Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spring Fever: Top Ten Books I'd Like to Read About Italy

I've got spring fever.
I've got it bad.

We are contemplating a trip to Italy this summer.
So my reading is turning to all things Italian.
Here's what I am hoping to read in the next few months:

The Cloven Viscount by Italo Calvino

On the 1001 Children's Book list.

That Fine Italian Hand
Another travel memoir

A Room with a View

Do you have other recommendations for me?
They will be much appreciated.

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  1. Great picks! I would LOVE to go to Italy or Ireland. I have a passport just haven't used it yet. Thanks for stopping by my Top 10!

  2. I thought you'd attack it with your usual zeal, that's fantastic! My aunt is travelling to Italy this year for the first time, and I found a book called Italy Out of Hand by Barbara Hodgson when we were in Canberra recently. It looked a wonderfully presented book. She's enjoying reading it. I flipped through, but didn't actually read any, as sadly I don't have any trips to the continent coming up. Can you get The Black Corsair in English? I hope so for your sake....

  3. Hi there, just popping in... Nice picks, I haven't read or heard of any of them.

    I’m also your newest follower!

    :) Here is my choice...
    Top Ten Tuesday

  4. Cool choices, Deb! Spring always makes me start thinking of summer travels...looks like that happened to you, too. I hope you have fun in Italy.

  5. Great picks! The travel memoirs look really interesting, I love reading about others travels!

    Thanks for stopping by my Top 10! :)

  6. Fantastic list! I'm envious of your planned trip. I DO hope you have a fabulous time. Would love for you to stop on by to check out my Top Ten.
    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

  7. I hope I can find Black Corsair in English, too. It's harder to find than you might think.

  8. Great books. I am so jealous that you get to go to Italy. I went about 6 years ago to Sorrento, Pompeii, Capri, Amalfi and it was amazing! But I really want to go to Rome :) Have a great trip!
    Some great books on here. The DaVinci one looks great :)

    Thanks for stopping by! Good luck with learning Italian even if it is a few words!

  9. I'd love to visit Italy someday!

  10. Oh wow, Italy! I would love to go there one day. I'm so curious about the Italian Folktales. I think I'll look it up. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  11. Oh, I hope you go! Italy is wonderful. :D I could've stayed in Assisi for a very long time, and we didn't exhaust the wonders of Rome in eight days. I'd go back to Siena in a heartbeat, too; the duomo there is possibly the most beautiful building I've ever seen. I threw a coin in the Fontana Trevi, and hit it for a wonder, so maybe I'll go back someday. :)

    Hmm. I don't know a lot of Italian children's books, but Alessandro Manzoni's The Betrothed is a good classic novel set mostly around Milan, if I remember correctly. G.K. Chesterton isn't everyone's cup of espresso, but I loved his biography of St. Francis of Assisi. And doesn't Inkheart take a little hop into Italy?

    Thanks for coming by my blog!

  12. Very cool list. I have never been to Italy but I bet it is fantastic. What a great way to get prepared!

  13. The Field Guide to the Italian Mind looks good.

  14. I like your list. I'm dying to backpack through several European countries. When I was younger I lived in Germany, but I was really too little to remember much and really enjoy the experience. Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

  15. Oh cool Italy?! I have a couple friends who lived there for a while. One thing they did to learn the language was they put sticky notes all over their house that labeled each item in Italian. Hope you have fun! That's for checking out my Top Ten :)

  16. Very good list. Where in Italy are you going? Do you happen to know of any other books about Leonardo da Vinci?

    Good luck with learning Italian. I don't know if you can access the learning video itself without being in the UK (or connected to a proxy network), but http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/italian/lamappa/ is a good programme with interactive exercises that one can do without being in the UK. (I've been using it to build my confidence in Italian- I reviewed it on my site, in case you want to read about it).

    Have a great day! :)

  17. Wow! Yes, the BBC has a very helpful series on Italian. I've only watched part of episode one and I already know how to say, "Io sono Deb. E tu, chi sei?" ("My name is Deb. What is your name?")

  18. Fun, I would love to go abroad sometime. I hope your Italian reading comes in handy for an Italian trip!

  19. Any of the Inspector Montalbano detective by Andrea Cavalieri. They're great and give you a good taste of Italy.... Sicily to be more precise. Highly recommended.


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