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What should I read before going to Italy?

What should I read before going to Italy?

Apr 12th, 2007, 03:38 PM
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Eric Newby's Love and War in the Appenines and A Small Place in Italy

On Persephone's Island: A Sicilian Journal by Mary Taylor Simeti

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Apr 12th, 2007, 04:22 PM
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One of my all time faves, the Street Boys by Lorenzo Carcaterra, tells the story of the Napolitan street urchins who held their city against the Germans at the end of WWII, based on some truths - great book-no one should visit Napoli w/o reading it. Have a great time
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Apr 12th, 2007, 04:35 PM
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Such a great list here - thanks all, I forgot to mention a wonderful book about Artemisia Gentileschi, by Liz Heron - Artemisia was one of the greatest artists of all time and the book is not to be missed - or her works at the Accademia.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 04:05 AM
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I am trying to figure out why/how this thread which started in 2001 got reactivated. Since it seems to be generating a lot of good suggestions I will keep checking it! I am still reading books about Italy a month after returning from a week in Rome.

Just finished The Genius in Design: Bernini, Borromini and the Rivalry that Transformed Rome by Jake Morrissey. The subtitle basically tells you what it is about. Not as easy a read as the Ross King books but very interesting.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 04:22 AM
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"The Lost Painting" by Jonathan Harr, a must read.
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