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Italy: The Tour of the Giants

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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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Essential Reading Package-EXALP108

NORTHERN ITALY & THE ALPS. Buy these 5 items as a set for $92 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

The Alps, A Cultural History

ALP30
Andrew Beattie
Oxford University Press
2006
256
0195309553
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Beattie explores the turbulent past and vibrant present of the Alps, where early pioneers of tourism, mountaineering and scientific research have each left their mark.
$40.95

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

Killing Dragons, The Conquest of the Alps

ALP16
Fergus Fleming
Grove Press
2001
398
0802138675
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Fleming spins lively tales of man against nature in this entertaining history of the eccentrics, adventurers and publicity-hounds who sought to conquer the Alps, including Whymper and his first ascent of the Matterhorn 150 years ago.
$14.00

Eiger Dreams, Ventures Among Men and Mountains

ALP10
Jon Krakauer
Lyons Press
2009
192
1599216108
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A collection of some of Krakauer's (Into Thin Air) best journalism, these stories and essays focus on the mindset and determination of world-class mountaineers, including Alpine and Himalayan climbers.
$14.95

Alps Map

ALP07
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2010
2
3850842274
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This regional map (1:500,000), centered on the Alps, includes portions of Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France.
$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

Culture Smart! Switzerland

SWZ58
Kendall Maycock
Kuperard
2016
168
1857338448
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, no-nonsense guide to Switzerland's customs, etiquette and culture.
$11.99

Gran Paradiso

ALP46
Gillian Price
Cicerone
2013
220
185284499X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Part of the authoritative Cicerone series on walking, this guidebook describes 28 day walks through the stunning Gran Paradiso National Park.
$22.95

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

Cuisines of the Alps

CEU38
Kay Shaw Nelson
Hippocrene Books
2004
197
0781810582
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Subtitled "Recipes, Drinks, and Lore from France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia," this colorful tour of the region's rustic cuisine offers more than 140 recipes, a section on regional wines and historical information.
$24.95

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

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 Place de la Concorde Suisse

SWZ14
John McPhee
Noonday Press
1994
150
0374519323
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
McPhee deploys his usual insight and wonderful prose on the phenomenon of the Swiss army, presenting an irreverent portrait of Switzerland and the Swiss mindset.
$16.00

The Alps, A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond

ALP51
Stephen O'Shea
W. W. Norton & Company
2017
304
039324685X
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
In an entertaining narrative, O'Shea drives, hikes and climbs through 500 miles of the Alps while musing on the historic personalities who braved the forbidding range, including Napoleon, Hitler and James Bond. A thoughtful introduction to the Alps.
$26.95

The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front

ITA161
Mark Thompson
Hachette
2010
454
0465020372
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Thompson's history captures the drama, nationalist frenzy and pathos of WWI. The historian also traces the nearly forgotten, brutal three-year struggle to capture the Isonzo River sector in the rugged Alps and Dolomites from the Austro-Hungarian Empire in this epic history.
$21.99

Scrambles Amongst the Alps: In the Years 1860-69

ALP02
Edward Whymper
National Geographic
2002
320
0792269233
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Edward Whymper’s classic account of Victorian-era mountaineering captures the geography, beauty and allure of the Alps.
$16.00

A Tramp Abroad

EUR78
Mark Twain, David Eggers (Introduction), Kerry Driscoll (Introduction)
Random House
2003
400
0812970039
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Written 11 years after Innocents Abroad, this is Twain's second foray into European travel. Filled with his characteristic wit and humorous observations, it documents his journeys through Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy. Now with an introduction by Dave Eggers.
$17.00

The Italian Summer: Golf, Food, and Family at Lake Como

ITA67
Roland Merullo
Touchstone
2015
280
0990889882
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Merullo shares this congenial account of a summer with his family in Italy and Switzerland, offering delicious descriptions of wonderful meals, colorful characters -- and rounds of golf at some of the most beautiful courses in Europe. He is a golf fanatic.
$17.99

A Long Finish, An Aurelio Zen Mystery

ITL193
Michael Dibdin
Vintage Books
2000
272
0375704019
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Another enjoyable "Aurelio Zen Mystery" from Michael Dibdin. This time private investigator Zen is in Rome and Alba, enjoying wonderful wine and food while uncovering a murderous plot that may jeopardize the Piemontese wine industry.
$14.95

Solo Faces

ALP14
James Salter
North Point Press
1998
218
0865473218
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The story of an American climber who, dissatisfied with his everyday life, travels to the Alps of southern France to tackle mountain peaks. The prose is glorious and the mountain-climbing scenes are as vivid as they get. Much of the action takes place in and around Chamonix.
$15.00

The Sojourn

AST111
Andrew Krivak
Consortium
2011
191
1934137340
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A grandson of Slovak immigrants, Krivak conjures the lost world of a shepherd's life in the Austro-Hungarian empire in this National Book Award-nominated tale of World War I.
$16.99

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

Cicerone Alpine Flowers, How to Recognize over 230 Alpine Flowers

ALP44
Gillian Price
Cicerone
2014
160
1852845651
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
An easy-to-carry companion for Alpine walks featuring 230 flowers and their names in English, French, German, Italian and Latin.
$19.95

Wild Flowers of Britain & Northern Europe

EUR371
Andrew Cleave
John Beaufoy Publishing
2015
160
1909612448
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A colorful field guide featuring commonly encountered species of the fields and gardens of Europe.
$14.95

More Books

Italy North Map

ITL38
Reise Know How
Reise Know How
2014
1
3831772851
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Scaled at 1:400,000, this German-produced map of Italy focuses on the country's northern borders and stops in northern Tuscany. Double-sided. Printed on tear- and water-resistant paper.
$14.95

Walking Easy in the Swiss and Austrian Alps

WLK02
Chet Lipton
Lightning Source
2007
221
0595413307
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to 100 alpine walks and sightseeing excursions.
$24.95

Why Switzerland?

SWZ04
Jonathan Steinberg
Cambridge University Press
2015
400
0521709555
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A masterly overview of the idiosyncrasies of Switzerland, its history, language, politics and identity as a naysayer at the center of Europe.
$39.99

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire

AST11
Andrew Wheatcroft
Penguin Putnam
1997
416
0140236341
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs.
$18.00

Homestead

ALP11
Rosini Lippi
Lightning Source
1999
210
0395977711
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set firmly in a small village in the Austrian Alps, these 12 interlinking stories are almost ethnographic in their rich detail of small town life. The stories range from the turn-of-the-century to the present, accurately charting change in the remote village.
$13.95

Eyewitness Guide Milan and the Lakes

ITL165
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
248
1465457429
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A superb guide to Milan and the Italian lakes featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the area's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
$20.00

Chamonix to Zermatt, The Walker's Haute Route

ALP21
Kev Reynolds
Cicerone
2015
240
1852847808
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to the classic Haute Route, covering each segment of the long-distance walk, and including an introduction to the region.
$24.95

Tour of Mont Blanc, Complete Trekking Guide

ALP24
Kev Reynolds
Cicerone
2015
240
1852845325
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact guide to the classic Mont Blanc circuit, which includes a detailed guide to each section of the tour, as well as the author's own personable, encouraging remarks.
$24.95

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

Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere

ITL347
Jan Morris
Da Capo Press
2002
208
0306811804
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
Morris called this her favorite book, a loving celebration of the city and its faded glory. Creased between Slovenia and the sea, the elusive sea port has an enchanting identity that imparts a "sweet melancholy" to her remembrances of past travels.
$15.00

Italian Lakes Map

ITL431
Litographia Artistica Cartographica
2012
2
8879141449
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed map of the Italian lakes region, including Orta, Lugano, Como and Maggiore, at the excellent scale of 1:100,000, produced in Italy.
$12.95

Schlepping Through the Alps, My Search for Austria's Jewish Past with Its Last Wandering Shepherd

AST74
Sam Apple
Ballantine Books
2006
304
0345477731
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A hilarious and touching exploration of history, tradition and sheep. This account of travels in Austria with Hans Breuer, a shepherd who sings Yiddish folk songs to his sheep, is admittedly a comic quest, but it also delves into some of the darker corners of Austria's history in World War II.
$16.00

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

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.
$16.00

The Book of Absinthe, A Cultural History

FRN962
Phil Baker
Grove Press
2003
304
0802139930
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An entertaining cultural history of "The Green Fairy," from the drink's origins as an herbal tonic through its intoxicating heyday in European cities of the late 19th century.
$14.00

The Walk

SWZ75
Robert Walser, Susan Bernofsky (Translator)
New Directions Publishing Corporation
2012
96
0811219925
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this classic novella by the Swiss modernist, freshly translated, Walser writes that "it is on walks that the lore of nature and the lore of the country are revealed, charming and graceful, to the sense and eyes of the observant walker."
$10.95

Xenophobe's Guide to the Swiss

SWZ77
Paul Bilton
Trafalgar Square
2008
92
1906042500
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This irreverent pocket guide to cultural awareness is both insightful and entertaining.
$9.95

The Alps Adventure Map

ALP43
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2013
1
1566956404
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A waterproof, tear-resistant map of the Alps at a scale of 1:400,000. Includes detailed elevations and the locations of natural attractions.
$11.95

The Habsburgs, Dynasty, Culture and Politics

CEU51
Paula Sutter Fichtner
Reaktion Books
2014
288
1780232748
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
A concise chronicle of the 600-year Habsburg Empire, essential for those interested in European history. Fichtner reveals how the dynasty used propaganda, political maneuvering and public performance to maintain control over an array of cultures and ethnicities.
$39.00

North Face

ALP47
Philipp Stolzl (Director)
Baker & Taylor Video
2010
631355986X
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
An intense drama about two German climbers who compete against two Austrians to scale the dangerous north face of Eiger in 1936. Based on a true story. English subtitles.
$19.95

For Kids

Banner in the Sky

SWZ23
James Ramsey Ullman
HarperCollins
1988
256
0064470482
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A suspenseful tale of a young boy determined to keep his father's mountaineering dream alive.
$8.99

The Apple and the Arrow

SWZ69
Conrad Buff
Houghton Mifflin Company
2001
80
0618128093
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Families will enjoy this spirited retelling of the famous legend of William Tell and his 12-year-old son, Walter, which won the 1952 Newbery Medal.
$8.95

Bodies from the Ice

SCI268
James M. Deem
Houghton Mifflin Company
2008
58
061880045X
HARD COVER
Science
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Deem (Bodies from the Ash, Bodies from the Bog) offers kids a glimpse into prehistory, glaciology, archaeology and grisly fun in this overview of 5300-year-old Alpine Iceman Otzi and other through mummified human remains.
$17.99

Ice Mummy, The Discovery of a 5,000-Year-Old Man

ALP40
Mark Dubowski
1998
48
0679856471
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Dubowski turns the tale of the 1991 discovery of the frozen mummy in the Alps into a thrilling chapter book for ages 4 to 8.
$4.99

Italian Picture Word Book

ITA537
Hayward Cirker
Dover Publications
1994
32
0486282023
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A simple and enjoyable language introduction to Italian for young readers. Each scene contains dozens of familiar objects (household items, clothing, foods, furniture, people, animals and much more). To make things more fun, all the pictures can be colored!
$3.99

Let's Explore... City

TVL668
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
48
1786572303
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Part of Lonely Planet’s "Let’s Explore..." series, this sticker activity book takes explorers ages 5 to 8 on safari with fascinating facts, puzzles and plenty of pages to color and complete.
$9.99

Let's Explore... Mountain

TVL669
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
48
1786573156
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Part of Lonely Planet’s "Let’s Explore..." series, this sticker activity book takes explorers ages 5 to 8 on through the mountains with fascinating facts, puzzles and plenty of pages to color and complete.
$9.99