Here are some suggestions for books, biographies, and travel guides should you wish to read up on the history, archaeology, cuisine and culture of Italy, especially regarding the Amalfi coast and Bay of Naples before your trip.
UK visitors interested in purchasing these books, may click on the main title. US visitors wishing to buy, please click on ‘USA’
Ancient History and Archaeology
History of Rome (USA) Marcel Le Glay, Jean-Louis Voisin, Yann Le Bohec, David Cherry, Donald G. Kyle (4th edition) It’s difficult to write a single authoritative book covering such a long period, but the authors have done a great job with this good introduction to the historical forces that shaped the ancient history and archaeology of this region.
The Romans on the Bay of Naples: An Archaeological Guide (USA) Lawrence Keppie – is a reliable guide to the Roman archaeological remains, both large and small of the area we will be sailing through.
Modern History and Culture
A Traveller’s History of Italy (USA) is a fast-paced ride through the history of Italy from prehistoric times to now. A great book for someone wanting to gain a basic grasp of Italian history through the ages.
The Blue Guide to Southern Italy is the best culture-orientated guidebook to this region, and the sections on the Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples, although short, are packed with interesting information.
Frommer’s Amalfi Coast with Naples, Capri and Pompeii (USA) is a great up-to-date guide to most of the region we will be covering.