ENRICH YOUR TRAVELS WITH LONGITUDE

We’ve got the classic, new and hard-to-find books and maps to help you get the most out of your adventures.

Join our Mailing List
Get our bi-monthly email newsletter
Receive a Catalog

Order Your Free Catalog

Sicilian Odyssey Northbound

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.
Filter by price

Essential Reading Package-EXITL1018

Buy these 6 items as a set for $106 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Midnight in Sicily, On Art, Food, History, Travel and La Cosa Nostra

ITL74
Peter Robb
Picador USA
2007
400
0312426844
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
Combining interviews, research and essays on Sicilian history and culture, this vivid report by journalist Robb is a superb introduction to Italy's glorious, corrupt and troubled south.
$21.00

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 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

Eyewitness Guide Sicily

ITL468
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
252
1465459952
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superb guide to Sicily features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a synopsis of the island's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
$23.00

Frommer's EasyGuide to Rome, Florence and Venice

ITA397
Frommer's
Frommer's
2016
336
1628872802
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
EasyGuides are full of practical, easy-to-absorb information and emphasize authentic experiences. This lightweight guide highlights important attractions with expert advice on accommodations and meals.
$16.95

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

Rome Map

ITL60
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2016
2
3866093020
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A handy map at a scale of 1:11,000, with a more detailed overview of the city center.
$9.95

Venice Map

ITL26
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2016
2
3866093683
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful, detailed city map of Venice, perfect for finding your way around the famously labyrinthine streets and canals.
$9.95

Sicily

ITA374
Silver Spoon
Phaidon Press
2013
271
0714863521
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
With a chapter on each of Sicily's nine provinces, color photographs and notes on food traditions, this gorgeous book from Silver Spoon is as much a travelogue as a cookbook.
$39.95

Palermo, City of Kings, The Heart of Sicily

ITA588
Jeremy Dummett
St. Martins
2015
272
1784530832
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
The first history of Palermo available, this short book is a standalone history of the city, but also surveys important monuments and sites.
$28.00

Seeking Sicily, A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean

ITA274
John Keahey
St. Martins
2011
320
0312597053
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Taken with Sicily, its culture and its literature, Keahey explores the food, history and pure pleasure of the place, using his heroes Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Leonardo Sciascia and other Sicilian literary greats as guides.
$29.99

Sicilian Odyssey

ITL451
Francine Prose
National Geographic
2003
192
0792265351
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Novelist Francine Prose tries her hand at travel writing in this lyrical, vibrant and concise portrait of Sicily. Prose evokes Sicily's history, art, landscape and cuisine through considerations of her own journey across the island.
$20.00

Sicily, An Island at the Crossroads of History

ITA558
John Julius Norwich
Random House
2015
432
0812995171
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Norwich delivers a page-turning account of Sicily, from the Classical period through the Mafia, highlighting the crucial role the island has played in world politics.
$32.00

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 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

Ancient Rome: Art, Architecture, and History

ITL419
Ada Gabucci (Editor)
Getty Trust Publications
2002
144
0892366567
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This lively, illustrated survey of Ancient Rome's monuments, history and art is a terrific introduction.
$19.95

Ancient Sicily, Monuments Past & Present

ITL733
G. Messineo, E. Borgia
Getty Trust Publications
2006
72
8881621479
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
In this illuminating overview, ingenious overlays depict 17 important sites as they appear today and how they may have appeared in the past.
$29.95

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

Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel

ITA553
Andrew Graham-Dixon
Skyhorse
2016
240
1634502515
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Taking readers behind the beauty of the world’s most famous fresco, this articulate piece of art criticism is a full history of the masterwork and includes plenty of rich, full-color illustrations.
$16.99

Michelangelo, A Life in Six Masterpieces

ITA454
Miles J. Unger
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2015
448
1451678789
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This highly readable biography of Michelangelo will delight the traveler with its accessible explanations of six of the artist's well-known masterpieces, such as the Pieta, David, the Sistine Chapel fresco and St. Peter's Basilica.
$17.00

A House in Sicily

ITL148
Daphne Phelps
Da Capo Press
1999
224
0786707941
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An old-fashioned memoir of life at Casa Cuseni, the pensione and garden in Taormina run by the indomitable Daphne Phelps, which has been a sanctuary for such guests as Tennessee Williams, Betrand Russell and others, famous and infamous, since 1947.
$16.95

On Persephone's Island

ITL03
Mary Taylor Simeti
Vintage Books
1986
352
0679764143
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Strong on the delights of rural life, Simeti's portrait of Sicily takes the form of a year-long journal, capturing the spirit of the people, daily life, traditions and the land.
$16.95

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 Leopard

ITL11
Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
Pantheon Books
2007
384
0375714790
PAPER
Literature
0
1
0
0
Evoking a lost world of privilege and tradition, Di Lampedusa's memorable tale, set on a rural Sicilian estate during the days of independence, follows the world-weary Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina. A classic, now in a 50th anniversary edition.
$16.00

The Shape of Water

ITL528
Andrea Camilleri
Penguin Putnam
2005
224
0142004715
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The first of Camilleri's wildly popular Inspector Montalbano mysteries, nicely translated and shot through (pun intended) with not just memorable characters but also with Sicilian lore and politics. If you like the series, it continues in 19 more installments -- and counting.
$16.00

The Wine-Dark Sea

ITL408
Leonardo Sciascia, Avril Bardoni (Translator), Alberto Mobilio (Introduction)
NYRB
2000
201
0940322536
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A collection of 13 stories, all set in the celebrated writers’ native Sicily, and featuring mafiosi, carabinieri and villagers.
$14.95

More Books

Sicilian Carousel

ITL08
Lawrence Durrell
National Book Network
2009
291
1604190159
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Durrell writes with warmth and grace of his journey around the island in the 1950s.
$12.00

Excellent Cadavers, The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic

ITL58
Alexander Stille
Vintage Books
1996
467
0679768637
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This fast-paced book is a gripping account of corruption in Italy. The author offers an utterly absorbing account of the assassination of two top anti-Mafia prosecutors in 1992.
$17.95

Cadogan Guide Sicily

ITL115
Dana Facaros
Interlink Publishing Group
2008
352
1860113974
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive look at the region from the excellent British guidebook series.
$18.95

Blue Guide Sicily

ITL125
Ellen Grady
W. W. Norton & Company
2016
540
1905131747
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This in-depth guide to Sicily's ancient history and archaeology features detailed maps and site plans.
$26.95

Sicilian Food: Recipes from Italy's Abundant Isle

ITL127
Mary Taylor Simeti
Grub Street
2009
272
1902304179
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
Simeti (On Persephone's Island) includes over a hundred archival illustrations and quotes freely from Homer, Plato, Apicius, Lampedusa and Pirandello in this classic guide to the food, traditions and recipes of Sicily.
$29.95

Rough Guide Sicily

ITL161
Rough Guide
Rough Guides
2017
416
0241273951
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to Sicily in the British series with an equal focus on culture, history and travel information.
$21.99

Insight Guide Sicily

ITL168
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2016
304
1780053118
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A handsomely illustrated guide to the history, culture and attractions of Sicily and surrounding islands featuring dozens of full color maps, hundreds of photographs and short essays on topics of interest.
$21.99

Sicily Map

ITL181
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2017
2
8836502326
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed map of Sicily (1:200,000). The detail is great if you don't mind folding it out to its full poster size.
$14.95

Walking in Sicily

ITL467
Gillian Price
Cicerone
2015
256
1852847859
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact guide in the British series covering, in detail, 42 recommended hikes and treks.
$24.95

Archaeology of Ancient Sicily

ITL521
R. Ross Holloway
Routledge
2000
232
0415237912
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
A concise, marvelously lucid history of the civilizations and archaeology of Sicily from the Paleolithic to the Romans. With illustrations, site diagrams and maps.
$51.95

The Mask of Apollo

GRE224
Mary Renault
Vintage Books
1988
384
0394751051
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Master of historical fiction Mary Renault centers her novel in the turbulent world of fourth-century B.C. Greece, where a tragic actor finds Plato and his friend trying to subdue the tyrannical ruler of Syracuse.
$17.95

The Day of the Owl

ITL596
Leonardo Sciascia, Archibald Colquhoun (Translator), Arthur Oliver (Translator), George Scialabba (Translator)
NYRB
2003
136
159017061X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A mesmerizing description of the Mafia at work, Sciascia's beautifully paced novella traces Captain Bellodi's investigation of a man shot dead as he runs to catch a bus in a small Sicilian town.
$14.00

Between Salt Water and Holy Water, A History of Southern Italy

ITL597
Tommaso Astarita
Lightning Source
2005
352
0393328678
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Astarita captures the fanfare, rivalry and changing fortunes of Sicily from antiquity through Norman, Spanish and Bourbon rule to unification and the 20th century.
$22.95

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Sicily

ITL686
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
128
1465429247
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Sicily.
$14.00

Sicily, Three Thousand Years of Human History

ITL731
Sandra Benjamin
Steerforth Press
2007
498
158642131X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With clarity and authority, Benjamin traces the rich legacy of the Greeks and Romans, Vandals and Goths, Arab traders, Normans, Bourbons and others who have contributed to the multi-faceted history of the kingdom of Sicily.
$24.00

The Ruby in Her Navel, A Novel of Love and Intrigue in the 12th Century

ITL760
Barry Unsworth
W. W. Norton & Company
2007
416
0393330826
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Unsworth transports the reader to the 12th century in this richly imagined novel of love and intrigue set in Norman Sicily, where Christian knights, Anatolian belly dancers, Jews and Arabs mix and mingle.
$23.95

Sicily, Through Writers' Eyes

ITL780
Horatio Claire (Editor)
Sickle Moon
2006
306
0907871941
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Homer, Herodotus, D.H. Lawrence, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Elio Vittorini and Peter Robb are represented in this magnificent tour of Sicily, its history, culture and allure.
$35.00

Michelin Green Guide Sicily

ITL795
Jonathan Gilbert
Michelin Travel Publications
2016
456
2067212494
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Organized alphabetically and featuring Michelin's famous star ratings, this venerable driving guide includes excellent local maps and site plans, suggested tours and visitor sites.
$21.99

The Patience of the Spider

ITL826
Stephen Sartarelli, Andrea Camilleri
Penguin Putnam
2007
288
0143112031
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Book number eight in Camilleri's series, starring the world-weary, earthy -- and now aging not so gracefully -- Inspector Montalbano (made into a wildly popular television series in Italy).
$16.00

Language and Travel Guide to Sicily

ITL872
Giovanna Bellia LA Marca
Hippocrene Books
2008
320
078181149X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to food, attractions and accommodations, helpfully paired with an extensive section on Italian and two audio CDs of popular Sicilian words and phrases.
$29.95

Gomorrah

ITL885
Roberto Saviano, Virginia Jewiss (Translator)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2008
320
0312427794
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Savaiano's expose of the Naples mob documents in graphic detail the depredations and violence of the killers, criminals and thugs of the Camorra.
$17.00

Frommer's Shortcut Sicily

ITL894
Stephen Brewer
Frommer's
2016
140
1628872306
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide in the popular series, strong on where to eat, sleep and shop.
$11.95

Eat Smart in Sicily, How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure

ITL911
Joan Peterson
Ginkgo Press
2008
160
0977680118
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A slim pocket guide that focuses solely on the cuisine of the island and the influences that the Greeks, Norman French, Tunisians and Italians have had on its delectable dishes.
$13.95

That Summer In Sicily, A Love Story

ITL954
Marlena de Blasi
Ballantine Books
2009
336
034549766X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
De Blasi writes beautifully as she unfolds the true story of a remarkable Sicilian woman, once mistress to a prince. It's both a suspenseful love story and a glimpse of local history.
$16.00

The Day of Battle, The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944

ITA17
Rick Atkinson
Henry Holt and Company
2008
791
080508861X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Atkinson follows his Pulitzer-winning An Army at Dawn with this narrative of the Allied campaign in Italy, rich historical detail, tactical analysis and first-person historical documents. He makes a convincing case that the Mediterranean campaign played a decisive role in breaking German power, forcing the Wehrmacht onto a defensive it could never abandon.
$23.00

Sicily, An Illustrated History

ITA158
Joseph Privitera
Hippocrene Books
2002
145
0781809096
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Privitera covers the scope of Sicily and its diverse civilizations in lively prose and well-chosen illustrations in this succinct history.
$12.95

Palmento, A Sicilian Wine Odyssey

ITA205
Robert V. Camuto
University of Nebraska Press
2012
312
0803239955
PAPER
Travel Narrative
9/1/2010
0
0
0
0
An American journalist living in France, Robert Camuto roams the vineyards and visits with vintners from Palermo to Marsala and the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna in this year-long celebration of the culture and spirit of Sicily, Italy's largest and oldest wine region.
$18.95

Palermo

ITA212
Roberto Alajmo
Haus Publishing
2010
193
1906598177
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this charming little book, Alajmo offers a wry, lyrical portrait of his native city, its people, charms and "big problems." What follows is a rollicking, odd journey through the peccadilloes of the Sicilian city.
$19.95

Places of My Infancy

ITA334
Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
New Directions Publishing Corporation
2012
76
0811220389
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This brief memoir, source material for a remarkable novel, chronicles the lost paradise of Lampedusa's childhood on his family's estate in Sicily at the start of the 20th century. Lampedusa grew up as the only child in an aristocratic Italian family and did not begin his writing career until his fifties, just two years before his death.
$10.95

Sicily, A Literary Guide for Travellers

ITA436
Andrew Edwards
St. Martins
2014
256
1780767943
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
From local authors to classic writers like Cicero and Shakespeare and 20th-century greats Lawrence and Capote, this literary survey reveals Sicily’s multifaceted personality through literature.
$25.00

The Sicilian Mafia, A True Crime Travel Guide

ITA466
Carl Russo
Aa Balkema
2014
232
193952105X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This is the first in-depth guide devoted to mafia in Sicily. Organized geographically to help plan a self-guided car trip.
$18.95

Wallpaper City Guide Palermo

ITA479
Wallpaper City Guides
Phaidon Press
2014
128
0714868175
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations.
$11.95

The Four Corners of Palermo

ITA508
Giuseppe Di Piazza
Other Press
2014
240
1590516656
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
In DiPiazza’s slim crime novel, set in 1980s Palermo, you can practically smell the gunpowder. In four great mafia vignettes, we are introduced to the worst of mafia gang warfare.
$15.95

The Brewer of Preston

ITA520
Andrea Camilleri
Penguin Putnam
2014
256
0143121499
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A comic novel of power, state-building and opera set in mid-1800s Sicily. When their new prefect decides to produce a mediocre opera, some Sicilians hatch a plot to ruin his event.
$15.00

Women of Sicily, Saints, Queens and Rebels

ITA539
Jacqueline Alio
Aa Balkema
2015
224
0991588606
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This landmark history places 17 biographies of notable Sicilian women against a broad chronology, showing how maidens, queens, mothers and women of all kinds left their mark on the world's most conquered island.
$32.00

Coming Home to Sicily, Seasonal Harvests and Cooking from Case Vecchie

ITA540
Alice Waters (Foreword), Guy Ambrosino (Photographer), Fabrizia Lanza
Sterling Publishing Company
2012
311
1402787839
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
The food of Sicily comes to life in this narrative cookbook. Fabrizia Lanza, former editor of Gourmet magazine, returns to her family’s Sicilian estate to assist her aging mother with the Case Vecchie cooking school. Packed with more than 100 family recipes and beautiful photos by Guy Ambrosino.
$30.00

Insight Guides Explore Sicily

ITA579
Apa Pulbications
Insight Guides
2014
144
1780056818
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Perfect for the self-guided explorer, this easy-to-use guide to Sicily recommends 14 routes around the island. Each route features trademark Insight coverage of dining, sites, shopping and entertainment plus full-color photographs and a pull-out map.
$12.99

Sicilian Feasts

ITA624
Giovanna Bellia La Marca
Hippocrene Books
2014
224
0781813344
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Giovanna Bellia La Marca generously shares the flavorful and varied cuisine of her Mediterranean island, as well as its history, customs and folklore.
$24.95