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Take a literary journey through Italy with these titles.

A romantic rendezvous in Venice, an architectural adventure in Rome, a foodie’s feast in Florence or a fashionista’s banquet in Milan – from rugged north to sun-soaked south, Italy is home to an embarrassment of riches. Whether you’re planning a trip or you’re just a fan of sumptuous backdrops for fabulous fiction, browse this selection of books and discover the people, flavours, history, locations and – most importantly – stories that make the ‘Bel Paese’ (Beautiful Country) one of the jewels of the European crown.

  • Bestselling and beloved author Frances Mayes discovers the hidden pleasures of Italy in a sumptuous travel narrative that crisscrosses the country, with inventive new recipes celebrating Italian cuisine

  • Explore Jamie's Italy - travel on a culinary tour with Jamie Oliver.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Italy is a detailed, easy-to-use guide designed to help you create your own unique trip.

  • A charming narrative and “pop historical” look into how Italy has shaped the Western world’s most vibrant passions, from literature to love, music to art, food to wine.

  • This is a portrait of Italy unlike any other, a heady blend of travel, history, art and food that takes us from Lake Garda's lemon houses through the gardens of Tuscan villas to Calabria's scented bergamot groves and a Sicilian marmalade kitchen, from top to bottom of the land where lemons grow.

  • With a new afterword from the Bard of Tuscany herself, this 20th anniversary edition of Frances Mayes' timeless travel classic, Under the Tuscan Sun, brings readers up-to-date with the book’s most beloved characters.

  • If Jamie and the Nonnas on Channel 10 has you drooling, you need the Jamie Cooks Italy cookbook to recreate the mouth-watering recipes at home.

  • A narrative-driven book on the surprising history and current revival of spritz cocktails (a wine-based drink served as an aperitif), with 50 recipes, including both historical classics and modern updates.

  • The author of the bestselling French Revolutions does Italy - cycling the course of the 1914 Giro d'Italia on a wooden bike. 'Bill Bryson on two wheels' Independent

  • In the twenty-eigth novel in Donna Leon’s bestselling crime series, Commissario Guido Brunetti is drawn reluctantly into an old friend's long-hidden mystery.

  • From the award-winning author of Only the Animals comes an unputdownable novel of obsession, guilt, and the power of the past to possess the present.

  • Old loves, new loves, warm toast and rich traditions are all part of the delicious blend of this absorbing story.

  • 'The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer' The Times

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