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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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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)

Pompeii, The Day a City Died

Pompeii, The Day a City Died

by Robert Etienne

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 215 PAGES

This indispensable pocket guide illustrates daily life in the city as revealed by its evocative frescoes, mosaics and treasures. (ITL01, $15.95)

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, $16.95)

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Venice

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Venice

by Gillian Price

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Venice. (ITA18, $14.00)

Eyewitness Guide Sicily

Eyewitness Guide Sicily

by Eyewitness Guides | DK Publishing

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 252 PAGES

This superb guide to Sicily features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a synopsis of the island's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry. (ITL468, $23.00)

Italy Map

Italy Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2016
  • MAP

A convenient laminated map of Italy at a scale of 1:800,000 with excellent topographic detail, an index and large maps of Sicily and Sardinia. (ITL19, $12.95)

 
Venice Map

Venice Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2016
  • MAP

A colorful, detailed city map of Venice, perfect for finding your way around the famously labyrinthine streets and canals. (ITL26, $9.95)

Sharing Puglia, Delicious, Simple Food from Undiscovered Italy

Sharing Puglia, Delicious, Simple Food from Undiscovered Italy


by Luca Lorusso

  • FOOD
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

In a sleek, modern design featuring stunning photography, this cookbook offers 80 authentic Pugliese recipes such as kingfish crudo with fresh fava beans, Caciocavallo and scampi with fresh chicory and pomegranate. (ITA506, $39.95)

Sicily

Sicily


by Silver Spoon

  • FOOD
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 271 PAGES

With a chapter on each of Sicily's nine provinces, color photographs and notes on food traditions, this gorgeous book from Silver Spoon is as much a travelogue as a cookbook. (ITA374, $39.95)

The Food of Italy

The Food of Italy


by Waverly Root

  • FOOD
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 750 PAGES

Evocative of Italy and its diverse cuisine, this classic book, organized geographically, offers a cook's tour of the country. It's a well-informed and wonderful culinary guide. (ITL75, $22.00)

Apulia, An Armchair Traveller's History

Apulia, An Armchair Traveller's History


by Desmond Seward

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Desmond Seward takes in the landscapes, cave towns, frescoed churches, Romanesque cathedrals and Gothic castles of Apulia in this history, the second book in the Armchair Traveller's History series. (ITA369, $19.95)

From Pompeii, The Afterlife of a Roman Town

From Pompeii, The Afterlife of a Roman Town


by Ingrid D. Rowland

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 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, $18.95)

Palermo, City of Kings, The Heart of Sicily

Palermo, City of Kings, The Heart of Sicily


by Jeremy Dummett

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

The first history of Palermo available, this invitingly short book is a standalone history of the city, but also surveys important monuments and sites. (ITA588, $28.00)

Seeking Sicily, A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean

Seeking Sicily, A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean


by John Keahey

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Taken with Sicily, its culture and its literature, Keahey explores the food, history and pure pleasure of the place, using his heroes Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Leonardo Sciascia and other Sicilian literary greats as guides. (ITA274, $29.99)

Sicilian Odyssey

Sicilian Odyssey


by Francine Prose

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

Novelist Francine Prose tries her hand at travel writing in this lyrical, vibrant and concise portrait of Sicily. Prose evokes Sicily's history, art, landscape and cuisine through considerations of her own journey across the island. (ITL451, $20.00)

Sicily, An Island at the Crossroads of History

Sicily, An Island at the Crossroads of History


by John Julius Norwich

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 432 PAGES

Norwich delivers a page-turning account of Sicily, from the Classical period through the Mafia, highlighting the crucial role the island has played in world politics. (ITA558, $32.00)

Venice, A New History

Venice, A New History


by Thomas F. Madden

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 446 PAGES

With authority, Madden tackles the history of the celebrated city from Roman times onward. (ITA380, $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)

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, $20.50)

A House in Sicily

A House in Sicily


by Daphne Phelps

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

An old-fashioned memoir of life at Casa Cuseni, the pensione and garden in Taormina run by the indomitable Daphne Phelps, which has been a sanctuary for such guests as Tennessee Williams, Betrand Russell and others, famous and infamous, since 1947. (ITL148, $16.95)

Italian Neighbors

Italian Neighbors


by Tim Parks

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This sparkling memoir by the British novelist captures the travails and delights of life in the Italian countryside. Montecchio, which Parks so indelibly sketches in this favorite book, is outside Verona. (ITL16, $16.00)

Old Puglia, A Portrait of South Eastern Italy

Old Puglia, A Portrait of South Eastern Italy


by Desmond Seward

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 259 PAGES

Seward weaves history and incident, accounts by past visitors and his own travels in this charming portrait of the ancient towns, life and people of Puglia. (ITA80, $19.95)

The World of Venice

The World of Venice


by Jan Morris

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 315 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Morris displays her talent for research, telling anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited portrait of a beloved city, its history and inhabitants. If you are going to read one book on Venice, we recommend this favorite. (ITL12, $18.95)

Pompeii, A Novel

Pompeii, A Novel


by Robert Harris

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

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, $16.00)

The Leopard

The Leopard


by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Evoking a lost world of privilege and tradition, 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)

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water


by Andrea Camilleri

  • MYSTERY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The first of Camilleri's wildly popular Inspector Montalbano mysteries, nicely translated and shot through (pun intended) with not just memorable characters but also with Sicilian lore and politics. If you like the series, it continues in 19 more installments -- and counting. (ITL528, $15.00)

The Wine-Dark Sea

The Wine-Dark Sea


by Leonardo Sciascia | Avril Bardoni | Alberto Mobilio

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 201 PAGES

A collection of 13 stories, all set in the celebrated writers' native Sicily, and featuring mafiosi, carabinieri and villagers. (ITL408, $14.95)

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