Books 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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Tender Is the Night is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Tempesta's Dream is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
clococo added Vincent LoCoco

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The Agony and the Ecstasy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels About Italy

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The Leopard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

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6 1
A Room with a View is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
ryanmcw added E. M. Forster

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A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Ernest Hemingway

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8 4
The Charterhouse of Parma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels About Italy

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6 2
The Winds of War is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Herman Wouk

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5 1
The Borgia Bride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Jeanne Kalogridis

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The City of Falling Angels is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels About Italy

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6 3
If on a winter's night a trave... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About Italy

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The Betrothed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Alessandro Manzoni

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4 1
The enchanted April is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Elizabeth von Arnim

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4 1
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Ren... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels About Italy

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5 3
The Birth of Venus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Sarah Dunant

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4 2
Where Angels Fear to Tread is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels About Italy

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3 1
Imperium: A Novel of Ancient R... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels About Italy

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3 1
The annals of imperial Rome is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels About Italy

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3 1
The Mysteries of Udolpho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Ann Radcliffe

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The Miracles of Santo Fico is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
AdmiralCrunch added D.L. Smith

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Foucault's Pendulum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Umberto Eco

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The Magic Mountain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Thomas Mann

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Blameless is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Gail Carriger

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2 1
The Botticelli Secret is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Marina Fiorato

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The Solitude of Prime Numbers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels About Italy

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City of Flowers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Mary Hoffman

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1 0
The Marble Faun is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
ryanmcw added Nathaniel Hawthorne

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5 5
Under the Tuscan Sun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Frances Mayes

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2 2
The Lost Painting: The Quest f... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels About Italy

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2 2
Inkheart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Cornelia Funke

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1 1
Vampire, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Lynsay Sands

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1 1
Sacred Hearts is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Sarah Dunant

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1 1
In Lucia's eyes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Arthur Japin

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1 1
Mirror, Mirror is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Gregory Maguire

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The Stranger's Child is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Alan Hollinghurst

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The Discourses is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Niccolò Machiavelli

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2 3
Vittorio the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels About Italy

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1 2
The Devil's Queen: a Novel of ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels About Italy

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The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels About Italy
Patricia Highsmith