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Culturious: Venice, Verona & Veneto

Reading and Travel Guide
Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Essential Reading Package-EXITL159

Buy these 4 items as a set for $99 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fodor's Venice's 25 Best

ITL106
Citypack
Fodor's
2014
96
0804143358
PAPER
Guidebook
5/13/2014
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

A Traveller's History of Venice

ITL625
Peter Menzel
Interlink Publishing Group
2005
304
1566566118
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A lively, brief history of Venice.
$14.95

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

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

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

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

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

Confessions of an Art Addict, A Memoir

ITL128
Peggy Guggenheim
Ecco Press
1997
176
0880015764
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
1
This classic memoir captures the spirit and intrigues of the 1930s art world by the heiress whose collection of modern art is showcased in Venice.
$15.00

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

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

Venice Is a Fish

ITL964
Tiziano Scarpa
Penguin Putnam
2009
160
1592405029
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The hugely popular Venetian novelist, poet and playwright makes his English-language debut with these marvelously digressive essays on the many moods and pleasures of La Serenissima.
$12.00

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

By the Grand Canal, A Novel

ITL651
William Riviere
Grove Press
2005
272
0802142389
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A group of friends reunite in Venice in the days after the 1918 armistice in this atmospheric novel. At its center is Hugh Thurne, a British diplomat who tries to escapes the shadows of war among the canals and dilapidated palazzos of the city.
$13.00

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

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

In the Company of the Courtesan

ITL650
Sarah Dunant
Random House
2007
385
1400063817
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Dunant paints a vivid, earthy portrait of Renaissance Venice in this absorbing novel of intrigue, ambition and love -- cleverly narrated by the wily dwarf Bucino Teodoldo, loyal companion of the courtesan.
$13.95

The Girl of His Dreams

ITL940
Donna Leon
Atlantic Monthly Press
2017
304
080212691X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Now in paper! Thickly plotted and as imbued as ever with the atmosphere of Venice, The Girl of His Dreams, 17th in the series, opens with the funeral of Brunetti's mother. Going undercover (and besotted), the detective investigates, among other things, a mysterious religious sect and the suspicious death of a gypsy girl.
$16.00

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

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

Fodor's Venice's 25 Best

ITL106
Citypack
Fodor's
2014
96
0804143358
PAPER
Guidebook
5/13/2014
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

A Traveller's History of Venice

ITL625
Peter Menzel
Interlink Publishing Group
2005
304
1566566118
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A lively, brief history of Venice.
$14.95

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Venice Is a Fish

ITL964
Tiziano Scarpa
Penguin Putnam
2009
160
1592405029
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The hugely popular Venetian novelist, poet and playwright makes his English-language debut with these marvelously digressive essays on the many moods and pleasures of La Serenissima.
$12.00

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

By the Grand Canal, A Novel

ITL651
William Riviere
Grove Press
2005
272
0802142389
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A group of friends reunite in Venice in the days after the 1918 armistice in this atmospheric novel. At its center is Hugh Thurne, a British diplomat who tries to escapes the shadows of war among the canals and dilapidated palazzos of the city.
$13.00

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

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

In the Company of the Courtesan

ITL650
Sarah Dunant
Random House
2007
385
1400063817
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Dunant paints a vivid, earthy portrait of Renaissance Venice in this absorbing novel of intrigue, ambition and love -- cleverly narrated by the wily dwarf Bucino Teodoldo, loyal companion of the courtesan.
$13.95

The Girl of His Dreams

ITL940
Donna Leon
Atlantic Monthly Press
2017
304
080212691X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Now in paper! Thickly plotted and as imbued as ever with the atmosphere of Venice, The Girl of His Dreams, 17th in the series, opens with the funeral of Brunetti's mother. Going undercover (and besotted), the detective investigates, among other things, a mysterious religious sect and the suspicious death of a gypsy girl.
$16.00

For Kids

Carnival at Candlelight

ITA63
Mary Pope Osborne
2006
105
0375830340
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Jack and Annie travel to 17th-century Venice to save the city from a disastrous flood in this Magic Tree House book for ages 8-10.
$5.99

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

This Is Venice

ITL627
Miroslav Sasek
Rizzoli International
2005
60
0789312239
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A classic portrait of Venice for children, part of Sasek's beloved and nostalgic children's travel series. First published in 1961, this facsimile edition of Sasek's charming original includes the same bright, stylized illustrations. Ideal for ages 4-8.
$17.95

The Diary of Melanie Martin: Or How I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza

ITL438
Carol Weston
2001
144
0440416671
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Ten-year-old Melanie tells all about her family's summer trip to Italy, writing it all down in her dear diary. A hit on the middle-school market, it packs in a lot of cultural information while being very of-the-moment. Ages 8-10.
$6.99

The Thief Lord

ITA170
Cornelia Funke
Scholastic Inc.
2010
352
0545227704
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The hidden canals and crumbling rooftops of Venice shelter runaways and children with incredible secrets in this captivating novel for ages 9 to 12.
$7.99

Are We There Yet?

ITL611
David Levithan
2007
224
0375839569
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Levithan makes the most of an excellent setup in this novel which places two brothers, 16 and 23, in Italy on vacation with their parents. Told in alternating chapters, the novel shows the changing relationship between the two very different youths.
$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

Stones in Water

ITA41
Donna Jo Napoli
Puffin
1999
224
0141306009
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A Venetian gondolier's son and two friends, one Jewish, are taken by Nazi soldiers in this well-researched, suspenseful tale for ages 10-14.
$6.99

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

The Diary of Melanie Martin: Or How I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza

ITL438
Carol Weston
2001
144
0440416671
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Ten-year-old Melanie tells all about her family's summer trip to Italy, writing it all down in her dear diary. A hit on the middle-school market, it packs in a lot of cultural information while being very of-the-moment. Ages 8-10.
$6.99

Are We There Yet?

ITL611
David Levithan
2007
224
0375839569
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Levithan makes the most of an excellent setup in this novel which places two brothers, 16 and 23, in Italy on vacation with their parents. Told in alternating chapters, the novel shows the changing relationship between the two very different youths.
$8.99

This Is Venice

ITL627
Miroslav Sasek
Rizzoli International
2005
60
0789312239
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A classic portrait of Venice for children, part of Sasek's beloved and nostalgic children's travel series. First published in 1961, this facsimile edition of Sasek's charming original includes the same bright, stylized illustrations. Ideal for ages 4-8.
$17.95

Stones in Water

ITA41
Donna Jo Napoli
Puffin
1999
224
0141306009
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A Venetian gondolier's son and two friends, one Jewish, are taken by Nazi soldiers in this well-researched, suspenseful tale for ages 10-14.
$6.99

Carnival at Candlelight

ITA63
Mary Pope Osborne
2006
105
0375830340
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Jack and Annie travel to 17th-century Venice to save the city from a disastrous flood in this Magic Tree House book for ages 8-10.
$5.99

The Thief Lord

ITA170
Cornelia Funke
Scholastic Inc.
2010
352
0545227704
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The hidden canals and crumbling rooftops of Venice shelter runaways and children with incredible secrets in this captivating novel for ages 9 to 12.
$7.99