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ITALY. Buy these 4 items as a set for $72 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

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 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

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

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

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

Culture Smart! Italy

ITL877
Charles Abbott
Kuperard
2016
168
1857338308
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, no-nonsense guide to Italian customs, etiquette and culture along with helpful travel advice.
$11.99

Eyewitness Travel Phrase Book Italian

ITA694
DK Publishing
DK Publishing
2017
224
1465462805
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
This attractive, illustrated phrasebook includes all the essentials for travelers to Italy, such as everyday phrases and instructions on how to order food, ask for the time and more. A handy, pocket-sized reference, it also includes a dictionary and pronunciation guide as well as a free app with helpful audio.
$7.95

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

Modern History of Italian Wine

ITA557
Walter Filiputti
Random House
2015
500
8857226239
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive look inside Italian wine since the 1960s. In three sections, wine writer Walter Filiputti charts the evolution of the country’s viticulture, including Italy’s "winemaking revolution," widened access to international markets and global success.
$90.00

A Traveller's History of Italy

ITL86
Valerio Lintner
Interlink Publishing Group
2008
287
1566565219
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A brief history of Italy through the 1990s -- wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed. With a useful chronology and historical gazetteer, this book marches confidently through the centuries.
$14.95

Ancient Rome

ITA693
Virginia L. Campbell
Thames & Hudson
2017
288
0500293481
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Part of Thames and Hudson’s excellent Pocket Museum series, this handy reference profiles over 200 significant works from ancient Rome with magnificent illustrations and brief, authoritative descriptions.
$17.95

SPQR, A History of Ancient Rome

ITA598
Mary Beard
Liverright Publishing
2016
608
1631492225
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The incomparable historian Mary Beard draws together the perspectives of emperors, citizens, women, slaves, conquered enemies and more in this popular history of the Roman Republic.
$17.95

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 Italian Renaissance

ITL562
J. H. Plumb
Mariner Books
2001
320
0618127380
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A well-written history of the Renaissance, its artists and thinkers, with chapters on Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice, Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Women of the Renaissance.
$16.95

The Italians

ITA528
John Hooper
Viking
2016
336
014312840X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Italy correspondent for The Economist Hooper explores Italy -- its baffling contradictions, unique character and contemporary culture -- in this illuminating portrait.
$17.00

The Medici, Power, Money and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance

ITA584
Paul Strathern
W. W. Norton & Company
2016
464
1605989665
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
This dramatic history traces the rise of the Medici family from their modest origins in Florence to their place as one of Europe’s most powerful dynastic families. A remarkable tale of power, money and ambition set against the backdrop of the Renaissance.
$28.95

The Pursuit of Italy

ITA273
David Gilmour
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2012
480
0374533601
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
From Cicero to Dante, Giuseppe Verdi and 20th-century Italian politicians, Gilmour traces the history of Italian life and culture.
$17.00

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

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

Pompeii, The Day a City Died

ITL01
Robert Etienne
Thames & Hudson UK
1992
215
0810928558
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
This indispensable pocket guide illustrates daily life in the city as revealed by its evocative frescoes, mosaics and treasures.
$15.95

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

In Other Words

ITA587
Jhumpa Lahiri
Random House
2017
256
1101911468
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this complex memoir, award-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri moves to Rome and immerses herself in Italian. Her dual-language book chronicles her courtship with the language, the Italian culture and the difficulties of linguistic exile.
$16.00

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

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

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

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

The Roman News

ITL339
Philip Steele, Andrew Langley
Candlewick Press
2009
32
0763603414
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
As accessible as your morning paper, The Roman News will give kids the unforgettable sense of actually being a citizen of an ancient nation. (ages 9-14)
$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

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

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

Into The Volcano

GEO39
Donna O'Meara
Hachette
2007
56
1553376935
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
O'Meara's lively, illustrated eyewitness accounts of adventures in volcanology include Arenal in Costa Rica, Kilauea in Hawaii and Stromboli off the coast of Italy. Geared for grades 5 to 8, this is a great introduction to volcanoes for the whole family.
$9.95

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

Spend the Day in Ancient Rome, Projects and Activities That Bring the Past to Life

ITA60
Linda Honan
John Wiley & Son
1998
128
0471154539
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Subtitled Projects and Activities that Bring the Past to Life, this workbook zooms in on the life of a family in ancient Rome, presenting their diet, clothing and way of life through 30 hands-on activities. Geared for kids ages 8-12
$18.00

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

A Pocket Dictionary of Roman Emperors

ITA79
Paul Roberts
Getty Trust Publications
2006
48
0892368683
HARD COVER
Reference
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
The Roman Empire was the largest in the ancient world, and it left a powerful legacy in Europe and the world. This slim, illustrated reference provides short (1-2 page) biographies of each of the 27 Roman Emperors, arranged chronologically.
$9.95

Michelangelo

ITA288
Diane Stanley
HarperCollins
2003
48
0060521139
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A biography of the Renaissance artist for kids.
$6.99

Eyewitness Guide Family Italy

ITA296
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
424
1465440585
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
A compact illustrated guide in the popular series, with dozens of excellent local maps and a kid friendly focus, including child-friendly sleeping and eating options and age range suitability. Intended for parents with kids ages four to twelve.
$25.00

I, Galileo

ITA323
Bonnie Christensen
Alfred Knopf
2012
40
0375867538
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Galileo for Ages 6 to 9. Presented from the point of view of none other than Galileo himself, this book accessibly details his extraordinary life and scientific achievements alongside vibrant illustrations.
$17.99

Curses and Smoke, A Novel of Pompeii

ITA453
Vicky Alvear Shecter
Scholastic Inc.
2014
336
0545509939
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This historical young adult novel explores Roman society through the eyes of two oppressed citizens of Pompeii: Lucia, a young woman betrothed against her will and her childhood friend, an Etruscan slave. Their drama plays out beneath the shadow of both Lucia's ambitious father and the volcano that looms over their city.
$17.99

Lonely Planet City Trails: Rome

ITA700
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
104
1786579642
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
10/17/2017
0
0
0
0
Here's a book about Rome that's seriously streetwise. Colorful themed trails, from history and culture to food and nature, reveal amazing facts and intriguing tales that kids won't find on the tourist routes. We'll show them where to find Rome's belly button, read a poem to chocolate, snack on witch sweets, and lots more! For readers 8 to 12.
$12.99

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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

Lonely Planet Italy

ITL232
Helen Gillman, Damien Simonis
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
976
1743216858
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to all of Italy featuring 122 maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature, and plenty of information on excursions, accomodations and sightseeing.
$27.99

City Secrets Florence, Venice

ITL277
Robert Kahn (Editor)
Fang Duff Kahn
2011
150
0983540004
HARD COVER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Painters, writers, historians and others contributed to this idiosyncratic guide to under-appreciated treasures of both Florence and Venice. Featuring 200 short recommendations.
$14.95

Timeless Cities, An Architect's Reflections on Renaissance Italy

ITL589
David Mayernik
Perseus
2005
274
0813342988
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
In this thoughtful book, Mayernik shows the philosophical and religious meaning behind the planning and architecture of Rome, Florence, Venice, Siena and Pienza.
$18.95

Medici Money: Banking, Metaphysics, and Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence

ITL605
Tim Parks
W. W. Norton & Company
2006
273
0393328457
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Parks vividly evokes Renaissance Florence in this lively history of the rich and powerful.
$16.95

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

Fodor's Essential Italy

ITA77
Fodor's Guides
Fodor's
2017
992
1101880015
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Covering the highlights of any Italy vacation in splendid, full color detail.
$25.99

Back Roads Italy

ITA213
Ros Belford (Contributor)
DK Publishing
2016
264
1465439641
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to Italy in 25 scenic drives, each one lasting one to five days. It's packed with color photographs, maps, hotels, detours, restaurants and activities and is ideal for planning a road trip.
$25.00

Italy Adventure Map

ITA220
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2012
1
156695536X
MAP
Reference
1
0
0
0
A shaded, color map of Italy, at a scale of 1:1,000,000.
$12.95

Say It in Italian

ITA244
Loredana Anderson-Tirro
Dover Publications
2012
308
0486208060
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A quick, handy guide of over 2,000 sentences and phrases useful to the traveler. Gives the English phrase, the foreign equivalent and a phonetic pronunciation.
$5.95

Xenophobe's Guide to the Italians

ITA304
Martin Solly
Trafalgar Square
2008
92
190604239X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This irreverent pocket guide to cultural awareness is both insightful -- and entertaining.
$9.95

Hazan Family Favorites, Beloved Italian Recipes

ITA328
Giuliano Hazan
Stewart, Tabori & Chang
2012
176
1584799048
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Son of the pioneering Italian cookbook writer Marcella, Giuliano Hazen delves into family culinary history for these 85 recipes, which cover every course in the Italian meal.
$29.95

Walking in Abruzzo

ITA338
Stuart Haines
Cicerone
2011
183
1852845767
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Featuring 30 walking routes with color sketch maps, photographs and geological background, all centered on the town of Sulmona, where British ex-pat author is based.
$24.95

Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future

ITA356
Bill Emmott
Yale University Press
2013
299
0300197160
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Former editor-in-chief of the Economist, Emmott writes this original analysis of the war between the two opposing sides of Italy's national character, and discusses the factors that have led to Italy's new global image as a threat to the European community.
$20.00

Game for Five

ITA398
Marco Malvaldi
Europa Editions
2014
144
1609451848
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
A murder mystery set in Bar Lume, a small coastal town near Pisa, where four old-timers convince a local bartender to "investigate" the death of a local young woman. The first installment in the Bar Lume Series.
$15.00

Frommer's EasyGuide to Rome, Florence and Venice

ITA397
Frommer's
Frommer's
2016
336
1628872802
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
EasyGuides are full of practical, easy-to-absorb information and emphasize authentic experiences. This lightweight guide highlights important attractions with expert advice on accommodations and meals.
$16.95

Gabriele D'Annunzio, Poet, Seducer, and Preacher of War

ITA399
Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Alfred Knopf
2014
608
0307276554
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Hughes-Hallett's acclaimed biography of Gabriele d'Annunzio -- poet, war hero, icon and godfather to Italian dictator Mussolini -- who greatly influenced 20th-century Italy.
$18.95

Essential Italian

ITA400
Living Language
Living Language
2011
0307478564
AUDIO CD
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A simple, multi-media course which includes a book of 10 lessons, three CDs and access to Living Language’s online Language Lab.
$22.99

Monte Cassino, The Hardest-Fought Battle Of World War II

ITA411
Matthew Parker
Doubleday
2005
448
1400033756
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Before D-Day there was Monte Cassino, the desperate six-month struggle in the mountains of central Italy that left more than 350,000 men dead or wounded. Drawing on diaries, interviews and contemporary accounts, Parker brings to light the events surrounding this forgotten World War II battle. The destroyed Benedictine abbey, overlooking the Liri Valley, was rebuilt after the war.
$18.00

Eating Italy

ITA417
Jeff Michaud
Hachette
2013
304
0762445874
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
American head chef Jeff Michaud takes us along on his three-year culinary journey into the world of Italian cuisine. From Paladina to Alba, Venice to Florence and everywhere in between, he dedicates himself to perfecting the "stubborn simplicity" of the country’s gastronomic delights.
$35.00

From Pompeii, The Afterlife of a Roman Town

ITA431
Ingrid D. Rowland
Belknap Press
2015
352
0674088093
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Rowland’s history of Pompeii focuses not only on the archaeological discoveries in the ancient city, but the experiences of the artists, writers, actors and others who have explored the ruins.
$19.50

My Two Italies

ITA435
Joseph Luzzi
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2015
224
0374535396
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Award-winning author and scholar Luzzi presents Italy in all its glory and squalor -- its artistic magnificence, north-south disunity and its dirty politics and corruption -- in this highly personal portrait.
$14.00

Lonely Planet Discover Italy

ITA434
Abigail Blasi
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
320
1760344710
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Focusing on must-see and memorable places and experiences, this all-color guide by the discerning editors at Lonely Planet features hundreds of color photographs and maps.
$24.99

Gondola

ITA439
Donna Leon
Atlantic Monthly Press
2014
80
0802122663
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
In this profile of the trademark Venetian gondola, Leon provides background on the gondola’s history, explains how the boats are constructed and even includes an accompanying CD of "baracoles," or Italian boat songs.
$27.50

The Secrets of Italy, People, Places, and Hidden Histories

ITA445
Corrado Augias
Rizzoli International
2014
220
0847842746
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Vibrantly narrating the development of the Italian character, Augias weaves in and out of literature, history and location to describe this land of beauty and contradiction.
$26.95

Michelangelo, A Life in Six Masterpieces

ITA454
Miles J. Unger
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2015
448
1451678789
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This highly readable biography of Michelangelo will delight the traveler with its accessible explanations of six of the artist's well-known masterpieces, such as the Pieta, David, the Sistine Chapel fresco and St. Peter's Basilica.
$17.00

101 Places in Italy, A Private Grand Tour

ITA461
Francis Russell
Bitter Lemon Press
2014
288
1908524324
PAPER
Guidebook
5/13/2014
0
0
0
0
An erudite guide to the best of Italian art and architecture by a notable authority.
$24.95

Augustus

ITA468
John Williams
NYRB
2014
336
1590178211
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Winner of the National Book Award, this historical novel set in classical Rome tells the story of the founder of the Roman Empire, Augustus, in the epistolary style.
$15.95

Frommer's Italy

ITA470
Eleonora Baldwin
Frommer's
2016
800
1628873183
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, practical guide to the region with excellent recommendations for hotels, restaurants and excursions. With two-color maps throughout.
$24.95

Special Places to Stay Italy

ITA498
Alastair Sawday Publishing Co. Ltd.
Alastair Sawday
2014
513
1906136653
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A hotel, palazzo and B&B guide that’s jam-packed with unique Italian accommodations. Organized by region and filled with attractive color photographs, the book also includes prices, addresses and contact information.
$23.95

Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel

ITA553
Andrew Graham-Dixon
Skyhorse
2016
240
1634502515
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Taking readers behind the beauty of the world’s most famous fresco, this articulate piece of art criticism is a full history of the masterwork and includes plenty of rich, full-color illustrations.
$16.99

Italian Splendor, Castles, Palaces and Villas

ITA555
Jack Basehart, Roberto Schezen (Photographer), Ralph Toledano (Contributor)
Rizzoli International
2015
420
0847847187
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A coffee-table tour through the grandest villas and castles Trieste, Sicily, Tuscany and the Veneto. Captured in full-color photo, the 50 magnificent private residences are unequalled in splendor.
$50.00

Florence, The Paintings and Frescoes

ITA556
Anja Grebe, Ross King
Aa Balkema
2015
704
1631910019
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This photographic journey through the world of Italian frescoes reproduces more than 2,000 artworks from 28 of Florence’s magnificent churches and galleries, including the Uffizi Gallery, The Pitti Palace, the Accademia, and the Duomo.
$75.00

Pompeii, The Art of Living

ITA599
Fabrizio Pesando
Aa Balkema
2014
95
8866481289
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Taking architectural discoveries to practical conclusions, this accessible primer explains what dimensions, found objects, frescoes, gardens and other aspects of Pomeii's dwellings reveal about the Pompeiians.
$28.90

The Romans and Their World, A Short Introduction

ITA600
Brian Campbell
Yale University Press
2016
304
030022026X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Drawing on the firsthand sources, this survey provides a lucid background on the ancient Romans and their world, touching on many topics of interest to the traveler. A lively and wide-ranging book that lends immediacy to Roman culture.
$25.00

Buon Giorno, Arezzo, A Postcard from Tuscany

ITA602
Suzette R. Grillot (Editor)
University of Oklahoma Press
2016
192
080615280X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Both a travel companion and a knowledgeable guide to the medieval Italian town of Arezzo, Tuscany, this well-illustrated compilation delves into the history, language, art and architecture that make Arrezo a unique and magical place.
$24.95

A Literary Tour of Italy

ITA623
Tim Parks
Macmillan
2016
288
1846883911
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In his erudite collection of essays, Tim Parks focuses on works essential to understanding his adopted country, including Italian thinkers as diverse as Machiavelli and Umberto Eco alongside movements in Italian literature like "Dolce Stil Novo" (the sweet new style).
$17.00

The Atlas of Ancient Rome, Biography and Portraits of the City

ITA642
Andrea Carandini
Princeton University Press
2016
1248
0691163472
HARD COVER
Reference
0
0
0
0
A decade in the making, this two-volume atlas mixes up-to-date archaeological research with the latest mapping technology, taking urban Rome apart piece by piece. A monumental work, destined to become a standard reference.
$199.50

Moon Rome, Florence & Venice

ITA663
Alexei J. Cohen
Avalon Travel Publishing
2017
384
1631213318
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights) but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout some of Italy's best cities.
$21.99

Rome Stories

ITA664
Jonathan Keates
Everyman's Library
2017
400
1101907886
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Part of the well-produced Everyman's Library series, this collection of classic tales shows Rome in different lights across the centuries. Featuring artists, poets, philosophers, novelists and more, the passages explore the fascination that Rome has inspired in so many, for so long.
$16.00

My Italian Bulldozer

ITA665
Alexander McCall Smith
Pantheon Books
2017
240
1101871393
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Bestselling author McCall Smith (Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) penned this stand-alone novel about one man's misadventures in the Italian countryside.
$25.95

Lonely Planet Italy Planning Map

ITA675
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
1
1786579073
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Lonely Planet's attractive map of Italy features sights and important sights. Printed on durable, waterproof Tyvek, the map also slips into a protective jacket.
$7.99

Vatican Pocket Map

ITA679
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2013
1
3707911721
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This durable, laminated map features the Vatican at an intimate scale of 1:2,500, with essential sites and insets of the subway, greater Rome and significant churches. Multi-lingual, with English.
$9.99