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Major Cities and Towns: Rome (Roma), Latina, Frosinone, Viterbo, Rieti

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CITY SECRETS ROME, $19.95 (cloth), Robert Kahn, editor

Let's Go Rome
Eyewitness Rome

Lonely Planet Rome Travel Guide, $15.95

Fodor's Travel Guide Rome
Lonely Planet Rome Condensed Guide, $11.99
Fodor's Citypack Rome Michelin Green Guide Rome, $18.00
Insight Rome Rick Steves' Rome, $14.95
  Trattorias of Rome, Florence & Venice
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Blue Guide Rome
Archaeological guide to rome, claridge
Gallery of maps in the Vatican search for ancient rome
Ancient Rome, Monuments past and present, staccioli Rome walking guide, Jeanne Oelerich
Architecture of Rome, grundmann IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE POPES
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NORTH OF NAPLES, SOUTH OF ROME, $13.95 Paolo Tullio

Since childhood, Paulo Tullio has returned each summer to his hometown of Gallinaro and to the passionate, warm hearted people of his valley. This charming memoir of life in the Comino Valley of Italy describes a hilariously chaotic wine competition, samples the Italian cantina, instructs on market day haggling and surreptitious truffle-hunting, and investigates the charms and scams of Naples. With fascinating detours on local buildings, history, folklore and fashion, the reader is taken aboard a carousel of picnics, feasts and fireworks, illuminating an unknown, irresistible corner of Italy. Refreshed by a visit to Sinella's bar, the reader tours a carousel of picnics, fests, feasts and fireworks, led by the delightful pen and ink sketches of renowned watercolorist Susan Morley.

Rome and a Villa: A Memoir, $18.00, Eleanor Clark

In 1947 Clark, a young American woman, went to Rome on a Guggenheim fellowship to write a novel. Once in Rome, she began to lose ambition, a sense of urgency and even a sense of self. What once seemed all-consuming is swallowed up by Rome itself; by the pace of life, by the fatalism of the Roman people, to whom everything and nothing matters, by the sheer historic weight and scale of the place. Rome is life itself - messy, random, anarchic, comical one moment, tragic the next, and above all, seductive. Clark's novel was abandoned and replaced by this series of sketches of Roman life written mostly between 1948 and 1951. She pays special attention to Roman art and architecture. In one section she looks at Hadrian's Villa - an enormous, unfinished palace - as a metaphor for the city itself: decaying, imperial, shabby, but capable of inducing an overwhelming dreaminess in its visitors. The book's final chapter is a lovely portrait of the so-called Protestant cemetery where both Keats and Shelley are buried, along with other foreign notables.

The Seasons of Rome: A Journal, $13.95 Paul Hofmann

Delving into the daily life of a city that is in so many ways larger than life, Paul Hofmann steers readers beyond the tourist board, revealing a fetish for Vatican gossip, the idiosyncrasies of the gattare (cat women who care for the city's stray cats), and the vagaries of the ever-volatile Roman government. As he winds through Rome's ancient streets, we listen with him to the voices of the city, past and present, and discover the intricacies and the beauty of Italy's finest city.

As the Romans Do: an American Family's Italian Odyssey, Alan Epstein

Imagine the delights of living in Rome. Long in love with the Eternal City, Epstein has been reveling in life as a resident since 1995. Here he reveals the city and its people in all their facets and contradictions: their gregarious caffé culture, inborn artistic flair, passionate appreciation of good food, instinctive mistrust of technology, showy sex appeal, ingrained charm, and much more. He unveils a place alive with pleasure and paradox, both pagan and Christian, Western and Middle Eastern. Rome is where one can relax, reflect, revel, and rebel -- all between the morning's cappuccino and the evening's grappa.

$13.00 (softcover)
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Rome: The Biography of a City: 3,000 Years of Her History From the Etruscan Kings to Mussolini, $22.45 (check print status, not at i-page)

A portrait, a history and guide book---this book captures the seductive beauty and the many layered past of the Eternal City. According to The Times Literary Supplement, "Although the story Hibbert has to tell is at the heart of Western Civilization, it is above all a story of cruelty, corruption, greed and moral degradation. Founded in fratricide, the city survives from century to century, sacked, looted, conquered, occupied. But on the other side of the coin there is the history of human and artistic endeavor without parallel. And it is this piquant juxtaposition of high achievement and base depravity that Hibbert has depicted so well."

 
Fiction  

The Agony & The Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo, $8.99, Irving Stone (fiction)

This passionate biographical/historical novel portrays the life and times of Michelangelo. Irving portrays his times the turbulent Renaissance, the years of poisoning princes, warring Popes, the all-powerful de'Medici family, the fanatic monk Savonarola; his loves - the frail and lovely daughter of Lorenzo de'Medici; the ardent mistress of Marco Aldovrandi; and his last love, his greatest love - the beautiful, unhappy Vittoria Colonna ; and his genius - a God-driven fury from which he wrested the greatest art the world has ever known. Here the reader becomes involved in the achievements, glories and romances of Michelangelo while gaining an enhanced appreciation of the arts. Engaging to read at any time, the book brings the Italian Renaissance to life and is particularly good to read en route to or while in Florence and/or Rome.

LONG FINISH

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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