Books on Italy

Italy seems to exert a romantic attraction on the Anglo-Saxon people from Byron, Shelly, Keats to modern writers like Tim Parks. I too have felt the pull of Italy and it's language, food and people.

This is a little list of some of the books I've read on Italy. From books on Imperial Italy to books on modern Italian politics, it would be difficult to find a country where more ink has been spilled per square kilometer. This web page covers a few books in the vast literature on Italy.

I have always been interested in Imperial Roman history. I have read Tacitus' The Annals of Imperial Rome, Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars, and Robert Grave's wonderful Claudius novels. With the exception of A Concise History of Italy by Christopher Duggan I had not widely on modern Italy. I started reading travel essays and books on post-Imperial times when I was planning for my visit to Italy during the Spring of 2006. I had such a wonderful time visiting Italy that I plan to return. I read some of the books listed her in preparation for a visit to Rome in the Spring of 2007.

Travel is very expensive and it uses up a big chunk of my available vacation time. For me travel is an investment in broadening my mind and experience. So I try to understand as much as possible about a country and its history before I visit.


General Italian History

Florence (Firenza)

Venice (Venezia)

Rome (Roma)

My main web page on Italy

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