Here are my recommendations for books on Genoa and Liguria... This is a very incomplete list as my son keeps dragging me away from finishing it

  • "The great sea: a human history of the Mediterranean" by David Abulafia - a sweeping history that shows how the whole region is tied together
  • "The middle sea: a history of the Mediterranean" by John Julius Norwich - as above
  • "Delizia! The epic history of the Italians and their food" by John Dickie - a superb look at an Italian obsession
  • "Good Italy, bad Italy" by Bill Emmott - the latest in a long line of excellent books that seeks to diagnose the challenges facing Italy
  • "Genoa and the Genoese: 958-1528" by Steven A Epstein - a very readable study of how Genoa rose to greatness
  • "Genoa and the sea: Policy and power in an early modern maritime Republic 1559-1684" by Thomas Allison Kirk - a detailed work on Genoa during a time of transition
  • "La Storia: Five centuries of the Italian American experience" by Jerre Mangione and Ben Morreale - a detailed look at how Italian emigration shaped both both sides of the Atlantic
  • "The pursuit of Italy: a history of a land, its regions and their peoples" by David Gilmour - a more general book about the country
  • "Saved! The story of the Andrea Doria - the greatest sea rescue in history" by William Hoffer - a cracking piece of journalism
  • "The Bradt guide to Liguria" by Rosie Whitehouse - easily the best introduction to the region for travellers