Suggested Reading List
A History of Contemporary Italy, Society and Politics, 1943-1988
Author: Paul Ginsborg
Description: A contemporary history of the Italian post war experience through 1988.
Ancient Sicily, Monuments Past & Present
Author: G. Messineo, E. Borgia
Description: In this illuminating overview, ingenious overlays depict 17 important sites as they appear today and how they may have appeared in the past.
Campania Basilicata Map
Author: Touring Club Italiano
Description: A colorful, durable map of Campania, including Naples and the Amalfi Coast.
Eyewitness Guide Naples & Amalfi Coast
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent neighborhood maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the region's attractions.
Eyewitness Volcano & Earthquake
Author: Susanna Van Rose
Description: This entry in the series includes spectacular photographs of erupting volcanoes along with an introduction to the science of plate tectonics.
Herculaneum: Italy's Buried Treasure
Author: Joseph Jay Deiss
Description: An artful and wonderfully written description of daily life of the Romans at the time of the destruction of Herculaneum.
In the Shadow of Vesuvius
Author: Jordan Lancaster
Description: A sparkling portrait of Naples from its volcanic origins to its lively present. Lancaster's cultural history explores the city's tumultuous past, its spirited inhabitants and the mythical allure that's drawn so many travelers to its siren song.
Into The Volcano
Author: Donna O'Meara
Description: O'Meara's lively, illustrated eyewitness accounts of adventures in volcanology include Arenal in Costa Rica, Kilauea in Hawaii and Stromboli off the coast of Italy. Geared for grades 5 to 8, this is a great introduction to volcanoes for the whole family.
Italian Journey, 1786-1788
Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, W.H. Auden (Translator), Elizabeth Meyer (Translator)
Description: "Sicily is the key to everything" is only one of Goethe's many astute observations included in this Penguin Classics edition of his journals and letters from his grand tour of southern Italy.
Italy, Enchantment of the World
Author: Jean F. Blashfield
Description: This illustrated, factual survey by Children's Press introduces youngsters ages 9-12 to the people, daily life, history and culture of Italy. Filled with drawings, maps and photographs, this primer has much to offer the entire family.
Author: Peter Connolly
Description: Connolly looks at the volcanic eruption that destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D., examines archaeological excavations, and investigates the architecture, culture and life of the ancient Roman city. Featuring full-color photographs, illustrations and sketches on every page.
Pompeii, A Novel
Author: Robert Harris
Description: In this fast-paced historical novel set in Pompeii, a young engineer sets out to repair the Roman aqueducts and discovers the imminent eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Full of suspense and period detail.
Pompeii, Public and Private Life
Author: Paul Zanker, Deborah Schneider (Translator)
Description: A comprehensive guide to the architecture, people and culture of Pompeii, focusing on both grand public spaces and private villas. With 21 color illustrations and 55 halftones, including site plans, models, mosaics and sculpture.
Pompeii, The Day a City Died
Author: Robert Etienne
Description: This indispensable pocket guide illustrates daily life in the city as told by its evocative frescoes, mosaics and treasures.
Author: Touring Club Italiano
Description: A detailed map of Sicily (1:200,000), printed on water and tear-resistant paper.
The Last Girls of Pompeii
Author: Kathryn Lasky
Description: Intoxicated by Pompeii even as a child, Kathyrn Lasky sets her dramatic tale for ages 10 and up on the streets and byways of ancient Pompeii in the days just before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Though fictional, Lasky draws from her visit to Pompeii and the writings of Pliny and others to evoke the world of the two girls.
Author: Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
Description: Evoking a lost world of privilege and tradition, Giuseppe Di Lampedusa's memorable tale, set on a rural Sicilian estate during the days of independence, follows the world-weary Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina. A classic, now in a 50th anniversary edition.
The Volcano Lover, A Romance
Author: Susan Sontag
Description: A steamy and evocative historical novel by social critic Sontag, set in 18th-century Naples. The sweeping story focuses on the British Ambassador to the King in Naples, his passionate and notorious love, and her infatuation with Lord Nelson.
Author: Gillian Darley
Description: Gillian Darley unveils the human responses to Vesuvius, both feared and celebrated, from a cast of characters as far-flung as Pliny the Younger and David Hockney in this entry in Harvard University Press's excellent Wonders of the World series, a perfect introduction for travelers to Pompeii and Herculaneum.