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  • Rick Steves' Italy
    by Rick Steves


    Rick Steves doesn't just list where to travel in Europe, he leads travelers through the "Back Door," and reveals how to give every journey an extra, more authentic dimension. He shows travelers how to delve into European culture, make friends with the locals, and experience each region's natural wonders -- economically and hassle free. Rick Steves' Italy is no exception. It covers Rome, Venice, Florence, the hill towns of central Italy, the Dolomites, and the Amalfi Coast.
    Paperback from Avalon Travel Publishing

    Frommer's Italy
    by Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince
    Paperback from Frommer

    Frommer's Italy from $70 a Day, 4th Edition
    by Reid Bramblett, Lynn A. Levine
    Paperback from Frommer

    Fodor's Italy
    by Fodor's
    Paperback from Fodor's

    Frommer's Rome
    Listed under Rome

    Fodor's Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast
    Listed under Naples

    Karen Brown's Italy Charming Inns & Itineraries
    by Karen Brown
    Paperback from Karen Brown

    Michelin the Green Guide Italy (7th Ed)
    by Michelin Staff, Michelin
    Paperback from Michelin Travel Publications

    Michelin 2004 Red Guide Italia
    by Michelin, Michelin Staff
    Paperback from Michelin Travel Publications

    Rick Steves' Florence
    Listed under Florence

    Rick Steves' Venice
    by Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw
    Listed under Venice

    In Tuscany
    by Frances Mayes, et al
    Listed under Tuscany

    Rick Steves' Rome
    by Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw
    Listed under Rome
     

    Italy (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
    Italy (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
    by DK Publishing
    You'd be hard-pressed to find a more comprehensive, engrossing and just plain fun-to-read guidebook than the Eyewitness Travel Guide: Italy. Spilling over with all sorts of useful information for the traveler, you'll find three-dimensional drawings, floor plans, and detailed neighborhood maps, as well as timelines, charts, and even popular Rome bus routes. Broken into several parts--"Introducing Italy," "Region by Region" (with northern, central, and southern chapters as well as impressive sections covering Rome and Florence), "Traveler's Needs," and "Survival Guide"--the guide provides the reader with a complete picture of the country. Readers will especially love the hundreds of color photos of everything from Rome's famous piazzas, Navona and di Spagna, to the red-roofed villages of Tuscany to room-by-room descriptions of the Uffizi Gallery and the Vatican museums (where you'll find the newly restored Sistine Chapel). There are also listings for the best pasta restaurants, wine bars, chic shopping streets, and some of the world's most romantic hotels.
    --Jill Fergus - Amazon.com
    Paperback from DK Publishing
     
    Italy Fever: 14 Ways to Satisfy Your Love Affair with Italy
    by Darlene Marwitz
    (Hardcover - )

    Pasquale's Nose: Idle Days in an Italian Town
    by Michael Rips
    Listed under Tuscany

    Eyewitness Travel Guide to Florence and Tuscany
    by Christopher Catling (Contributor)
    (Paperback)

    Suzy Gershman's Born to Shop Italy ( 9th Ed)
    by Suzy Gershman
    (Paperback)

    Restoring a Home in Italy : Twenty-Two Home Owners Realize Their Dream
    by Simon McBride (Photographer), et al
    (Hardcover)

    Eyewitness Travel Guide to Venice and the Veneto
    by Susie Boulton, Deni Bown
    Listed under Venice

    Road Map of Italy. Easy to Read Maps for Safe and Enjoyable Travel
    by Internationalist Staff, Patrick W. Nee (Map)
    Out of Print - Try Used Books

    Italy : Collins European Road Map
    (Paperback)

    Let's Go Italy
    by Inc. Let's Go
    Paperback from Let's Go Travel Pubns

    Lonely Planet Italy (5th Ed)
    by Damien Simonis (Editor), et al
    (Paperback)

    A Small Place in Italy
    by Eric Newby
    Highly Recommended.
    (Paperback -- September )

    The Stone Boudoir: Travels Through the Hidden Villages of Sicily
    by Theresa Maggio
    Listed under Sicily

    D.H. Lawrence and Italy: Twilight In Italy, Sea and Sardinia, Etruscan Places
    by Anthony Burgess
    Paperback: 512 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.92 x 7.75 x 5.08 
    Publisher: Penguin USA (Paper); ;  
    ISBN: 0141180307

    Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month Is Enchanted
    by Annie Hawes
    Fed up with cold, foggy London and the high cost of real estate, Annie Hawes is persuaded by her sister Lucy to travel to Italy and graft roses for the winter. The sisters arrive in rural Liguria with some formal Italian, no knowledge of rose grafting and visions of Mediterranean men and sun. What they find is a town full of hard-working, wary olive growers smack in the middle of an olive oil depression who think these two young Englishwomen are nuts. "Extra Virgin" tells the story of the sisters' acclimation - theirs to Liguria and Liguria to them - and how they fell in love with a crumbling farmhouse in the hills.

    Annie quickly finds that though they are only two miles from the Italian Riviera, it might as well be a hundred. Liguria is an old town full of time-honored peculiarities, especially in regard to espresso consumption (never, ever, after lunch; it will close your stomach) and swimming before summertime officially starts. "Seawater at the wrong time of year is even worse for your health than coffee at the wrong time of day, and the beach is only deserted because, as far as the citizens are concerned, if you put so much as a toe into the water before June you are certain to die within the week from exposure or pneumonia or both", says Hawes. Eventually, the sisters are accepted by the townsfolk, though they find the idea of the women buying the farmhouse and running it themselves (there are 50 olive trees on the land) fantastical.

    "Extra Virgin" draws you in to the heart of Liguria and its inhabitants. Hawes has a knack for drawing characters and especially for describing the luscious meals that they are served - and eventually learn to cook. "Lucy and I are kindly allowed to make the tomato-and-basil salad", Hawes says, "and do our best not to be offended by being complemented on how like a proper tomato-and-basil salad it is." Pour yourself an espresso (as long as it's before lunch) or a grappa (aids the digestion) and then sit down to enjoy "Extra Virgin".  --Dana Van Nest - Amazon.com

    War in Val D'Orcia 1943-1944 : A Diary (Nonpareil Books, No 13)
    by Iris Origo
    A classic of war, this is a superbly written account of civilian life in Tuscany by an Englishwoman married to an Italian. Db.
    Listed under Italy in WWII
     

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