COUNTRY WALKERS

Italy: Puglia & Basilicata

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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

Essential Reading

Item EXITL734. Buy these 3 items as a set for $52 including shipping, 15% off the retail price.
With free shipping on anything else you order.

ADD SET
TO BOOKBAG

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)

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)

Italy South Map

Italy South Map

by Michelin

  • MAP

Covering Molise, Campania, Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria at a scale of 1:400,000. (ITL109, $11.95)

 
Campania Basilicata Map

Campania Basilicata Map


by Touring Club Italiano

  • MAP

A colorful, durable map of Campania, including Naples and the Amalfi Coast. (ITL116, $13.95)

Puglia Map

Puglia Map


by Touring Club Italiano

  • MAP

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

Blue Guide Concise Italy

Blue Guide Concise Italy


by Paul Blanchard

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

The first ever guide to all of Italy by the venerable Blue Guides (which publishes individual guides to Northern, Southern, Central, Rome, Tuscany, Sicily et al), this lavishly illustrated, handy and compact guide covers key sights, museums, churches, art, dining and accommodations throughout Italy. (ITL984, $24.95)

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)

National Geographic Naples and Southern Italy

National Geographic Naples and Southern Italy


by Tim Jepson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

This attractive, visual guidebook features photographs, maps and information on history, culture and nature. Includes Puglia, Basilicata, Campania and Calabria, along with excursions to Sicily and Sardinia. (ITL802, $21.95)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Baroque and Rococo Art

Baroque and Rococo Art


by Germain Bazin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

An excellent illustrated survey of Baroque and Rococo art and architecture, this volume in the acclaimed "World of Art" series is a good companion to the golden age of Middle Europe. (EUR53, $21.95)

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)

Head over Heel, Seduced by Southern Italy

Head over Heel, Seduced by Southern Italy


by Chris Harrison

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Harrison's affectionate memoir takes us on the bumpy ride from Australia to Southern Italy, where he reunites with the love of his life, Daniela, while also facing the often-hilarious challenges of life in an eccentric village in Puglia. (ITA210, $17.95)

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)

Old Puglia, A Portrait of South Eastern Italy

Old Puglia, A Portrait of South Eastern Italy


by Desmond Seward

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 259 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

Seward weaves history and incident, accounts by past visitors and his own travels in this charming portrait of the ancient towns, life and people of Puglia. (ITA80, $19.95)

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, 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)

The Castle of Otranto, A Gothic Story

The Castle of Otranto, A Gothic Story


by Horace Walpole

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

First published in 1764, Walpole's classic Gothic novel takes place in and around the 15th-century castle on the Adriatic. (ITL631, $8.95)

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)

More Recommendations

Here are some other groups of books that might be of interest