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The Best Novels About Italy 

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List Rules Fiction books that use Italy as a setting or major theme

This list features the best novels about Italy; it answers the question, “What are the best fictional books about Italy?” Famous for its capital city Rome, Italy has some of the world’s most prominent landmarks, including the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Vatican, The Spanish Steps and the Duomo Museum. Italy is also rich in the arts: it has produced many well-known Renaissance artisans throughout history like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Tintoretto, Bernini, and Raphael. Because of its relaxing, inspiring vibe many writers have included Italy as a setting in their novels, including Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms”, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Tender is the Night”, Patricia Highsmith’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and Robert Grave’s “I, Claudius.” Italy is one of the most beautiful places in the world; thousands of tourists visit it each year in search of the beautiful beaches, history-rich artifacts and stunning surroundings. It is well-known for its cooking as well; when you think about Italy, pizza, pasta, lemoncello, gelato and espresso instantly come to mind!So whether you’re in the mood for a thrilling tale about Vampires, a lighthearted, romantic tale about living and loving in Tuscany or more of a historical approach to Michelangelo’s intelligent approach to art, a novel with and Italian theme awaits your reading!
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I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Robert Graves
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A Room with a View is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
ryanmcw added E. M. Forster
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Tender Is the Night is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Leopard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
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Tempesta's Dream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
clococo added Vincent LoCoco
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The Betrothed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Alessandro Manzoni
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The Charterhouse of Parm... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
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If on a winter's night a... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
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The Agony and the Ecstas... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
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A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Ernest Hemingway
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The Winds of War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Herman Wouk
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Brunelleschi's Dome: How... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
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The annals of imperial R... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
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The Borgia Bride is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Jeanne Kalogridis
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The Botticelli Secret is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Marina Fiorato
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The Birth of Venus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Sarah Dunant
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Where Angels Fear to Tre... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
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Foucault's Pendulum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Umberto Eco
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The City of Falling Ange... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
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The Magic Mountain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Thomas Mann
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The Solitude of Prime Nu... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
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The Discourses is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Niccolò Machiavelli
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The Miracles of Santo Fi... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
AdmiralCrunch added D.L. Smith
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Blameless is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Gail Carriger
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The Talented Mr. Ripley ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Patricia Highsmith