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Books Set in Italy to Add to Your Reading List

Here is a list of books set in Italy, from mystery and historical fiction to romance.

Last Updated on March 22, 2024 by BiblioLifestyle

Books Set in Italy to Add to Your Reading List

Immerse yourself in the sun-drenched landscapes and rich history of Italy with books that transport you right to its heart, without leaving the comfort of your home. Whether it’s the winding alleys of Venice, the ancient majesty of Rome, or the bucolic charm of Tuscany, books set in Italy have the magical power to whisk you away on an unforgettable adventure. From tales of love and loss to quests for self-discovery among the rolling hills and vibrant cityscapes, these books in Italy offer a mosaic of emotions, experiences, and settings.

Italy is the country I’ve visited and revisited the most because my family and I had a home swap arrangement with another family in Padua for many years. We would use Padua as a home base and then drive all around with an occasional night over in another Italian city. As much as I love the city in real life, I love reading stories set in Italy too! You’ll find that each book on Italy is a doorway to personal growth, encouraging you to explore the vastness of human experiences and inspiring you to see the world from different perspectives. So gather around, fellow wanderlust souls and literary enthusiasts, as we read stories that make us dream, learn, laugh, grow, and be entertained together. Embark on this literary voyage with us, and add a slice of Italian wonder to your reading list!

Books Set in Italy

  • Nonna Maria and the Case of the Missing Bride by Lorenzo Carcaterra
  • The Only Daughter by A.B. Yehoshua, Translated by Stuart Schoffman
  • The Patron Saint of Second Chances by Christine Simon
  • The Florios of Sicily by Stefania Auci
  • Lizzie & Dante by Mary Bly
  • House of Gucci by Sara Gay Forden
  • One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle
  • Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan
  • Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson
  • The Vietri Project by Nicola DeRobertis-Theye
  • Under the Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft
  • Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella
  • The Worst Kind of Want by Liska Jacobs
  • Belladonna by Anbara Salam
Nonna Maria and the Case of the Missing Bride by Lorenzo Carcaterra

Nonna Maria and the Case of the Missing Bride by Lorenzo Carcaterra

When a crime on a beautiful Italian island stumps the police, locals turn to the trusted, elderly widow Nonna Maria.

You can get a copy of Nonna Maria and the Case of the Missing Bride by Lorenzo Carcaterra on Amazon or Bookshop.

Listen to my chat with Lorenzo about the Nonna Maria series and all the best places to visit in Italy in this podcast episode: Nonna Maria and the Case of the Stolen Necklace by Lorenzo Carcaterra.

The Only Daughter by A.B. Yehoshua, Translated by Stuart Schoffman

The Only Daughter by A.B. Yehoshua, Translated by Stuart Schoffman

A coming of age story set in Padua, Italy, where a curious and intelligent young girl has a crisis of faith while also dealing with her father’s severe illness.

You can get a copy of The Only Daughter by A.B. Yehoshua, Translated by Stuart Schoffman on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Patron Saint of Second Chances by Christine Simon

The Patron Saint of Second Chances by Christine Simon

The self-appointed mayor of a tiny Italian village is determined to save his hometown no matter the cost in this charming, hilarious, and heartwarming debut novel.

You can get a copy of The Patron Saint of Second Chances by Christine Simon on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Florios of Sicily by Stefania Auci

The Florios of Sicily by Stefania Auci

Based on the true history of the uncrowned kings of Sicily: the story of a family, restless and ambitious, shrewd and determined to be richer and more powerful than anybody else.

You can get a copy of The Florios of Sicily by Stefania Auci on Amazon or Bookshop.

Lizzie & Dante by Mary Bly

Lizzie & Dante by Mary Bly

The insightful, audacious, and deeply romantic story of a woman whose life turns upside down after she meets an enigmatic chef on vacation in Italy.

You can get a copy of Lizzie & Dante by Mary Bly on Amazon or Bookshop.

House of Gucci by Sara Gay Forden

House of Gucci by Sara Gay Forden

The sensational true story of murder, madness, glamour, and greed that shook the Gucci dynasty.

You can get a copy of House of Gucci by Sara Gay Forden on Amazon or Bookshop.

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

The New York Times bestselling author of In Five Years returns with a powerful novel about the transformational love between mothers and daughters set on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.

You can get a copy of One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle on Amazon or Bookshop.

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

The author of the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians takes you from Capri to NYC, where Lucie Tang Churchill finds herself torn between two men–and two very different cultures.

You can get a copy of Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan on Amazon or Bookshop.

Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson

Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson

To survive the Holocaust, a young Jewish woman must pose as a Christian farmer’s wife in this unforgettable novel from USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Robson–a story of terror, hope, love, and sacrifice, inspired by true events, that vividly evoke the most perilous days of World War II.

You can get a copy of Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Vietri Project by Nicola DeRobertis-Theye

The Vietri Project by Nicola DeRobertis-Theye

Next on the list is Paradise.  This novel tells the story of a group of black women living in a small Oklahoma town called Ruby.  The town is besieged by racism and violence, but the women find strength in their friendships with each other.  Paradise is a powerful, moving novel about friendship, community, and hope.

You can get a copy of The Vietri Project by Nicola DeRobertis-Theye on Amazon or Bookshop.

Under the Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft

Under the Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft

Last but not least is Sula.  This novel is set in the fictional town of Medallion, Ohio, during the early 1900s.  It tells the story of two young black women, Nel and Sula, who are best friends.  But their friendship is shattered due to an unforgivable betrayal.  Sula is a complex, moving novel about love, betrayal, and friendship.

You can get a copy of Under the Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft on Amazon or Bookshop.

Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella

Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Party Crasher, an utterly delightful novel about a woman who ditches her dating app for a writer’s retreat in Italy–only to find that real love comes with its own filters.

You can get a copy of Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Worst Kind of Want by Liska Jacobs

The Worst Kind of Want by Liska Jacobs

A trip to Italy reignites a woman’s desires to disastrous effect in this dark ode to womanhood, death, and sex.

You can get a copy of The Worst Kind of Want by Liska Jacobs on Amazon or Bookshop.

Belladonna by Anbara Salam

Belladonna by Anbara Salam

A hypnotizing coming-of-age novel set in 1950s Italy that stares into the heart of longing and at the friendships that have the power to save and destroy us.

You can get a copy of Belladonna by Anbara Salam on Amazon or Bookshop.

What do you think about these books set in Italy?

Have you read any of these books?  Are any of them on your TBR?  What books set in Italy would you add to this list?  Let’s talk all about books in Italy in the comments below.

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