Novels Set in Italy

Unforgettable Novels

Novels Set in Italy

Italy has provided an unsurpassed backdrop for many memorable novels. The art and culture of cities like Florence and Rome, the lagos of the North, the Tuscan countryside and the splendors of Venice-Italy conjures up a picture of life as only its spectacular regions can. The following finely crafted novels all portray Italy with great fervor-and Italy gives each work a rich sampling of Italian life.

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway is, of course, a much-loved novel and classic of twentieth century literature. It is the love story of a soldier and nurse during the First World War, epic in nature and certainly difficult to forget. While the characters and plot are first rate, so too is the setting during various intervals of the novel. From Italian bars, restaurants and cafes to the harrowing journey through the lake country, A Farewell to Arms features Italy during an intense period of its history.

A Venetian Affair by Andrea Di Robilant is set during the enchanting city's golden era of the eighteenth century. A love story comes back to life through the series of found letters that lay unscathed in an attic of a palazzo along the Grand Canal. An illicit passion is revealed through a narrative that casts a spellbinding glow as it recounts lost days of Venice and its world of mask-clad men and bejeweled beauties.

A Small-Town Marriage by the Marchesa Colombi takes place in just that-a small provincial town eloquently detailed by a writer who hails from Novara and eventually Milan. Born Maria Antonietta Torriani in 1840, the authoress has created a beautiful tale that has been translated into many languages including English. This romantic masterpiece is a twist on the Cinderella story.

Summer in Tuscany is by bestselling author Elizabeth Adler. Best described as an intrigue, the novel depicts a family of three American's who inherit a crumbling villa in a town that is enduring some upheaval. A cultural clash makes for some very entertaining reading and the lush Tuscan countryside is depicted with great fervor.

A Kiss from Maddalena by Christopher Castellani depicts the clash between desire and family duty. Set in the village of Santa Cecilia in the spring of 1943, this novel is also a love story about a young man who is also a soldier. His story is also a narrative about WWII and the many ruins it left behind in Italy-including this small town.

For lovers of Italian history, consider internationally acclaimed The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. The year is 1327 and a series of murders in an Italian abbey draw fellow monk Brother William of Baskerville and his young protege to investigate. This highly literate work has also been made into a film starring Sean Connery.

Finally, the infamous life of a pope's daughter is depicted in Lucrezia Borgia by John Faunce. Pope Alexander VI may well be one of history's greatest villains and historians have gone to great pains to find the truth behind the notorious tales. This novel depicts the life of Lucrezia, but also the lives of her father and brothers-as well as a cast of very colorful characters. Details about the Rome and some of the Italian countryside abound in this riveting portrayal of a corrupt world.

By J. A. Young

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Wednesday, May 11TH, 2011 by Guest

Don't forget "A Room with a View" by E.M. Forster... I like it very much!

Wednesday, July 20TH, 2011 by Guest

THE HEAT OF THE MEZZOGIORNO
 
Lit by the baking sun of Southern Italy and surrounded by a bleak landscape of charred cinders, on the rooftop of an unremarkable roof terrace, consumed by a fetish of gastronomic wonders, ‘The Heat of the Mezzogiorno’ is the fiercely political debut novel by Adam John Clarke.
 
Discover the story of two aged friends who come together one last time to embark on a marathon of piggish gluttony, intoxicated drinking and hearty debate. Friends in a former life, both have soared to dangerous heights in their chosen elite but they brandish their teeth from opposing ends of the political spectrum. This final meeting is the last chance. While the peasants inhabiting the local town of Poggiardo go about the banality of their daily lives, an epic trial that could ultimately change the course of history is in motion.
 
‘A gluttonous indulgence of Southern Italian culinary delights’
 ‘The banter of political philosophers said while gorging on the fruits of proletarian labour’
‘Idyllic landscapes inspired by the Old Testament’
 
The acclaimed debut novel by Adam John Clarke
Available online at Amazon
Priced £2.14

Friday, September 02TH, 2011 by Guest

May I add my own novels, under the title of "A Tuscan Trilogy." The first is "The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany," set in 1944. The second is "Sparrow's Revenge: A Novel of Postwar Tuscany" set in 1955. The third is 'Dino's Story: A Novel of 1960s Tuscany" set during the flood in Florence in 1966.

Thursday, October 13TH, 2011 by Guest

The Heat of the Mezzogiorno! A psychological thriller with sun, food and politics...
Lit by the baking sun of Southern Italy and surrounded by a bleak landscape of charred cinders, on the rooftop of an unremarkable roof terrace, consumed by a fetish of gastronomic wonders.
Discover the story of two aged friends who come together one last time to embark on a marathon of piggish gluttony, intoxicated drinking and hearty debate. Friends in a former life, both have soared to dangerous heights in their chosen elite but they brandish their teeth from opposing ends of the political spectrum. This final meeting is the last chance. While the peasants inhabiting the local town of Poggiardo go about the banality of their daily lives, an epic trial that could ultimately change the course of history is in motion.

Thursday, March 08TH, 2012 by Guest

May I add my novel 'The Cameo' set in Montepulciano in the 19th century.  Vicotorian England meets Romantic Tuscany.
http://thecameo.vpweb.ca

Monday, March 26TH, 2012 by Guest

INTRIGUE IN ITALY:  by Gilbert M  Epp:\\
  When a toronto professor and his wife tour Italy and become a part of the local gendarmerie their adventures lead to intriguing events.

Monday, March 26TH, 2012 by Guest

May I add my novel:  The Cameo by Lorraine Shelstad.  When a cameo brooch is found in theEnglish country house he just leased, Captain Marsh sets out to find the owner.  The search leads him to a story of a young English girl in Victorain times who travelled to Tuscany.  Through her eyes we see Tuscan life and the clash between Protestants and Catholics at that time. Of course, there is also romance and a surprise ending. L.Shelstad

Thursday, May 10TH, 2012 by Guest

My favourite Italian book (and it has been translated into English) is Fontamara, by Ignazio Silone. 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fontam... not Scared, by Niccolo Ammaniti is also a great read. A very tense and atmospheric thriller seen through the eyes of a child. And I have written a thriller set in contemporary Italy and published as an ebook on Amazon which will give you an insight into many of the problems of modern Italy. This is a review of the book by American Thriller writer Vince Zandri. 'The Second Shot by CR Lloyd is a debut novel that reads like an old pro pounded it out on a good old fashioned Remington portable typewriter. Two fingered style. The prose of this international thriller is pulse pounding, the story both romantic and relentless. It takes place in sunny Italy, which isn't always so sunny, at least judging by how brutal the police can be to Lloyd's characters. This is a novel that reads like the author didn't necessarily research her subject so much as lived the experience. Which makes it all the more frightening to read, but also fun. I'm hoping CR Lloyd keeps writing novels that are as good as this one.'

Wednesday, October 03TH, 2012 by Guest

Take a trip back in time with 30,000 B.C. Chronicles: Tuscany.

Saturday, November 10TH, 2012 by Guest

What about The Broker and Playing for pizza? Cmon!