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Italian Opera

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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. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Essential Reading Package-EXITL645

Item EXITL645. Buy these 5 items as a set for $98 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Opera 101, A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera

GEN175
Fred Plotkin, Placido Domingo (Introduction)
Hyperion
1994
494
0786880252
PAPER
Music
0
0
0
0
A well-written introduction to opera, this volume includes a brief history of the art form, a guide to operatic terms and a review of 11 famous operas.
$18.00

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

Honey from a Weed, Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, The Cyclades and Apulia

ITL426
Patience Gray
David Brown
2004
384
190301820x
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A knowledgeable, unfussy grand tour of the Mediterranean, its history and its foodstuffs, by Patience Gray, who traveled to Catalonia, the Cyclades, Apulia/Puglia and Tuscany.
$39.95

Christ Stopped at Eboli, The Story of a Year

ITL09
Carlo Levi, Frances Frenaye (Translator)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2006
268
0374530092
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
An affecting memoir of southern Italy, originally published in 1947, it stems from the author's forced relocation to the region as punishment for anti-fascist political activity.
$16.00

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

Puglia Map

ITL425
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2017
1
8836517331
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
The locals' map of Puglia, at a scale of 1:200,000. It's perfect for a road trip, if you don't mind its large, unfolded size.
$14.95

Rome Map

ITL60
Berndtson & Berndtson
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

Southern Italy Map

ITL222
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2011
2
8836507921
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A regional map of Italy, stretching from Rome to the southern tip.
$14.95

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

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

Eyewitness Guide Rome

ITL158
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
440
146544128X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to Rome featuring hundreds of color photographs, neighborhood maps and innovative site plans.
$21.99

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

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook

ITL531
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
272
1743214413
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
1
0
0
0
A handy, palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
$9.99

Lonely Planet Southern Italy

ITL978
Paula Hardy
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
296
1743216874
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
In hallmark Lonely Planet style, this practical guide to southern Italy series features insider tips, highlights and itineraries, cultural insights and reviews of places to eat, sleep and shop. Covers Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria, Sicily, Naples and Campania.
$24.99

The Penguin Concise Guide to Opera

MUS01
Amanda Holden
Penguin Putnam
2006
530
0141016825
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
An essential reference for the opera enthusiast. Well organized, with short descriptions of plots, characters, performances and historical background.
$22.00

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

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
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

100 Great Operas and Their Stories

MUS04
Henry W. Simon
Doubleday
1989
554
0385054483
PAPER
Music
0
0
0
0
A reference to 100 of the best-known operas from the 17th century to today.
$18.95

The Magic of Opera

GEN139
J. Merrill Knapp
Da Capo Press
1985
371
0306802511
PAPER
Music
0
0
0
0
An excellent introduction to opera.
$18.95

Twentieth Century Opera, A Guide

MUS02
George Martin
Hal Leonard
1999
703
0879102756
PAPER
Music
0
0
0
0
This survey of 20th century opera contains thoughtful essays as well as capsule descriptions of 90 of the century's best operas.
$25.00

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

Been Here a Thousand Years

ITA24
Mariolina Venezia, Marina Harss (Translator)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2010
272
0312429789
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Venezia deftly weaves the creation of modern Italy, Garibaldi, Mussolini and the tumultuous recent history of the nation into this compact novel of five generations of the Falcone women -- and the rhythm of daily life in an ancient Basilicata hill town near the coastline of Puglia.
$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

Italy in Mind

ITL39
Alice Powers
Vintage Books
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

More Books

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

Mozart

AST43
Peter Gay
Penguin Putnam
2006
177
0670882380
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This concise, entertaining portrait delves into Mozart's complex relationship with his father, his daunting role as a child prodigy and his exploration of new musical territory.
$15.00

Verdi With a Vengeance, An Energetic Guide to the Life and Complete Works of the King of Opera

GEN170
William Berger
Vintage Books
2000
497
037570518X
PAPER
Music
0
0
0
0
Recommended for its breezy, opinionated overview of Verdi's life and work.
$17.95

Italian Folktales

ITL314
Italo Calvino
Harcourt Books
1992
763
0156454890
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A treasured collection of 200 lively folk tales presented by one of the modern masters of Italian fiction. Calvino's elegant rendering of these old stories reveals his great affection for the folkloric traditions of his childhood.
$25.00

Mozart, His Life and Works

EUR215
Julian Rushton
Oxford University Press
2009
306
0195388259
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This marvelous, well-informed account of Mozart, his life and work, published in celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth, is a volume on Oxford's masterful Master Musicians series.
$19.95

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