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A Week in Capri, the Amalfi Coast & Rome

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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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La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

ITL718
Beppe Severgnini
Broadway Books
2007
288
0767914406
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses their never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. The book opens with a snapshot of Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia.
$15.00

The Ancient Shore

ITL967
Shirley Hazzard
University of Chicago Press
2009
144
0226322025
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Hazzard's lyrical collection of essays on the history, beauty, complexities and contradictions of Naples. Includes a celebrated New Yorker essay by husband Francis Steegmuller.
$13.00

A Traveller's History of Italy

ITL86
Valerio Lintner
Interlink Publishing Group
2008
287
1566565219
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

Fodor's Rome's 25 Best

ITL112
Fodors
Fodor's
2016
176
0147546257
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This shirt-pocket guide includes a map of the city and essential information on its highlights.
$13.99

Eyewitness Guide Naples & Amalfi Coast

ITL107
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
252
1465460004
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Covering Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Amalfi coast, this superb guide focuses on culture, history and art.
$25.00

Southern Italy Map

ITL222
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2011
2
8836507921
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A regional map of Italy, stretching from Rome to the southern tip.
$14.95

Vatican City Map

ITA363
Gizi Map
2012
1
6155010099
MAP
Reference
2/1/2013
0
0
0
0
This exceptionally detailed and beautiful walking map extends along both banks of the Tiber beyond Castel Sant'Angelo to Piazza Cavour, showing the whole of Vatican City.
$18.95

Culture Smart! Italy

ITL877
Charles Abbott
Kuperard
2016
168
1857338308
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, no-nonsense guide to Italian customs, etiquette and culture along with helpful travel advice.
$11.99

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook

ITL531
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
272
1786574500
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A handy, palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
$9.99

From Pompeii, The Afterlife of a Roman Town

ITA431
Ingrid D. Rowland
Belknap Press
2015
352
0674088093
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.50

Italianissimo

ITL983
Louise Fili, Lise Apatoff
Little Bookroom
2008
111
1892145545
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Divertingly illustrated, this A-to-Z guide profiles 50 very Italian customs and concepts from the notion of beauty (bellissimo) to the Italian disregard for lines (Fare La Coda).
$19.95

Naples Declared

ITA315
Benjamin Taylor
Penguin Putnam
2013
240
0143123467
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Subtitled "A Walk Along the Bay," Taylor's book takes in the splendor and grit of the city from street level. Mixing his travels with history, Taylor quotes from storied visitors over the ages and indelible portraits of the characters he meets.
$18.00

Pompeii, Public and Private Life

ITL114
Paul Zanker, Deborah Schneider (Translator)
Harvard University Press
1999
250
0674689674
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to the architecture, people and culture of Pompeii, focusing on both grand public spaces and private villas. With 21 color illustrations and 55 halftones, including site plans, models, mosaics and sculpture.
$38.00

Spartacus Road, A Journey Through Ancient Italy

ITA201
Peter Stothard
Overlook Press
2012
368
1590205782
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Stothard retraces the 2,000-mile journey of the rebel gladiator and his army from Rome to Pompei and Sorrento in this tale of travel, myth and slave revolt in the first century B.C.
$17.00

Whispering City, Modern Rome and Its Histories

ITA316
R. J. B. Bosworth
Yale University Press
2011
358
0300114710
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
A distinguished historian who first visited Rome in 1967, Bosworth explores competing claims on the fabled palaces, churches, monuments and memorials of Rome and its rich history since 1800 in this highly original, erudite study.
$40.00

Ancient Rome: Art, Architecture, and History

ITL419
Ada Gabucci (Editor)
Getty Trust Publications
2002
144
0892366567
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This lively, illustrated survey of Ancient Rome's monuments, history and art is a terrific introduction.
$19.95

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

ITL464
Ross King
Bloomsbury USA
2014
384
1620408406
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
King's colorful chronicle of the world's most famous ceiling paints a maniacal pope, a budding artist and a "who's who" of other 16th-century Italians (Raphael, Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci). Presented with flair and backed by a wealth of research.
$19.00

Michelangelo, A Life in Six Masterpieces

ITA454
Miles J. Unger
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2015
448
1451678789
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This highly readable biography of Michelangelo will delight the traveler with its accessible explanations of six of the artist's well-known masterpieces, such as the Pieta, David, the Sistine Chapel fresco and St. Peter's Basilica.
$17.00

The Fires of Vesuvius, Pompeii Lost and Found

ITA46
Mary Beard
Harvard University Press
2010
384
0674045866
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.00

Italian Days

ITL02
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
Atlantic Monthly Press
1998
479
0871137275
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
Grizzuti Harrison writes with warmth and depth of her journey from Milan south to Calabria in this sprightly account of Italy and the Italians.
$20.00

La Bella Lingua

ITA26
Dianne Hales
Broadway Books
2010
336
0767927702
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Augustus

ITA468
John Williams
NYRB
2014
336
1590178211
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Winner of the National Book Award, this historical novel set in classical Rome tells the story of the founder of the Roman Empire, Augustus, in the epistolary style.
$15.95

Cabal

ITL620
Michael Dibdin
Vintage Books
2000
241
0375707700
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Zen is called to the Vatican to investigate the death of Prince Ludovico Ruspanti, who plunged from the roof of St. Peter's Basilica.
$16.00

Cosi Fan Tutti

ITL623
Michael Dibdin
Vintage Books
1998
247
0679779116
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Romantic entanglements complicate the investigation of a murder in Naples in this installment of the enjoyable series.
$14.95

Italy in Mind

ITL39
Alice Powers
Random House
1997
349
0679770232
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A terrific collection of some of the best literary writing on Italy, including pieces by Melville, Lawrence, Henry James, Mary McCarthy and many others.
$18.95

Italy, A Traveler's Literary Companion

ITL466
Lawrence Venuti (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
2003
256
1883513146
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Not just a literary companion, this anthology is also a who's who of contemporary Italian writers who capture the spirit, history and allure of the country.
$14.95

Pompeii, A Novel

ITL560
Robert Harris
Random House
2004
368
0345475674
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Sailing to Capri

ITL965
Elizabeth Adler
Griffin Publishing
2007
400
0312339666
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Bestselling author Adler weaves a suspenseful tale of a cruise, where nothing is what it seems, no one is telling the truth, and murder happens. A good beach (or cruise ship) read, ideal for fans of romance novels.
$25.99

The Volcano Lover, A Romance

ITL143
Susan Sontag
Picador USA
2004
419
0312420072
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A steamy and evocative historical novel by social critic Sontag, set in 18th-century Naples. The sweeping story focuses on the British Ambassador to the King in Naples, his passionate and notorious love, and her infatuation with Lord Nelson.
$21.00

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The Italians

ITL05
Luigi Barzini
Touchstone
1996
352
0684825007
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
The definitive portrait of the Italian people, this is a classic, scholarly essay on the Italian character. Though first published in 1964, it's still worth reading for its insight, grace and wit.
$17.00

The Art of the Renaissance

ITL14
Peter Murray
Thames & Hudson
1992
286
0500200084
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.95

Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome

ITL29
Christopher Scarre
Penguin Putnam
1995
144
0140513299
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A vivid overview of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and its expansion throughout North Africa and the Mediterranean, illustrated with ingenious color maps on many topics (political borders, trade, defense, religion) and 80 color photographs.
$21.00

Italy, A Short History

ITL56
Harry Hearder
Cambridge University Press
2001
294
0521000726
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$30.99

A Traveller in Rome

ITL418
H.V. Morton
Da Capo Press
2002
432
0306811316
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
1
0
An enduring portrait of the city and especially its history, originally published a half century ago.
$19.95

Sorrento Peninsula & Amalfi Coast Map

ITL432
Litographia Artistica Cartographica
2010
2
8879140884
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed road map of the Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi Coast, including Pompeii, Nocera and Salerno, with an inset map of Capri at a scale of 1:35,000, showing hiking trails, tracks, historic buildings and attractions. With travel information on the reverse.
$12.95

Four Seasons in Rome

ITL840
Anthony Doerr
Scribner
2008
224
141657316X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Doerr captures the romance and challenge of living abroad in this lyrical memoir, invitingly subtitled "On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World."
$15.00

For Kids

Eyewitness: Ancient Rome

ITL337
Simon James, Nick Nichols (Photographer)
DK Publishing
2015
72
1465435689
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A visually rich survey of ancient Rome, this book in the excellent Eyewitness series explores daily life and history in the city and the outlying empire.
$9.99

Greece! Rome! Monsters!

GRE171
John Harris, Calef Brown (Illustrator)
Getty Trust Publications
2002
48
0892366184
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A children's primer on Greek and Roman myths as seen through 20 notable monsters. Brown provides quirky, colorful illustrations while Harris describes each monster, from the terrifying to the fanciful.
$17.95

City, A Story of Roman Planning and Construction

ITL507
David MacAulay
Houghton Mifflin Company
1983
112
0395349222
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
With innovative charts, drawings, text and a glossary, master draughtsman Macaulay tackles the planning and building of a typical Roman city, circa 25 BC, creating a fascinating portrait of Roman engineering for the whole family.
$10.99