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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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Lonely Planet Southern Italy

Lonely Planet Southern Italy

by Paula Hardy

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

In hallmark Lonely Planet style, this practical guide to southern Italy series features insider tips, highlights and itineraries, cultural insights and reviews of places to eat, sleep and shop. Covers Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria, Sicily, Naples and Campania. (ITL978, $24.99)

Between Salt Water and Holy Water, A History of Southern Italy

Between Salt Water and Holy Water, A History of Southern Italy

by Tommaso Astarita

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Astarita captures the fanfare, rivalry and changing fortunes of Sicily from antiquity through Norman, Spanish and Bourbon rule to unification and the 20th century. (ITL597, $22.95)

Puglia Map

Puglia Map

by Touring Club Italiano

  • MAP

The locals' map of Puglia, at a scale of 1:200,000. (ITL425, $13.95)

 
Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book & Dictionary

Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book & Dictionary


by Rick Steves

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 446 PAGES

This compact phrase book, organized thematically and with a brief dictionary, also includes Steves' insight into how to break the ice and make friends around the world. (ITL424, $12.99)

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

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)

Baroque and Rococo Art

Baroque and Rococo Art


by Germain Bazin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

An excellent illustrated survey of Baroque and Rococo art and architecture, this volume in the acclaimed "World of Art" series is a good companion to the golden age of Middle Europe. (EUR53, $21.95)

Italian Baroque and Rococo Architecture


by John Varriano

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 329 PAGES

A scholarly, illustrated survey of the Baroque and Rococo treasures of Italy. (ITL687, $59.95)

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)

Old Puglia, A Portrait of South Eastern Italy

Old Puglia, A Portrait of South Eastern Italy


by Desmond Seward

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 259 PAGES
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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)

Casa Rossa

Casa Rossa


by Francesca Marciano

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 340 PAGES

A vivid novel following the lives of a mother, daughter and granddaughter from Puglia over the course of the 20th century, opening as the narrator prepares to sell Casa Rossa, the family farm. (ITL534, $14.95)

Falcon of Palermo


by Maria R. Bordihn

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 422 PAGES

This lively fictionalized account of the life of Frederick II illuminates his epic struggle to regain control of the Roman Empire in the 13th-century, his complex relationship with the Church and his lusty appetite for both women and power. (ITA15, $15.00)

Italian Folktales

Italian Folktales


by Italo Calvino

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 763 PAGES

A treasured collection of 200 lively folk tales presented by one of the modern masters of Italian fiction. Calvino's elegant rendering of these old stories reveals his great affection for the folkloric traditions of his childhood. (ITL314, $25.00)

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)

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 that captures the spirit, history and allure of the country. (ITL466, $14.95)

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)

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