Best Books Set in Italy

Best Books Set in Italy

Best Books Set in Italy

Whether you’re looking your next escapist read or planning a trip to Italy, here are some of the best books set in Italy I recommend.

Best Books set in Italy

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

First off, a classic. Opening in Florence, the story follows Lucy Honeychurch on her first adventure in Italy where she meets and is beguiled by a strange English gentleman within her hotel. The story returns to the English countryside but makes it back to Florence before the end. It’s a love story at heart but reminds us all that you should have a room with a view when you first visit Italy.

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

Another classic romance, the most famous tragedy of all time. Set in Verona and following the story of two warring families and star-crossed lovers from either side, it is a must-read for any visitors to Italy.

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

A contemporary story about a daughter struggling with grief after the loss of her mother. In a spur-of-the-moment decision, Katy flies to Italy to find comfort for her loss. She finds a lot more than that though.

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

A story of love and self-discovery. This classic LGBT+ novel is like nothing else. Set during the sweltering summer on the Italian Riviera, this is a story of first love that captures all that read it.

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

A historical novel set in the 1500s, following the story of a real-life woman Lucrezia de Medici, who is 16 years old and taken to a villa by her husband who announces he is planning to kill her. It’s haunting but stunningly written and encapsulates the time of the Medici family – arguably the most famous family in Italian history – perfectly.

I, Mona Lisa by Natasha Solomons

What is the story behind the famous portrait, the Mona Lisa? Five-hundred years after its creation Natasha Solomons give voice to Leonardo Da Vinci’s greatest work.

The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper

A retelling of the great city of Pompeii. Amara was a beloved daughter, but after the death of her father, she is sold to a brothel by her mother. This is the first of three novels in a trilogy and a lot of fun to read.

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

And of course, no list of Italian novels would be complete without Elena Ferrante. My Brilliant Friend is the first in her Neopolitan series. Set in the 1950s and following two young friends through struggles, and hardships.

What books set in Italy would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Ellie x

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Best Books Set in Italy

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