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There is much to read about Italy; fiction, travel essay, guide books, history. As for guide books, go to your local book store and find one that is arranged the way you like, one that fits you and your idea of a vacation. Otherwise, here's a list of books about Italy arranged by subject.


Deeply Rooted, Ginda Ayd Simpson

Planning Your Year in Italy, Don Lefebvre

Umbria, Paul Hoffman

A Valley in Italy, the Many Seasons of a Villa in Umbria, Lisa St. Aubin de Teran


The Hills of Tuscany, A New Life in an Old Land, Ferenc Mate

Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes

Bella Tuscany, Frances Mayes

In Tuscany, Frances Mayes

Notes from an Italian Garden, Joan Marble

Love and War in the Apennines, Eric Newby

The Tuscan Year, Life & Food in an Italian Valley, Elizabeth Roner


Venice Observed, Mary McCarthy


When in Rome, A Journal of Life in Vatican City, Robert J. Hutchinson

As the Romans Do, Alan Epstein

Fiction or Travel Essay

Pasquale's Nose, Idle Days in an Italian Town, Michael Rips

Italy in Mind, edited by Alice Leccese Powers

The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Stories, edited by Elizabeth Spencer

Enchanted April, Elizabeth von Arnim

Renato's Luck, Jeff Shapiro

Italian Neighbors, Tim Parks

An Italian Education, Tim Parks

Dances with Luigi, Paul Paolicelli

Desiring Italy, edited by Susan Cahill

Italian Days, Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


Italy, the Places in Between, Kate Simon

Access Rome - a terrific, easy to use guide book

Access Florence - ditto

Access Venice - ditto


The Italians, Luigi Barzini

The New Italians, Charles Richards

Italy, a Short History, Harry Hearder

Casa d'Oliva - the best in Italian vacation rentals