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Family Vacation: Venice, Florence & Rome

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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Eyewitness Guide Italy

ITL32
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
672
1465460438
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Another gem in the Eyewitness series, this superb guide is handsome, convenient and up-to-date. Featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
$30.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Tuscan Year, Tuscan Life and Food in an Italian Valley

ITL131
Elizabeth Romer
North Point Press
1996
182
0865473870
PAPER
Food
0
1
0
0
An intimate portrait of life on a Tuscan farm as seen primarily through the robust food and a Longitude favorite. Romer captures the goings-on in the countryside, and especially in the Cerotti kitchen, where traditional Tuscan rural food is prepared with loving care. Every chapter includes concisely described recipes.
$15.00

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

The City of Florence, Historical Vistas and Personal Sightings

ITL47
R.W.B. Lewis
Henry Holt and Company
1996
350
0805046305
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
1
0
0
A vivid tour of the city and its riches by the fine biographer of Edith Wharton and Henry James. Lewis has written what he calls "a partial biography of Florence," beautifully interweaving the personal and the historical.
$22.99

Cathedral, The Story of its Construction

EUR24
David MacAulay
Houghton Mifflin Company
1981
77
0395175135
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
In this illuminating book for middle readers, master draughtsman MacAulay presents text and innovative drawings that detail the planning and construction of a 13th-century Gothic cathedral. It's a masterpiece.
$11.99

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

Italy, Monuments Past and Present

ITL455
R.A. Staccioli
Getty Trust Publications
2003
78
8881621339
FLEXI-BOUND
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
This informative volume shows Italy's most important monuments as they look today and, via overlaid illustrations, as they were once upon a time. The book surveys the history and archeological highlights of Pompeii, Rome and Sicily.
$25.00

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

The Colosseum

ITL654
Keith Hopkins, Mary Beard
Harvard University Press
2011
224
0674060318
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This engaging overview of the history of the Colosseum deconstructs Hollywood-perpetrated misconceptions of gladiator-eating lions, Nero fiddling and other myths.
$17.50

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

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

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 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

Under the Tuscan Sun

ITL85
Frances Mayes
Broadway Books
1997
288
0767900383
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this best-selling memoir of buying, renovating and living in an abandoned villa in Cortona, Tuscany, Mayes reveals the sensual pleasures found in rural Italy.
$16.00

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, 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

Ratking

ITL622
Michael Dibdin
Vintage Books
1997
0679768548
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Venetian crime investigator Aurelio Zen goes after the kidnappers of a Perugian industrialist in this enjoyable thriller, winner of the Gold Dagger Award (and first book in the series).
$15.00

The Adventures of Pinocchio

ITA62
Carlo Collodi, Geoffrey Brock (Translator)
NYRB
2008
189
1590172892
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A work that is at once adventure, satire, and a powerful enchantment, this adult translation captures Collodi's bold mix of the picaresque, of street theater, and of folk and fairy tale.
$14.00

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Italy for the Gourmet Traveler

ITL268
Fred Plotkin
National Book Network
2014
724
1909487163
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
Organized geographically, this encyclopedic guide features eating establishments, cooking schools, markets, shops and other gastronomic treasures in 500 cities and villages, perfect for the food-addled who can't be in the company of the irrepressible master himself.
$24.95

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

Desiring Italy

ITL732
Susan Cahill (Editor)
Fawcett
1997
384
0449910806
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Italy as seen through the fiction, poetry and prose of stellar 19th and 20th-century women.
$17.00

Blue Guide Concise Italy

ITL984
Paul Blanchard
W. W. Norton & Company
2009
400
1905131283
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
The first ever guide to all of Italy by the venerable Blue Guides (which publishes individual guides to Northern, Southern, Central, Rome, Tuscany, Sicily et al), this lavishly illustrated, handy and compact guide covers key sights, museums, churches, art, dining and accommodations throughout Italy.
$24.95

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

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

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

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

Leonardo Da Vinci

ITL705
Kathleen Krull
Puffin
2008
124
067005920X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Beginning with a vivid description of superstition and squalor in the Middle Ages, Krull sets Da Vinci's extraordinary life in the context of his extraordinary time. A volume in the Giants of Science series, geared for grades 4-8.
$7.99

The Roman Colosseum, A Wonders of the World Book

ITL789
Elizabeth Mann
Mikaya Press
2006
48
1931414173
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
One in the growing series of illustrated Wonders of the World, this book tells the story of the first stadium's construction and uses, highlighting both the ingenuity and cruelty that defined the Roman Empire.
$12.95

This Is Rome

ITL822
Miroslav Sasek
Rizzoli International
2007
64
0789315491
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Sasek navigates Rome's busy, winding streets to show us visit well-known landmarks and the eccentricities of modern Roman life. A reprint of the classic, first published in 1960.
$17.95

Midnight Magic

ITA40
Avi
Scholastic Inc.
2004
256
0439242193
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Newbery Medal-winner Avi conjures the architecture, costumes and fears of medieval Italy in this action-packed tale of a princess tormented by what seems to be a ghost.
$7.99

The Smile

ITA42
Donna Jo Napoli
Dutton Inc.
2009
272
0142414921
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A fanciful tale of romance for young adults, rich in details of Renaissance Florence and the lives of Leonardo da Vinci and the Medicis.
$7.99

Walt Disney's Pinocchio

ITA61
Steffi Fletcher
2002
24
0736421521
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
The vintage illustrations in this Little Golden Book retelling will charm children and families alike -- a great companion to the beloved film.
$4.99

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

Galileo's Leaning Tower Experiment, A Science Adventure

ITA65
Wendy MacDonald
2009
32
1570918708
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
In this lively remaining of Galileo's Leaning Tower experiment, Wendy Macdonald and Paolo Rui show that anyone can be a scientist--all it takes is curiosity, determination, and a little imagination.
$7.95