Suggested Reading List
A Ligurian Kitchen, Recipes and Tales from the Italian Riviera
Author: Laura Giannatempo
Description: A charming, personal cookbook with an abundance of authentic Ligurian recipes that can easily be replicated in an American kitchen.
Cinque Terre Map
Author: Litographia Artistica Cartographica
Description: A detailed shaded relief walking and road map of the Cinque Terre at a scale of 1:40,000.
Author: Elizabeth Von Arnim, Cathleen Schine (Introduction)
Description: In this delightful book, four Englishwomen are awakened by self-discovery and the power of their friendship on a stay in Italy in the 1920s.
Extra Virgin, A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera
Author: Annie Hawes
Description: A memoir of travels and life in Liguria, where the Hawe sisters ventured and stayed. In this refreshingly candid account, the English sisters end up buying a house and learning the local customs and eccentricities of their neighbors in Diano San Pietro.
Eyewitness Guide Italian Riviera
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: A handsome, beautifully illustrated and informative compact guide to Liguria. It covers places, recommended excursions, hotels and attractions from the border with France east to La Spezia.
Food Wine The Italian Riviera & Genoa
Author: David Downie
Description: A renowned food writer's highly selective guide to Liguria's authentic small eateries, culinary traditions, wine, wineries, food artisans and gourmet shops.
Italy in Mind
Author: Alice Powers
Description: A terrific collection of some of the best literary writing on Italy, including pieces by Melville, Lawrence, Henry James, Mary McCarthy and many others.
Italy, A Short History
Author: Harry Hearder
Description: Elegantly written, generous and informative, this compact book takes in the sweep of Italian history from the Roman Republic through the Renaissance, World War II and up to the present.
Italy, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Lawrence Venuti (Editor)
Description: Not just a literary companion, this anthology is also a who's who of contemporary Italian writers that captures the spirit, history and allure of the country.
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.
Liguria Regional Map
Author: Touring Club Italiano
Description: A map of the region, including Cinque Terra, at a scale of 1:200,000.
Recollections of the Last Days of Shelley and Byron
Author: Edward Trelawney
Description: The lives and deaths of these two most romantic of Romantic poets are lovingly recounted in this memoir by Edward Trelawny. Trelawny was a fascinating figure in his own right, and his tribute to his two lost friends bears all the marks of his own generous, wild personality.
The Portable Romantic Poets
Author: Norman Holmes Pearson, W.H. Auden (Editor)
Description: This is the anthology to take along on a trip to England's Lake District, Italy's Cinqueterre or any other classic haunt of the romantic poets. This selection includes works by all the masters (and even an occasional mistress).