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Southern Italy & Sicily

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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-EXITL799

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Vesuvius

ITA275
Gillian Darley
Harvard University Press
2015
256
0674503775
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Darley unveils human responses to Mount Vesuvius, a place both feared and celebrated, from a cast of characters as far-flung as Pliny the Younger and David Hockney. This entry in Harvard University Press's excellent Wonders of the World series is a perfect introduction for travelers to Pompeii and Herculaneum.
$16.50

Classical Architecture

MED190
James Stevens Curl
W. W. Norton & Company
2003
231
0393731197
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This well-illustrated book includes a detailed, illustrated glossary that is almost a dictionary of classical architecture in itself. Second edition.
$35.00

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

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

Southern Italy Map

ITL222
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2011
2
8836507921
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A regional map of Italy, stretching from Rome to the southern tip.
$14.95

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

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Naples & Amalfi Coast

ITA178
Jeffrey Kennedy
DK Publishing
2017
144
1465457445
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With a pull-out map.
$14.00

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

Classical Greece and the Birth of Western Art

GRE444
Andrew Stewart
Cambridge University Press
2008
358
0521618355
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Stewart's lively study of the Classical Revolution of 5th century BC Greece introduces the innovations in art, literature and philosophy that would shape western culture.
$38.99

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
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

The Ancient Mediterranean

MED10
Michael Grant
Plume
1990
374
0452010373
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Grant, a well-known classical scholar, provides this comprehensive history of the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean, including Egypt, Israel, Crete, Greece, the Roman states and many others. A very well-researched account of Western history's roots.
$20.00

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

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

Italy, Monuments Past and Present

ITL455
R.A. Staccioli
Getty Trust Publications
2003
78
8881621339
FLEXI-BOUND
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
This informative volume shows Italy's most important monuments as they look today and, via overlaid illustrations, as they were once upon a time. The book surveys the history and archeological highlights of Pompeii, Rome and Sicily.
$25.00

Panorama of the Classical World

MED180
Nigel Spivey
Getty Trust Publications
2011
368
1606060562
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
Published by the J. Paul Getty Museum, these richly illustrated and engaging essays cover daily life in Greek, Roman and Etruscan times.
$29.95

The Complete Greek Temples

MED97
Tony Spawforth
Thames & Hudson
2006
240
0500051429
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A sourcebook, gazetteer and illustrated overview ancient Greek temples throughout the Mediterranean.
$40.00

The Fires of Vesuvius, Pompeii Lost and Found

ITA46
Mary Beard
Harvard University Press
2010
384
0674045866
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
With the panache of a gifted classicist, Mary Beard (Wonders of the World) conjures daily life in celebrated Pompeii, not only demolishing with particular relish the many myths that have grown up around the place but also emphasizing the limits of our knowledge. Some things we simply shall never know for certain.
$21.00

The Greek Cities of Magna Graecia and Sicily

ITL751
Fausto Longo, Lorena Jannelli, Luca Cerchiai
Getty Trust Publications
2004
288
0892367512
HARD COVER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
An engaging history of the Western Greek colonies in Sicily and southern Italy in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., featuring 240 magnificent color illustrations, maps and a site-by-site review of major archaeological sites.
$45.00

The Greeks Overseas, The Early Colonies and Trade

GRE150
John Boardman
Thames & Hudson
2011
304
0500281092
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
An authoritative, illustrated survey of Greek civilization throughout the Mediterranean, revised and updated for this fourth edition.
$25.95

The World of Pompeii

ITA287
John J Dobbins (Editor)
Routledge
2008
662
0415475775
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
With contributions by well-known experts in the field, this wide-ranging survey also covers the buried surrounding cities of Campania.
$53.95

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

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 Ancient Shore

ITL967
Shirley Hazzard
University of Chicago Press
2009
144
0226322025
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Hazzard's lyrical collection of essays on the history, beauty, complexities and contradictions of Naples. Includes a celebrated New Yorker essay by husband Francis Steegmuller.
$13.00

Canti

ITA285
Giacomo Leopardi
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2011
528
0374533059
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An acclaimed new translation of Italy's greatest modern poet's work. Born in the Italian Marches in 1798, Leopardi lived in Rome, Central Italy, and Naples, where he died in 1837.
$25.00

Pompeii, A Novel

ITL560
Robert Harris
Random House
2004
368
0345475674
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this fast-paced historical novel set in Pompeii, a young engineer sets out to repair the Roman aqueducts and discovers the imminent eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Full of suspense and historical detail.
$16.00

The Castle of Otranto, A Gothic Story

ITL631
Horace Walpole
Oxford University Press
2014
192
0199537216
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
First published in 1764, Walpole's classic Gothic novel takes place in and around the 15th-century castle on the Adriatic.
$10.95

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

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Pompeii, The Day a City Died

ITL01
Robert Etienne
Thames & Hudson UK
1992
215
0810928558
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
This indispensable pocket guide illustrates daily life in the city as revealed by its evocative frescoes, mosaics and treasures.
$15.95

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

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

Christ Stopped at Eboli, The Story of a Year

ITL09
Carlo Levi, Frances Frenaye (Translator)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2006
268
0374530092
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
An affecting memoir of southern Italy, originally published in 1947, it stems from the author's forced relocation to the region as punishment for anti-fascist political activity.
$16.00

Italy in Mind

ITL39
Alice Powers
Random House
1997
349
0679770232
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A terrific collection of some of the best literary writing on Italy, including pieces by Melville, Lawrence, Henry James, Mary McCarthy and many others.
$18.95

The Food of Italy

ITL75
Waverly Root
Vintage Books
1992
750
0679738967
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
Evocative of Italy and its diverse cuisine, this classic book, organized geographically, offers a cook's tour of the country. It's a well-informed and wonderful culinary guide.
$22.00

Italian Journey, 1786-1788

ITL144
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, W.H. Auden (Translator), Elizabeth Meyer (Translator)
Penguin
1992
498
0140442332
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
"Sicily is the key to everything" is only one of Goethe's many astute observations included in this Penguin Classics edition of his journals and letters from his grand tour of southern Italy.
$19.00

Unto the Sons

ITL145
Gay Talese
Random House
2006
592
0812976061
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A wide-ranging memoir of the Talese family, from their origin in the Calabrian town of Maida through emigration to the United States in the early 20th century and settling in Ocean City, New Jersey.
$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

Blue Guide Southern Italy

ITL257
Paul Blanchard
W. W. Norton & Company
2007
608
0393325881
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to Southern Italy and especially its archaeology, history and culture. With maps and site plans.
$34.95

Naples Map

ITL280
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2013
2
8836506429
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
One in a series by Touring Club Italiano.
$13.95

Puglia Map

ITL425
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2017
1
8836517331
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
The locals' map of Puglia, at a scale of 1:200,000. It's perfect for a road trip, if you don't mind its large, unfolded size.
$14.95

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

Calabria Map

ITL496
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2015
1
8879142437
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Detailed map of Reggio Calabria Province, scale 1:150,000.
$13.95

Naples Campania Map

ITL500
Instituto Geografico De Agostini
Aa Balkema
2010
2
8841579862
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map of both Capri and Ischia at a scale of 1:28,000.
$12.95

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

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

Naples '44, A World War II Diary of Occupied Italy

ITL603
Norman Lewis
Carroll & Graff
2005
187
0786714387
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A classic book by one of the 20th century's great travel writers. Naples '44 is funny, moving and ultimately a meditation on war and the indomitable character of the Italian people.
$14.95

Cosi Fan Tutti

ITL623
Michael Dibdin
Vintage Books
1998
247
0679779116
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Romantic entanglements complicate the investigation of a murder in Naples in this installment of the enjoyable series.
$14.95

National Geographic Naples and Southern Italy

ITL802
Tim Jepson
National Geographic
2017
238
142621698X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Presented in National Geographic's attractive, visual style, this guide includes helpful cultural background and recommendations for the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Naples, Puglia, Vesuvius, Calabria, Basilicata, Sicily and Sardinia.
$21.99

Culture Smart! Italy

ITL877
Charles Abbott
Kuperard
2016
168
1857338308
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, no-nonsense guide to Italian customs, etiquette and culture along with helpful travel advice.
$11.99

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

Lonely Planet Southern Italy

ITL978
Paula Hardy
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
296
1743216874
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
In hallmark Lonely Planet style, this practical guide to southern Italy series features insider tips, highlights and itineraries, cultural insights and reviews of places to eat, sleep and shop. Covers Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria, Sicily, Naples and Campania.
$24.99

Been Here a Thousand Years

ITA24
Mariolina Venezia, Marina Harss (Translator)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2010
272
0312429789
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Venezia deftly weaves the creation of modern Italy, Garibaldi, Mussolini and the tumultuous recent history of the nation into this compact novel of five generations of the Falcone women -- and the rhythm of daily life in an ancient Basilicata hill town near the coastline of Puglia.
$20.00

In the Shadow of Vesuvius

ITL969
Jordan Lancaster
St. Martins
2009
288
1845116992
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A sparkling portrait of Naples from its volcanic origins to its lively present. Lancaster's cultural history explores the city's tumultuous past, its spirited inhabitants and the mythical allure that's drawn so many travelers to its siren song.
$18.00