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Italy

Italy

Beloved for its art, its food and the contagious exuberance of its language and culture, Italy retains a romantic hold on the visitor. Travel to Milan for the latest fashion trends, Venice for a romantic tour of the canals, Florence for the art, Puglia for the food, Rome for the astounding architecture. We offer books on the great artists of the Renaissance, the ever-fascinating Medici family and, of course, cucina italiana, to enrich your travels. 

Follow the links below to see recommended reading for each destination.

The Longitude Blog – Italy
The Alps
ALP51In his entertaining new history, Stephen O'Shea drives 500 miles through the Alps, crossing six countries while musing on the historic personalities who braved the forbidding range, including Napoleon, Hitler and James Bond. His account, The Alps, begins with the idea of the sublime and the Romantics who championed it--artists and writers whose works evoked the beauty and terror of the Alps. O’Shea himself admits to a fear of heights and carefully chronicles each hairpin turn as he snakes his way from Geneva to Trieste through dizzying high passes in his shiny muscle car.
Year's Best Reads
USA592It's the perfect time to reflect on the past year. When we look back over 2016, we see a path littered with memorable reads, many of which we’ve selected as our  top ten travel books of the year. We hope each featured title serves to inspire further adventures in the New Year. The Hour of Land. Award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams travels to 12 carefully chosen national parks including Yellowstone, Acadia and Big Bend in this insightful journey. Equal parts memoir, natural history and ecology manifesto, Williams' book honors the centennial of the National Park Service by exploring why the protected, wild lands matter to the soul of America.
The Medici
It would be difficult to write a boring book about the Medici, but it takes a thoughtful writer to weave the many complex storylines of Italy’s most infamous ruling family into an accessible narrative that is both entertaining and informing. Paul Strathern has done exactly this in his latest release The Medici: Power, Money and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance. In his straightforward history, Strathern chronicles the rise of the Medici, briefly covering the earliest descendants before launching into the origins of the Medici Bank. This well-oiled banking system was extremely profitable and far-reaching, eventually obtaining the papal account and establishing branches across Europe.