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Puglia

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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)

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)

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)

Puglia Map

Puglia Map

by Touring Club Italiano

  • MAP

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

 
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)

Culture Smart! Italy

Culture Smart! Italy


by Charles Abbott

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to Italian customs, etiquette and culture along with helpful travel advice. (ITL877, $9.95)

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)

Puglia Holiday & Leisure


by Fioella Congedo

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 360 PAGES
  • COMING IN OCTOBER

A tribute to the hospitality of Puglia featuring its history, design and style in beautiful photographs and informative text. (ITA505, $69.95)

Honey from a Weed, Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, The Cyclades and Apulia

Honey from a Weed, Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, The Cyclades and Apulia


by Patience Gray

  • FOOD
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A knowledgeable, unfussy grand tour of the Mediterranean, its history and its foodstuffs, by Patience Gray, who traveled to Catalonia, the Cyclades, Apulia/Puglia and Tuscany. (ITL426, $39.95)

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
  • COMING IN APRIL

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

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)

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)

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)

Masseria, The Italian Farm Houses of Puglia

Masseria, The Italian Farm Houses of Puglia


by Diane Lewis | Mark Roskams

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 239 PAGES

Featuring 200 color photographs of this region's simple, open farmhouses, this gorgeous book is a great introduction to Italy's sun-drenched coast. Most of the featured buildings are made of medieval stucco and calcified stone -- a simple and striking combination. Also includes essays by renowned architect and professor Diane Lewis. (ITA492, $55.00)

The Appian Way

The Appian Way


by Robert A. Kaster

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 124 PAGES

A professor of classics at Princeton, Robert Kaster brings flair and scholarship to this charmingly digressive, extended essay on his travels from Rome to Brinbdisi on the Via Appia. Kaster includes a "baker's dozen" of must-stops, a frank caution about the terrifying traffic leaving Rome, recommended reading and other tips for the travelers. (ITA310, $22.50)

The Appian Way, From Its Foundation to the Middle Ages

The Appian Way, From Its Foundation to the Middle Ages


by Ivana della Portella

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

Tracing the full route of the Via Appia 365 miles south from Rome, this lavish book by the Getty Museum documents the Via Appia in essays and marvelous color photographs. (ITA321, $45.00)

Head over Heel, Seduced by Southern Italy

Head over Heel, Seduced by Southern Italy


by Chris Harrison

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Harrison's affectionate memoir takes us on the bumpy ride from Australia to Southern Italy, where he reunites with the love of his life, Daniela, while also facing the often-hilarious challenges of life in an eccentric village in Puglia. (ITA210, $17.95)

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)

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

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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