Italy in Books and Movies

I find a good book often puts me in the mood for Italy (as if I need it)….I’m constantly in a "search" for new books about life or travels in Italy……...here’s a list of some of my favorites………

  1. Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera – A. Hawes
  2. Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy – F. Mayes
  3. A Tuscan Childhood – K. Beever
  4. A Garden in Lucca: Finding Paradise in Tuscany – P. Gervais
  5. Desiring Italy – S. N. Cahill
  6. Italy Fever: 14 Ways to Satisfy Your Love Affair With Italy – D. Marwitz
  7. The Tuscan Year – E. Romer
  8. In Maremma: Life and a House in Southern Tuscany – D. Leavitt & M. Mitchell
  9. The Hills of Tuscany: A New Life in an Old Land – F. Mate
  10. A Valley in Italy: The Many Seasons of a Villa in Umbria – L. St. Aubin de Teran
  11. Greene on Capri – S. Hazzard
  12. Straddling the Borders: The Year I Grew Up in Italy – M. T. Cummings
  13. The Enchanted April – E. Von Arnim
  14. Summer’s Lease – J. Mortimer
  15. Pasquale’s Nose – M. Rips
  16. Italian Neighbors: or A Lapsed Anglo-Saxon in Verona – T. Parks
  17. An Italian Journey – J. Giono & J. Cumming
  18. A House in Sicily – D. Phelps
  19. Italian Fever – V. Martin
  20. Stones of Florence – M. McCarthy
  21. Last Cannoli: A Novel – C. Cusumano
  22. Italian Hours – H. James
  23. Mattanza: Love & Death in the Sea of Sicily – T. Maggio
  24. Italian Days – B. G. Harrison
  25. As the Romans Do: An American Family’s Italian Odyssey – A. Epstein
  26. Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy – F. Mayes
  27. Venice Observed – M. McCarthy
  28. Blood Washes Blood: A True Story of Love, Murder and Redemption Under the Sicilian Sun – F. Viviano
  29. On Persephone’s Island: A Sicilian Journal – M. T. Simeti
  30. Follow Your Heart – S. Tamaro
  31. In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu – T. Ardizzone
  32. A Small Place in Italy – E. Newby
  33. The Wings of the Dove – H. James
  34. A Room With A View – E. M. Forster
  35. Italian Backgrounds – E. Wharton
  36. An Italian Education: The Further Adventures of an Expatriate in Verona – T. Parks
  37. Midnight in Sicily – P. Robb
  38. Dances with Luigi – P. E. Paolicelli
  39. North of Naples, South of Rome – P. Tullio
  40. Mother Tongue – W. Wilde-Menozzi
  41. Portrait of a Lady – H. James
  42. The Light in the Piazza & Other Italian Tales – E. Spencer
  43. Traveler’s Tales Italy: True Stories – A. Calcagno
  44. My Father Came From Italy – M. C. McLean
  45. Innocence – P. Fitzgerald
  46. The Marble Faun: Or the Romance of Monte Beni – N. Hawthorne
  47. Sometimes the Soul – G. Timpanelli
  48. After Hannibal – B. Unsworth
  49. Italy: The Places in Between – K. Simon
  50. Notes From An Italian Garden – J. Marble
  51. A Summer in Tuscany – S. Swanson
  52. A Thousand Bells At Noon – G. Franco Romagnoli
  53. The Passions of Artemesia - S. Vreeland
  54. Italian Pride: 101 Reasons To Be Proud You're Italian - F. & S. Moramarco
  55. Miracle of St. Anna - J. McBride
  56. Sprezzatura: 50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World - P. D'Epiro, M.D. Pinkowish
  57. The 16 Pleasures - R. Hellenga
  58. The Shadow of the Lion - M. Lackey, E. Flint, D. Freer
  59. In Nonna's Kitchen - C. Field
  60. Restoring A Home In Italy - E.H. Minchelli, S. McBride
  61. The Secret Book of Grazia Dei Rossi - J. Park
  62. The Raphael Affair - I. Pears
  63. The Mysteries of Udolpho - A. Radcliffe, T. Castle
  64. Castle of Otranto - H. Walpole
  65. La Dolce Vita - C. Fairweather
  66. The Heart of Sicily: Recipes, Reminiscences of Regaleali, A Country Estate - A. T. Lanza
  67. Italian Pleasures - D. Leavitt
  68. An Italian Journey - J. Giono
  69. The Stone Boudoir - T. Maggio
  70. Elements Of Italy - L. St. Aubin de Teran
  71. Venetian Dreaming - P. Weideger
  72. In Sicily - N. Lewis
  73. A Thousand Days In Venice - M. De Blasi
  74. Brunelleschi's Dome - R. King
  75. Property Of Blood - M. Nabb
  76. Death of An Englishman - M. Nabb
  77. Nectar - L. Prior
  78. Giotto's Hand - I. Pears
  79. Bringing Italy Home - C. MacLachlan, B. Niles, I. Terestchenko
  80. Private Tuscany - E. Helman-Minchelli, S. McBride
  81. La Dolce Vita: Living In Italy - C. Fairweather, M. Luscombe-Whyte
  82. A Hole In The Water - M. Briskin
  83. The Apprentice Lover - J. Parini
  84. Sasso - J. Sturz
  85. Piazzas and Pizzas: Adventures Of The Clean Plate Club In Italy - J.B. Kubik
  86. Wisdom Of Angels: Unearthing My Italian Roots - M.T. Cummings
  87. Summer In Tuscany - E. Adler
  88. Death In Autumn - M. Nabb
  89. Vanilla Beans And Brodo: Real Life In The Hills Of Tuscany - I. Dusi
  90. Tourmaline - J. Scott
  91. The Last Promise - R.P. Evans
  92. Salute! - K. Donavan
  93. Hidden Tuscany: Unusual Destinations and Secret Places - M. Listri & C.M. Cunnaccia
  94. Living In Venice - F. Vitoux
  95. A Traveller in Rome - H.V. Morton
  96. Botticelli Blue Skies: An American in Florence - M.J. Gerber
  97. Alone With Michelangelo: A Woman Follows Her Dreams To Italy - M. Hill
  98. Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy - J. Bastianich & D. Lynch
  99. Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling - R. King
  100. The Miracles of Santo Fico - D.L. Smith
  101. Renato's Luck - J. Shapiro
  102. Rosemary and Bitter Oranges: Growing Up in a Tuscan Kitchen - P.   Chen
  103. Cartwheel to the Moon: My Sicilian Childhood - E. DiPasquale
  104. A Kiss From Maddalena - C. Castellani
  105. Venetian Stories - J. Turner
  106. Sicilian Passages - T. & A. Roma
  107. City of the Soul: A Walk in Rome - W. Murray
  108. Macbeth in Venice - W. Logan
  109. Under the Southern Sun: Stories of the Real Italy and the Americans It   Created - P. Paolicelli
  110. Stolen Figs: And Other Adventures in Calabria - M. Rotella
  111. Sicilian Odyssey - F. Prose
  112. Romola - G. Eliot
  113. My House in Umbria - W. Trevor
  114. The Latest Bombshell: A Novel - M. Mitchell
  115. A Tuscan Alphabet - G. Kelley
  116. Made In Italy - L. Morelli
  117. Heel to Toe: Encounters in the South of Italy - C. Lister
  118. Love In Idleness: A Novel - A. Craig
  119. The King of Capri - J. Winterson
  120. The Last Gondola: A Mystery of Venice - E. Sklepowich
  121. Leonardo, Beautiful Dreamer - R. Byrd
  122. The Last Ridge - M. Jenkins
  123. T is for Toscana - G. Kelley
  124. What's It Like to Live in Italy - J. Powell
  125. And Then You Die - M. Didbin
  126. Seasons in Tuscany - A. Parker
  127. A Venetian Affair - A. Di Robilant
  128. In The Hand of Dante - N. Tosches
  129. Some Bitter Taste - M. Nabb
  130. Mother Tongue - An American Life in Italy - M. Wilde-Menozzi
  131. Al Dente: The Adventures of a Gastronome in Italy - W. Black
  132. Mirror Mirror: A Novel - G. Maguire
  133. Casa Rossa - F. Marciano
  134. My Renaissance: A Widow's Healing Pilgrimage to Tuscany -
  135. The Last Promise - R. P. Evans
  136. Italy and the Grand Tour - J. Black
  137. By the Ionian Sea - G. Gissing
  138. We're All Made Out of the Same Pasta! - A. Montalbano
  139. The Floating Book - M. Lovric
  140. Living in Ancient Rome - D. Nardo
  141. Calabrian Tales - P. Chiarella
  142. Venetian Views - F. Pedrocco
  143. The Grand Canal - U. Franzoi
  144. Venice From the Belltowers - T. Sammartini
  145. Paintings in Venice - A. Gentili
  146. Eating Up Italy - M. Fort
  147. The Food of Love - A. Capella
  148. More Than Peace & Cypresses - C. Cassells
  149. Indian Summer - W.D. Howells
  150. Home to Italy - P. Pezzelli
  151. The Italian - A. Radcliffe
  152. Seasons in Basilicata: A Year In a Southern Italian Hill Village - D. Yeadon
  153. The Evening of the Holiday - S. Hazzard
  154. From Anzio to the Alps: An American Soldiers Story - L.M. Wells
  155. Italy in Small Bites - C. Field
  156. A Sicilian Romance - A. Radcliffe
  157. Tuscan Echoes: A Season In Italy - M.G. Smith
  158. Love In Idleness - A. Craig
  159. The Sights, Sounds & Silences of Italy - A. Szarkowski
  160. Domino - R. King
  161. Stickshift - M. Leo
  162. When In Rome - G. Townley
  163. The Sun At Midday - G. Alhadeff
  164. From Italy With Love - Compiled - L. Richer, M. Panagiotopoulos, D. Mills
  165. Unveiling - S.M. Wolfe
  166. La Mortola: In the Footsteps of Thomas Hanbury - A. Moore
  167. Pietro's Book: The Story of a Tuscan Peasant - P. Pinti
  168. Ardor: A Novel of Enchantment - L. Prior
  169. Notes From a Roman Terrace - J. Marble
  170. Too Much Tuscan Sun - D. Castagno, R. Rodi
  171. On The Spine of Italy: A Year in the Abruzzi - H. Clifton
  172. The Breadmaker's Carnival - A. Lindsay
  173. Tuscan Countess: Matilda of Canossa - M. Spike
  174. 1000 Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure - M. de Blasi
  175. The Scarith of Scornello - I.D. Rowland
  176. Every Boy's Got One - M. Cabot
  177. Villa of Mysteries - D. Hewson
  178. Pasta Imperfect - M. Hunter
  179. A Thread of Grace - M.D. Russell
  180. Last Touch of Bliss - A. Tolnitch
  181. The Smiles of Rome - S. Cahill
  182. The Sicilian Amulet - J. Manning
  183. The Honeymoon - J. Haythe
  184. By The Grand Canal - W. Riviere
  185. The Almond Picker - S.A. Hornby
  186. Working With Bacchus - C. Fraser
  187. Waking Raphael - L. Forbes
  188. Seven Years in Tuscany - A. Ferragamo189. Italy Out of Hand - B. Hodgson
  189. Italy Out of Hand - B. Hodgson
  190. Tuscany in Mind - A.L. Powers
  191. The Immaculate Deception – I. Pears
  192. Any Four Women Could Rob the Bank of Italy – A. Cornelisen
  193. The Etruscan Smile – V. Johnston
  194. Mapping the Edge – S. Dunant
  195. On the Shores of the Mediterranean – E.Newby
  196. Giotto’s Hand – I. Pears
  197. A Deceptive Clarity – A. Elkins
  198. The Last Castrato – J.S. Hill
  199. Summer’s Lease – J. Mortimer
  200. The Almond Picker – S.A. Hornby
  201. Once Upon A Tuscan Table – S. Oddson
  202. The Reluctant Tuscan – P. Doran
  203. La Bella Vita – V. Adamoli
  204. Bel Vino – I. Dusi
  205. Culinary Traveller in Tuscany – B. Elon
  206. Sisterchicks in Gondolas – R.J. Gunn
  207. Atavismo! A.M. Baccellieri
  208. Lost Hearts in Italy – A. Lee
  209. Palladian Days – S & C Gable
  210. Hilltop in Tuscany – S. Whitson
  211. Sailing to Capri – E. Adler
  212. Hotel Casanova – S. Leather
  213. The House in Amalfi – E. Adler
  214. Tuscany: Inside the Light – J. Meyrowitz & M. Barrett
  215. A Sicilian Romance – A. Radcliffe
  216. Last Voyage of Valentina – S. Montefiore
  217. Dreaming of Tuscany – B. Ohrbach
  218. Satyr Square – L. Barkan
  219. Biba’s Italy – B. Caggiano
  220. Tasting Italy – A. Vollenweider
  221. I, Mona Lisa – J. Kalogridis
  222. Romancing the Vine – A. Tardi
  223. Jamie’s Italy – J. Oliver
  224. Eating in Italy – M. Fort
  225. Falling Palace – L. Hofstadter
  226. Across the Bridge of Sighs – J. Rylands
  227. Inheritance – N. Danford
  228. The Roman Way – D. Friedland
  229. Call Me By Your Name – A. Aciman
  230. Lady in the Palazzo – M. De Blasi
  231. Leonardo’s Swans – K. Essex
  232. One Summer in Italy – L. Gordon
  233. Sicilan Summer – B. Johnsont

And sometimes it’s a great movie either filmed in or about Italy…..an evocative movie that can carry you back to Italy……..here’s a list of some of my favorites……
  1. Enchanted April
  2. Much Ado About Nothing
  3. A Month By the Lake
  4. The Tree of the Wooden Clogs
  5. Il Postino
  6. Malena
  7. Up at the Villa
  8. Life Is Beautiful
  9. Stealing Beauty
  10. La Strada
  11. The Bicycle Thief
  12. The Wings of the Dove
  13. A Room With A View
  14. L’Avventura
  15. Ciao Professore!
  16. Roman Holiday
  17. The Barefoot Contessa
  18. Cinema Paradiso
  19. The Talented Mr. Ripley
  20. Amarcord
  21. Dangerous Beauty
  22. The Leopard
  23. Johnny Stecchino
  24. La Dolce Vita
  25. Three Coins in the Fountain
  26. Farinelli
  27. Tea With Mussolini
  28. Bread and Chocolate
  29. Two Women
  30. It Started in Naples
  31. La Notte
  32. City of Women
  33. La Traviata
  34. Summertime
  35. The Shampoo Girls
  36. Swept Away
  37. The Age of the Medici
  38. Night of the Shooting Stars
  39. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
  40. Il Ciclone
  41. Open City
  42. Besieged
  43. Marriage Italian Style
  44. Divorce Italian Style
  45. Anna
  46. Bitter Rice
  47. Portrait of a Lady
  48. Death in Venice
  49. Pane e Tulipani
  50. Viaggio in Italia
  51. E Primavera
  52. Sotto Il Sole De Roma
  53. Due Soldi Di Speranza
  54. Cabiria
  55. Fabiola
  56. Ladri Di Biciclette
  57. Roma, Citta Aperta
  58. Paisan
  59. Addio Mia Bella Napoli
  60. Disillusion
  61. Umberto D.
  62. 8 1/2
  63. Europa 51
  64. Il Miracolo
  65. Italian Lessons
  66. The Tree of the Wooden Clogs
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