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Every Day in Tuscany, Seasons of an Italian Life

Every Day in Tuscany, Seasons of an Italian Life

by Frances Mayes

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Twenty years later, Mayes is still besotted by Italy -- her house, the tumbling geraniums, the people and the food -- all lovingly documented in her best memoir yet. With interludes in Portofino, Assisi and Rome and a focus on Renaissance master artist Luca Signorelli. (ITA124, $15.00)

The House of Medici, Its Rise and Fall

The House of Medici, Its Rise and Fall

by Christopher Hibbert

  • HISTORY
  • 1982
  • PAPER
  • 364 PAGES

A well-written, entertaining history of the Medicis in Renaissance Florence. Great to read before going to Florence, where the influence of the Medicis and the artists they supported is still very much in evidence. (ITL135, $16.99)

Insight Guide Tuscany

Insight Guide Tuscany

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

An illustrated guide in the popular series, noteworthy for its maps and illuminating essays on history, art, food and culture. (ITL156, $20.99)

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)

 
Central Italy Map

Central Italy Map


by Touring Club Italiano

  • 2011
  • MAP

A regional map of Central Italy, including Tuscany, Umbria and Rome, at a scale of 1:400,000. (ITL103, $12.95)

Florence Map

Florence Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A detailed, plastic-covered city map of Florence at a scale of 1:7,000. (ITL59, $8.95)

Siena Map

Siena Map


by Litographia Artistica Cartographica

  • MAP

A very detailed map of Siena, scale 1:7000. (ITL299, $12.95)

Tuscany Adventure Map

Tuscany Adventure Map


by National Geographic Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A detailed map of Tuscany at a scale of 1:200,000. 4 1/4" x 9 1/4" folded; 26" x 38" unfolded. (ITA337, $11.95)

Blue Guide Italy Food Companion

Blue Guide Italy Food Companion


by Blue Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

This pocket guide to ordering, understanding and enjoying the best of Italian food can be used in preparation for a visit to Italy or as a handy reference while you're there. (ITA195, $14.95)

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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)

Michelin Green Guide Tuscany

Michelin Green Guide Tuscany


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A thorough introduction to the region in the classic Michelin style, featuring brief descriptions of all the major attractions. We include it for its broad coverage, and especially for its excellent local maps. (ITL139, $21.99)

Walking in Tuscany

Walking in Tuscany


by Gillian Price

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

This comprehensive, practical guide in the British series covers 50 walks and itineraries throughout the region, including the wild Chianti ridge. (ITA348, $22.95)

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)

The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy

The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy


by Hugh Johnson | Nicholas Belfrage

  • FOOD
  • 2009
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 320 PAGES

This astute guide to wine-making regions and villages in Tuscany includes a history of Tuscan grapes and culture, excellent color maps and profiles of select vintners and wines. (ITA72, $39.95)

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
  • 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)

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 City of Florence, Historical Vistas and Personal Sightings

The City of Florence, Historical Vistas and Personal Sightings


by R.W.B. Lewis

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A vivid tour of the city and its riches by the fine biographer of Edith Wharton and Henry James. Lewis has written what he calls "a partial biography of Florence," beautifully interweaving the personal and the historical. (ITL47, $22.99)

Voices of Tuscany, Discover the Land of Genius & Beauty

Voices of Tuscany, Discover the Land of Genius & Beauty


by Giorgio De Martino

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

This well-illustrated, conversational portrait of Tuscany, produced by pianist and writer Giorgio De Martino and famous singer Andrea Bocelli, presents the words of great Tuscans past and present who share the region's rich history and culture. The text accompanies pristine color photographs of cultural landmarks. (ITA416, $16.95)

Architecture of the Renaissance, From Brunelleschi to Palladio

Architecture of the Renaissance, From Brunelleschi to Palladio


by Bertrand Jestaz

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Originating in Florence, the flowering of architecture in 15th-century Italy revolutionized the look of European cities and the mindsets of their citizens. This lavishly illustrated pocket book presents the people, the time and its monuments in hundreds of color photographs and engravings. (ITL52, $15.95)

Brunelleschi's Dome, How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture

Brunelleschi's Dome, How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture


by Ross King

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

The story of the design and construction of the dome in the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a tale rife with politics, cut-throat competition and mighty inspiration. (ITL410, $16.00)

Catherine of Siena, A Passionate Life

Catherine of Siena, A Passionate Life


by Don Brophy

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

Brophy sets this deeply researched biography of the saint against the backdrop of 14th-century Europe, showing Catherine's sheer fortitude and personal magnetism in her efforts to bring peace to a troubled time. (ITA284, $14.95)

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)

Hidden Tuscany, Discovering Art, Culture and Memories in a Well-known Region's Unknown Places

Hidden Tuscany, Discovering Art, Culture and Memories in a Well-known Region's Unknown Places


by John Keahey

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Keahey, a veteran travel writer, explores a little-known part of one of Italy's best-known regions, presenting the unique culture of Tuscany's far west. (ITA437, $26.99)

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)

Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and His Times

Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and His Times


by William Wallace

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 428 PAGES

Wallace's biography offers a visual and literary treasury of Michelangelo's works, creating a compelling, complex and remarkably human portrayal of the Renaissance master. (ITA203, $34.00)

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)

The Hills of Chianti, The Story of a Tuscan Winemaking

The Hills of Chianti, The Story of a Tuscan Winemaking


by Piero Antinori | Natalie Danford

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

The head of one of the oldest producing families of fine Italian wine recounts the history of the Antinori family, which spans 27 generations back to 1385, and portrays contemporary life in Tuscany. (ITA472, $26.95)

The Piero Affair, with Side Trips

The Piero Affair, with Side Trips


by Pat Musick

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 251 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
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A delightful Italian travel narrative inspired by Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca. American artist Pat Musick takes readers off the beaten path in Tuscany to Rome, Florence, Siena and a plenitude of Italian villages. She commemorates her journey with historical anecdotes, recipes and over 200 photographs. (ITA514, $43.95)

Too Much Tuscan Sun, Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide

Too Much Tuscan Sun, Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide


by Roberto Rodi | Dario Castagno

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

With affection and humor, Castagno recalls his experience as a tour guide in Tuscany and the remarkable travelers he meets along the way. His ease with and taste for Chianti combine to evoke intoxicating images of the much-loved Tuscan region. (ITL547, $16.95)

The Birth of Venus, A Novel

The Birth of Venus, A Novel


by Sarah Dunant

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 397 PAGES

A rich novel of art, passion and patronage, memorably set in late 15th-century Florence and prominently featuring the famously pious reformer Savonarola. (ITL532, $15.00)

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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