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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-EXITL377

Item EXITL377. Buy these 5 items as a set for $118 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

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

Renaissance Florence, The Invention of a New Art

ITL50
A. Richard Turner
Prentice Hall
2005
176
0131938339
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A cultural and social history of the city focusing on the great art and famous monuments, featuring vivid color pictures and illustrations.
$55.40

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

Eyewitness Guide Florence & Tuscany

ITL46
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
328
146545733X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Superbly illustrated, this compact guide shows the neighborhoods, museums, shops and sites of Florence and surroundings in full color.
$25.00

Florence Map

ITL59
Berndtson & Berndtson
Borch Maps
2017
2
3866093608
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed, plastic-covered city map of Florence at a scale of 1:7,000.
$9.95

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

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Venice

ITA18
Gillian Price
DK Publishing
2016
128
1465445781
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Venice.
$14.00

Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook

ITL531
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
272
1743214413
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
1
0
0
0
A handy, palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
$9.99

The Food Lover's Guide to Florence, With Culinary Excursions in Tuscany

ITL841
Emily Wise Miller
Ten Speed Press
2007
219
1580088252
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Miller polled neighbors, friends, cooks and ordinary folk for this delectable guide to 125 eateries, organized by neighborhood.
$14.99

City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas

MED185
Roger Crowley
Random House
2013
400
0812980220
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Crowley spins tales of three centuries of plunder and plague, imperial conquest and piracy in this riveting new history, chronicling the transformation of a tiny city of lagoon dwellers into the richest place on earth.
$18.00

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

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

Siena, City of the Virgin

ITL974
Titus Burckhardt
National Book Network
2008
144
1933316594
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Burckhardt's classic portrait includes dozens of illustrations, maps and photographs of architecture and early Renaissance art of Siena.
$22.95

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

Architecture of the Renaissance, From Brunelleschi to Palladio

ITL52
Bertrand Jestaz
Thames & Hudson UK
1997
160
0810928140
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Originating in Florence, the flowering of architecture in 15th-century Italy revolutionized the look of European cities and the mindsets of their citizens. This lavishly illustrated pocket book presents the people, the time and its monuments in hundreds of color photographs and engravings.
$15.95

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

Da Vinci's Ghost, Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image

ITA346
Toby Lester
Free Press
2012
275
1439189242
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Lester takes on the genesis of Leonardo da Vinci's iconic Vitruvian Man as his point of departure for this exhilarating meditation on da Vinci and his time.
$17.00

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

Catherine De Medici, Renaissance Queen of France

FRN875
Leonie Frieda
HarperCollins Publishers
2006
440
0060744936
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Frieda reclaims the story of this much maligned queen to reveal a skilled ruler battling extraordinary political and personal odds in this vivid, meticulously researched portrait of the woman and Renaissance Europe.
$16.99

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

A Room with a View

ITL142
E.M. Forster
Vintage Books
1989
248
0679724761
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
E.M. Forster's classic tale of love among the middle classes, set largely in Florence.
$9.95

The Agony and the Ecstasy, A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

ITL150
Irving Stone
Signet
2004
776
0451213238
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An overheated, page-turning fictionalized account of the life of master painter and sculptor Michelangelo -- and a good introduction to Renaissance Florence and Rome.
$18.00

The Birth of Venus, A Novel

ITL532
Sarah Dunant
Random House
2004
397
0812968972
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A rich novel of art, passion and patronage, memorably set in late 15th-century Florence and prominently featuring the famously pious reformer Savonarola.
$17.00

More Books

The Stones of Florence

ITL15
Mary McCarthy
Harcourt Books
1989
230
0156027631
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
The classic history of the art, architecture and culture of Florence. Novelist McCarthy takes us on a quick and vivid tour of the history of the Medicis and the city of Florence, focusing on Renaissance art.
$14.95

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

Blue Guide Florence

ITL137
Alta MacAdam
W. W. Norton & Company
2017
408
1905131755
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to Florence, heavily focused on art and architecture. This edition also includes practical information on hotels, restaurants and shops. Tenth Edition
$24.95

The Italian Renaissance Reader

ITL218
Julia Conway and Peter Bondanella (Editor), Mark Musa (Editor)
New American Library
1987
0452010136
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Introducing artists and thinkers of the Renaissance, this collection includes selections by Francesca Petrarca, Giovanni Boccacio, Leonardo Da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli and Benvenuto Cellini.
$18.00

A Traveller's Companion to Florence

ITL485
Edward Chaney (Editor), Harold Acton (Editor)
Interlink Publishing Group
2003
336
1566564662
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
This illuminating guide brings Florence to life through the letters, diaries and memoirs of travelers and Florentines from past centuries. The selections, from Boccaccio to D.H. Lawrence, are as rich as the city itself.
$16.95

The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Tales

ITL628
Elizabeth Spencer
University Press of Mississippi
1996
304
0878058370
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Spencer, a southerner like her characters Margaret and Clara, writes eloquently of the transformation of a mother and daughter by Florence.
$22.00

Death of an Englishman

ITL639
Magdalen Nabb
Soho Press
2013
272
1569472548
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The debut of Nabb's highly readable, atmospheric Marshal Guarnaccia series, set in Florence on Christmas Eve.
$9.99

Leonardo da Vinci

ITL684
Sherwin B. Nuland
Viking
2004
170
014303510X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this compact book in the excellent Penguin Lives series, Nuland summarizes the achievements and obsessions of the extraordinary Leonardo da Vinci.
$15.00

Sixteen Pleasures

ITL699
Robert Hellenga
Dell
1995
369
0385314698
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A compelling novel about a young woman who went to Florence to save books after the devastating flood of 1966.
$17.00

The Enchantress of Florence

ITL948
Salman Rushdie
Random House
2009
368
0679640517
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Rushdie conjures life in Renaissance Florence and the Mughal Empire with humor and vivid detail in this bawdy, improbable tale.
$17.00

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Florence & Tuscany

ITA19
Reid Bramblett
DK Publishing
2016
192
146544582X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Florence and the surrounding area.
$14.00

Pocket Rough Guide Florence

ITA404
Rough Guides
Rough Guides
2016
168
0241238552
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Neither too big nor too slight, these handy guides include just the right amount of information on neighborhoods, shops, hotels, restaruants and sites (or should we say sights?) for a short visit. Well-organized and with an excellent pullout map.
$12.99

The History of Florence in Painting

ITA406
Antonella Fenech Kroke
Abbeville Publishing Group
2013
496
0789211459
BOXED
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Sumptuously produced, this oversized collection, chosen by a Renaissance art historian, is a feast for the intellect and the eye. With 342 full-color illustrations.
$235.00

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

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 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 Smile

ITA42
Donna Jo Napoli
Dutton Inc.
2009
272
0142414921
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A fanciful tale of romance for young adults, rich in details of Renaissance Florence and the lives of Leonardo da Vinci and the Medicis.
$7.99