Travel writing

Here is a short list of books written by travel writers as a way to share their experience and love of Italy.

The books we list below are the ones that, we believe, best capture some aspects of the Italian mind/culture/habits while being entertaining and enjoyable. Every reader has its own preferred author and/or writing style. So, the following list is not necessarily the “ultimate” one. Furthermore, no book can be expected to be all encompassing or absolutely reflective of a complex culture with many facets and contradictions. It is very easy for any author to fall into stereotypes, no matter how subtly the subject or societal demeanours are presented. Similarly, every reader has its own preconceived expectations and values.

Here are some of the books that we enjoyed that you may want to look into. All the books have mixed reviews on Amazon. We believe some of the negative reviews to be a bit unfair and sometimes reflecting the reviewer's personal values. Regardless, we found that the short comings did not take away from the reading enjoyment. Check them out in our
  • The Reluctant Tuscan by Phil Doran.
  • A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena De Blasi.
  • A Thousand Days in Tuscany by Marlena De Blasi.
  • As the Romans Do by Alan Epstein.
  • 30 days in Italy. An enjoyable anthology by various travel writers who share their experience in various part of Italy.