italy by the book

ponte vecchio florenceMark Harrison admits to being an avid reader of all things travel related and gives us a few great book recommendations (particularly in relation to Italy, his all-time favourite travel destination)…

(1) Vroom with a View and Vroom by the Sea, by Australian Peter Moore, are terrific books in regard to uncovering some of Italy’s jewels. Written with a great dose of humour and a passion for travelling through Italy by Vesper, Peter entices the traveller to see Italy from a different perspective. Both books are ‘easy reading’ and not too large to carry in a backpack.

(2) When in Rome and See Naples and Die by transplanted Australian, Penelope Green, are also easy to carry in the backpack and offer a first-hand insight into two of Italia’s greatest cities. Penelope also writes about some of her own struggles to live in a foreign country.

(3) Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes. Most people have seen the enjoyable movie but it is in essence a ‘Hollywood’ version of the book. Frances’s love for all things Italian, her passion for Italian cooking and her excellent writing style make this a must-have for any would-be traveller to Italy.

(4) Italian Joy by Carla Coulson (another transplanted Australian). A beautifully photographed and narrated book detailing Carla’s very personal journey to Florence to find excitement in her life. Might need the suitcase to carry this one!

(5) A Thousand Days in Venice, Tuscan Secrets and An Umbrian Love Story by Marlena de Blasi focus on this American lady’s tale of falling in love with a Venetian and their further travels around Italy. Exquisitely written and eminently readable.

Books for the backpack:
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Tour Italy with Intrepid on trips like these great small group adventures:
Tuscany and Cinque Terre – 8 days Siena to Cinque Terre
The Italian Experience – 15 days Venice to Sorrento

About the author

Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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