Our travelers are avid readers, and they love to share their personal book recommendations in our Tuscany Tours Travel Community Facebook group. In these "safer-at-home" times, a good book is just what the doctor ordered to help us escape to another place. And, what better place than Tuscany, Sicily, Florence, Venice..... or anywhere in Italy?!
To vicariously travel to Italy, look no further than our community’s recommendations below. History, fiction, art, science… there’s something for everyone. So, grab your wine, kick back, and relax as we guide you on some armchair travels through Italy!
Help us to grow our Italy book list! Please leave your recommendations in the comments below.
Tuscany Tours Team recommendations:
All Sam Hilt books!
All Detective Montalbano books -- set all over Sicily
Love in a Tuscan Kitchen: Savoring Life Through the Romance, Recipes, and Traditions of Italy by Sheryl Ness
The Botticelli Secret: A novel of Renaissance Italy by Marina Fiorato
The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer
The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
The Birth of Venus – Sarah Dunant
The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
Travelers' Community recommendations:
Mark B. recommends:
A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover’s Dream by Ferenc Máté
A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure by Marlena de Blasi
Hidden Tuscany: Discovering Art, Culture, and Memories in a Well-Known Region's Unknown Places by John Keahey
The Wisdom of Tuscany: Simplicity, Security & the Good Life - Making the Tuscan Lifestyle Your Own by Ferenc Máté
Lauren Y. recommends:
The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen
Judie W. recommends:
One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprell
The Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria by Marlena de Blasi
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes
I Found Myself in Tuscany by Lisa Condie
Virginia S. recommends:
Dances with Luigi: A Grandson’s Determined Quest to Comprehend Italy and the Italians by Paul Paolicelli
Jeff C. recommends:
Hidden Tuscany: discovering Art, Culture, and Memories in a Well-Known Region’s Unknown Places by John Keahey
The Mountains of Saint Francis: Discovering the Geologic Events that Shaped our Earth
Tarie H. recommends:
The Glassblower of Murano by Mariana Fiorato
A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi
…..and everything nice can be found in a scrumptious spoonful of GELATO! While out one Spring day doing my very FAVORITE pastime in Florence (wandering the streets with no particular place to go!), I came upon an elusive gelato shop that I’d read lots of great
things about but could never find. It’s in the lesser-visited area of San Lorenzo in the Centro Storico (historical center) of Florence – “less visited” only because (unfortunately) many tourists don’t venture BEYOND the imaginary “tourist’s triangle” that includes the Duomo, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio.
The absolute most incredible part of visiting Florence is just WANDERING!! Meander about this beautiful city and turn down every little street and alley you can find – the city is so small that you can’t get lost! Don’t get distracted by the window displays of the leather shops. Look UP at the buildings to truly experience your surroundings as you walk these hallowed halls once traversed by many of the Renaissance greats – Michelangelo, daVinci, the Medici and so many more.
When you decide to toss the map, you can discover so many hidden features of this truly magical city…. like the undiscovered gelaterie with award-winning delights in a cup (or a cone, whatever your pleasure). My Sugar Gelato & Yogurt is located on via de’ Ginori 49r. I shoved two flavors into my piccolo coppa (small cup) and had Pineapple & Ginger AND Coconut for the small investment of only €2! The flavors were amazing – unique, fresh, and made with REAL ingredients. I could even taste the flakes of coconut! Another of their unique flavors is melacotta (ricotta, apple, cinnamon and honey). The flavors change on a daily basis so feel free to make a daily visit-- your taste buds will love you for it!
It was only after I’d stepped back outside of the shop that I read the sign that said: “WINNER Gelato Festival Firenze 2016 Reviewed by NY Times.” Well, I guess my taste buds have been validated by the real gelato experts! Head over to My Sugar for some absolutely decadent artisanal homemade gelato made fresh daily onsite!
Where have you found YOUR favorite gelato in Italy?!?