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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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Eyewitness Guide Sicily

ITL468
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
252
1465459952
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superb guide to Sicily features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a synopsis of the island's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
$23.00

On Persephone's Island

ITL03
Mary Taylor Simeti
Vintage Books
1986
352
0679764143
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Strong on the delights of rural life, Simeti's portrait of Sicily takes the form of a year-long journal, capturing the spirit of the people, daily life, traditions and the land.
$16.95

Midnight in Sicily, On Art, Food, History, Travel and La Cosa Nostra

ITL74
Peter Robb
Picador USA
2007
400
0312426844
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
Combining interviews, research and essays on Sicilian history and culture, this vivid report by journalist Robb is a superb introduction to Italy's glorious, corrupt and troubled south.
$21.00

Sicily Map

ITL181
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2017
2
8836502326
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed map of Sicily (1:200,000). The detail is great if you don't mind folding it out to its full poster size.
$14.95

Rome Map

ITL60
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2016
2
3866093020
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A handy map at a scale of 1:11,000, with a more detailed overview of the city center.
$9.95

Blue Guide Sicily

ITL125
Ellen Grady
W. W. Norton & Company
2016
540
1905131747
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This in-depth guide to Sicily's ancient history and archaeology features detailed maps and site plans.
$26.95

Eat Smart in Sicily, How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure

ITL911
Joan Peterson
Ginkgo Press
2008
160
0977680118
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A slim pocket guide that focuses solely on the cuisine of the island and the influences that the Greeks, Norman French, Tunisians and Italians have had on its delectable dishes.
$13.95

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

Michelin Green Guide Sicily

ITL795
Jonathan Gilbert
Michelin Travel Publications
2016
456
2067212494
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Organized alphabetically and featuring Michelin's famous star ratings, this venerable driving guide includes excellent local maps and site plans, suggested tours and visitor sites.
$21.99

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

ITL597
Tommaso Astarita
Lightning Source
2005
352
0393328678
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Astarita captures the fanfare, rivalry and changing fortunes of Sicily from antiquity through Norman, Spanish and Bourbon rule to unification and the 20th century.
$22.95

Excellent Cadavers, The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic

ITL58
Alexander Stille
Vintage Books
1996
467
0679768637
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This fast-paced book is a gripping account of corruption in Italy. The author offers an utterly absorbing account of the assassination of two top anti-Mafia prosecutors in 1992.
$17.95

Sicily, Three Thousand Years of Human History

ITL731
Sandra Benjamin
Steerforth Press
2007
498
158642131X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With clarity and authority, Benjamin traces the rich legacy of the Greeks and Romans, Vandals and Goths, Arab traders, Normans, Bourbons and others who have contributed to the multi-faceted history of the kingdom of Sicily.
$24.00

The Sicilian Vespers, A History of the Mediterranean World in the Later Thirteenth Century

ITL295
Steven Runciman
Cambridge University Press
2012
355
0521437741
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A spellbinding history of the 13th-century Kingdom of Sicily. The massacre of the French at Palermo, known as the Sicilian Vespers, is the springboard for the author's sweeping depiction of the Mediterranean in the late 1200s.
$23.99

Ancient Sicily, Monuments Past & Present

ITL733
G. Messineo, E. Borgia
Getty Trust Publications
2006
72
8881621479
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
In this illuminating overview, ingenious overlays depict 17 important sites as they appear today and how they may have appeared in the past.
$29.95

Archaeology of Ancient Sicily

ITL521
R. Ross Holloway
Routledge
2000
232
0415237912
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
A concise, marvelously lucid history of the civilizations and archaeology of Sicily from the Paleolithic to the Romans. With illustrations, site diagrams and maps.
$51.95

The Greek Cities of Magna Graecia and Sicily

ITL751
Fausto Longo, Lorena Jannelli, Luca Cerchiai
Getty Trust Publications
2004
288
0892367512
HARD COVER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
An engaging history of the Western Greek colonies in Sicily and southern Italy in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., featuring 240 magnificent color illustrations, maps and a site-by-site review of major archaeological sites.
$45.00

A House in Sicily

ITL148
Daphne Phelps
Da Capo Press
1999
224
0786707941
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An old-fashioned memoir of life at Casa Cuseni, the pensione and garden in Taormina run by the indomitable Daphne Phelps, which has been a sanctuary for such guests as Tennessee Williams, Betrand Russell and others, famous and infamous, since 1947.
$16.95

The Lawrence Durrell Travel Reader

GRE186
Lawrence Durrell, Clint Willis (Editor)
Da Capo Press
2004
405
0786713704
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
1
Durrell's intoxicating reflections on Greece and the Mediterranean. With chapters on Corfu, Rhodes, Cyprus, Sicily, Delphi and Provence.
$15.00

A Vittorini Omnibus

ITL10
Elio Vittorini, Ernest Hemingway (Introduction)
New Directions Publishing Corporation
1973
308
0811204995
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
1
These short novels by a modern master include Vittorini's classic tale of a sophisticated man who returns to his native village in Sicily.
$18.95

Little Novels of Sicily

ITL472
Giovanni Verga, D.H. Lawrence (Translator)
Steerforth Press
2000
145
188364254X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A collection of the Sicilian writer's best tales selected and translated by D.H. Lawrence in 1925.
$15.00

The Leopard

ITL11
Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
Pantheon Books
2007
384
0375714790
PAPER
Literature
0
1
0
0
Evoking a lost world of privilege and tradition, Di Lampedusa's memorable tale, set on a rural Sicilian estate during the days of independence, follows the world-weary Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina. A classic, now in a 50th anniversary edition.
$16.00

The Ruby in Her Navel, A Novel of Love and Intrigue in the 12th Century

ITL760
Barry Unsworth
W. W. Norton & Company
2007
416
0393330826
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Unsworth transports the reader to the 12th century in this richly imagined novel of love and intrigue set in Norman Sicily, where Christian knights, Anatolian belly dancers, Jews and Arabs mix and mingle.
$23.95

The Shape of Water

ITL528
Andrea Camilleri
Penguin Putnam
2005
224
0142004715
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The first of Camilleri's wildly popular Inspector Montalbano mysteries, nicely translated and shot through (pun intended) with not just memorable characters but also with Sicilian lore and politics. If you like the series, it continues in 19 more installments -- and counting.
$16.00

The Wine-Dark Sea

ITL408
Leonardo Sciascia, Avril Bardoni (Translator), Alberto Mobilio (Introduction)
NYRB
2000
201
0940322536
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A collection of 13 stories, all set in the celebrated writers’ native Sicily, and featuring mafiosi, carabinieri and villagers.
$14.95

Rome Map

ITL60
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2016
2
3866093020
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A handy map at a scale of 1:11,000, with a more detailed overview of the city center.
$9.95

Blue Guide Sicily

ITL125
Ellen Grady
W. W. Norton & Company
2016
540
1905131747
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This in-depth guide to Sicily's ancient history and archaeology features detailed maps and site plans.
$26.95

Eat Smart in Sicily, How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure

ITL911
Joan Peterson
Ginkgo Press
2008
160
0977680118
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A slim pocket guide that focuses solely on the cuisine of the island and the influences that the Greeks, Norman French, Tunisians and Italians have had on its delectable dishes.
$13.95

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

Michelin Green Guide Sicily

ITL795
Jonathan Gilbert
Michelin Travel Publications
2016
456
2067212494
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Organized alphabetically and featuring Michelin's famous star ratings, this venerable driving guide includes excellent local maps and site plans, suggested tours and visitor sites.
$21.99

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

ITL597
Tommaso Astarita
Lightning Source
2005
352
0393328678
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Astarita captures the fanfare, rivalry and changing fortunes of Sicily from antiquity through Norman, Spanish and Bourbon rule to unification and the 20th century.
$22.95

Excellent Cadavers, The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic

ITL58
Alexander Stille
Vintage Books
1996
467
0679768637
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This fast-paced book is a gripping account of corruption in Italy. The author offers an utterly absorbing account of the assassination of two top anti-Mafia prosecutors in 1992.
$17.95

Sicily, Three Thousand Years of Human History

ITL731
Sandra Benjamin
Steerforth Press
2007
498
158642131X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With clarity and authority, Benjamin traces the rich legacy of the Greeks and Romans, Vandals and Goths, Arab traders, Normans, Bourbons and others who have contributed to the multi-faceted history of the kingdom of Sicily.
$24.00

The Sicilian Vespers, A History of the Mediterranean World in the Later Thirteenth Century

ITL295
Steven Runciman
Cambridge University Press
2012
355
0521437741
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A spellbinding history of the 13th-century Kingdom of Sicily. The massacre of the French at Palermo, known as the Sicilian Vespers, is the springboard for the author's sweeping depiction of the Mediterranean in the late 1200s.
$23.99

Ancient Sicily, Monuments Past & Present

ITL733
G. Messineo, E. Borgia
Getty Trust Publications
2006
72
8881621479
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
In this illuminating overview, ingenious overlays depict 17 important sites as they appear today and how they may have appeared in the past.
$29.95

Archaeology of Ancient Sicily

ITL521
R. Ross Holloway
Routledge
2000
232
0415237912
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
A concise, marvelously lucid history of the civilizations and archaeology of Sicily from the Paleolithic to the Romans. With illustrations, site diagrams and maps.
$51.95

The Greek Cities of Magna Graecia and Sicily

ITL751
Fausto Longo, Lorena Jannelli, Luca Cerchiai
Getty Trust Publications
2004
288
0892367512
HARD COVER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
An engaging history of the Western Greek colonies in Sicily and southern Italy in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., featuring 240 magnificent color illustrations, maps and a site-by-site review of major archaeological sites.
$45.00

A House in Sicily

ITL148
Daphne Phelps
Da Capo Press
1999
224
0786707941
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An old-fashioned memoir of life at Casa Cuseni, the pensione and garden in Taormina run by the indomitable Daphne Phelps, which has been a sanctuary for such guests as Tennessee Williams, Betrand Russell and others, famous and infamous, since 1947.
$16.95

Little Novels of Sicily

ITL472
Giovanni Verga, D.H. Lawrence (Translator)
Steerforth Press
2000
145
188364254X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A collection of the Sicilian writer's best tales selected and translated by D.H. Lawrence in 1925.
$15.00

The Leopard

ITL11
Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
Pantheon Books
2007
384
0375714790
PAPER
Literature
0
1
0
0
Evoking a lost world of privilege and tradition, Di Lampedusa's memorable tale, set on a rural Sicilian estate during the days of independence, follows the world-weary Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina. A classic, now in a 50th anniversary edition.
$16.00

The Ruby in Her Navel, A Novel of Love and Intrigue in the 12th Century

ITL760
Barry Unsworth
W. W. Norton & Company
2007
416
0393330826
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Unsworth transports the reader to the 12th century in this richly imagined novel of love and intrigue set in Norman Sicily, where Christian knights, Anatolian belly dancers, Jews and Arabs mix and mingle.
$23.95

The Shape of Water

ITL528
Andrea Camilleri
Penguin Putnam
2005
224
0142004715
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The first of Camilleri's wildly popular Inspector Montalbano mysteries, nicely translated and shot through (pun intended) with not just memorable characters but also with Sicilian lore and politics. If you like the series, it continues in 19 more installments -- and counting.
$16.00

The Wine-Dark Sea

ITL408
Leonardo Sciascia, Avril Bardoni (Translator), Alberto Mobilio (Introduction)
NYRB
2000
201
0940322536
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A collection of 13 stories, all set in the celebrated writers’ native Sicily, and featuring mafiosi, carabinieri and villagers.
$14.95

For Kids

Kids Italian Picture Dictionary

ITL449
Inc. Berlitz International
Berlitz
2004
128
0781807719
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
1,000 words central to a child's everyday life -- animals, flowers, people, colors, numbers and activities -- teach even the youngest readers Italian. Each word is illustrated and accompanied by a phonetic transcription and phrase.
$12.95