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Books inspired by Italy

Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood to travel

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The Talented Mr Ripley

Patricia Highsmith

Travelscoop's Stuart's favourite novel about the ultimate likeable anti-hero. Tom Ripley is talented and scheming with a burning ambition for success that he's prepared to kill for. A gripping psychological thriller which forces the reader to question why they're willing him to get away with it. Italy forms the wonderful backdrop - and it'll make you want to go!

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Those Who Walk Away

Patricia Highsmith

A well-written, tense novel in which the dead bride's father-in-law is convinced the grieving husband killed her and becomes obsessed with vengeance. Set in Rome and the streets and canals of Venice, a deadly game of cat-and-mouse builds as each becomes the hunter and the hunted.

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The Enchanted April

Elizabeth Von Arnim

Tired of the drudgery of life in cold, grey London, four women - previously unknown to each other - answer a newspaper advert to stay for a month in an idyllic Italian castle on the shores of the Mediterranean - based on Cinque Terre. Escaping their daily lives, each transforms in the beauty and warmth of their paradise-like surroundings.

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To Venice with Love

Philip Gwynne Jones

With redundancy and an uncertain future in Edinburgh looming, Jones and his wife took a huge leap and moved to Venice to live. Through often-hilarious exploits and an enormous passion for the beautiful city and all things Italian, this is a really enjoyable read.

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The Thief Lord

Cornelia Funke

Brilliant story for 9-12 year olds about two brothers who escape their aunt by running away to Venice where they join a gang of street kids. With a detective searching for them, they're forced into hiding all over the city - encountering even greater threats and plenty of magic along the way.

Italy Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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1st June 2020 by Stoked to Travel

8 of the best places to visit near Bologna, Italy

The underrated city of Bologna in the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna is rising in popularity. But until recently, it has always sat in the shadow of its tourist-magnet neighbours, including Florence, Rome, Venice and Milan. Not only is Bologna the true home of some of the best food in Italy. Such as tagliatelle al Ragù, lasagne and mortadella ham, but it also an excellent base for exploring the region. This is mostly thanks to the efficient train network. Some of the best day trips...

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29th May 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Best things to do in Verona, Italy

The historic Italian city of Verona is somewhat synonymous with Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, and having read the play multiple times, I’ve certainly envisaged my own Verona. So when I had the opportunity to finally visit Verona recently, I was very excited. Naturally, visiting the setting for one of the world’s most famous plays is top of the list, but there are plenty of other things to do in Verona too. In fact, this the pretty, peaceful and compact city is one of my favourite...

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5th June 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Best things to do in Ravenna

Ravenna is a beautiful city in the eastern half of Emilia Romagna. It is a lesser-known destination that offers an authentic getaway, with far fewer crowds than other places in Italy! Ravenna is a destination packed with history and culture. From basilicas, mausoleums, tombs to the ancient and contemporary mosaics for which the city is famous. From visiting the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to sampling delicious fresh seafood, cycling in the nearby pine forests and swimming in the nearby...

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19th November 2019 by PommieTravels

Making the most of your time in Venice: A guide

Once home to a wealthy empire of merchants, Venice remains relevant today. Despite the crowds, it continues to top the bucket lists of many travellers. If you pine to walk its alleyways, sail its canals, and eat its food, this blog is for you. Below, we’ll share tips that will help you make the most of your visit to this legendary destination....

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8th November 2019 by PommieTravels

Villas and Tuscany: An alternative holiday in Italy

Tuscany in the Summer is not only synonymous with white beaches and blue sea, touristic hotels and resorts. Tuscany is also forests, peaks, and hills to be explored and, regarding the accommodation, luxurious villas and Tuscany could be a winning duo. This is why there are inviting alternatives to spend a Summer in this region. Let’s see this in detail....

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23rd October 2019 by PommieTravels

Your awesome holidays in Puglia

Puglia is a southern region of Italy, precisely in the “high heel of the boot.” Its capital is Bari, and its coastline is bathed by two seas, the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea. Ahhh, Bellissimo! Puglia is a region waiting to be explored by you. Yes, you, especially if you’re the kind of person that loves visiting countries in their authentic culture, avoiding the cliché of touristic places. In that case, then Puglia holidays are what you need! Here, you won’t hear anyone around you...

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17th October 2019 by PommieTravels

Colosseum Rome tours that you will never forget

Visiting Italy once again I decided to find the best Colosseum tour, since I have been dreaming of seeing this place for a long time. I wanted to feel the atmosphere of old days, tough people and heroism. Looking back, I must admit that I made the right choice of my trip destination. One of the main historical Rome attractions amazes with its greatness. Everyone would be deeply impressed imagining gladiatorial battles that took place in the arena....