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Tuscany & Cinque Terre - Culturious

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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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 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)

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)

Eyewitness Guide Florence & Tuscany

Eyewitness Guide Florence & Tuscany

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Superbly illustrated, this compact guide shows the neighborhoods, museums, shops and sites of Florence and surroundings in full color. (ITL46, $25.00)

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)

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)

Tuscany Map

Tuscany Map

by Touring Club Italiano

  • 2011
  • MAP

This regional map is even better, now printed on water- and tear-proof paper. 1:200,000. (ITL102, $13.95)

 
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)

Secret Florence

Secret Florence


by Niccolo Rinaldi

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 349 PAGES

Highlighting the most strange, fascinating and esoteric sights of any destination, Secret guides are compiled by locals and organized by neighborhood. (ITA465, $19.95)

A Culinary Traveller in Tuscany

A Culinary Traveller in Tuscany


by Beth Elon

  • FOOD
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A Tuscany resident for 30 years, Elon presents 100 recipes from a hand-picked selection of favorite restaurants in this charming cookbook and travel guide. With 10 itineraries highlighting largely undiscovered regions of Tuscany, restaurants, trattorie, shops, wineries, olive oil producers, markets and food festivals. (ITL729, $17.95)

A Ligurian Kitchen, Recipes and Tales from the Italian Riviera

A Ligurian Kitchen, Recipes and Tales from the Italian Riviera


by Laura Giannatempo

  • FOOD
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 234 PAGES

A charming, personal cookbook with an abundance of authentic Ligurian recipes that can easily be replicated in an American kitchen. (ITL862, $29.95)

Food Wine The Italian Riviera & Genoa

Food Wine The Italian Riviera & Genoa


by David Downie

  • FOOD
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A renowned food writer's highly selective guide to Liguria's authentic small eateries, culinary traditions, wine, wineries, food artisans and gourmet shops. (ITL956, $24.95)

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)

Siena, City of the Virgin

Siena, City of the Virgin


by Titus Burckhardt

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Burckhardt's classic portrait includes dozens of illustrations, maps and photographs of architecture and early Renaissance art of Siena. (ITL974, $22.95)

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)

The Most Beautiful Villages of Tuscany

The Most Beautiful Villages of Tuscany


by James Bentley | Hugh Palmer

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

This handsome oversize picture book is a portrait of the Tuscan landscape and people. It contains maps, a travel guide and many color photographs. (ITL261, $26.95)

The Renaissance, A Short History

The Renaissance, A Short History


by Paul Johnson

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 196 PAGES

The history, background, literature, sculpture, paintings and architecture of the Renaissance in just over 200 lively, thought-provoking pages. (ITL774, $15.00)

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)

Renaissance Florence, The Invention of a New Art

Renaissance Florence, The Invention of a New Art


by A. Richard Turner

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A cultural and social history of the city focusing on the great art and famous monuments, featuring vivid color pictures and illustrations. (ITL50, $46.80)

The Art of the Renaissance

The Art of the Renaissance


by Peter Murray

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES

A classic, illustrated survey of the world of the Renaissance and its art. With chapters on Florence and its artists, the Netherlands, early illustrated books and many individual artists. (ITL14, $18.95)

Songbirds, Truffles and Wolves, An American Naturalist in Italy

Songbirds, Truffles and Wolves, An American Naturalist in Italy


by Gary Paul Nabhan

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

The author, a poet and naturalist, heads along the Franciscan Way from Florence to Assisi. This most unusual travelogue combines natural history, spirituality and a lively appreciation of local food and food traditions. A print-on-demand paperback. (ITL99, $16.00)

Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun


by Frances Mayes

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

In this best-selling memoir of buying, renovating and living in an abandoned villa in Tuscany, Mayes reveals the sensual pleasures found in rural Italy. (ITL85, $15.00)

War in Val D'Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943-1944

War in Val D'Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943-1944


by Iris Origo | Denis Mack Smith

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES

A diary of day-to-day heroism and fortitude. The author and her family take children, deserters, escaped prisoners, and Jews fleeing the advancing Germans into their home in Tuscany. (ITL219, $15.95)

Enchanted April

Enchanted April


by Elizabeth Von Arnim | Cathleen Schine

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 361 PAGES

In this delightful book, four Englishwomen are awakened by self-discovery and the power of their friendship on a stay in the Italian countryside in the 1920s. Inspired by Countess Arnim's travels, this book captures the rhythm and magic of Portofino. (ITL316, $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)

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 Agony and the Ecstasy, A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

The Agony and the Ecstasy, A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo


by Irving Stone

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 776 PAGES

An overheated, page-turning fictionalized account of the life of master painter and sculptor Michelangelo -- and a good introduction to Renaissance Florence and Rome. (ITL150, $17.00)

The Portable Romantic Poets

The Portable Romantic Poets


by Norman Holmes Pearson | W.H. Auden

  • LITERATURE
  • 1972
  • PAPER
  • 540 PAGES

This is the anthology to take along on a trip to England's Lake District, Italy's Cinque Terre or any other classic haunt of the romantic poets. This selection includes works by all the masters (and even an occasional mistress). (GBR346, $20.00)

Tuscany in Mind

Tuscany in Mind


by Alice Powers

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A fine literary anthology covering the region's history, geography, culture and (of course) food, featuring contributions by luminaries including D.H. Lawrence and Robert Browning. (ITL607, $14.95)

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