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Major Cities and Towns: Naples (Napoli), Avellino, Caserta, Benevento, Salerno

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Fodor's Gold Guide Naples and the Amalfi Coast
Insight Naples, Capri and the coast of Amalfi Fodor's Escape to the Amalfi Coast

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AMALFI, Italy's Divine Coast, Bonavoglia, $29.95
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Cosi von Tutti

 

Naples at Table celebrates the food and people of Naples and Campania. It encompasses the provinces of Avellino, Benevento, Caserta and Salerno, including the Sorrento Peninsula, Amalfi Coast, Capri and Ischia. The author presents the finest traditional and contemporary foods of the region and shares myth, legend, history, recipes, and reminiscences with fellow lovers of all things Italian. US $24.50

Treasure of Naples - Giuseppe Marotta (Dutton, 1949). Ask any Italian to name a book set in Naples and this one will most likely come to mind: a collection of short stories - sometimes witty, sometimes poignant - about what the author calls this "mad and mythological and adorable city." The basis for the film Gold of Naples, it makes a fantastic travel companion. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Torregreca, Life, Death, Miracles - Ann Cornelison (Little, Brown & Co., 1969). An altogether different type of experience, the painful, insightful memoirs of an American woman who lived in an impoverished town south of Naples during the 1950s and 1960s, while helping to set up nursery centers. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Bay of Noon - Shirley Hazzard (Penguin, 1970). This story of an Englishwoman working in Naples points out all too well why most of "us" don't understand "them." --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Naples '44 - Norman Lewis (Eland, 1978). An intelligence officer in the labyrinth. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Italian Journey, 1786-88 - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. For those who want to experience Campania as part of the 18th- and 19th-century "Grand Tour" taken by everyone who was anyone. The Schocken Bodes edition was translated beautifully by W.H. Auden and Elizabeth Mayer. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Story of San Michele - Axel Munthe's bestselling account of his love affair with Italy, including the lengths to which he went to build his Grecian villa in Anacapri. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Volcano Lover - Susan Sontag (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1992). A fictionalized account of the passionate love affair between Lord Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton. And finally, for a truly in-depth understanding of this fascinating region, read Unto The Sons, by Gay Talese (Knopf, 1992). In this multi-generational tale of a family from Calabria, an impoverished region that was long under the dominion of the Realm of Naples, Talese paints a vibrant picture of what it was like to live here as much of Western history swept through on its way to more illustrious destinations.

Dead Lagoon, an Aurelio Zen mystery, $12.00, Michael Dibdin (fiction)

This mystery, with a Venetian setting, provides interesting insight into Venetian history, politics and manners. In this novel, one of a series, Dibdin gives readers a deliciously creepy novel featuring the urbane and skeptical Aurelio Zen. Here Zen returns to his native Venice, searching for a missing American millionaire and encountering an assortment of corpses-- including a suspiciously new skeleton that surfaces on the Isle of the Dead. Also available at $12.00 each: Cosi Fan Tutti (Naples) ; Rat King (Perugia) ; Long Finish (Rome) ; Vendetta (Sardinia) ; Blood Rain (Sicily)(paper due in May 2001/ hardcover is $23.00)

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