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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)

D.H. Lawrence and Italy

D.H. Lawrence and Italy

by D.H. Lawrence

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 495 PAGES

This omnibus Penguin Classics edition includes Lawrence's three travel tales, each very different in tone and all wonderful: Sea and Sardinia is a nostalgic look at traditional ways of life; Twilight in Italy, an evocation of Lawrence's memorable stay on Lake Garda; and Etruscan Places, his musings on ancient sites, including the painted tombs of Tarquinia. (ITL62, $18.00)

Eyewitness Guide Milan and the Lakes

Eyewitness Guide Milan and the Lakes

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A superb guide to Milan and the Italian lakes featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the area's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry. (ITL165, $25.00)

 
Italian Lakes Map

Italian Lakes Map


by Litographia Artistica Cartographica

  • MAP

A detailed map of the Italian lakes region, including Orta, Lugano, Como and Maggiore, at the excellent scale of 1:100,000, produced in Italy. (ITL431, $12.95)

Lombardia Regional Map

Lombardia Regional Map


by Touring Club Italiano

  • MAP

A colorful regional map of Lombardy. (ITL120, $13.95)

Milan Map


by Touring Club Italiano

  • 2004
  • MAP

An excellent map of Milan and surroundings at a scale of 1:15,000 by Touring Club Italiano. (ITL618, $13.95)

Streetwise Milan Map

Streetwise Milan Map


by Streetwise Maps

  • MAP

A detailed travel map of Milan. (ITL65, $8.95)

Blue Guide Northern Italy, from the Alps to the Adriatic

Blue Guide Northern Italy, from the Alps to the Adriatic


by Paul Blanchard

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 735 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

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, $32.95)

Cadogan Guide Lombardy & the Italian Lakes

Cadogan Guide Lombardy & the Italian Lakes


by Dana Facaros

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 345 PAGES

Cadogan brings travelers Lombardy and the Italian Lakes in all their glory, from the powerhouse of Milan to the idyllic beauty and tranquility of Lake Garda and the Renaissance cities of the Lombard Plain. (ITL44, $19.95)

Eyewitness Top Ten Italian Lakes

Eyewitness Top Ten Italian Lakes


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map. (ITA383, $14.00)

Insight Guide Italian Lakes

Insight Guide Italian Lakes


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

This compact, illustrated guide to the Italian Lakes covers the villages, culture and attractions of the region in detail, including an in-depth chapter on Milan. (ITL982, $19.99)

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)

Why Italians Love to Talk About Food

Why Italians Love to Talk About Food


by Elena Kostioukovitch

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 480 PAGES

This charming, informative journey through Italy's great regional cuisine, from the Alps to Sicily, includes color photos, menus and glossaries. Umberto Eco's Russian translator, Kostioukovitch explores the food of her adopted homeland as a way to understand the different tastes, dialects and attitudes of each region. (ITA110, $35.00)

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)

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)

The Italian Renaissance

The Italian Renaissance


by J. H. Plumb

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A well-written history of the Renaissance, its artists and thinkers, with chapters on Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice, Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Women of the Renaissance. (ITL562, $16.00)

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)

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)

Leonardo's Horse


by Hudson Talbott | Jean Fritz

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 40 PAGES
  • FAMILY

Crackerjack children's writer Jean Fritz here presents an intriguing dual biography: first, of Leonardo da Vinci, who labored for years on a giant bronze sculpture of a horse, never finished; and secondly, of Charlie Dent, an American who in 1977 vowed to complete what Leonardo began. (ITL344, $21.99)

The Italian Summer: Golf, Food, and Family at Lake Como

The Italian Summer: Golf, Food, and Family at Lake Como


by Roland Merullo

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 259 PAGES

Merullo shares this congenial account of a summer with his family in Italy and Switzerland, offering delicious descriptions of wonderful meals, colorful characters -- and rounds of golf at some of the most beautiful courses in Europe. He is a golf fanatic. (ITA67, $24.99)

A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 332 PAGES

Set in snowy Switzerland and the rainy Italian Lake Country during World War I, this semi-autobiographical novel chronicles the romance between a British nurse and an American ambulance driver. (ITL384, $16.00)

Foucault's Pendulum

Foucault's Pendulum


by Umberto Eco | William Weaver

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 623 PAGES

A wild, complex conspiracy novel set in Milan. It involves Templars, Rosicrucians, Freemasons, Jesuits, and more. The verbose, scholarly text is a study in how fiction can influence reality, and an excellent choice for readers who feel up to a rewarding challenge. (ITL649, $15.95)

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)

The Betrothed

The Betrothed


by Alessandro Manzoni

  • LITERATURE
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 720 PAGES

By many accounts the first modern Italian novel, Manzoni's 1827 classic concerns star-crossed lovers in 17th-century Lombardy. Promoted during unification, Italy's best-known novel has been made into films and a musical. (ITL414, $20.00)

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