast, this superb guide focuses on culture, history and art. (ITL107, $25.00)

The Ancient Shore

The Ancient Shore

by Shirley Hazzard

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Hazzard's lyrical collection of essays on the history, beauty, complexities and contradictions of Naples. Includes a celebrated New Yorker essay by husband Francis Steegmuller. (ITL967, $13.00)

The Fires of Vesuvius, Pompeii Lost and Found

The Fires of Vesuvius, Pompeii Lost and Found

by Mary Beard

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

With the panache of a gifted classicist, Mary Beard (Wonders of the World) conjures daily life in celebrated Pompeii, not only demolishing with particular relish the many myths that have grown up around the place but also emphasizing the limits of our knowledge. Some things we simply shall never know for certain. (ITA46, $19.50)

Sorrento Peninsula & Amalfi Coast Map

Sorrento Peninsula & Amalfi Coast Map

by Litographia Artistica Cartographica

  • MAP

A detailed road map of the Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi Coast, including Pompeii, Nocera and Salerno, with an inset map of Capri at a scale of 1:35,000, showing hiking trails, tracks, historic buildings and attractions. With travel information on the reverse. (ITL432, $12.95)

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)

 

Ischia/Capri Map


by Instituto Geografico De Agostini

  • MAP

A map of both Capri and Ischia at a scale of 1:28,000. (ITL500, $6.95)

Pomodoro! A History of the Tomato in Italy

Pomodoro! A History of the Tomato in Italy


by David Gentilcore

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 254 PAGES

Gentilcore's juicy tale (pun intended) examines the empires, ambitions, agricultural developments and culinary trends that carried the tomato from its inauspicious beginnings in the New World into the Italian kitchen and onto our dinner tables. Great fun. (ITA207, $26.95)

Between Salt Water and Holy Water, A History of Southern Italy

Between Salt Water and Holy Water, A History of Southern Italy


by Tommaso Astarita

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Astarita captures the fanfare, rivalry and changing fortunes of Sicily from antiquity through Norman, Spanish and Bourbon rule to unification and the 20th century. (ITL597, $22.95)

In the Shadow of Vesuvius

In the Shadow of Vesuvius


by Jordan Lancaster

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A sparkling portrait of Naples from its volcanic origins to its lively present. Lancaster's cultural history explores the city's tumultuous past, its spirited inhabitants and the mythical allure that's drawn so many travelers to its siren song. (ITL969, $18.00)

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
  • 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)

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)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

Italy, Monuments Past and Present

Italy, Monuments Past and Present


by R.A. Staccioli

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2003
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 78 PAGES

This informative volume shows Italy's most important monuments as they look today and, via overlaid illustrations, as they were once upon a time. The book surveys the history and archeological highlights of Pompeii, Rome and Sicily. (ITL455, $25.00)

Pompeii, The Day a City Died

Pompeii, The Day a City Died


by Robert Etienne

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 215 PAGES

This indispensable pocket guide illustrates daily life in the city as revealed by its evocative frescoes, mosaics and treasures. (ITL01, $15.95)

Pompeii, The Living City

Pompeii, The Living City


by Alex Butterworth | Ray Laurence

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A meticulous historical and archaeological reconstruction of the city of Pompeii, its people, culture and daily rituals both before and after 79 AD, the year of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. (ITL773, $29.95)

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)

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)

Naples '44, A World War II Diary of Occupied Italy

Naples '44, A World War II Diary of Occupied Italy


by Norman Lewis

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 187 PAGES

A classic book by one of the 20th century's great travel writers. Naples '44 is funny and moving, and ultimately a meditation on war and the indomitable character of the Italian people. (ITL603, $14.95)

Cosi Fan Tutti

Cosi Fan Tutti


by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

Romantic entanglements complicate the investigation of a murder in Naples in this installment of the enjoyable series. (ITL623, $14.95)

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)

Pompeii, A Novel

Pompeii, A Novel


by Robert Harris

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • YOUNG ADULTS

In this fast-paced historical novel set in Pompeii, a young engineer sets out to repair the Roman aqueducts and discovers the imminent eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Full of suspense and historical detail. (ITL560, $15.00)

Sailing to Capri

Sailing to Capri


by Elizabeth Adler

  • MYSTERY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Bestselling author Adler weaves a suspenseful tale of a cruise, where nothing is what it seems, no one is telling the truth, and murder happens. (ITL965, $15.99)

The House in Amalfi

The House in Amalfi


by Elizabeth Adler

  • MYSTERY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Master of suspense and romance, Adler deftly intertwines lush descriptions of place with fast-paced intrigue in her 16th novel. (ITL966, $6.99)

The Volcano Lover, A Romance

The Volcano Lover, A Romance


by Susan Sontag

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 419 PAGES

A steamy and evocative historical novel by social critic Sontag, set in 18th-century Naples. The sweeping story focuses on the British Ambassador to the King in Naples, his passionate and notorious love, and her infatuation with Lord Nelson. (ITL143, $18.00)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

Wildflowers of Britain and Europe

Wildflowers of Britain and Europe


by Margaret and Roland Spohn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Over 450 species of wild flower are covered, each beautifully illustrated with detailed paintings and clear photographs. (EUR46, $21.95)

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