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Amalfi Coast between Positano and Amalfi, courtesy of Jimmy Harris
The Amalfi Coast is located on the southern coast of the country, and provides travelers the best of both worlds—vivacious coastlines where you can dine in at one of their many renowned restaurants, and lush forests for those who wish to hike through any of their marked trails. The Amalfi Coast is also honored by the UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape.
The House in Amalfi by
Call Number: PR6051.D56 H68 2005
Publication Date: 2005
This New York Times bestseller narrates the life of Lamour Harrington, a young woman dealing with the sudden loss of her husband, years after her father's mysterious death as a teen. Looking for a new adventure, Lamour travels back to the coast of Amalfi where she spent her formative years.
Publication Date: 1954
Steinbeck's accounts of his own experience in the captivating and alluring village of Positano. The link takes you to an excerpt of the 1953 Harper's Bazaar article by Steinbeck.
Finding Positano, A Love Story by
Publication Date: 2011
Maggie Campbell is dealing with the stress of her personal relationships and every-day life as a finance professional, years after cutting ties with her father due to her parents' separation. As the unrelenting desire grows to reconcile with her father, Maggie travels to Positano in search of love and forgiveness, but what she finds is something much greater.
Mt. Vesuvius looms over the remains of the Forum in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii near modern-day Naples, Italy, by Mary Harrsch
Pompeii was an ancient Roman town which met its demise in 79 CE after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Now, the town has been excavated, with many of the town's original artifacts and structures still in-tact. Pompeii has been listed as one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, and attracts millions of visitors each year with its unique and wondrous look at such an impactful moment in history.
The Last Days of Pompeii by
Call Number: PR4912 .A1 1979
Publication Date: 1979
A look at the lives of Pompeii citizens just days before the fatal eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.
Call Number: PR6058.A69147 P66 2003
Publication Date: 2003
Pompeii's life of luxury enamors its citizens, leaving all who reside there unwilling to question the activity of the volcano just a few miles away. Only one man, a young engineer, senses that something dreadful is may be coming.
Pompeii in Fact and Fiction by
Call Number: DG70.P7 L43 1968
Publication Date: 1968
Leppmann takes an in-depth look at Pompeii through the years since its cataclysm in 79 C.E.
Romantic Localities: Europe Writes Place by
Call Number: PN751 .R66 2010
Publication Date: 2010
A look at how authors of various nationalities perceive and describe regions across Europe in their own writings.
Voyage of the Ancient Empires: Malta to Rome
Pompeii, courtesy of Nathan O'Nions through a Creative Commons License
Vesuvius/Naples, by David Mills
Having been first established in the second millenium BCE, Naples' history is extensive and poignant, registering the city as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Naples was once the most-bombed city during World War II, but has since undergone reconstruction and revitalization to bring the city back to its roots. Naples is the originating city of pizza, as well as having continuously influenced the realms of cinema, music, art, and literature.
The Volcano Lover by
Call Number: PS3569.O6547 V6 1992
Publication Date: 1992
The Volcano Lover bases itself upon the lives of Emma Hamilton, the wife of Sir William Hamilton, and her tumultuous affair with Lord Horatio Nelson.
Sorrento Agento, by Timoni West
Sorrento is one of Italy's most popular destinations for visitors, attracting celebrities and international tourists alike. With numerous hotels along the coast, foods from local agriculture, and a rich history dating back through the ancient Roman empire, Sorrento has it all.
Caruso the Song: Lucio Dalla and Sorrento by
Publication Date: 2015
In 1986, singer Lucio Dalla premiered his song titled, "Caruso," and since, it has become internationally recognized. Author Raffaele Lauro accounts Dalla's passion for the town of Sorrento through this moving biography, which premiered to the public of Sorrento on the third anniversary of the singer's death.
Photo by Carlo Columba
Argrigento was once one of the most flourishing cities during the golden age of ancient Greece. Over the years, Argrigento has suffered destruction most prominently through Roman battles to control the land, and the bombings of World War II; however, much beauty reigns on. The archaeology and architecture of the city leaves its visitors captivated.
Valletta, Mala, by tatsuhiko_a
Valletta is one of Italy's newest cities at the young age of 440 years-old, yet presents a rich and unique history. Valetta has been under the rule of seven different governments, and also contains 320 historical monuments in its small area of land. Also, much like many other cities along the Mediterranean coast, Valletta suffered heavy destruction throughout World War II. Since, the city has taken to preserving its architecture and providing new developments, all of which has allowed Valletta to be named as a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as the selected European Capital of Culture for 2018.
Call Number: PS3566.Y55 V23 1963
Publication Date: 2005-07-05
A thrilling tale of two men and a mysterious woman named, "V.," most of which is set in the town of Valletta.
The Jukebox Queen of Malta by
Call Number: PS3568.I47 J85 1999
Publication Date: 1999
A moving novel about love and war, set in Valletta throughout World War II.
Capi port, courtesy of Jimmy Harris
An island south of the Gulf of Naples, Capri offers some of Italy’s richest history, claiming the ability to boast of its past home to Roman emperors and some of Italy's most famous architects, artists, and writers. Capri is often viewed as a haven for those who wish to escape to a more private resort, providing visitors with small villas and a beautiful coastline.
Greene on Capri by
Call Number: PR6013.R44 Z633466 2000
Publication Date: 2000
A memoir of one of the most famous novelists of the 20th century, Graham Greene.
South Wind by
Call Number: PR6007.O88 S6 1931
Publication Date: 1931, newer editions available via bookstores
A fictionalized account of Capri narrating the eccentric population of young individuals whocame to find peace and leisure within the city.
The Story of San Michele by
Call Number: 926.1 M925
Publication Date: 1930
Author Axel Munthe reminisces about his time in Capri, narrating his most profound and obscure memories from throughout every stage of his life.
Vestal Fire by
Publication Date: 1927
Mackenzie writes of his own experiences with the community of Capri in this work of fiction, commenting on the crowd of the island which he names Sirene.
Blue hour in Siracusa, Italy, by Martin Liebermann
Siracusa, the capital of Sicily's Syracuse province, is home to some of Italy's most prominent history, playing an important role in Greek history through its destruction in the World War II bombings. Siracusa has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, with much reconstruction promoting the city's incredible architecture, including numerous churches, cathedrals, and Roman ampitheatres. Siracusa was the birthplace of the renowned mathemetician Archimedes, as well as the home to Paul the Apostle.
Taormina, Sicilia. Taormine, Sicile, by Jeanne Menj
Taormina is a small town on the coast of Sicily, attracting many tourists each year due to it's astounding views and relaxing nature. Many come to enjoy the town's beautiful beaches, as Taormina is on the shores of the warm Ionian Sea. In addition, Taormina presents visitors with the opporunity to enjoy a night out at a local restuarant or lively bar, all while enjoying the town's historical architecture.
Heart of Man, and Other Papers by
Call Number: 811 W856Ha
Publication Date: 1977
Author George Woodbury narrates his account of Taormina's history--both past and present--in this internationally coveted novel.