Suggested Reading List
Art and Life in Renaissance Venice
Author: Patricia Brown
Description: This compact volume evokes the spirit of Renaissance Venice with authoritative essays and 120 full-color illustrations.
D.H. Lawrence and Italy
Author: D.H. Lawrence
Description: This omnibus Penguin Classics edition includes Lawrence's three travel tales, each very different in tone and all wonderful: Sea and Sardinia is a nostalgic look at traditional ways of life; Twilight in Italy, an evocation of Lawrence's memorable stay on Lake Garda; and Etruscan Places his musings on ancient sites, including the painted tombs of Tarquinia.
La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
Author: Beppe Severgnini
Description: Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses the apparently never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. Severgnini opens the book with a snapshot of the hubbub at Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia.
La Bella Lingua
Author: Dianne Hales
Description: Inebriated with the sounds of Italian, lovesick for its phrases and enamored of its earthy idioms, Hales, "a sensible woman of sturdy Polish stock," dives into the Italian of the piazza, literature, movies and streets in this charming memoir.
Mysteries of the Middle Ages, And the Beginning of the Modern World
Author: Thomas Cahill
Description: Cahill deftly evokes the historic glories of the major medieval (and the places they frequented) in this illuminating overview of philosophy, art and literature.
Rough Guide Venice & the Veneto
Author: Jonathan Buckley
Description: This intelligent, comprehensive guide includes helpful travel details along with a good overview of history, culture and art.
The Italian Renaissance
Author: J. H. Plumb
Description: A well-written history of the Renaissance, its artists and thinkers, with chapters on Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice, Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Women of the Renaissance.
The Renaissance, A Short History
Author: Paul Johnson
Description: The history, background, literature, sculpture, paintings and architecture of the Renaissance in just over 200 lively, thought-provoking pages.
Venice 697-1797: A City, a Republic, an Empire
Author: Aluise Zorzi
Description: Zorzi reveals the growth of Venice from a small fishing village to a bustling metropolis whose cultural, political and economic dominance extended over the entire Mediterranean world with this sumptuous collection of 340 color paintings, photographs and drawings.
Venice Is a Fish
Author: Tiziano Scarpa
Description: The hugely popular Venetian novelist, poet and playwright makes his English-language debut with these marvelously digressive essays on the many moods and pleasures of La Serenissima.
Author: Berndtson & Berndtson
Description: A colorful, detailed city map of Venice, perfect for finding your way around the famously labyrinthine streets and canals.
Venice, An Architectural Guide
Author: Richard J. Goy
Description: This guide to piazzas, palazzos and architecture of Venice includes walking tours, color illustrations and historical details from architect and critic Richard Goy.