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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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The Italian Renaissance

ITL562
J. H. Plumb
Mariner Books
2001
320
0618127380
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

The World of Venice

ITL12
Jan Morris
Lightning Source
1995
315
0156983567
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
Morris displays her talent for research, telling anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited portrait of a beloved city, its history and inhabitants. If you are going to read one book on Venice, we recommend this favorite.
$18.95

Italian Neighbors

ITL16
Tim Parks
Grove Press
2003
272
0802140343
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This sparkling memoir by the British novelist captures the travails and delights of life in the Italian countryside. Montecchio, which Parks so indelibly sketches in this favorite book, is outside Verona.
$16.00

Blue Guide Northern Italy, from the Alps to the Adriatic

ITL48
Paul Blanchard
Lightning Source
2015
738
1905131011
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$38.00

Italy North Map

ITL38
Reise Know How
Reise Know How
2014
1
3831772851
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Scaled at 1:400,000, this German-produced map of Italy focuses on the country's northern borders and stops in northern Tuscany. Double-sided. Printed on tear- and water-resistant paper.
$14.95

Italian Lakes Map

ITL431
Litographia Artistica Cartographica
2012
2
8879141449
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
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.
$12.95

Venice Map

ITL26
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2016
2
3866093683
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful, detailed city map of Venice, perfect for finding your way around the famously labyrinthine streets and canals.
$9.95

Fodor's Venice's 25 Best

ITL106
Fodors
Fodor's
2017
176
0147547091
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This shirt-pocket guide includes an excellent map of the city center and essential information.
$13.99

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

Wallpaper City Guide Milan

ITL753
Wallpaper Magazine (Editor)
Phaidon Press
2015
128
0714868507
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations.
$11.95

The Food of Italy

ITL75
Waverly Root
Vintage Books
1992
750
0679738967
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
Evocative of Italy and its diverse cuisine, this classic book, organized geographically, offers a cook's tour of the country. It's a well-informed and wonderful culinary guide.
$22.00

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

Gondola

ITA439
Donna Leon
Atlantic Monthly Press
2014
80
0802122663
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
In this profile of the trademark Venetian gondola, Leon provides background on the gondola’s history, explains how the boats are constructed and even includes an accompanying CD of "baracoles," or Italian boat songs.
$27.50

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

My Two Italies

ITA435
Joseph Luzzi
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2015
224
0374535396
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Award-winning author and scholar Luzzi presents Italy in all its glory and squalor -- its artistic magnificence, north-south disunity and its dirty politics and corruption -- in this highly personal portrait.
$14.00

Piazza San Marco

ITA113
Iain Fenlon
Harvard University Press
2011
224
0674027914
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Fenlon reveals the dynamic, colorful and noisy history of this grand square at the heart of Venetian civic life in this sophisticated pocket guide.
$16.00

Venice, A New History

ITA380
Thomas F. Madden
Penguin Putnam
2013
446
0147509807
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With authority, Madden tackles the history of the celebrated city from Roman times onward.
$20.00

Italian Gardens

ITA22
Georgina Masson
Antique Collectors Club
2009
320
1870673573
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Originally published in 1961, this revised edition of Masson's sumptuous overview of Italy's finest gardens features her superb photographs of the Villa d'Este, the Villa Lante, Caprarola, the Boboli, Isola Bella and other noteworthy gardens.
$75.00

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.
$15.00

Leonardo da Vinci

ITL684
Sherwin B. Nuland
Viking
2004
170
014303510X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this compact book in the excellent Penguin Lives series, Nuland summarizes the achievements and obsessions of the extraordinary Leonardo da Vinci.
$15.00

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

ITA67
Roland Merullo
Touchstone
2015
280
0990889882
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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
$17.99

A Farewell to Arms

ITL384
Ernest Hemingway
Scribner
2014
330
1476764522
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set in snowy Switzerland and the rainy Italian Lake Country during WWI, this semi-autobiographical novel chronicles the romance between a British nurse and an American ambulance driver. This edition collects all of the alternate endings, along with early drafts of other essential passages
$17.00

Back to Bologna

ITL746
Michael Dibdin
Vintage Books
2006
240
0307275884
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Dibdin shows a lighter touch in this installment in the marvelous Aurelio Zen mysteries.
$14.95

Death at La Fenice

ITL555
Donna Leon
HarperCollins
2004
270
006074068X
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The first of the tremendously good Guido Brunetti mysteries, all set in the author's beloved Venice, in which a famous conductor is found dead at the celebrated La Fenice theater.
$15.99

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

More Books

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

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

D.H. Lawrence and Italy

ITL62
D.H. Lawrence
Penguin
2008
495
0141441550
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.00

Italy Map

ITL19
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2016
2
3866097433
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A convenient laminated map of Italy at a scale of 1:800,000 with excellent topographic detail, an index and large maps of Sicily and Sardinia.
$12.95

Veneto Friuli Venezia Giulia Map

ITL22
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2008
2
8836517390
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed, shaded relief map of the Veneto at a scale of 1:200,000. Accurate, colorful, and imported from Italy.
$13.95

Venice Observed

ITL27
Mary McCarthy
Harvest Books
1995
158
015693521X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Originally published over 30 years ago, this collection of eight essays is a literate, evocative celebration of the city, its character, and its history.
$13.95

Trentino Alto-Adige Map

ITL42
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2015
2
2186054M
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful regional map of the Italian Dolomites at a scale of 1:200,000.
$13.95

Trentino Alto-Adige Map

ITL42
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2015
2
2186054M
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful regional map of the Italian Dolomites at a scale of 1:200,000.
$13.95

Cadogan Guide Lombardy & the Italian Lakes

ITL44
Dana Facaros
Cadogan Books
2008
345
1860114024
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

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

Art and Life in Renaissance Venice

ITL57
Patricia Brown
Prentice Hall
2005
176
0131344021
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This compact volume evokes the spirit of Renaissance Venice with authoritative essays and 120 full-color illustrations.
$60.20

Watermark

ITL105
Joseph Brodsky
Noonday Press
1993
135
0374523827
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A metaphysical, metaphorical meditation on Venice by poet Joseph Brodsky. His ruminations take the form of 48 short chapters, each prompted by an idea, memory or scene associated with his much loved city.
$14.00

Liguria Map

ITL118
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2010
2
8836511244
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map of the region, including Cinque Terre, at a scale of 1:200,000.
$13.95

Eyewitness Guide Milan and the Lakes

ITL165
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
248
1465457429
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.00

A Long Finish, An Aurelio Zen Mystery

ITL193
Michael Dibdin
Vintage Books
2000
272
0375704019
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Another enjoyable "Aurelio Zen Mystery" from Michael Dibdin. This time private investigator Zen is in Rome and Alba, enjoying wonderful wine and food while uncovering a murderous plot that may jeopardize the Piemontese wine industry.
$14.95

Eyewitness Guide Venice & the Veneto

ITL200
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
320
146543836X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Features color photography, dozens of excellent maps (including a pullout map) and a synopsis of the region's attractions.
$20.00

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

ITL205
Giorgio Bassini, William Weaver (Translator)
Harcourt Books
1996
197
0156345706
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This powerful book, set in Ferrara, deals with unrequited love and classist society in the time of Mussolini.
$13.95

City Secrets Florence, Venice

ITL277
Robert Kahn (Editor)
Fang Duff Kahn
2011
150
0983540004
HARD COVER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Painters, writers, historians and others contributed to this idiosyncratic guide to under-appreciated treasures of both Florence and Venice. Featuring 200 short recommendations.
$14.95

Walking in the Dolomites

ITL289
Gillian Price
Cicerone
2017
288
1852848448
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive walker's guide to the Dolomites geared to a wide variety of difficulty levels. Illustrated with photographs and maps.
$27.95

Venice, Lion City

ITL324
Garry Wills
Washington Square Press
2002
448
0671047647
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A magisterial history of Venice at the height of its power as a maritime republic in the 15th and 16th centuries. Wills shows the power and influence of the city through its magnificent Renaissance art and architecture.
$24.99

Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book & Dictionary

ITL424
Rick Steves
Avalon Travel Publishing
2014
446
1612382010
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
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.
$12.99

Mammals of Europe

FG61
Priscilla Barrett, David W. MacDonald
Princeton University Press
2002
320
0691091609
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Published by Princeton, this is a field guide to land and marine mammals throughout Europe, both endemic and introduced. With more than 600 color illustrations of over 200 mammals.
$49.95

Verona Map

ITL453
Litographia Artistica Cartographica
2
8879140507
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful, folded travel map to Verona, Italy.
$12.95

Blue Guide Venice

ITL457
Alta MacAdam
Blue Guides
2014
288
1905131607
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive guide is the best for art, architecture, museums, history and culture.
$24.95

Eyewitness Guide Umbria

ITL512
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
192
1465427384
FLEXI-BOUND
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A marvelously illustrated, compact guide to the culture, history and attractions of Umbria, organized geographically and especially helpful for its innovative site plans, building diagrams and local maps.
$20.00

Casa Rossa

ITL534
Francesca Marciano
Pantheon Books
2003
340
0375726373
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

Extra Virgin, A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera

ITL539
Annie Hawes
HarperCollins Publishers
2002
352
0060958111
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A memoir of travels and life in Liguria, where the Hawes sisters ventured and stayed. In this refreshingly candid account, the English sisters end up buying a house and learning the local customs and eccentricities of their neighbors in Diano San Pietro.
$14.99

One Hundred & One Beautiful Small Towns in Italy

ITL546
Paolo Lazzarin
Rizzoli International
2014
276
0847842940
HARD COVER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This pocket-sized pictorial guide to some of Italy’s hidden gems features towns from twenty diverse regions, each with varied landscapes, architecture and local specialties.
$25.00

Medusa, An Aurelio Zen Mystery

ITL576
Michael Dibdin
Vintage Books
2005
272
1400076080
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
In this ninth book in the thoroughly enjoyable Aurelio Zen series, our worldly detective investigates a mysterious corpse in a long-abandoned military tunnel in the Dolomites.
$15.00

Dead Lagoon, An Aurelio Zen Mystery

ITL577
Michael Dibdin
Vintage Books
1995
297
0679753117
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Dibdin -- a master of ambiguous settings, shady dealings and fast-paced prose -- returns to Venice in this sixth book in the thoroughly enjoyable Aurelio Zen series.
$14.95

Pimsleur Quick & Simple Italian

ITL630
Pimsleur Language Method
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2005
0743509552
AUDIO CD
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
Four audio CDs with eight 30-minute lessons in basic Italian, covering elementary vocabulary and phrases used in travel and everyday situations.
$19.95

The City of Falling Angels

ITL644
John Berendt
Penguin Putnam
2006
414
0143036939
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Berendt's masterful mix of damp aspirations, intrigue and eccentric personalities conveys a certain essence of what it's like to live in modern Venice.
$18.00

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

EUR190
Robert A. Scott
University of California Press
2005
294
0520246802
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches.
$26.95

On The Road with Francis of Assisi

ITL647
Linda Bird Francke
Random House
2006
256
0345469666
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Assisi wandered for 20 years, affording Newsweek editor Francke and her patient husband plenty to see and do in the piazzas, sanctuaries and chapels of Assisi, Siena, Bologna, Venice, Gubbio, Rome and other choice spots.
$17.00

Wine Country Europe, Touring, Tasting, And Buying At European Regional Wineries

EUR191
Ornella D'Alessio, Marco Santini
Rizzoli International
2005
324
0847827704
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Part how-to, part guidebook, part picture book, this charming coffee table treat covers sprawling French vineyards as well as lesser-known hidden treasures in Austria and Hungary.
$35.00

Venice, The Grand Canal

ITL663
Daniele Resini
Antique Collectors Club
2005
8872001668
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This ingenious book unfolds accordion-style to reveal a 42-foot panorama of the palaces, churches and museums fronting Venice's glorious Grand Canal. The photographer, Daniele Resini, took the photographs over a period of three years to create one perfectly continuous portrait of this architectural wonder.
$50.00

Romeo and Juliet

ITL852
William Shakespeare
Penguin
2016
176
0140714847
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The Penguin Pelican edition of the classic tragedy, edited by Peter Holland.
$8.00

Italian Ways, On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo

ITA368
Tim Parks
W. W. Norton & Company
2014
288
0393348822
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Riding its trains from his home in Verona over to Milan and south to Rome, Palermo, down to the heel of Italy, ebullient expat Tim Parks (Italian Neighbors, Medici Money et al) delivers another winning portrait of Italy and of the Italian character.
$15.95

The Genius of Venice, Piazza San Marco and the Making of the Republic

ITA376
Dial Parrott
Rizzoli International
2013
413
0847840530
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
With 112 color illustrations and four maps, the Genius of Venice presents the magnificent buildings of the celebrated piazza as, in the words of John Ruskin, the "living books of history" in this handsome cultural history.
$40.00

The Politics of Washing, Real Life in Venice

ITA441
Polly Coles
Robert Hale
2014
208
0719808782
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Drawing from the experience of living with a family in Venice, Polly Coles provides anecdotes of ordinary life in the extraordinary place, vividly portraying a city besieged by tourism and caught between ancient tradition and modern necessity.
$14.95

For Kids

Starry Messenger, Galileo Galilei

ITL331
Peter Sis
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2000
40
0374470278
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A beautifully illustrated homage to Galileo for children ages 6 to 8. In simple prose, Sis chronicles Galileo's life and evokes the Renaissance world. It's a memorable introduction to science and Italy.
$8.99

Daughter of Venice

ITL343
Donna Jo Napoli
2002
274
0440229286
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Prevented by Venetian custom from walking about her own native city, high-spirited Donata dresses herself as a boy and sets out to see the sights. Lots of period detail enlivens this young adult novel about life in 16th-century Venice.
$7.99

Leonardo's Horse

ITL344
Hudson Talbott, Jean Fritz
Penguin Putnam
2001
40
0399235760
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.99