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National Geographic Piedmont & Northwest Italy, With Turin, the Mountains, and Lakes

National Geographic Piedmont & Northwest Italy, With Turin, the Mountains, and Lakes

by Tim Jepson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A practical guide to Piedmont, Northwestern Italy and Turin in the visually attractive National Geographic style, complete with photographs, illustrations, maps, and good cultural and historical information. (ITL657, $21.95)

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

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)

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 who capture the spirit, history and allure of the country. (ITL466, $14.95)

Italy North Map

Italy North Map

by Reise Know How

  • 2014
  • MAP

Scaled at 1:400,000, this German-produced map of Italy focuses on the country's northern borders and stops in northern Tuscany. Double-sided. Printed on tear- and water-resistant paper. (ITL38, $14.95)

 
Piemonte, Valle d'Aosta Map

Piemonte, Valle d'Aosta Map


by Touring Club Italiano

  • 2008
  • MAP

A regional map of the Piemonte region of Italy at a good scale of 1:200,000. (ITL147, $13.95)

Blue Guide Northern Italy, from the Alps to the Adriatic

Blue Guide Northern Italy, from the Alps to the Adriatic


by Paul Blanchard

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 760 PAGES
  • COMING IN DECEMBER

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, $29.95)

Civilized Traveller's Guide to Turin

Civilized Traveller's Guide to Turin


by Eugenia F. Bell

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 201 PAGES

An insiders guide to the art, culture, history and attractions of Turin, including recommended hotels, restaurants and shops. With three walking tours and suggested excursions outside the city. (ITL655, $14.95)

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

A handy, palm-size guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (ITL531, $9.99)

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 Italian handcraft shops and products from Murano glass to ceramics, jewelry and leather. (ITL473, $24.95)

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)

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)

My Two Italies

My Two Italies


by Joseph Luzzi

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 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, $14.00)

The Italians

The Italians


by John Hooper

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

Italy correspondent for The Economist Hooper explores Italy -- its baffling contradictions, unique character and contemporary culture -- in this illuminating portrait. (ITA528, $28.95)

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)

Barolo

Barolo


by Matthew Gavin Frank

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Rich in details of village life of the Piemonte, Frank's witty tale of six months camped out in the garden of the Pittatore farm in Barolo (pop. 646) will transport you to the Italian countryside. You'll want to accompany this irresistible tale with a generous glass of red wine, and perhaps some ham. If you find youself dreaming of a trip to Italy, the Salone del Gusto, celebrating artisanal food, runs October 25-29 in Turino. For the flavor of the book and a receipe, we suggest a visit to matthewgfrank.com. (ITA297, $17.95)

La Bella Lingua

La Bella Lingua


by Dianne Hales

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

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)

A Long Finish, An Aurelio Zen Mystery

A Long Finish, An Aurelio Zen Mystery


by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Another enjoyable "Aurelio Zen Mystery" from Michael Dibdin, this time private investigator Zen is in Rome and Alba, enjoying wonderful wine and food while uncovering a murderous plot that may jeopardize the Piemontese wine industry. (ITL193, $14.95)

A Private Affair


by Beppe Fenoglio

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Fenoglio's widely regarded novella is set in the Piedmont in 1943 as Italy surrenders to the Allies. (ITA140, $17.95)

The Moon and the Bonfires

The Moon and the Bonfires


by Cesare Pavese | R.W. Flint | Mark Rudman

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Pavese's last novel, published shortly before the writer's suicide in 1950, is his evocation of post-Mussolini Italy. The protagonist, an emigrant, returns to Northern Italy from America in the wake of World War II. (ITL427, $14.95)

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