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Audrey in Rome

by Luca Dotti & Ludovica Damiani

During the 20 years that she lived in Rome, Audrey Hepburn—legendary actress, fashion icon, and humanitarian—was the epitome of chic European style, from her little black dresses to her ballet flats. Her partnership with designer Hubert de Givenchy resulted in some of the most memorable and timeless looks on film. This gorgeous coffee table book includes almost 200 candid photographs of the movie star–many of which have never been published before. These rare snapshots give us glimpses into the everyday life of the gamine star of such classic films as Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sabrina. Edited by her son, Luca Dotti, Audrey in Rome is as personal as having Audrey Hepburn’s family scrapbook in your hands.

Vatican: All the Paintings: The Complete Collection of Old Masters, Plus More than 300 Sculptures, Maps, Tapestries, and other Artifacts

by Anja Grebe

The Vatican is one of the most visited sites in the world and houses many museums and palaces, as well as one of the finest art collections known to man. Works of interest include Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and his Pietà; the Raphael frescoes; the works of Giotto, Fra Angelico, Titian, and Caravaggio; and some of the world’s finest statues, manuscripts, architecture, and gardens, as well as the world’s most precious Christian relics. This book is organized into 22 sections representing the museums and areas of the Vatican, including the Pinacoteca, the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, the Borgia Apartments, the Vatican Palaces, and St. Peter’s Basilica. An enclosed DVD-ROM contains every image from the book and allows readers to view many at a slightly larger size and to search and sort the paintings by type, artist, era, and date, or by location in the Vatican museums.

My Home Sweet Rome: Living (and loving) in Italy’s Eternal City

by Sari Gilbert

It’s a wonderful place to visit, but would you want to live there? Sari Gilbert, who has lived for close to 40 years in what many have called the Eternal City, answers with a resounding “yes… but”. Gilbert uses her own particular status – as an attractive and single woman, as a journalist for major U.S. and Italian news organs, and as an American – as a magnifying lens to examine the various aspects of Italian and Roman life. She gives us an unveiled view of the country’s politics, its stifling bureaucracy, its contradictory social customs, everyday concerns and gastronomical habits. Even more intriguing perhaps, Gilbert sheds light on what love and sex are really like with Italian men, be they average Giuseppes or high-placed movers and shakers.

The Eternal City

by Paula Morris

Acclaimed author Paula Morris brings the ancient world to vivid life in this unstoppable tale of friendship, love, and the power of the past. Laura Martin is visiting Rome on a class trip, and she’s entranced by the majestic Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon . . . Everything in this city seems magical. That is, until the magic seems to turn very dark. Suddenly, statues of Cupid and ancient works of art come to life before her eyes. Earthquakes rumble and a cloud of ash forms in the sky. A dark-eyed boy with wings on his heels appears and gives her a message. Laura soon realizes she is at the center of a brewing battle — a battle between the gods and goddesses, one that will shake modern-day Rome to its core.

Rome and a Villa

by Eleanor Clark

“Perhaps the finest book ever to be written about a city.”
– New York Times

“These essays gather up Rome and hold it before us, bristling and dense and dreamlike, with every scene drenched in the sound of fountains, of leaping and falling water.”
– The New Yorker

“With her genius for attention, observation and recordings, she sees with beautiful accuracy the differences between things. With a true sense and love for the grand, the tragic, the beautiful, she has the necessary sense of their opposites… This whole book is the distillation of a deep personal experience; it is autobiography in the truest sense…the story of the search for what is truly one’s own, and the ability to recognize it when found, and to be faithful in love of it.”
– Katherine Anne Porter