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Tuscany & Umbria

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TUSCANY & UMBRIA. Buy these 4 items as a set for $65 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

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

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

Rough Guide Tuscany and Umbria

ITL292
Jonathan Buckley (Editor), Tim Jepson (Editor)
Rough Guides
2015
384
140937176X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive travel guide includes region-by-region descriptions and a good overview of history and culture. With chapters on Florence and surroundings -- Lucca, Pisa, Maremma, Siena, Arezzo, Peruguia, Assisi, Spoleto and Orvieto.
$24.99

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

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

Umbria & Le Marche Regional Map

ITL119
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2016
1
8836511325
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful, detailed map of Umbria and surrounding areas, at a scale of 1:200,000. The most detailed map of the area available, imported from Italy.
$14.95

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

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

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

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

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

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 Renaissance, A Short History

ITL774
Paul Johnson
Modern Library
2002
208
0812966198
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The history, background, literature, sculpture, paintings and architecture of the Renaissance in just over 200 lively, thought-provoking pages.
$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

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

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

Salvation, Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis

ITL282
Valerie Martin
Vintage Books
2002
268
0375708839
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A new and splendid biography of Saint Francis of Assisi. It's a vivid literary accompaniment to Giotto's frescoes in the basilica of San Francesco, Assisi.
$14.95

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

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

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

After Hannibal

ITL100
Barry Unsworth
W. W. Norton & Company
1998
250
0393317706
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Unsworth's vivid novel takes in the history, landscape, pleasures and the other Americans and Europeans, like himself, who live in Umbria.
$17.95

Return to Umbria

ITA656
David P. Wagner
Ingram Publisher Services
2016
222
1464206112
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Filled with the nuances of Italian manners, mentality and preoccupation with food, this thriller is set in the picturesque Umbrian towns of Orvieto and Todi. Freelance translator Rick Montoya is pulled behind their beautiful facades into a world of tantalizing secrets.
$15.95

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

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

More Books

Eyewitness Guide Italy

ITL32
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
672
1465441204
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Another gem in the Eyewitness series, this superb guide is handsome, convenient and up-to-date. Featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
$30.00

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 Folktales

ITL314
Italo Calvino
Harcourt Books
1992
763
0156454890
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A treasured collection of 200 lively folk tales presented by one of the modern masters of Italian fiction. Calvino's elegant rendering of these old stories reveals his great affection for the folkloric traditions of his childhood.
$25.00

Innocence

ITL317
Penelope Fitzgerald
Houghton Mifflin Company
2014
368
0544359461
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A comic novel set in mid-twentieth century Italy, by the inimitable Penelope Fitzgerald, author of "The Blue Flower".
$14.95

Tuscany and Umbria, The Collected Traveler

ITL389
Barrie Kerper
Vintage Books
2010
608
0307474909
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Kerper hauled out her clipping files, interviewed her friends and raided her library for this inspired miscellany -- a quirky guide to the history, food, and landscape of Tuscany and Umbria. With travel essays, recommended reading and suggested hotels, restaurants, sights and shops.
$19.00

A Traveller in Italy

ITL417
H.V. Morton, Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (Introduction)
Da Capo Press
2002
640
0306810786
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The much-beloved, enduring account of Morton's ramblings in the temples, tombs and villas of Tuscany, Lombardy, Emilia and the Veneto.
$25.00

Waking Raphael

ITL536
Leslie Forbes
Bantam Doubleday
2005
432
0553383418
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This literary thriller, set in painter Raphael's hometown of Urbino, follows the fate of an art historian mixed up in local affairs.
$15.00

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

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

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

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

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

Rick Steves' Florence & Tuscany

ITA491
Rick Steves
Avalon Travel Publishing
2016
723
1631214357
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

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

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

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

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