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Peter Greenberg | Rodale Books | 2007
This ultimate "physician's desk reference" for travelers addresses the questions, anxieties, concerns, and desire for essential information that are common to seasoned and novice travelers alike. You'll want to read Peter Greenberg's section on Villa Rentals and look for his favorable mention of Parker Villas.
Linda Dini Jenkins | Great Little Books | 2009
"Anyone dreaming about renting a villa in Italy must read this book. The important discoveries are not about the villas or their locations, but about the kind of people and attitudes required to successfully enjoy them. Linda conveys valuable travel insights with passion, warmth and humor. Her excellent style draws you in as part of the family and at the very least, after reading this book, you may consider kidnapping her husband Tim as your permanent chef and navigator. After renting villas in Italy to thousands of travelers a year, I finally figured out why people love the concept so much."
- Mario Scalzi, President of Parker Villas
Alta Macadam | W. W. Norton | 2009 (5th edition)
Tuscany is a vast and beautiful region. From the famous Tuscan towns of Florence, Siena, and Pisa, to the smaller towns of Lucca, Cortona, Volterra, Pienza, Montepulciano, and the Tuscan archipelago islands, the stunning landscapes and unspoiled coastline are sure to enchant any visitor. This guide has unrivaled coverage of galleries, museums, and archaeological sites.
Alta Macadam | W. W. Norton | 2007 (8th edition)
Carefully devised routes lead the traveler away from the crowds, through labyrinthine alleyways to deserted squares, lively markets, and treasure-filled churches.
Paul Blanchard | W. W. Norton | 2007 (11th edition)
This guide covers seven stunning regions of Italy from Lazio, the section south of Rome, down to Calabria. Also included is comprehensive information on Naples and the islands of southern Italy--Capri, Ischia, and Procida. Southern Italy offers a spectacular array of sites, including Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius. Everything from art and architecture to flora and fauna is covered in this detailed and indispensable guide.
Ellen Grady | W. W. Norton | 2006 (7th edition)
Sicily is an increasingly popular year-round destination that offers not only a spectacularly beautiful landscape and a stunning coastline but also a wealth of places of historical and archaeological interest. The island's rich and diverse cultural heritage is covered in depth as are archaeological sites and the art and architecture of Sicily. Museums, churches, and palazzi are described meticulously, with room-by-room descriptions of the contents.
Paul Blanchard | W. W. Norton | 2005 (12th edition)
Completely rewritten and reorganized, this edition of this enormously popular guide covers the eight regions of northern Italy: Lombardy, the Veneto, Piedmont, Liguria, Val d'Aosta, Trentino Alto-Adige, Friuli Venezia-Giulia, and Emilia-Romagna. There are chapters devoted to the main towns and their environs, to the provinces, and to areas of particular natural beauty. Vibrant Milan, historic Turin, the port of Genoa, enchanting Verona, and the underrated, gastronomic capital of Italy, Bologna, are all covered.
Alta Macadam | W. W. Norton | 2005 (9th edition)
This Blue Guide provides extensive, up-to-date information on museums, galleries, churches, and palazzi, both in and around Florence. A summary of highlights ensures that even the shortest stay is worthwhile, and there is a section on Further Reading for those who want to know more. Practical information includes a selection of hotels from all categories, a restaurant guide to suit all pockets, and a new guide to Florence's fabulous shops and markets.
Alta Macadam | W. W. Norton | 2003 (4th edition)
Along with its near neighbor Tuscany, Umbria is an increasingly popular destination for its beautiful landscapes and charming towns such as Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto, Spoleto, and Todi. This is the only guide dedicated to this region.
Andy Herbach | Open Road | 2008 (5th edition)
Nothing can make a trip to Italy more enjoyable and rewarding than great dining experiences. This guide not only helps you find your way around a menu written in Italian, but also will help you better appreciate the wonderful food found throughout Italy.
Tim Jepson | National Geographic | 2008 (3rd edition)
Take a tour of Italy guided by National Geographic -- for generations synonymous with the thrill of discovery and exploration. Featured sites include both famous and lesser known places, selected to help you experience the country in a fresh and exciting way.
Douglas Morris | Open Road | 2004 (5th edition)
Italy Guide shows you how to have a terrific trip, whether it's great adventure or just relaxing in the sun.
Arturo Barone | Renaissance Books | 2008 (4th edition)
An A to Z of Everything achieved first by Italians in just the last 1000 years! Required reading for the true Italophile.
Fred Plotkin | Kyle Books | 2007 (Revised edition)
Describes Italian food, region by region. Also includes restaurants and wineries, even in small villages.
Monica Larner, Travis Neighbor Ward | Holt Paperbacks | 2003 (2nd edition)
Fantastic book for Americans wanting to live in Italia. Most other books are from the British slant and as we are not an EU country the stuff about working there as no value. This book is worth checking out.
Frances Mayes | Broadway | 2003 (reprint)
An American couple buy and renovate a house in Cortona. A beautiful expatriate view of Italian life.
Frances Mayes | Broadway | 2000
A companion volume to Under the Tuscan Sun, Bella Tuscany is Frances Mayes's passionate and lyrical account of her continuing love affair with Italy. Now truly at home there, Mayes writes of her deepening connection to the land, her flourishing friendships with local people, the joys of art, food, and wine, and the rewards and occasional heartbreaks of her villa's ongoing restoration.
D. H. Lawrence | Penguin Classics | 2008
Written at the height of D.H. Lawrence's creative energies, TWILIGHT IN ITALY (1916) is composed of seven short pieces that sparkle with the humor and lively sensory images for which he is known. Features an Introduction by Tim Parks.
Edith Wharton, Maxfield Parrish | Rizzoli | 2008
Edith Wharton draws on three centuries of knowledge written in four languages and covers some 80 villa gardens and 60 garden architects
Tim Parks | Grove Press | 2006
Tim Parks' previous bestseller, Italian Neighbors, chronicled his arrival and initiation into Italian and cultural life. Now he turns to his children, born and bred in Italy, and their milieu in the small village near Verona in An Italian Education.
Tim Parks | Grove Press | 2003
Italian Neighbors, or A Lapsed-Anglo Saxon in Verona, Tim Parks, Fawcett Books, 1993 An English professor married to an Italian woman describes his gradual immersion into the Italian way of life as he settles in to his new home in the Veneto.
Mary McCarthy | Harvest Books | 2002
It becomes evident from the first page of The Stones of Florence that Mary McCarthy loves her subject. Yet hers is the steady love of a long acquaintance, an affection that has deepened from mere infatuation to a steady, clear-eyed regard.
Kinta Beevor | Vintage | 2000
The enchantments of the Tuscan countryside are captured in this memoir of the idyllic bohemian life the author shared with her family in their Italian castle in the years between the two World Wars.
Ferenc Mate | Delta | 1999
As seductive as "A Year in Provence" and "Under the Tuscan Sun", but with the wit and charm of a 1930s romantic comedy, this book presents the true-life adventure of a couple who chucked New York for a new life in Tuscany.
Barry Unsworth | W. W. Norton & Compan | 1998
Unsworth's darkly comic novel of greed, perfidy, and deceit occupies a landscape all too familiar with such things; Umbria is, after all, the place where Carthaginian invaders under Hannibal ambushed and slaughtered an entire Roman legion.
Alice Leccese Powers | Vintage | 1997
This collection of passionate travel writings about Italy includes works by George Eliot, Edith Wharton, Mary McCarthy,Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, Patricia Hampl, and 23 others who reveal why the land that is the heart and soul of European civilization.
Susan Cahill | Ballantine Books | 1997
For centuries Italy has been many things to many people. In this brilliant anthology, twenty-eight first rate women writers reveal why the land that is the heart and soul of European civilization is so seductive to women.
R.W.B. Lewis | Holt Paperbacks | 1996
Offering readers the proverbial room with a view, Lewis visits various stages and junctures in Florence's distinguished history, illuminating the ingredients that have gone into the making of Florence's incomparability.
Luigi Barzini | Touchstone | 1996
In this consummate portrait of the Italian people, bestselling author, publisher, journalist, and politician Luigi Barzini delves deeply into the Italian national character, discovering both its great qualities and its imperfections. Barzini is startlingly frank as he examines "the two Italies": the one that created and nurtured such luminaries as Dante Alighieri, St. Thomas of Aquino, and Leonardo da Vinci; the other, feeble and prone to catastrophe, backward in political action if not in thought, "invaded, ravaged, sacked, and humiliated in every century." Deeply ambivalent, Barzini approaches his task with a combination of love, hate, disillusion, and affectionate paternalism, resulting in a completely original, thoughtful, and probing picture of his countrymen.
Mary Taylor Simeti | Vintage | 1995
An absorbing account of a woman's love affair with Sicily, a place that beckons us with sounds, tastes, colors and myth.
Henry James | Penguin Classics | 1995
Of all James' travel writings, this volume holds the most pleasure for the reader -- as a warm, careful introduction to a beloved country, as a happy experience shared, and as one of the world's great examples of expository writing.



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