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La Via Francigena

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.
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An Italian Odyssey: One Couple's Culinary and Cultural Pilgrimage

ITA487
Neville Tencer, Julie Burk
Aa Balkema
2010
288
0986588709
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this bittersweet travelogue, a midlife couple walk (and eat!) their way through the Via Francigena meditating on romance, the pleasures of sensual food and wine, Italian hospitality and the challenges and struggles awaiting them in "real life."
$15.95

The Most Beautiful Villages of Tuscany

ITL261
James Bentley, Hugh Palmer (Photographer)
Thames & Hudson
2012
216
0500289972
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This handsome oversize picture book is a portrait of the Tuscan landscape and people. It contains maps, a travel guide and many color photographs.
$26.95

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

Tuscany in Mind

ITL607
Alice Powers (Editor)
Vintage Books
2005
400
1400076757
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A fine literary anthology covering the region's history, geography, culture and (of course) food, featuring contributions by luminaries including D.H. Lawrence and Robert Browning.
$16.95

Cicerone Guide The Via Francigena - Canterbury to Rome, The Great St. Bernard Pass to Rome

ITA488
Alison Raju
Cicerone
2014
336
1852846070
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, pilgrim's guide to all 1,900 kilometers of the Via Fracigena which became part of the European Cultural Itinerary in 2000.
$24.95

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

Siena Map

ITL299
Litographia Artistica Cartographica
2010
2
3850841316
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A very detailed map of Siena, scale 1:7000.
$12.95

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

The Most Beautiful Country Towns of Tuscany

ITA330
James Bentley
Thames & Hudson
2001
224
0500510520
HARD COVER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Traveling north to south, Bentley captures the historic, walled and Romanesque cities of Tuscany. Includes principal sites, hotels, events and restaurants in each town. 273 illustrations.
$40.00

Rome, Centuries in an Italian Kitchen

ITA564
Giancarlo Caldesi, Katie Caldesi
Aa Balkema
2015
272
1784880043
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
This journey into the cuisine of the Eternal City presents recipes that have been handed down through generations as well as the Caldesis’ fresh take on Roman recipes. A beautiful recipe book and keepsake.
$39.95

The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy

ITA72
Hugh Johnson (Foreword), Nicholas Belfrage
University of California Press
2009
320
0520259424
FLEXI-BOUND
Food
0
0
0
0
This astute guide to wine-making regions and villages in Tuscany includes a history of Tuscan grapes and culture, excellent color maps and profiles of select vintners and wines.
$39.95

Vineyard in Tuscany, Shooting for the Moon

ITL883
Ferenc Mate
W. W. Norton & Company
2009
250
0920256589
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A loving account of learning (and succeeding at!) the art of wine-making in the Tuscan hills.
$15.95

Absolute Monarchs, A History of the Papacy

ITA347
John J Norwich
Random House
2012
512
0812978846
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A natural storyteller matched with a brilliant subject, Norwich chronicles with obvious delight the politics, personalities and power across two millennia of riveting ecclesiastical history.
$20.00

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

Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome

ITL29
Christopher Scarre
Penguin Putnam
1995
144
0140513299
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A vivid overview of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and its expansion throughout North Africa and the Mediterranean, illustrated with ingenious color maps on many topics (political borders, trade, defense, religion) and 80 color photographs.
$21.00

Rome and a Villa

ITA530
Eleanor Clark
HarperCollins
2015
416
0062363409
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
When Eleanor Clark traveled to Rome in 1947, her intention was to write a novel. She returned instead with this inspired collection of travel essays, which, as the New Yorker put it, "gather up Rome and hold it before us, bristling and dense and dreamlike."
$15.99

Siena: City of Secrets

ITA535
Jane Tylus
University of Chicago Press
2015
256
022620782X
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Combining literary flair with impressive scholarship, Tylus transforms the aloof, frozen-in-time city of Siena into a living organism by exploring its history and culture, forgotten innovations and artistic and architectural accomplishments.
$26.00

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

A Vineyard in Tuscany, A Wine Lover's Dream

ITA541
Ferenc Mate
Aa Balkema
2015
290
0920256856
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this international bestseller, Ference Mate and his wife, Candace, transform an abandoned 13th-century Tuscan friary into a working vineyard. While relishing the joys of their new life, the couple puts blood, sweat and tears into their acclaimed 'vino' Brunello di Montalcino. A New York Times Notable Book.
$16.95

Catherine of Siena, A Passionate Life

ITA284
Don Brophy
Perseus
2011
296
193334637X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Brophy sets this deeply researched biography of the saint against the backdrop of 14th-century Europe, showing Catherine's sheer fortitude and personal magnetism in her efforts to bring peace to a troubled time.
$14.95

Etruscan Places, Travels Through Forgotten Italy

ITA211
D. H. Lawrence
St. Martins
2011
176
184885532X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
With essays on the haunting painted tombs of Tarquinia and other ancient sites, Lawrence's meditation captures the allure of travel in Italy. Often accompanied by the American painter Earl Brewster, Lawrence travels to Cerveteri, Tarquinia, Vulci and Voltera, all sites of Etruscan antiquity, conjuring the art, culture and vitality of a culture he clearly admires.
$17.00

Hidden Tuscany

ITA437
John Keahey
St. Martins
2014
320
1250024315
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Keahey, a veteran travel writer, explores a little-known part of one of Italy's best-known regions, presenting the unique culture of Tuscany's far west.
$26.99

The Smiles of Rome, A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers

ITL573
Susan Cahill
Ballantine Books
2005
332
034543420X
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A wonderfully inspired anthology featuring excerpts from 29 writers and artists interspersed with practical suggestions for travelers.
$16.00