These books make perfect gifts for anyone who loves Italy, is planning a trip, or just enjoys armchair travel. Of course you might want to buy a couple for yourself as well. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases, which helps defer the cost of bringing you this free information.
- Dream of Venice Coffee Table Books are beautifully illustrated coffee table books that make the perfect gift for anyone who loves the romantic city of Venice.
- Historical Fiction Novels Set in Venice are also great gifts for someone who enjoys reading about Venice and learning about Venice’s history, from convents to courtesans and the city’s historic workshops and traditional arts.
- Our Recommended Rome Books include tips from locals, places to eat, unusual guide books, and memoirs of living in Rome.
- For the woman on your gift list, these books by Susan Van Allen are great for travel planning, taking along on your trip, or just dreaming about where to go in Italy. In 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, Susan gives details for 100 golden days in popular parts of Italy that include where to go, where to eat, and even where to shop. Her follow-up book, 50 Places in Rome, Florence and Venice Every Woman Should Go has recommendations designed for women in Italy’s top 3 cities.
- For the traveler or armchair traveler who enjoys discovering lesser-known places, Basilicata:Authentic Italy by Karen Haid takes the reader on a journey through the Basilicata region of southern Italy. More than just a guide book, Karen relates tales of her visits along with descriptions of the sights, food, and people.
- For anyone learning Italian, I highly recommend Italians Dance and I’m a Wallflower and If They are Roses, the Italian Way with Words, humorous vignettes about learning Italian by Linda Falcone, or the more scholarly book by Dianne Hales, La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language.
- For the cook on your list, Cucina Povera by Pamela Sheldon Johns, a former cookbook director who now teaches cooking classes in Tuscany, is a unique gift. It has recipes based on traditional peasant dishes of Tuscany, stories about the local people from whom Pamela learned about these foods, and beautiful photos.
- For the history buff, A Travel Guide to WWII Sites in Italy: Museums, Monuments, and Battlegrounds is an excellent choice. It’s also a good choice for someone who likes to explore off the beaten path places.
- One Hundred & One Beautiful Small Towns in Italy, in pocket-size format, is great for dreaming of where to go in Italy beyond the big cities or to carry along when you go. Besides nice photos and descriptions, the book includes side bars about artisans, local foods, and tips.
- Memoirs Set in Tuscany and Umbria are memoirs written by people who have moved to the beautiful central Italy regions of Tuscany and Umbria.
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