Maybe it’s the historical museums and churches in the area,
or perhaps it has something to do with the local culture.
There’s just something about the Tuscan
scenery that seems to inspire authors, directors, and actors.
Many of the people that search for Tuscany villas for rent
were inspired to
travel to the region because they saw it in the movies, viewed it on TV, or
read about it in a book.
been depicted countless times in film and on television, but Tuscany seems to
show up the most in literature.
want to get into a Tuscan state of mind before you head to your vacation
destination, pick up a few of these reads for your plane ride.
Genre: Romance, mystery, historical fiction
The woman posing in one of Leonardo Di Vinci’s most famous
paintings is one of the greatest mysteries in art history, and author Jeanne
Kalogridis wanted to show a fictionalized account of the model’s possible
history. In I, Mona Lisa the infamous woman is known by the name of Madonna
Lisa, and she’s living in Florence during a time where a fanatical preacher is
determined to destroy paintings and books.
After Lisa’s love interest is put into danger, she must use all of her
bravery and intellect to untangle the web of love, treachery, secrecy, and
danger that has been weaved during a turbulent time in Florence’s history.
Genre: Memoir, Travel
Under the Tuscan Sun
seems to be required reading for anyone who wishes that they could escape to
Italy’s most famous region. Some people
think that the author’s Italian experience ended once she finished her
best-selling memoir, but Frances Mayes still has a lot of experiences to
share. In this sequel to Under The Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, Mayes catches her fans up
on her life since she wrote her critically acclaimed novel. You’ll read about her experiences living in a
13th century house, her adventures in the mountains of Cortona with
local residents, and her appreciation of her simple yet fulfilling life.
On November 4th, 1966 Florence was struck by a
powerful rainstorm that managed to drop more than half of the annual rainfall
total in 24 hours. The rain brought up
unprecedented amounts of mud, sewage, debris, and oil sludge that that
threatened the region’s greatest works of art.
Novelist and writer Robert Clark wanted to tell a story about the brave
people (affectionately known as ‘mud angels’) who traveled to the region to
clean up the streets and salvage some of the most iconic art in the western
world. This novel won’t just educate you
about one of the worst disasters in Florence, it’ll also explore what art means
to people and how it could compel thousands of people to put their lives at
risk to save it.
Genre: Mystery, thriller, suspense
The acclaimed British writer Mark Mills has weaved a
haunting and engrossing tale about the lives of several generations of a family
in Tuscany. It’s 1958 and post-war Italy
is still recovering from the destruction that was caused over a decade
ago. The idealistic and young scholar
Adam Strickland has come to Tuscany to write a piece on the Docci family and
their beautiful villa. Strickland is
surprised by the shocking beauty of the villa’s beautiful grottos and
sculptures, but there’s something sinister lurking underneath the striking
scenery. After Strickland arrives he
finds himself learning about two intense stories of love and revenge that
happened 400 years apart from each other.
And after he starts to connect the dots, he has a terrible foreboding
that this villa’s tragic legacy is far from over.
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