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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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The Italian Renaissance

The Italian Renaissance

by J. H. Plumb

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A well-written history of the Renaissance, its artists and thinkers, with chapters on Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice, Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Women of the Renaissance. (ITL562, $16.00)

Italian Neighbors

Italian Neighbors

by Tim Parks

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This sparkling memoir by the British novelist captures the travails and delights of life in the Italian countryside. Montecchio, which Parks so indelibly sketches in this favorite book, is outside Verona. (ITL16, $18.95)

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)

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 JULY

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)

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)

 
Italian Lakes Map

Italian Lakes Map


by Litographia Artistica Cartographica

  • MAP

A detailed map of the Italian lakes region, including Orta, Lugano, Como and Maggiore, at the excellent scale of 1:100,000, produced in Italy. (ITL431, $12.95)

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)

Fodor's Venice's 25 Best

Fodor's Venice's 25 Best


by Citypack

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

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

Wallpaper City Guide Milan

Wallpaper City Guide Milan


by Wallpaper Magazine

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 103 PAGES

A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations. (ITL753, $11.95)

The Food of Italy

The Food of Italy


by Waverly Root

  • FOOD
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 750 PAGES

Evocative of Italy and its diverse cuisine, this classic book, organized geographically, offers a cook's tour of the country. It's a well-informed and wonderful culinary guide. (ITL75, $22.00)

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)

Gondola

Gondola


by Donna Leon

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 80 PAGES

In this profile of the trademark Venetian gondola, Leon provides background on the gondola's history, explains how the boats are constructed and even includes an accompanying CD of "baracoles," or Italian boat songs. (ITA439, $27.50)

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)

My Two Italies

My Two Italies


by Joseph Luzzi

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

Award-winning author and scholar Luzzi presents Italy in all its glory and squalor -- its artistic magnificence, north-south disunity and its dirty politics and corruption -- in this highly personal portrait. (ITA435, $23.00)

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco


by Iain Fenlon

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Fenlon reveals the dynamic, colorful, and noisy history of this grand square at the heart of Venetian civic life in this sophisticated pocket guide. (ITA113, $14.95)

Venice, A New History

Venice, A New History


by Thomas F. Madden

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 446 PAGES

With authority, Madden tackles the history of the celebrated city from Roman times onward. (ITA380, $20.00)

Italian Gardens

Italian Gardens


by Georgina Masson

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Originally published in 1961, this revised edition of Masson's sumptuous overview of Italy's finest gardens features her superb photographs of the Villa d'Este, the Villa Lante, Caprarola, the Boboli, Isola Bella and other noteworthy gardens. (ITA22, $75.00)

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)

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci


by Sherwin B. Nuland

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 170 PAGES

In this compact book in the excellent Penguin Lives series, Nuland summarizes the achievements and obsessions of the extraordinary Leonardo da Vinci. (ITL684, $14.00)

The Italian Summer: Golf, Food, and Family at Lake Como

The Italian Summer: Golf, Food, and Family at Lake Como


by Roland Merullo

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 259 PAGES

Merullo shares this congenial account of a summer with his family in Italy and Switzerland, offering delicious descriptions of wonderful meals, colorful characters -- and rounds of golf at some of the most beautiful courses in Europe. He is a golf fanatic. (ITA67, $24.99)

A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 332 PAGES

Set in snowy Switzerland and the rainy Italian Lake Country during World War I, this semi-autobiographical novel chronicles the romance between a British nurse and an American ambulance driver. (ITL384, $16.00)

Back to Bologna

Back to Bologna


by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Dibdin shows a lighter touch in this installment in the marvelous Aurelio Zen mysteries. (ITL746, $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 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)

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)

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