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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

Southern Italy & Sicily

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.

Essential Reading

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Classical Architecture

Classical Architecture

by James Stevens Curl

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 231 PAGES

This well-illustrated book includes a detailed, illustrated glossary that is almost a dictionary of classical architecture in itself. Second edition. (MED190, $35.00)

Vesuvius

Vesuvius

by Gillian Darley

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

Darley unveils human responses to Mount Vesuvius, a place both feared and celebrated, from a cast of characters as far-flung as Pliny the Younger and David Hockney. This entry in Harvard University Press's excellent Wonders of the World series is a perfect introduction for travelers to Pompeii and Herculaneum. (ITA275, $22.95)

Sicily, An Illustrated History

Sicily, An Illustrated History

by Joseph Privitera

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 145 PAGES

Privitera covers the scope of Sicily and its diverse civilizations in lively prose and well-chosen illustrations in this succinct history. (ITA158, $12.95)

Blue Guide Sicily

Blue Guide Sicily

by Ellen Grady

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 500 PAGES

This in-depth guide to Sicily's ancient history and archaeology features detailed maps and site plans. (ITL125, $26.95)

Southern Italy Map

by Touring Club Italiano

  • MAP

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

 
Sicily Map

Sicily Map


by Touring Club Italiano

  • 2011
  • MAP

A detailed map of Sicily (1:200,000) printed on water- and tear-resistant paper. (ITL181, $13.95)

Eyewitness Top 10 Naples & Amalfi Coast

Eyewitness Top 10 Naples & Amalfi Coast


by Jeffrey Kennedy

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With a pull-out map. (ITA178, $14.00)

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)

Classical Greece and the Birth of Western Art


by Andrew Stewart

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 358 PAGES

Stewart's lively study of the Classical Revolution of 5th century BC Greece introduces the innovations in art, literature and philosophy that would shape western culture. (GRE444, $31.99)

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
  • 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)

The Ancient Mediterranean

The Ancient Mediterranean


by Michael Grant

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 374 PAGES

Grant, a well-known classical scholar, provides this comprehensive history of the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean, including Egypt, Israel, Crete, Greece, the Roman states and many others. A very well-researched account of Western history's roots. (MED10, $20.00)

Ancient Sicily, Monuments Past & Present

Ancient Sicily, Monuments Past & Present


by G. Messineo | E. Borgia

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 72 PAGES

In this illuminating overview, ingenious overlays depict 17 important sites as they appear today and how they may have appeared in the past. (ITL733, $29.95)

Archaeology of Ancient Sicily

Archaeology of Ancient Sicily


by R. Ross Holloway

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

A concise, marvelously lucid history of the civilizations and archaeology of Sicily from the Paleolithic to the Romans. With illustrations, site diagrams and maps. (ITL521, $51.95)

Italy, Monuments Past and Present

Italy, Monuments Past and Present


by R.A. Staccioli

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2003
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 78 PAGES

This informative volume shows Italy's most important monuments as they look today and, via overlaid illustrations, as they were once upon a time. The book surveys the history and archeological highlights of Pompeii, Rome and Sicily. (ITL455, $25.00)

Panorama of the Classical World

Panorama of the Classical World


by Nigel Spivey

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Published by the J. Paul Getty Museum, these richly illustrated and engaging essays cover daily life in Greek, Roman and Etruscan times. (MED180, $29.95)

The Complete Greek Temples

The Complete Greek Temples


by Tony Spawforth

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

A sourcebook, gazetteer and illustrated overview ancient Greek temples throughout the Mediterranean. (MED97, $40.00)

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)

The Greek Cities of Magna Graecia and Sicily

The Greek Cities of Magna Graecia and Sicily


by Fausto Longo | Lorena Jannelli | Luca Cerchiai

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

An engaging history of the Western Greek colonies in Sicily and southern Italy in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., featuring 240 magnificent color illustrations, maps and a site-by-site review of major archaeological sites. (ITL751, $45.00)

The Greeks Overseas, The Early Colonies and Trade

The Greeks Overseas, The Early Colonies and Trade


by John Boardman

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

An authoritative, illustrated survey of Greek civilization throughout the Mediterranean, revised and updated for this fourth edition. (GRE150, $25.95)

Midnight in Sicily, On Art, Food, History, Travel and La Cosa Nostra

Midnight in Sicily, On Art, Food, History, Travel and La Cosa Nostra


by Peter Robb

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Combining interviews, research and essays on Sicilian history and culture, this vivid report by journalist Robb is a superb introduction to Italy's glorious, corrupt and troubled south. (ITL74, $20.00)

On Persephone's Island

On Persephone's Island


by Mary Taylor Simeti

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Strong on the delights of rural life, Simeti's portrait of Sicily takes the form of a year-long journal, capturing the spirit of the people, daily life, traditions and the land. (ITL03, $15.95)

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)

Canti


by Giacomo Leopardi

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

An acclaimed new translation of Italy's greatest modern poet's work. Born in the Italian Marches in 1798, Leopardi lived in Rome, Central Italy, and Naples, where he died in 1837. (ITA285, $25.00)

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)

The Castle of Otranto, A Gothic Story

The Castle of Otranto, A Gothic Story


by Horace Walpole

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

First published in 1764, Walpole's classic Gothic novel takes place in and around the 15th-century castle on the Adriatic. (ITL631, $8.95)

The Leopard

The Leopard


by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Evoking a lost world of privilege and tradition, Giuseppe Di Lampedusa's memorable tale, set on a rural Sicilian estate during the days of independence, follows the world-weary Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina. A classic, now in a 50th anniversary edition. (ITL11, $16.00)

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