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Inside Italy

Approach Guides
The list author says: "While living in Italy for four years, we made a real effort to "Figure Italy Out", and in so doing, made our way through a LOT of books (we even wrote a few too!). This list offers some of our favorite books, the ones that we continue to grab off the shelf to reference again and again. These books allowed us better understand our favorite sites and gave us a foundation for building a new way to think about them.
In our opinion, although a few selections might be a little dry for some tastes (most selections are non-fiction, academically-oriented and lack a discussion of modern-day Italy), the books on this list serve as a foundation to grasp the major themes in Italian history/politics, art/architecture, and food/wine.
Overall, we focus on books that provide a thematic framework, thereby enabling us to better appreciate how things fit into the bigger picture.
Enjoy!
David
www.approachguides.com"
Guide to the Regional Foods of Italy (Italian Food Guide)
Guide to the Regional Foods of Italy (Italian Food Guide)
"This guide was created over several years traveling and eating our way through Italy --  it highlights the typical cuisine for each region in Italy. (Full disclosure, I am an author)"
Italian Wine Guide (Guide to the Wines of Italy)
Italian Wine Guide (Guide to the Wines of Italy)
"This guide was created over several years traveling and imbibing our way through Italy --  it highlights the typical (and best!) wines for each region in Italy. (Full disclosure, I am an author)"
The Italians
The Italians
"The classic text on Italians, how they live and how they think...invaluable to understanding the Italian culture!"
A Concise History of Italy (Cambridge Concise Histories)
A Concise History of Italy (Cambridge Concise Histories)
"A bit dry, but a good review of a long history.  Packed with insight."
Roman Imperial Architecture (The Yale University Press Pelican History of Art)
Roman Imperial Architecture (The Yale University Press Pelican History of Art)
"The fundamentals on the foundations of Classical architecture."
Osterie & Locande d'Italia: A Guide to Traditional Places to Eat and Stay in Italy
Osterie & Locande d'Italia: A Guide to Traditional Places to Eat and Stay in Italy
"A great insider guide to simple accommodations and typical Italian food.  Slow Food is "the" sign of quality in Italian cusine."
Artistic Theory in Italy (Oxford Paperbacks)
Artistic Theory in Italy (Oxford Paperbacks)
"An insightful analysis of understanding the Renaissance aesthetic and the biggest names in Italian painting..."
Borromini
Borromini
"The definitive review of the quintessential Baroque architect."