Suggested Reading List
A Traveller's History of Italy
Author: Valerio Lintner
Description: A brief history of Italy through the 1990s -- wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed. With a useful chronology and historical gazetteer, this book marches confidently through the centuries.
Cadogan Guide Tuscany, Umbria & the Marches
Author: Dana Facaros, Michael Pauls
Description: A comprehensive guide in the British series covering the entire region from Florence and Siena to Chianti, the Tuscan Coast, Umbria and the Marches in detail.
Author: Giacomo Leopardi
Description: An acclaimed new translation of Italy's greatest modern poet's work. Born in the Italian Marches in 1798, Leopardi lived in Rome, Central Italy, and Naples, where he died in 1837.
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.
Fodor's Florence's 25 Best
Description: This shirt-pocket guide includes an excellent map and essential information on the city's highlights, including sightseeing, restaurants and shopping.
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.
On The Road with Francis of Assisi
Author: Linda Bird Francke
Description: Assisi wandered for 20 years, affording Newsweek editor Francke and her patient husband plenty to see and do in the piazzas, sanctuaries and chapels of Assisi, Siena, Bologna, Venice, Gubbio, Rome and other choice spots.
Reluctant Saint, The Life of Francis of Assisi
Author: Donald Spoto
Description: Spoto draws on fascinating new research to explore the travels, spirit and work of the beloved saint. This engaging portrait provides an excellent overview of the life of St. Francis.
The Art of the Renaissance
Author: Peter Murray
Description: A classic, illustrated survey of the world of the Renaissance and its art. With chapters on Florence and its artists, the Netherlands, early illustrated books and many individual artists.
The Craftsman's Handbook: Il Libro dell' Arte
Author: Cennino d'Andrea Cennini, Daniel V. Thompson (Translator)
Description: A hands-on, how-to guide to the materials and techniques of 14th and 15-th century painting, both tempera and fresco, by a working artist of the day.
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 Lives of the Artists, Vol 1
Author: Giorgio Vasari, Julia Conway and Peter Bondanella (Translator)
Description: Written in the mid-16th century, Vasari starts with Giotto as painting's prophet and ends with Michelangelo as its messiah in these short, influential biographies.
Umbria Regional Map
Author: Touring Club Italiano
Description: A detailed map at a scale of 1:200,000.