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Under the Tuscan Sun Frances Mayes

Publisher: Chronicle Books, 1997

American writer Frances Mayes shares her account of buying and restoring an old farmhouse near the Tuscan village of Cortona. Mayes waxes lyrically on the trials and tribulations of courting Italian tradesman, vast renovations and the delights of food grown and consumed in the Italian countryside.

Under the Tuscan Sun was a New York Times #1 bestseller and became a movie in 2003.

The Food of Italy Claudia Roden

Publisher: Steerforth Press

Legendary food writer Claudia Roden spent a year travelling kitchens the length and breadth of Italy to produce this tome, containing more than 300 recipes of traditional regional Italian dishes.

Are for Travellers Italy : The Essential Guide to Viewing Italian Renaissance Art John Power and Ann Morrow

Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group

The extraordinary Renaissance period in the 14th and 15th centuries changed the face of modern music, art, writing and philosophical thought. You'll find information on galleries and museums as well as facts about the most important paintings and sculptures of the period.

Italy: The Best Travel Writing from the New York Times Staff writers, foreword by Umberto Eco

Publisher: Harry N Abrams

The staff of the New York Times have combined with the Italian Government Tourist Board to create this coffee table book. It contains over 500 photographs and 20 years' worth of travel writing inspired by one of the world's favourite holiday spots. Perfect for those who love Italy or those who are planning a trip in the future.

The Italian Renaissance J.H. Plumb

Publisher: First Mariner Books

The Renaissance brought in a new era in arts and science, and this book delves into the influential era and investigates some of its most influential personalities.



The ENIT (Ente Nazionale Italiano per il Turismo) website is the official online home of the Italian National Tourist Office. Here you'll find information on tourist offices around Italy as well as links to all sorts of official information. Search the site for guides to art and museums, festivals and events, the country's natural attractions and even current snow reports.

Summer in Italy (

Looking for rental accommodation in Italy for your next holiday? This website boasts rental property located throughout Tuscany and along the Amalfi and Sorrento coasts a collection of picture perfect Italian holiday spots. Quotes are free to receive and all the booking can be done online. You'll find sections on what to visit, advice on public transport in your selected area, and even measurements of the distance from your rented property to the sea!

Italian Genealogy (

If you're interested in investigating your Italian family tree this is a solid place to start. The page will give you advice and information, where to start looking on your search, an index to basic genealogy terms, Italian tradition and folklore, and what your Italian surname signifies.

Glossary of Italian food terms

Don't get confused when dinner time rolls around on your Italian holiday. This website can explain those trickier food terms, from abbacchio to zabaione via saltimbocca and dolcelatte.

Galleria Ferrari (http://galleriaferrari.com

Take a virtual tour of the iconic car manufacturer's museum and archive located in Maranello, 17 km south of Modena. It boasts the largest collection of Ferraris on show in the world, including those in which Michael Schumacher won the 2000 and 2001 Formula One World Championships.