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Eyewitness Guide Rome

Eyewitness Guide Rome

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to Rome featuring hundreds of color photographs, neighborhood maps and innovative site plans. (ITL158, $25.00)

Ancient Rome: Art, Architecture, and History

Ancient Rome: Art, Architecture, and History

by Ada Gabucci

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

This lively, illustrated survey of Ancient Rome's monuments, history and art is a terrific introduction. (ITL419, $19.95)

The Colosseum

The Colosseum

by Keith Hopkins | Mary Beard

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

This engaging overview of the history of the Colosseum deconstructs Hollywood-perpetrated misconceptions of gladiator-eating lions, Nero fiddling and other myths. (ITL654, $16.00)

The Smiles of Rome, A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers

The Smiles of Rome, A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers

by Susan Cahill

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 332 PAGES

A wonderfully inspired anthology featuring excerpts from 29 writers and artists interspersed with practical suggestions for travelers. (ITL573, $16.00)

Rome Map

Rome Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2007
  • MAP

A handy map at a scale of 1:11,000, with a more detailed overview of the city center. (ITL60, $8.95)

 
Blue Guide Central Italy with Rome and Florence

Blue Guide Central Italy with Rome and Florence


by Alta Macadam

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 736 PAGES

Alta MacAdam, an art historian, brings her expertise to this authoritative guide to the art and culture of Lazio (Rome), Tuscany (Florence), Umbria and The Marche. (ITL947, $34.95)

Blue Guide Rome

Blue Guide Rome


by Alta Macadam

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 640 PAGES

The 10th edition of MacAdam's ultimate guide to Rome, with full color street maps, dozens of site plans, suggested walks and extensive commentary on the history and significance of every church, monument and district. (ITL230, $29.95)

Fodor's Rome's 25 Best

Fodor's Rome's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

This shirt-pocket guide includes a map of the city and essential information on its highlights. (ITL112, $13.99)

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)

Rome, An Oxford Archaeological Guide

Rome, An Oxford Archaeological Guide


by Amanda Claridge | Judith Toms | Tony Cubberley

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 488 PAGES

This guide to ancient Rome offers an overview of the city's history and culture, a glossary and 200 site plans, maps, diagrams and photographs. (ITL214, $34.95)

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)

Inside the Vatican

Inside the Vatican


by Bart McDowell | Jim Stanfield

  • RELIGION
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

This selection of stunning, behind-the-scenes color photographs of the Vatican includes text describing the city-state's history and some background on the modern popes. (ITL55, $19.95)

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)

Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome

Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome


by Christopher Scarre

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A vivid overview of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and its expansion throughout North Africa and the Mediterranean, illustrated with ingenious color maps on many topics (political borders, trade, defense, religion) and 80 color photographs. (ITL29, $18.00)

Rubicon, The Last Years of the Roman Republic

Rubicon, The Last Years of the Roman Republic


by Tom Holland

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

A riveting popular history of the fall of the Roman empire, written with the flare of a novelist and with a sharp focus on imperial folly. (ITL677, $16.95)

The Classical World

The Classical World


by Robin Lane Fox

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 656 PAGES

From Homer to Hadrian, Fox conjures tyrants, conquerors and enthralling personalities in this marvelously written history of ancient Greece and Rome. (GRE293, $21.99)

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling


by Ross King

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Presented with flair and backed by a wealth of research, King's captivating chronicle of Michelangelo's painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel tells the story of its conception and creation. (ITL464, $18.00)

St. Peter's

St. Peter's


by Keith Miller | Mary Beard

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Miller traces the evolution of St. Peter's from its original incarnation, built on the orders of Emperor Constantine, to its medieval rebirth and additions by Michelangelo, Bernini and Maderno in this history, guide and celebration of the great baroque basilica. (ITL886, $14.95)

A Traveller in Rome

A Traveller in Rome


by H.V. Morton

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

An enduring portrait of the city and especially its history, originally published a half century ago. (ITL418, $19.95)

City of the Soul, A Walk in Rome

City of the Soul, A Walk in Rome


by William Murray

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A personal portrait of Rome from William Murray, a writer for The New Yorker, who was raised in Italy. Murray recounts neighborhoods, buildings, archaeology and history in a personal, anecdotal ramble. (ITL506, $16.95)

Four Seasons in Rome

Four Seasons in Rome


by Anthony Doerr

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Doerr captures the romance and challenge of living abroad in this lyrical memoir, invitingly subtitled "On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World." (ITL840, $15.00)

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)

Angels & Demons


by Dan Brown

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER

Harvard professor Robert Langdon and his Italian colleague Vittoria Vetra save the Vatican in this bestselling thriller set in Rome. (ITL853, $9.99)

Cabal

Cabal


by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 241 PAGES

Zen is called to the Vatican to investigate the death of Prince Ludovico Ruspanti, who plunged from the roof of St. Peter's Basilica. (ITL620, $13.95)

The Classical Roman Reader, New Encounters With Ancient Rome

The Classical Roman Reader, New Encounters With Ancient Rome


by Kenneth J. Atchity | Rosemary McKenna

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

A wide-ranging anthology, including plays, speeches and poetry by Virgil, Ovid, Cato the Elder and Vitruvius. With 50 photographs. (ITL210, $24.95)

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