Italy -- travel

Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons: Travels in Sicily on a Vespa

By Matthew Fort

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"Replete with authentic Siclian recipes culled directly from the out of the way island stoves and cafe kitchens that cook them, Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons presents a travelogue for seasoned travelers, and lovers of all things Italian. At the age of twenty-six Matthew Fort first visited the island of Sicily. He and his brother arrived in 1973 expecting sun, sea and good food, but they were totally unprepared for the lifelong effect of this most extraordinary place. Thirty years later and a bit wiser--but no less hungry--Matthew finally returns. Travelling around the island on his scooter, Monica, he samples exquisite antipasti in rundown villages and delicate pastries in towns tumbling down vertical hillsides, and goes fishing for anchovies underneath a sky scattered with stars. Once again this enigmatic island casts its spell as Matthew rediscovers its beauty, the intensity of its flavors, and finds himself digging into the darkness of Sicily's past as well as some mysteries of his own."

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Rome

By Olivia Ercoli, Ros Belford, Roberta Mitchell

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A plethora of color photographs and other visuals and detailed directions and descriptions walk tourists through The Eternal City. Among the features are architecture, shopping, restaurants, piazzas, art, walks, maps, hotels, and churches.

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Back Roads Italy

By Ros Belford

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Includes driving routes, ideas for activities, off-the-beaten-track stops, authentically local places to eat and stay, and a pull-out map.

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Frommer's 25 Great Drives in Italy

By Paul Duncan; updated by Tim Jepson

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"...25 distinctive itineraries with full color maps and photographs Highlights of scenic routes, special events, history and travelling with children Easy-to-use map at the beginning of each tour Divided into 5 regions with 3-6 tours in each which start and finish in major towns and cities considered to be the best for exploration Regions include: Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto; Liguria & Tuscany; Umbria & the Marches; Lazio, Campania, & Abruzzo; Calabria, Basilicata, & Puglia."
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Eyewitness Travel Guide to Florence & Tuscany

By Chris Catling

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"...features suggested walks and four one-day 'Great Day' itineraries to ensure you make the most of your trip. It comes together with clear maps, extensive hotel and restaurant listings of all price levels. From the bustling streets of Florence to the picturesque hilltop towns of Tuscany explore this beautiful region with the unique 3D models and cutaway maps. Recommendations for authentic trattorias where you can sample the local fare will ensure you have a heavenly holiday."
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A Culinary Traveller in Tuscany: Exploring & Eating off the Beaten Track

By Beth Elon

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When it's time for the foodie to plan his Tuscan trip:

"Each of the ten itineraries in this cookbook/guidebook takes readers through parts of Tuscany that still remain largely undiscovered and into the kitchens of more than fifty superb but little-known restaurants specializing in regional cuisine-those that are for the most part overlooked by tourists and known only to the locals. Each regional section begins with illuminating and absorbing explanations of what makes Tuscan cooking so unique: location, location, location. You'll read about a bean so beloved by a village that it's been elevated to cult status-but unknown a few kilometers down the road; an aboriginal baby lamb that is almost unknown outside of the Zeri valley; the endless array of vegetable tarts found nowhere in Tuscany but Lunigiana and Garfagnana.

"With this guide in hand, you'll not only know where to dine but what to order when you get there. In addition to 100 recipes, also included are nearby points of interest, descriptions and contact information for restaurants,trattorie, gourmet shops, wineries, olive oil producers, local markets, and regional food festivals, and how to find the monasteries, workshops, and artisans' studios that offer local items ranging from herbal beauty products to traditional ceramics and handwoven linens."

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