We've really enjoyed studying Italy the last few weeks. Especially being able to coincide a little learning about Pope Francis (yes, I know he's from Argentina!!).
Books on Italy:
We already owned this one and I bought this one to supplement (largely for the pictures!). I really wanted this one but couldn't justify the price.
Books on the Pope and the Vatican:
A book on Pope Francis, and one to download for the Kindle. Also on Kindle, A Timeline of the Popes.
(remember you can download a Kindle app and read Kindle books on any device!).
Books on the Vatican: I was looking for some good picture books. And there aren't many that are reasonably priced. But there is always a visit to the Vatican's page itself: http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html
And for fiction, we own Lost in Peter's Tomb. A fun read!
For Saint study:
We own these on Francis and Clare, Francis, and Benedict and Scholastica
Some shows we watched--
All of these are free with Amazon Prime:
St. Peter's Basilica
There was a free Rick Steve's one on the Vatican but now I can't seem to find it! Though, if you don't mind paying, he has a lot of Italy episodes. We did watch a video podcast by him on itunes. There were quite a few free ones.
And we purchased this one from National Geographic. I did fast forward a section but mostly it was pretty interesting.
We've kind of fallen behind due to all the illness in January. But, I think we will regroup and study Russia next to coincide with the Olympics!