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Grand Tour of Italy

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-EXITL696

Buy these 5 items as a set for $84 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Eyewitness Guide Italy

ITL32
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
672
1465441204
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

La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

ITL718
Beppe Severgnini
Broadway Books
2007
288
0767914406
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
1
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 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

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

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

Florence Map

ITL59
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2017
2
3866093608
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed, plastic-covered city map of Florence at a scale of 1:7,000.
$9.95

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

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 Florence's 25 Best

ITL140
Fodor's
Fodor's
2014
96
0804143277
PAPER
Guidebook
11/1/2017
0
0
0
1
This shirt-pocket guide includes an excellent map and essential information on the city's highlights, including sightseeing, restaurants and shopping.
$13.99

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
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

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

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

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

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 House of Medici, Its Rise and Fall

ITL135
Christopher Hibbert
Quill
1982
364
0688053394
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A well-written, entertaining history of the Medicis in Renaissance Florence. Great to read before going to Florence, where the influence of the Medicis and the artists they supported is still very much in evidence.
$16.99

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

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

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

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

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

Songbirds, Truffles and Wolves, An American Naturalist in Italy

ITL99
Gary Paul Nabhan
Viking
1994
256
0140239723
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The author, a poet and naturalist, heads along the Franciscan Way from Florence to Assisi. This most unusual travelogue combines natural history, spirituality and a lively appreciation of local food and food traditions. A print-on-demand paperback.
$16.00

The World of Venice

ITL12
Jan Morris
Lightning Source
1995
315
0156983567
PAPER
Travel Narrative
1
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

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

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

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

Florence Map

ITL59
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2017
2
3866093608
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed, plastic-covered city map of Florence at a scale of 1:7,000.
$9.95

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

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 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
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

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

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

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

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 House of Medici, Its Rise and Fall

ITL135
Christopher Hibbert
Quill
1982
364
0688053394
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A well-written, entertaining history of the Medicis in Renaissance Florence. Great to read before going to Florence, where the influence of the Medicis and the artists they supported is still very much in evidence.
$16.99

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

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

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

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

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

Songbirds, Truffles and Wolves, An American Naturalist in Italy

ITL99
Gary Paul Nabhan
Viking
1994
256
0140239723
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The author, a poet and naturalist, heads along the Franciscan Way from Florence to Assisi. This most unusual travelogue combines natural history, spirituality and a lively appreciation of local food and food traditions. A print-on-demand paperback.
$16.00

The World of Venice

ITL12
Jan Morris
Lightning Source
1995
315
0156983567
PAPER
Travel Narrative
1
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leonardo, Beautiful Dreamer

ITL487
Robert Byrd
Dutton Inc.
2003
40
0525470336
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
An oversize, beautifully illustrated introduction to the life and work of Leonardo for 7-10 year olds.
$17.99