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Tuscany

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. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Essential Reading Package-EXITL819

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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

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

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

Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book & Dictionary

ITL424
Rick Steves
Avalon Travel Publishing
2014
446
1612382010
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
This compact phrase book, organized thematically and with a brief dictionary, also includes Steves' insight into how to break the ice and make friends around the world.
$12.99

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

The Tuscan Sun Cookbook, Recipes from Our Italian Kitchen

ITA294
Frances Mayes
Clarkson Potter
2012
224
0307885283
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
A collection of recipes that celebrate the rustic culinary tradition of Tuscany. Includes color photographs.
$29.99

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

The Most Beautiful Villages of Tuscany

ITL261
James Bentley, Hugh Palmer (Photographer)
Thames & Hudson
2012
216
0500289972
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This handsome oversize picture book is a portrait of the Tuscan landscape and people. It contains maps, a travel guide and many color photographs.
$26.95

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

A Day in Tuscany, More Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide

ITL838
Dario Castagno
Globe Pequot Press
2007
256
0762744561
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
This second book from Dario Castagno is a delightfully honest mix of memoirs from life in the hills of Tuscany's legendary Chianti region. Set on the day the author arrived home after a three-month tour of the United States promoting his first book, A Day in Tuscany compels readers to experience this enchanted corner of Italy through the heart and mind of a true Tuscan.
$18.95

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

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

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

On The Road with Francis of Assisi

ITL647
Linda Bird Francke
Random House
2006
256
0345469666
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Assisi wandered for 20 years, affording Newsweek editor Francke and her patient husband plenty to see and do in the piazzas, sanctuaries and chapels of Assisi, Siena, Bologna, Venice, Gubbio, Rome and other choice spots.
$17.00

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

Under the Tuscan Sun

ITL85
Frances Mayes
Broadway Books
1997
288
0767900383
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this best-selling memoir of buying, renovating and living in an abandoned villa in Cortona, Tuscany, Mayes reveals the sensual pleasures found in rural Italy.
$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

Italy, A Traveler's Literary Companion

ITL466
Lawrence Venuti (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
2003
256
1883513146
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Not just a literary companion, this anthology is also a who's who of contemporary Italian writers who capture the spirit, history and allure of the country.
$14.95

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

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

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

Leonardo's Horse

ITL344
Hudson Talbott, Jean Fritz
Penguin Putnam
2001
40
0399235760
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Crackerjack children's writer Jean Fritz here presents an intriguing dual biography: first, of Leonardo da Vinci, who labored for years on a giant bronze sculpture of a horse, never finished; and secondly, of Charlie Dent, an American who in 1977 vowed to complete what Leonardo began.
$21.99

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

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