Blue Guide: Northern Italy
Blue Guide: Southern Italy
Architecture of the Italian Renaissance, Peter
A classic guide to one of the most pivotal periods
in art and architectural history, this book is both
comprehensive and comprehensible. From Leonardo,
Raphael, Michelangelo, Palladio, and Brunelleschi
to St. Peter's in Rome, the palaces of Venice, and
the Medici Chapel in Florence, this illustrated book
is an accessible guide to the architectural life
of Italy from the 13th through the 16th centuries.
Lonely Planet Walking
in Italy, $17.95
BORN TO SHOP ITALY: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR PEOPLE
WHO LOVE TO SHOP, $14.95, Suzy Gershman
This shopper's bible profiles Italy's hottest destinations
so you can "shop till you drop." These compact, handy
guides are packed with inside tips on where to find
the most fabulous fashions, the most unique gifts, and
the best bargains on everything from antiques to housewares.
The author personally visits each establishment profiled
in the book and gives readers her opinionated assessments.
The book covers the entire shopping scene, from big-
name department stores and fashionable boutiques to
specialty shops and street markets. From trend-setting
boutiques to colorful pottery shops along the Amalfi
Coast, BORN TO SHOP tells you where and how to shop
in Italy. Includes regional shopping strategies, an
extensive alphabetical guide to Italian life and style,
and highly selective recommendations for places to stay
and eat. Includes Maps. The majority of the book deals
with Florence, Milan, Rome, and Venice New titles from
GARDEN LOVERS GUIDE TO ITALY,
historic and beautiful Italian gardens, both public
and private and open (at least by appointment) to the
public are examined in this guide. Organized by region
and located on regional maps, each garden is briefly
described with details about its distinctive characteristics,
hidden charms and striking features, shown in a full-color
photograph, and described with a brief overview of
open hours, contact information, driving directions,
and nearby cultural attractions. Intricate three-dimensional
garden plans are shown for a few of them.
Days, Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
Italian Days traverses the Italian peninsula
and immerses readers in a culture which, in its inexhaustible
depth and ripeness, provides a definition of the
good life. Harrison brings us a fascinating mixture
of history, politics, folklore, food, architecture,
arts, and literature, studded along with local anecdotes
and personal reflections. From modern, fashionable
Milan to historic Rome to primitive Calabria, Harrison
reveals in all its glory the country of her origins,
where the keys to her past are held by those who
never left. This deeply engaging travelog is a contemporary
classic, beautifully and eloquently written.
|Desiring Italy, Susan Cahill, ed.
In this anthology and traveller's companion, 28
first-rate women writers reveal why Italy is so seductive
to women. Kate Simon walks us through a Siena filled
with surprises and luminous beauty. Elizabeth Spencer
writes of first coming to Italy and finding "home",
Shirley Hazzard explores the mysteries of Naples.
Muriel Spark writes on Venice, Edith Wharton on Rome,
George Eliot on Florence, Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
on San Gimignano, Patricia Hampl on Assisi. Other
writers contemplate the idiosyncratic glories of
Italy's architecture, cooking, art, and landscape;
its culture; its places and people. As these writers
tell their stories -- in fiction, memoir, and essay-
of coming to understand Italy, they explore the complexity
of their passions for it, mingling affection and
FROM ITALY, $11.95 Charles Dickens
In 1844, Charles Dickens took a break from his novel-writing
to travel in Italy. This travelog is the result of his
encounters with Italy's colorful street life, the visible
signs of its richly textured past, and its urban desolation.
Dickens was particularly drawn to the costumes, cross-dressing,
and sheer exuberant energy of the Roman carnival. Avoiding
traditional tourist sites, Pictures from Italy reveals
Dickens' anxieties and concerns as he presents, according
to Kate Flint, the country "like a chaotic magic-lantern
show, fascinated both by the spectacle it offers, and
by himself as spectator."
HOURS, $13.95 Henry James
Of all James' travel writings, this volume holds
the most pleasure for the reader -- as a warm, careful
introduction to a beloved country, as a happy experience
shared, and as one of the world's great examples of
expository writing. These absorbing essays provide far-reaching
comment on artistic production, religion, social upheaval
and the movement into the modern age, as well as the
power of reminiscence and the nature of travel itself.
H. LAWRENCE AND ITALY, $15.95
Written at the height of D.H. Lawrence's creative
energies these three pieces sparkle with the humor
and lively sensory images for which he is known.
- Twilight in Italy (1916) is is a vibrant
account of Lawrence's stay among the people of Lake
Garda, whose decaying lemon gardens bear witness to
the twilight of a way of life centuries old.
- Sea and Sardina brings to life the vigorous
spontaneity of a society as yet untouched by the deadening
effect of industrialization.
- Etruscan Places is a beautiful and delicate
work of literary are, the record of " a dying man drinking
from the founts of a civilization dedicated to life." Features
an introduction by Anthony Burgess.
Traveler's Tales Italy: True Stories of Life on
the Road, $17.95, Anne Calcagno, ed.
Filled with articles by contemporary visitors to Italy,
this anthology focuses on contemporary and up-to-date
visions of Italy. The tales invite readers to meet sculptors,
olive harvesters, art historians, cooks, and grandparents,
whose tales soar with opera and simmer with bribes.
Funny, heart-wrenching, and smart, the book reveals
ancient Italy as always new and contemporary Italy as
one that speaks the old verities of the heart. Authors
include Frances Mayes, Tim Parks, and Luigi Barzini.
A final chapter includes practical advice.
in Mind, $14.00, Alice Leccese Powers, ed.
Life abounds in this witty and atmospheric anthology,
in which 41 literary travellers train their sensibilities
on various aspects of the Italian scene and together
capture all lf its contradictions: enduring tradition
and trendy consumerism, ravishing landscapes and urban
sprawl, demonic bureaucracy and unvanquishable human
warmth. Short stories, novel excerpts, essays, poetry
journals and letters show Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
marveling at baroque Sicilian confections, Mary McCarthy
celebrating Venice's threadbare dignity, Henry James's
Isabel Archer succumbing to the treacherous antiquities
of Florence, and Ernest Hemingway's Frederic Henry rowing
across Lago Maggiore.
|CUSTOMS AND MANNERS
Culture Shock! Italy, Raymond Flower & Alessandro
Whether for a long-term stay or a lazy weekend, Culture
Shock! provides a fun-filled crash course on
the do's and don'ts of a foreign land. Each book
informs readers through such topics as language,
food and entertaining, social customs, festivals,
relationships, and helpful business tips, as well
as many explanations of daily sights and scenes
which might be totally alien and confusing to travellers.
There are tips on political traditions, building
business relationships, and the intricacies of setting
up a home or office. This book is ideal for business
travellers, students, and tourists who want to make
a sincere attempt to cross the bridge into a new
and exciting culture.
The Italians: a Full-length Portrait Featuring
Their Manners and Morals, Luigi Barzini
First published in 1964, this classic portrait
of the Italian people delves into the Italian national
character, exploring both its great qualities and
its imperfections. Barzini is startlingly frank as
he examines "the two Italies": the one
that created and nurtured such luminaries as Dante
Alighieri, St. Thomas of Aquino, and Leonardo da
Vinci; the other, feeble and prone to catastrophe,
backward in political action if not in thought, "invaded,
ravaged, sacked, and humiliated in every century." Deeply
ambivalent, Barzini approaches his task with a combination
of love, hate, disillusion, and affectionate paternalism,
resulting in a completely original, thoughtful, and
probing picture of his countrymen.
Italian Way: Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs
of the Italians, Mario Costantino and Lawrence
R Gambella : $12.95
'The Italian Way' is a handy guide to understanding
how people from every corner of Italy think, do business,
and act in their daily lives.
A Traveller's History of Italy, $14.95, Lintner
The history of Italy is central to the European experience.
Through the supremacy of Rome, Italy enjoyed its greatest
influence, as Roman power stretched from the Atlantic
to the borders of Mesopotamia, and from the Scottish
Lowlands to the Sahara Desert. A Traveller's History
of Italy moves from Italy's pre-historic and Etruscan
civilizations, through the Roman Empire and the Renaissance,
the creation of modern Italy, fascism and World War
II, and the role of Italy in today's Europe, right up
to the present, all in a concise 252 readable pages.
Designed for a quick introduction, It puts names and
places in the country into proper perspective goes a
long way in explaining to the traveller just who has
walked the stones of Rome before him.
Road: Italy with Kids, Barbara Pape and Michael _____,
Italy With Kids shows families the best that Italy
has to offer. A wide assortment of family-oriented resorts
and hotels are reviewed, as are restaurants that specifically
cater to families. Readers will find out which museums
are geared for kids, which shops sell items kids might
need, which beach and ski resorts are all-inclusive
and have babysitting programs, and much more. While
the focus is Rome, Venice and Florence, smaller towns
and offbeat destinations are featured as well. Special
sections include travel planning for families, health
and safety, packing for kids, and unique activities
for kids in Italy.