On a related thread, several of us were discussing books that educate us about the French character, and teach us ways to better enjoy our visits to France. The books listed above, as well as a couple of others, were suggested as being useful, informative, and entertaining.
Since we are going to Italy this summer, I wondered if anyone has any suggestions about similar books dealing with Italy? Something to help with proper etiquette, suggestions for good conversation topics, and warning us what topics we should steer clear of?
Check out the thread dealing with France in this section of the Forum: " 'The Bonjour Effect' and 'Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong'" to see what I mean.