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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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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
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

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)

The World of Venice

The World of Venice

by Jan Morris

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 315 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Morris displays her talent for research, telling anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited portrait of a beloved city, its history and inhabitants. If you are going to read one book on Venice, we recommend this favorite. (ITL12, $18.95)

Extra Virgin, A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera

Extra Virgin, A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera

by Annie Hawes

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A memoir of travels and life in Liguria, where the Hawe sisters ventured and stayed. In this refreshingly candid account, the English sisters end up buying a house and learning the local customs and eccentricities of their neighbors in Diano San Pietro. (ITL539, $14.99)

Northern Italy Map

Northern Italy Map

by Touring Club Italiano

  • MAP

This beautifully shaded road map of Northern Italy (1:400,000) shows the region including Trieste, Venice, Bologna Milan and Turin. (ITL38, $14.95)

 
Cinque Terre Map

Cinque Terre Map


by Litographia Artistica Cartographica

  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

A detailed shaded relief walking and road map of the Cinque Terre at a scale of 1:40,000. (ITL159, $12.95)

Liguria Regional Map

Liguria Regional Map


by Touring Club Italiano

  • MAP

A map of the region, including Cinque Terra, at a scale of 1:200,000. (ITL118, $13.95)

Venice Map

Venice Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2008
  • MAP

A colorful, detailed city map of Venice, perfect for finding your way around the famously labyrinthine streets and canals. (ITL26, $8.95)

Eyewitness Guide Italian Riviera

Eyewitness Guide Italian Riviera


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A handsome, beautifully illustrated and informative compact guide to Liguria. It covers places, recommended excursions, hotels and attractions from the border with France east to La Spezia. (ITL566, $20.00)

Fodor's Venice's 25 Best

Fodor's Venice's 25 Best


by Citypack

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This shirt-pocket guide includes an excellent map of the city center and essential information. (ITL106, $12.99)

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)

The Architectural History of Venice


by Deborah Howard

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

This revised edition of Howard's concise, fact-filled guide to Venetian churches, palaces and guildhalls from the Byzantine era to the present includes 70 black-and-white and 100 color illustrations. (ITL797, $26.00)

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)

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)

Venice Observed

Venice Observed


by Mary McCarthy

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 158 PAGES

Originally published over 30 years ago, this collection of eight essays is a literate, evocative celebration of the city, its character, and its history. (ITL27, $13.95)

Venice, Lion City

Venice, Lion City


by Garry Wills

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A magisterial history of Venice at the height of its power as a maritime republic in the 15th and 16th centuries. Wills shows the power and influence of the city through its magnificent Renaissance art and architecture. (ITL324, $24.99)

Art and Life in Renaissance Venice

Art and Life in Renaissance Venice


by Patricia Brown

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This compact volume evokes the spirit of Renaissance Venice with authoritative essays and 120 full-color illustrations. (ITL57, $50.80)

Palladio and Palladianism

Palladio and Palladianism


by Robert Tavernor

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A well illustrated guide to the work of Andrea Palladio, the 16th century Venetian architect, and his followers. (ITL25, $19.95)

Venice, The Grand Canal

Venice, The Grand Canal


by Daniele Resini

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER

This ingenious book unfolds accordion-style to reveal a 42-foot panorama of the palaces, churches and museums fronting Venice's glorious Grand Canal. The photographer, Daniele Resini, took the photographs over a period of three years to create one perfectly continuous portrait of this architectural wonder. (ITL663, $50.00)

D.H. Lawrence and Italy

D.H. Lawrence and Italy


by D.H. Lawrence

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 495 PAGES

This omnibus Penguin Classics edition includes Lawrence's three travel tales, each very different in tone and all wonderful: Sea and Sardinia is a nostalgic look at traditional ways of life; Twilight in Italy, an evocation of Lawrence's memorable stay on Lake Garda; and Etruscan Places, his musings on ancient sites, including the painted tombs of Tarquinia. (ITL62, $18.00)

Italian Days

Italian Days


by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 479 PAGES
  • FAVORITE
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

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)

Recollections of the Last Days of Shelley and Byron

Recollections of the Last Days of Shelley and Byron


by Edward Trelawney

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The lives and deaths of these two most romantic of Romantic poets are lovingly recounted in this memoir by Edward Trelawny. Trelawny was a fascinating figure in his own right, and his tribute to his two lost friends bears all the marks of his own generous, wild personality. (ITL336, $13.95)

Venetian Life

Venetian Life


by William Dean Howells

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A leisurely account of housekeeping, touring and socializing in 19th-century Venice by the American consul, first published in 1866. (ITL327, $16.95)

Dead Lagoon, An Aurelio Zen Mystery

Dead Lagoon, An Aurelio Zen Mystery


by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 297 PAGES

Dibdin -- a master of ambiguous settings, shady dealings and fast-paced prose -- returns to Venice in this sixth book in the thoroughly enjoyable Aurelio Zen series. (ITL577, $14.95)

Death at La Fenice

Death at La Fenice


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 270 PAGES

The first of the tremendously good Guido Brunetti mysteries, all set in the author's beloved Venice, in which a famous conductor is found dead at the celebrated La Fenice theater. (ITL555, $14.99)

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)

Portofino, A Novel

Portofino, A Novel


by Frank Schaeffer

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Set in the 1960s, this coming-of-age tale follows a young boy's encounters with the sights and people of the seaside town of Portofino, while he avoids his missionary parents' constant bickering and their attempts to convert the locals. (ITL164, $15.00)

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis


by Giorgio Bassini | William Weaver

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 197 PAGES

This powerful book, set in Ferrara, deals with unrequited love and classist society in the time of Mussolini. (ITL205, $13.95)

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)

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