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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-EXITL924

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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 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

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

Blue Guide Florence

ITL137
Alta MacAdam
W. W. Norton & Company
2017
408
1905131755
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to Florence, heavily focused on art and architecture. This edition also includes practical information on hotels, restaurants and shops. Tenth Edition
$24.95

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

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

Secret Florence

ITA465
Niccolo Rinaldi
National Book Network
2017
320
2361951746
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Highlighting the most strange, fascinating and esoteric sights of any destination, Secret guides are compiled by locals and organized by neighborhood.
$19.95

The Food Lover's Guide to Florence, With Culinary Excursions in Tuscany

ITL841
Emily Wise Miller
Ten Speed Press
2007
219
1580088252
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Miller polled neighbors, friends, cooks and ordinary folk for this delectable guide to 125 eateries, organized by neighborhood.
$14.99

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

Medici Money: Banking, Metaphysics, and Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence

ITL605
Tim Parks
W. W. Norton & Company
2006
273
0393328457
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Parks vividly evokes Renaissance Florence in this lively history of the rich and powerful.
$16.95

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

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

Brunelleschi's Dome

ITL410
Ross King
Bloomsbury USA
2013
192
1620401932
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
The story of the design and construction of the dome in the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a tale rife with politics, cut-throat competition and mighty inspiration.
$16.00

Da Vinci's Ghost, Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image

ITA346
Toby Lester
Free Press
2012
275
1439189242
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Lester takes on the genesis of Leonardo da Vinci's iconic Vitruvian Man as his point of departure for this exhilarating meditation on da Vinci and his time.
$17.00

Renaissance Florence, The Invention of a New Art

ITL50
A. Richard Turner
Prentice Hall
2005
176
0131938339
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A cultural and social history of the city focusing on the great art and famous monuments, featuring vivid color pictures and illustrations.
$55.40

The History of Florence in Painting

ITA406
Antonella Fenech Kroke
Abbeville Publishing Group
2013
496
0789211459
BOXED
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Sumptuously produced, this oversized collection, chosen by a Renaissance art historian, is a feast for the intellect and the eye. With 342 full-color illustrations.
$235.00

Catherine De Medici, Renaissance Queen of France

FRN875
Leonie Frieda
HarperCollins Publishers
2006
440
0060744936
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Frieda reclaims the story of this much maligned queen to reveal a skilled ruler battling extraordinary political and personal odds in this vivid, meticulously researched portrait of the woman and Renaissance Europe.
$16.99

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

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

A Room with a View

ITL142
E.M. Forster
Vintage Books
1989
248
0679724761
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
E.M. Forster's classic tale of love among the middle classes, set largely in Florence.
$11.00

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 Birth of Venus, A Novel

ITL532
Sarah Dunant
Random House
2004
397
0812968972
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A rich novel of art, passion and patronage, memorably set in late 15th-century Florence and prominently featuring the famously pious reformer Savonarola.
$17.00

The Italian Renaissance Reader

ITL218
Julia Conway and Peter Bondanella (Editor), Mark Musa (Editor)
New American Library
1987
0452010136
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Introducing artists and thinkers of the Renaissance, this collection includes selections by Francesca Petrarca, Giovanni Boccacio, Leonardo Da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli and Benvenuto Cellini.
$18.00

The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Tales

ITL628
Elizabeth Spencer
University Press of Mississippi
1996
304
0878058370
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Spencer, a southerner like her characters Margaret and Clara, writes eloquently of the transformation of a mother and daughter by Florence.
$22.00

Toscanelli's Ray

ITA444
Wallis Wilde-Menozzi
Perseus
2013
333
0932274749
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Wilde-Menozzi’s critically acclaimed novel explores traditional themes of expatriation, immigration and evil within the microcosm of late-20th century Florence and within the span of 15 hours.
$16.95

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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

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Florence & Tuscany

ITA19
Reid Bramblett
DK Publishing
2016
192
146544582X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Florence and the surrounding area.
$14.00

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

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

ITL705
Kathleen Krull
Puffin
2008
124
067005920X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Beginning with a vivid description of superstition and squalor in the Middle Ages, Krull sets Da Vinci's extraordinary life in the context of his extraordinary time. A volume in the Giants of Science series, geared for grades 4-8.
$7.99

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

The Smile

ITA42
Donna Jo Napoli
Dutton Inc.
2009
272
0142414921
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A fanciful tale of romance for young adults, rich in details of Renaissance Florence and the lives of Leonardo da Vinci and the Medicis.
$7.99