Discovering books set in Italy...
Take me straight to the
Venice, Rome, Florence, Naples....so many wonderful
cities to explore, so little time!
A trip to Italy is on most people's bucket list, and
it is hardly surprising. Italy might be one of the most frustrating countries in the world, but it
is also one of the most vibrant and fascinating, filled with a rich and colourful history, as well
as exquisite architecture and culture.
And when choosing books set in Italy to read, it is
hard to know where to start. Our advice? Pick a city and then read everything you can. Explore the
Renaissance in Florence with Sarah Dunant's The Birth of Venus or Traci L. Slatton's Immortal. Then pop over to Venice and immerse yourself in the 18th century by
reading Vivaldi's Virgins, or mix past and present with The Glassblower of Murano.
Out of the cities, it is hard to resist the selection
of novels that allow us to explore the Tuscan countryside - Summer's Lease by John Mortimer and Mark Mills' The Savage Garden among them.
And if it's some contemporary crime fiction you are
after, then you can follow Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen as he travels the country investigating
murders and kidnappings.
We've sorted our books set in Italy by city and
region below, so you should have no trouble finding something that inspires you in the place of
If you are visiting us from the Americas, please feel
free to visit our US