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Taste of Tuscany & Umbria

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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Essential Reading Package-EXITL675

Item EXITL675. Buy these 4 items as a set for $72 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

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

Eyewitness Guide Umbria

ITL512
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
192
1465427384
FLEXI-BOUND
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A marvelously illustrated, compact guide to the culture, history and attractions of Umbria, organized geographically and especially helpful for its innovative site plans, building diagrams and local maps.
$20.00

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

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

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

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

Fodor's Florence's 25 Best

ITL140
Fodor's
Fodor's
2014
96
0804143277
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This shirt-pocket guide includes an excellent map and essential information on the city's highlights, including sightseeing, restaurants and shopping.
$13.99

Fodor's Rome's 25 Best

ITL112
Fodors
Fodor's
2016
176
0147546257
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This shirt-pocket guide includes a map of the city and essential information on its highlights.
$13.99

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 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 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

The Italians

ITL05
Luigi Barzini
Touchstone
1996
352
0684825007
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
The definitive portrait of the Italian people, this is a classic, scholarly essay on the Italian character. Though first published in 1964, it's still worth reading for its insight, grace and wit.
$17.00

A Valley in Italy, The Many Seasons of a Villa in Umbria

ITL98
Lisa St. Aubin de Teran
HarperCollins Publishers
1995
224
0060926198
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This short memoir chronicles a year in the small Umbrian village of San Orsola--especially the delights and frustrations of renovating a decayed villa. Taking in food, wine, local customs and landscapes, the book is an excellent introduction to the region
$14.99

Reluctant Saint, The Life of Francis of Assisi

ITL849
Donald Spoto
Penguin Putnam
2003
272
0142196258
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Spoto draws on fascinating new research to explore the travels, spirit and work of the beloved saint. This engaging portrait provides an excellent overview of the life of St. Francis.
$16.00

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

War in Val D'Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943-1944

ITL219
Iris Origo, Denis Mack Smith (Introduction)
David R. Godine
1995
239
0879234768
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A diary of day-to-day heroism and fortitude. The author and her family take children, deserters, escaped prisoners, and Jews fleeing the advancing Germans into their home in Tuscany.
$15.95

Ratking

ITL622
Michael Dibdin
Vintage Books
1997
0679768548
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Venetian crime investigator Aurelio Zen goes after the kidnappers of a Perugian industrialist in this enjoyable thriller, winner of the Gold Dagger Award (and first book in the series).
$15.00

Summer's Lease

ITL580
John Mortimer
Penguin Putnam
1991
288
0140158278
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
A well-paced mystery set in the Tuscan countryside, by Sir John Morimer, author of Rumpole of the Bailey. Poor Molly Pargeter’s idyll is upset when the water supply fails and a neighbor dies. John Gielgud starred in the Masterpiece Theatre adaptation as the seriously mischievous Haverford Downs.
$18.00

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The Tuscan Year, Tuscan Life and Food in an Italian Valley

ITL131
Elizabeth Romer
North Point Press
1996
182
0865473870
PAPER
Food
0
1
0
0
An intimate portrait of life on a Tuscan farm as seen primarily through the robust food and a Longitude favorite. Romer captures the goings-on in the countryside, and especially in the Cerotti kitchen, where traditional Tuscan rural food is prepared with loving care. Every chapter includes concisely described recipes.
$15.00

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