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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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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 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)

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)

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)

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)

Southern Italy Map

by Touring Club Italiano

  • MAP

A regional map of Italy, stretching from Rome to the southern tip. (ITL222, $14.95)

 
Vatican City Map

Vatican City Map


by Gizi Map

  • 2012
  • MAP

This exceptionally detailed and beautiful walking map extends along both banks of the Tiber beyond Castel Sant'Angelo to Piazza Cavour, showing the whole of Vatican City. (ITA363, $18.95)

Culture Smart! Italy

Culture Smart! Italy


by Charles Abbott

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to Italian customs, etiquette and culture along with helpful travel advice. (ITL877, $9.95)

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)

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)

From Pompeii, The Afterlife of a Roman Town

From Pompeii, The Afterlife of a Roman Town


by Ingrid D. Rowland

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

Rowland's history of Pompeii focuses not only on the archaeological discoveries in the ancient city, but the experiences of the artists, writers, actors and others who have explored the ruins. (ITA431, $28.95)

Italianissimo

Italianissimo


by Louise Fili | Lise Apatoff

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 111 PAGES

Divertingly illustrated, this A-to-Z guide profiles 50 very Italian customs and concepts from the notion of beauty (bellisimo) to the Italian disregard for lines (Fare La Coda). (ITL983, $19.95)

Naples Declared

Naples Declared


by Benjamin Taylor

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Subtitled "A Walk Along the Bay," Taylor's book takes in the splendor and grit of the city from street level. Mixing his travels with history, Taylor quotes from storied visitors over the ages and indelible portraits of the characters he meets. (ITA315, $17.00)

Pompeii, Public and Private Life

Pompeii, Public and Private Life


by Paul Zanker | Deborah Schneider

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 250 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to the architecture, people and culture of Pompeii, focusing on both grand public spaces and private villas. With 21 color illustrations and 55 halftones, including site plans, models, mosaics and sculpture. (ITL114, $35.00)

Spartacus Road, A Journey Through Ancient Italy

Spartacus Road, A Journey Through Ancient Italy


by Peter Stothard

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • NEW

Stothard retraces the 2,000-mile journey of the rebel gladiator and his army from Rome to Pompei and Sorrento in this tale of travel, myth and slave revolt in the first century B.C. (ITA201, $17.00)

Whispering City, Modern Rome and Its Histories

Whispering City, Modern Rome and Its Histories


by R. J. B. Bosworth

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 358 PAGES

A distinguished historian who first visited Rome in 1967, Bosworth explores competing claims on the fabled palaces, churches, monuments and memorials of Rome and its rich history since 1800 in this highly original, erudite study. (ITA316, $40.00)

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)

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)

Michelangelo, A Life in Six Masterpieces

Michelangelo, A Life in Six Masterpieces


by Miles J. Unger

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 448 PAGES

This highly readable biography of Michelangelo will delight the traveler with its accessible explanations of six of the artist's well-known masterpieces, such as the Pieta, David, the Sistine Chapel fresco and St. Peter's Basilica. (ITA454, $29.95)

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)

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)

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)

Augustus

Augustus


by John Williams

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Winner of the National Book Award, this historical novel set in classical Rome tells the story of the founder of the Roman Empire, Augustus, in the epistolary style. (ITA468, $15.95)

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)

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 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)

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, $22.99)

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)

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