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The Best Novels About Italy

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List RulesFiction 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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