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Recommended Films

  • Life is Beautiful
  • Tea with Mussolini
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread
  • Room with a View
  • Caro Diario
  • Several titles by Fellini (La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2)
  • The Bicycle Thief
  • Il Postino
  • The English Patient
  • The Agony and The Ecstasy
  • Under the Tuscan Sun
  • Enchanted April
  • El Alamein
  • Pinnochio with Roberto Benigni
  • La Finestra di Fronte
  • Johnny Stecchino
  • Il Mostro

Recommended Reading


  • Rough Guide to Italy
  • Lonely Planet: Italy
  • DK Eyewitness series, volumes on Florence, Rome, Venice, Naples, and Italy
  • Nicholas Albanese, Streetwise Italian Dictionary/Thesauras

Classics to Read in Translation

  • Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy
  • Boccaccio, The Decameron
  • Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks
  • Poetry by Francesco Petrarca, Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Vasari Le Vite


  • Origo, Iris.  The Merchant of Prato
  • McCarthy, Mary.  Stones of Florence and Venice Observed
  • Levi, Carlo.  Christ Stopped at Eboli
  • Barzini, Luigi.  The Italians
  • Parks, Tim.  Italian Neighbors
  • Ginzburg, Natalia.  All our Yesterdays, The City and The House, The Little Virtues
  • Calvino, Italo.  Italian Folktales, The Baron in the Trees (among  many other titles)
  • Mayes, Frances.  Under the Tuscan Sun, and In Tuscany ( photos of Cortona )
  • Lamb, Wally.  I Know This Much is True


  • Harrison, Barbara Grizzuti. Italian Days
  • Mayes, Frances. Under the Tuscan Sun
  • Ruskin, John. The Stones of Venice