Tuscan travelers picks nonfiction books to read before. Marco vichi brings a sombre and secret side to italys much loved city. To learn more about italy past and present, check out some of these books and films. The food of love set in rome and the wedding officer set in naples at the end of wwii for mystery set in italy, i love the books of david hewson. The lost madonna by kelly jones a modern story set in florence. The city even has its own englishlanguage cultural supplement the florentine. Both the nonfiction and fiction lists are sure to include books about the flood and the response of the world to the catastrophe. Italy has provided an unsurpassed backdrop for many memorable novels. Popular historical fiction italy books showing 150 of 57 the birth of venus paperback by. The breathtaking historical novel about love, beauty, the politics of sex and the power of loyalty set in venice. Sarah dunants epic novel of sixteenthcentury renaissance italy is a story about the sins of pleasure and the pleasures of sin, an intoxicating mix of fact and fiction, and a dazzling portait of one of the worlds greatest cities at its most potent moment in history. Florence in fiction novels set in italy by city novels set in tuscany. Im going for my first visit to the region this summer and wondered if anyone had any tips for fiction set in tuscany. To learn more about florence and tuscany past and present, check out a few of these books and films.
Historical or any fiction in italy historical fiction. It is famous for its incredible art, tormented history and tasty cuisine. So, i was wondering if you had some suggestions for novels set in florence tuscany area that are good. The fakir of florence, subtitled a novel in three layers consists of 3 separate divisions, which all make up the same novel. This novel is just incredible whether or not youre going to florence. Score a book s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. Between them they have published 71 wonderful novels set in italy in the last twentyfive years. Tuscan travelers picks nonfiction books to read before going to italy in 2016 december 9, 2015 florence ann with so many of your friends and family planning to travel to italy in 2016, this holiday season is the perfect time for the gift of a book or two that will enrich their experience. What makes this one of the great books about the medici family, is the way he captures the spirit of the age and brings these extraordinary characters to life.
Before a visit to florence, its nice to set the scene by reading a good novel based in the city. Geoffrey hargrave goodreads author shelved 1 time as historical fictionitaly. This is a list of twentyone books that will immerse you in florence. This book is a written account of a life spent traveling to different areas of italy. The 11 best books and novels set in venice italy of 2020. Novels or historical fiction set in florencetuscany tripadvisor. Books about italy make great gifts for anyone who is planning a trip to italy or anyone who just enjoys italy. Art, architecture, culture, cities and the countryside are all fully represented in the great book of italy enjoy.
The following books about italy for kids are separated into different sections. As a true crime fan who adores florence, i loved this book the writing was excellent, the story compelling, and the history and conclusions incredible. The wedding officer by anthony capella a wwii novel set in naples. Tuscan traveler has chosen two books, one and old favorite and one new for this years holiday. Of all the books to choose from about florence, which are either based there. The architecture of the italian renaissance peter murray, 1969. Five great books set in tuscany is the latest in our five great books series. Florence, the heart of renaissance italy, is the second mostvisited city in europe.
Ever since the time of julius caesar, italy has had a certain tradition of conspiracy and enigmatic murders. Books have played a large role in my relationship with florence, italy and i. This wartsandall illustrated guide to the most significant popes in history is a readable bestseller. The story is set at the beginning of the 20th century, and the first part of the book follows. It was shocking because the tales told by saviano seemed to come directly from a gangster movie. We have picture books for younger kids, non fiction books for those of us who just like to devour facts, chapter books for independent readers and also a. The unique, romantic city of venice makes a fascinating setting for novels, historical fiction, and mystery books. I read in a recent post that someone likes to read novels related to regions they visit prior to going.
You will find below a number of interesting books, including other novels by dan brown, books and guides about florence, books about mystery and symbolism, and books by or about dante alighieri you can find both books and ebooks, including inexpensive and free editions clicking on the link will take you to the website, where you can often find several formats of the same book. Set in the heart of postwar florence, this mysterious novel holds many. By the author of the popular and adapted for the big screen by mr. Diary of florence in flood by kathryn kressman taylor.
The first issue l have with the book is that there are no photos of italy they are found on a webpage. We start with a coffee table book with stunning photos and author quotes. Here are ten books to read before coming to florence, while youre in florence, if you miss florence, or if you always wanted to go to florence. The book contains many high quality photographs that truly allow the reader to travel through italy a page at a time. They are the protagonists in our favorite englishlanguage mystery series set in contemporary italy. Julian by gore vidal, excellent read, about the emperor julian, the apostate. Heavily illustrated, this classic presents the architectural life of italy from the th. A list of historical fiction books set in or around italy in any time period, from renaissance to world war two. Books under subject heading florence italy fiction. From the recent 4th book by dan brown inferno, to hannibal, to a room with a view, the romantic novel written back in 1908 and filmed in florence. Sarah dunant shelved 4 times as historical fictionitaly. It is more of a dear diary rather than a true travel book, but that is what makes it an interesting read or frustrating. Tuscany, one of the top travel destinations in italy, is a beautiful and fascinating region.
Many visitors to florence in 2016 will either learn for the first time or will remember the great flood of florence, which occurred on november 3, 1966, fifty years ago. This historical novel covers nearly michelangelos entire life. Novels or historical fiction set in florencetuscany 8 years ago. Several of these books are fiction novels set in a historic time period some were written at the time theyre set, though. Because thats the power of the duomo in florence still, to.
The first narrational layer is a contemporary, firsthand account by 21 st century writer, paul cudenec, who gained inspiration from the art and vitality in florence. This book is part of the inspector bordelli mystery series of italian books translated into english. Midnight in sicily, a non fiction work exploring the landscape, culture, and mafia presence on the storied island, is a favorite of 192 books owners. This fictional biography of michelangelo brings to life the great artists.
Novels or historical fiction set in florencetuscany. Heavily illustrated, this classic presents the architectural life of italy from the th through the 16th. This book is out of print, but easily found on used book. So, without further ado, our list of best books set in venice. Ten books to read before coming to florence select study abroad.
While many listed here are historical fiction, there are a few contemporary, mystery, short stories, classics, and childrens books scattered throughout, and theyre in no particular order as to favorites. If you have ever traveled to italy or hope to do so in the future, this is the book for you. When the book came out, in 2006, it caused a real shock in most of italy everywhere but naples, id say as it told the shocking reality of camorra, an organized crime network that is based in naples but has connections with the whole world. Sunrise in florence kindle edition by reid, kathleen.
Italian writers who devoted their creativity to this style were regarded with a degree of pity, and italian readers only began consuming english and frenchlanguage examples of. Most of these authors are still cranking out sequels at a rate of one every 15 years. Ten books to read before coming to florence select study. Riveting and gives you lots of frames of reference for florence. In so doing, she has written a book of subtle wisdom and great beauty, something to be embraced and remembered. Vichi shows a sober and secret side of one of italy s most beloved cities when he writes about the case of a missing boy during the time of the famous flood of the arno river.
The first time i went to florence with a friend, i dreamed about a book i wanted to write about two girls being stalked by the duomo, which follows them everywhere from their dreams to fiesole. Florence italy history fiction melanthe, or, the days of the medici. Here are my recommendations for books that take place in venice, all of which i have read and enjoyed. Books set in florence score a book s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. Tuscan travelers picks novels to read before going to. Books about florence italy your contact in florence. The fierce skies over germany and a wartorn italy in the grip of nazi occupation provide the setting for this novel of love and war. My gift book recommendations include coffee table books, fiction, books about italian food, and books about the italian language.1023 1577 544 1577 639 839 707 954 1240 1345 1185 813 624 784 1563 1058 1308 266 879 502 868 555 208 1512 434 412 1429 1394 1000 915 1543 72 922 1331 618 1162 415 202 430 1003 252 1324 1483 982 1176