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Italy: Portofino & the Cinque Terre

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-EXITL470

Item EXITL470. Buy these 4 items as a set for $61 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
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

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

Eyewitness Guide Italian Riviera

ITL566
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
224
1465457321
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A handsome, beautifully illustrated and informative compact guide to Liguria. It covers places, recommended excursions, hotels and attractions from the border with France east to La Spezia.
$20.00

Liguria Map

ITL118
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2010
2
8836511244
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map of the region, including Cinque Terre, at a scale of 1:200,000.
$13.95

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook

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

Pomodoro! A History of the Tomato in Italy

ITA207
David Gentilcore
Columbia University Press
2010
254
023115206X
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Gentilcore's juicy tale (pun intended) examines the empires, ambitions, agricultural developments and culinary trends that carried the tomato from its inauspicious beginnings in the New World into the Italian kitchen and onto our dinner tables. Great fun.
$26.95

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

Genoa "La Superba," The Rise and Fall of a Merchant Pirate Superpower

ITA568
Nicholas Walton
Aa Balkema
2015
256
1849045127
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With stories gleaned from Ligurian tradition, depictions of the city itself, profiles of great Genoans and clever anecdotes (like an entire chapter on pesto) BBC journalist Nicholas Walton provides a lively history of the defunct Italian superpower.
$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 Italians

ITL05
Luigi Barzini
Touchstone
1996
352
0684825007
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
The definitive portrait of the Italian people, this is a classic, scholarly essay on the Italian character. Though first published in 1964, it's still worth reading for its insight, grace and wit.
$17.00

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

Walking

WLK04
Henry David Thoreau
HarperCollins
1994
92
0062511130
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration.
$9.99

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

Extra Virgin, A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera

ITL539
Annie Hawes
HarperCollins Publishers
2002
352
0060958111
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A memoir of travels and life in Liguria, where the Hawes sisters ventured and stayed. In this refreshingly candid account, the English sisters end up buying a house and learning the local customs and eccentricities of their neighbors in Diano San Pietro.
$14.99

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.
$16.00

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

Beautiful Ruins

ITA452
Jess Walter
HarperCollins
2013
368
0061928178
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Award-winning, bestselling author Jess Walter brings us to the Italian Riviera in this glittering love story. Based on actual events.
$15.99

Enchanted April

ITL316
Elizabeth Von Arnim, Cathleen Schine (Introduction)
NYRB
2007
361
1590172256
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this delightful book, four Englishwomen are awakened by self-discovery and the power of their friendship on a stay in the Italian countryside in the 1920s. Inspired by Countess Arnim's travels, this book captures the rhythm and magic of Portofino.
$14.95

Portofino, A Novel

ITL164
Frank Schaeffer
Da Capo Press
2004
288
0786713755
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set in the 1960s, this coming-of-age tale follows a young boy's encounters with the sights and people of the seaside town of Portofino, while he avoids his missionary parents' constant bickering and their attempts to convert the locals.
$15.00

The Portable Romantic Poets

GBR346
Norman Holmes Pearson, W.H. Auden (Editor)
Penguin Putnam
1972
540
0140150528
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This is the anthology to take along on a trip to Italy's Cinque Terra, England's Lake District or any other classic haunt of the romantic poets. This selection includes works by all the masters (and even an occasional mistress).
$20.00

Birds of Europe

FG47
Lars Svensson
Princeton University Press
2010
416
0691143927
PAPER
Field Guide
0
1
0
0
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
$29.95

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Cinque Terre, Portofino Hiking Map

ITL159
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2015
1
3707905098
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Scaled at 1:50,000, this one-sided, color map depicts Italy from Sestri Levante to Montemarcello, with an inset of Portofino. Ideal for exploring this beautiful stretch of the Italian coast. Printed on water- and tear-resistant paper.
$14.95

Recollections of the Last Days of Shelley and Byron

ITL336
Edward Trelawney
Carroll & Graff
2000
224
0786707364
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The lives and deaths of these two most romantic of Romantic poets are lovingly recounted in this memoir by Edward Trelawny. Trelawny was a fascinating figure in his own right, and his tribute to his two lost friends bears all the marks of his own generous, wild personality.
$13.95