Five Great Holiday Reads Set in Beautiful Italy
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It can be inspiring to read a novel or story set in the country in which you are holidaying, so we’ve picked a selection of our favourite novels set in Italy! Pick one, or a couple, and relax in the warm Tuscan climate with one of these good books.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertA story that begins with despair and ends in hope, Eat, Pray, Love tells of Elizabeth Gilbert’s personal journey after the breakdown of her marriage. Although only the first section (Eat) is set in Italy, it is still a worthy holiday read. Feel inspired by Elizabeth’s journey through heartbreak and food in the Italian third of her autobiography, religious in the Indian section, and fall in love with the tales of her time in Bali, Indonesia.
Reading this book will make you eager to find your own adventure in Tuscany and Italy, and may even see you jetting off elsewhere in the near future.
A Room With A View by E.M. ForsterA classic romance tale depicting the inner struggles of a young Edwardian woman, A Room With A View takes readers to early 20th century Florence. Protagonist Lucy Honeychurch takes a trip to Italy with her older cousin Charlotte and it is there that she meets George Emerson when his father offers to swap rooms so that the women have a view of the Arno River. Facing a changing society, Lucy is has to choose between true love and an appropriate marriage of convenience.
Relaxing with this book by your Tuscan villa’s pool will have you excited to get exploring the spectacular streets of Florence.
The Daughter of Siena by Marina FioratoIn this historic novel, we are taken back in time to Tuscany’s golden age. Set in 18th century Renaissance Siena, the story revolves around the internationally famous Sienese Palio and the rivalries of the city’s Contrades. Pia Tolomei, a Siena native, falls in love with a Palio rider from a rival Contrade but is being forced into an arranged marriage.
This tale will show you the intricate culture of the Tuscan city of Siena, whose history is still very much alive in its biannual Palio.
I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne KalogridisThis novel is a fictional depiction of the life of the lady in the world’s most famous painting. Visit 15th century Florence and view the impact that the murder of Giuliano de’ Medici has on the city in this riveting tale. The story then moves forward a decade, and we see an unhappy city and heroine Lisa di Antonio Gherardini coping with love and loss.
Inspired by the life of the mystic woman in Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, this story set against the backdrop of a troubled Florence highlights the artistic flourishes and strength of the Tuscan city.
The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia HighsmithIn this 1950s psychological thriller we meet Tom Ripley, a young man struggling to make ends meet in New York City. Given the chance to travel to Italy, Ripley and readers become embroiled in a story of murders and stolen identities. Partially set in Mongibello and Sanremo, the story unfolds against a beautiful backdrop as we read about the lives of the wealthy.
As part of a series collectively known as the Ripliad, readers will no doubt look forward to reading the four subsequent novels.
We hope that this selection of novels set in Italy have got you inspired for what book to take with you as your holiday read!If you are interested in Tuscany villa rental for your Italian holiday, then please check out our website, or get in touch via our contact us page.