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Every Day in Tuscany, Seasons of an Italian Life

ITA124
Frances Mayes
Broadway Books
2011
288
0767929837
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Twenty years after "Under the Tuscan Sun," Mayes is still besotted by Italy -- her house, the tumbling geraniums, the people and the food -- all lovingly documented in her best memoir yet. With interludes in Portofino, Assisi and Rome and a focus on Renaissance master artist Luca Signorelli.
$15.00

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

Insight Guide Tuscany

ITL156
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2015
320
1780052979
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An illustrated guide in the popular series, noteworthy for its maps and illuminating essays on history, art, food and culture.
$21.99

Tuscany Map

ITL102
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2016
1
8840207589
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This regional map is even better, now printed on water- and tear-resistant paper. 1:200,000.
$15.95

Florence Map

ITL59
Borch Maps
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

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

Blue Guide Italy Food Companion

ITA195
Blue Guides
Blue Guides
2016
200
1905131739
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This pocket guide to ordering, understanding and enjoying the best of Italian food can be used in preparation for a visit to Italy or as a handy reference while you're there.
$12.99

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 pronu
$7.95

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

A Culinary Traveller in Tuscany

ITL729
Beth Elon
Little Bookroom
2009
320
1892145685
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A Tuscany resident for 30 years, Elon presents 100 recipes from a hand-picked selection of favorite restaurants in this charming cookbook and travel guide. With 10 itineraries highlighting largely undiscovered regions of Tuscany, restaurants, trattorie, shops, wineries, olive oil producers, markets and food festivals.
$17.95

Florentine, The True Cuisine of Florence

ITA585
Emiko Davies
Chronicle Books
2016
256
1743790031
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Through 70 traditional recipes and evocative photographs, this cookbook is a lush tribute to the cuisine and history of Tuscany’s capital. Emiko Davies shares the gastronomic heritage of Florence and tells its story, dish by dish.
$40.00

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

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

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 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

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 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 Italians

ITA528
John Hooper
Penguin Putnam
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
2017
464
1681774089
PAPER
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.
$16.95

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

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

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

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

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

Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and His Times

ITA203
William Wallace
Cambridge University Press
2011
428
0521111994
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Wallace's biography offers a visual and literary treasury of Michelangelo's works, creating a compelling, complex and remarkably human portrayal of the Renaissance master.
$34.00

Songbirds, Truffles and Wolves, An American Naturalist in Italy

ITL99
Gary Paul Nabhan
Viking
1994
256
0140239723
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The author, a poet and naturalist, heads along the Franciscan Way from Florence to Assisi. This most unusual travelogue combines natural history, spirituality and a lively appreciation of local food and food traditions. A print-on-demand paperback.
$16.00

The Hills of Chianti, The Story of a Tuscan Winemaking

ITA472
Piero Antinori
Rizzoli International
2014
240
0847843882
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The head of one of the oldest producers of fine Italian wine recounts the history of the Antinori family, which spans 27 generations back to 1385, and portrays contemporary life in Tuscany.
$26.95

Too Much Tuscan Sun, Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide

ITL547
Roberto Rodi, Dario Castagno
Globe Pequot Press
2004
224
0762736704
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
With affection and humor, Castagno recalls his experience as a tour guide in Tuscany and the remarkable travelers he meets along the way. His ease with and taste for Chianti combine to evoke intoxicating images of the much-loved Tuscan region.
$16.95

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

The Scribe of Siena

ITA692
Melodie Winawer
Touchstone
2017
464
1501152254
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A historical novel, peppered with romance and time travel, follows a 21st century woman’s journey to 1347’s Siena, where she uncovers a plot to destroy the town and falls in love with a local man named Gabriele and the town itself.
$26.99

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

More Books

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

Central Italy Map

ITL103
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2013
1
8836507913
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A regional map of Central Italy, including Tuscany, Umbria and Rome, at a scale of 1:400,000.
$12.95

Michelin Green Guide Tuscany

ITL139
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2017
384
2067216201
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A thorough introduction to the region in the classic Michelin style, featuring brief descriptions of all the major attractions. We include it for its broad coverage, and especially for its excellent local maps.
$23.99

Lonely Planet Florence and Tuscany

ITL233
Damien Simonis
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
352
1743216831
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This guide features vital travel information and advice, colorful maps and photos and mini-guides to many Tuscan towns, including Pisa, Siena, Lucca and Chianti.
$24.99

Fodor's Florence & Tuscany. With Assisi & the Best of Umbria

ITL836
Fodors
Fodor's
2017
404
0147546605
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive guide in the Fodor's Gold series features helpful information on sights, excursions, restaurants, hotels and nightlife.
$19.99

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

Italy Adventure Map

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

Seven Seasons in Siena

ITA268
Robert Rodi
Daedalus
2011
240
0345521056
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Rodi chronicles with self-deprecating hilarity his increasingly desperate and finally successful efforts over seven years to belong in Siena.
$25.00

Tuscany Adventure Map

ITA337
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2011
1
1566955378
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed map of Tuscany at a scale of 1:200,000. 4 1/4" x 9 1/4" folded; 26" x 38" unfolded.
$11.95

Walking in Tuscany

ITA348
Gillian Price
Cicerone
2010
317
1852844892
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive, practical guide in the British series covers 50 walks and itineraries throughout the region, including the wild Chianti ridge.
$22.95

Voices of Tuscany, Discover the Land of Genius & Beauty

ITA416
Giorgio De Martino
White Star
2014
144
8854408271
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This well-illustrated, conversational portrait of Tuscany, produced by pianist and writer Giorgio De Martino and famous singer Andrea Bocelli, presents the words of great Tuscans past and present who share the region’s rich history and culture. The text accompanies pristine color photographs of cultural landmarks.
$16.95

Rick Steves' Florence & Tuscany

ITA491
Rick Steves
Avalon Travel Publishing
2017
724
1631216651
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A personable, practical guide in the growing series by travel guru Rick Steves. Complete with neighborhood overviews, recommended walking tours, sights, food and accommodations.
$21.99

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

The Piero Affair, with Side Trips

ITA514
Pat Musick
Aa Balkema
2014
251
0615800068
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A delightful Italian travel narrative inspired by Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca. American artist Pat Musick takes readers off the beaten path in Tuscany to Rome, Florence, Siena and a plenitude of Italian villages. She commemorates her journey with historical anecdotes, recipes and over 200 photographs.
$43.95

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

Under the Tuscan Sun

ITA543
Audrey Wells (Director)
Baker & Taylor Video
2006
6308200107
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
Based on the best-selling memoir by Frances Mayes (Item ITL85), this film follows a writer who flees her adulterous husband and life in San Francisco and impulsively buys a dilapidated villa in Cortona, a small town in Tuscany.
$14.99

Tuscany

ITA551
Phaidon
Phaidon Press
2011
272
0714860786
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
This beautifully produced cookbook, the first installment in the Silver Spoon regional series, contains 50 recipes from the tables of Tuscany, the finest gastronomic region of Italy and birthplace of most Italian cuisine as we know it today.
$39.95

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

Looking at Painting in Florence 13th-16th Centuries, A Learner's Handbook

ITA575
Richard Peterson
Casemat
2014
238
8859613272
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
This lavishly illustrated, chronological handbook to Florentine Renaissance art details technical aspects, provides historical background and shows visitors where to look for remarkable pieces. A handy overview for veterans and newcomers alike.
$39.00

Tuscan Cities, Travels Through the Heart of Old Italy

ITA589
William Dean Howells
St. Martins
2011
272
1848855508
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this fascinating travelogue, Howells visits Venice, Genoa, Rome and Naples, witnessing an Italy in the throes of reunification (Naples had just become part of the kingdom of Italy). Essential reading for all Italophiles.
$19.00

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

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

Rick Steves' Snapshot Hill Towns of Central Italy

ITA686
Rick Steves
Hachette
2018
228
1631216767
PAPER
Guidebook
1/16/2018
0
0
0
0
Rick Steves covers the essentials of central Italy's sun-baked towns in this compact guide, including Siena, Assisi, San Gimignano, Volterra, Montepulciano, Cortona and more.
$13.99

For Kids

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

ITL694
Diane Stanley
HarperCollins
2000
48
0688161553
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A pictorial biography for young readers. Award-winning writer-illustrator Diane Stanley delves into Da Vinci's troubled past, his brilliance and innovation. Written for grades three through five.
$6.99

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

Juliet

ITA283
Anne Fortier
Ballantine Books
2011
461
0345516117
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Fortier weaves a modern quest with much about 14th-century Siena in this page-turning historical romance, a hit with teens.
$16.00

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

The Silver Spoon for Children: Favorite Italian Recipes

ITA717
Phaidon Press
Phaidon Press
2009
99
0714857564
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Simple, illustrated step-by-step instructions show children how to cook a variety of Italian dishes.
$19.95

The Silver Spoon for Children: Favorite Italian Recipes

ITA717
Phaidon Press
Phaidon Press
2009
99
0714857564
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Simple, illustrated step-by-step instructions show children how to cook a variety of Italian dishes.
$19.95