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Suggested Reading

For all the reasons you love Italy, a few books to feed your passion:

After Hannibal, Barry Unsworth

A Concise History of Italy, Christopher Duggan

A Garden in Lucca: Finding Paradise in Tuscany, Paul Gervais

Agnelli: Fiat and the Network of Italian Power, Alan Friedman

*The Agony and the Ecstasy, Irving Stone

A History of Contemporary Italy: Society and Politics 1943-1988, Paul Ginsborg

A House in Sicily, Daphne Phelps

A Traveller in Rome, In Southern Italy, H.V. Morton

An Italian Education: The Further Adventures of an Expatriate in Verona, Tim Parks

*As the Romans Do:   The Delights, Dramas, and Daily Diversions of Life in the Eternal City, Alan Epstein

A Summer in Tuscany, Sandra Swanson

A Tuscan Childhood, Kinta Beevor

*A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle (Yes, Provence is not in Italy, but once upon a time it was)

Central Italy, Tuscany & Umbria: The Collected Traveler, Barrie Kerper

Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year, Carlo Levi

The City of Florence, R.W.B. Lewis

*Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, Jacob Burckhardt

The Crisis of the Italian State: From the origins of the Cold War to the Fall of Berlusconi & Beyond, Patrick McCarthy

D.H. Lawrence and Italy, D.H. Lawrence

Desiring Italy, Susan Cahill

Extra Virgin, Annie Hawes

Fallen Angels, Daniel Silva

Flavors of Rome, Carol Coviello

*Florence: The Biography of a City, Christopher Hibbert

Florencewalks, Anne Holler

Gardens of the Italian Lakes, Judith Chatfield

*Gardens of the Italian Villas, Marella Agnelli

*The Gardens of Florence, Mary Jane Pool & Alessandro Albrizzi

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

Italian Backgrounds, Edith Wharton

The Italians, Luigi Barzini

Italians First!  Arturo Barone, Paul Norbury

Italian Hours, Henry James

Italian Neighbours, Tim Parks

*Italian Sketches, Janet Ross

Italian Neighbors, or A Lapsed Anglo-Saxon in Verona, Tim Parks

Italian Villas and Their Gardens, Edith Wharton

Italy, A Love Story, Caniella Cusumano

Italy in Mind, Alice Powers

I Venti Corni: The Twenty Horns, Salvatore Robert Froio

The Leopard, Giuseppe de Lampedusa

A Literary Companion to Rome, John Varriano

A Literary Companion to Venice, Ian Littlewood

*Living Aboard, Studying and Working in Italy: Everything You Need to Know to Fulfill Your Dreams of Living Abroad, Travis Neighbor, Monica Larner

Living and Working in Italy, David Hampshire

*The Most Beautiful Villages of Tuscany, James Bentley & Hugh Palmer

*No Going Back - Tuscan Living, Sarah Frazer

North of Naples, South of Rome, Paolo Tullio

Old Calabria, Norman Douglas

*100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, Susan Van Allen

On Persephone’s Island, Mary Taylor Simeti

A Place in Italy, Simon Mawer

Portal to Paradise, Cecil

Private Tuscany, Elizabeth Helman Minchilli

 *Restoring a Home in Italy, Elizabeth Helman Minchilli

*The Romance of Leonardo Da Vinci, Dmitri Merejkowski

 *Rome: The Biography of a City, Christopher Hibbert

 Rome Walks, Anya Shetterly

Seasons in Basilicata, David Yeadon

 Simple Etiquette in Italy, Hugh Shankland


 A Small Place in Italy, Eric Newby

* Stones of Florence, Mary McCarthy

 The Stones of Venice, John Ruskin

Survival Guide to Milan, Jessica Halpern

Traditional Houses of Rural Italy, Paul Duncan

Tuscan Retreat, Vernon Bartlett

Twilight in Italy, Etruscan Places, Sun Sea and Sardinia, D.H. Lawrence

Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes

*A Valley in Italy: The Many Seasons of a Villa in Umbria, Lisa St Aubin De Teran

Venice: the Most Triumphant City, George Bull

Views from a Tuscan Vineyard, Carey More

Within Tuscany, Matthew Spender

* My particular favorites.  Bon appetit, they are all a delicious treat!

Eat Pray Love, the most recent book featuring Italy to become a film