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Are you planning a trip to beautiful Italy? Or are you simply looking for some inspiration for your next travels?
I love reading about new places before I go. It helps gain an understanding and a sense of the culture and history. Actually seeing the places you have read about makes it even more special when you get there.
I spent a few weeks traveling Italy by train a few years ago and it was wonderful to see the works of Michelangelo I had read about in The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo a few weeks before my trip.
Don’t limit your reading to the pages of a guide book – I have selected some of the best books about Italy including fictional and non-fictional works to peruse before your trip.
If you are thinking of a longer term stay I have included some great books written by authors who have moved to Italy to live and work.
Best fiction books about (or set in) Italy A selection of the best non-fiction books about Italy. A selection of the best guide books to help you plan your travel to Italy. A selection of the best books about Italy for children of all ages.
BEST BOOKS ABOUT ITALY - FICTION
BEST BOOKS ABOUT ITALY NON-FICTION
BEST GUIDE BOOKS ABOUT TRAVEL IN ITALY
BEST BOOKS ABOUT ITALY FOR CHILDREN
Best fiction books about (or set in) Italy
A selection of the best non-fiction books about Italy.
A selection of the best guide books to help you plan your travel to Italy.
A selection of the best books about Italy for children of all ages.
Read more about Italy (plus more travel inspiration from my book selections)
There are lots more travel book suggestions in my complete guide to travel books from around the world (check out my global bookshelf) You will find my favourite book for lots of countries in the article including Norway, England, Australia, Canada, South Africa and France.