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Italy

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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.
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Renaissance, A Short History

ITL774
Paul Johnson
Modern Library
2002
208
0812966198
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The history, background, literature, sculpture, paintings and architecture of the Renaissance in just over 200 lively, thought-provoking pages.
$17.00

Brunelleschi's Dome

ITL410
Ross King
Bloomsbury USA
2013
192
1620401932
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
The story of the design and construction of the dome in the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a tale rife with politics, cut-throat competition and mighty inspiration.
$16.00

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

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

St. Peter's

ITL886
Keith Miller, Mary Beard (Editor)
Harvard University Press
2012
256
0674063953
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Miller traces the evolution of St. Peter's from its original incarnation, built on the orders of Emperor Constantine, to its medieval rebirth and additions by Michelangelo, Bernini and Maderno in this history, guide and celebration of the great baroque basilica.
$16.00

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

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

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

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

The Italian Lover

ITL892
Robert Hellenga
Little Brown and Company
2008
368
031611765X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A novel of food, romance and Florence, Hellenga's exhilarating sequel to The Sixteen Pleasures finds Margot Harrington overseeing the production of a film based on her experiences in the first installment.
$14.99

The Patience of the Spider

ITL826
Stephen Sartarelli, Andrea Camilleri
Penguin Putnam
2007
288
0143112031
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Book number eight in Camilleri's series, starring the world-weary, earthy -- and now aging not so gracefully -- Inspector Montalbano (made into a wildly popular television series in Italy).
$16.00

The Shape of Water

ITL528
Andrea Camilleri
Penguin Putnam
2005
224
0142004715
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The first of Camilleri's wildly popular Inspector Montalbano mysteries, nicely translated and shot through (pun intended) with not just memorable characters but also with Sicilian lore and politics. If you like the series, it continues in 19 more installments -- and counting.
$16.00

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

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

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

Learn Italian Together

ITL761
Living Language
Living Language
2006
1400023017
AUDIO CD
Language & Phrasebooks
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
These multimedia boxed sets feature CDs, games, stickers and adorable illustrations to help kids and parents pick up a new language together.
$22.95

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

Pompeii, Lost & Found

ITL803
Mary Pope Osborne
2006
40
0375828893
HARD COVER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Osborne offers young readers an enticing introduction to this fascinating city, long ago buried in the ash of Vesuvius. The main focus is on life in Pompeii before the volcano erupted, including the art, markets, architecture and entertainment.
$16.95