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Five Rome Rom-Coms That Will Make You Swoon

Updated: Jan 18, 2023

The Eternal City has everything you could want when it comes to romance: breathtaking views, flavorful wine, elegant dining, and more. So, it's no surprise that Rome is the perfect backdrop for romantic comedies.

Let's take a look at five books that just wouldn't be the same if they were set anywhere other than Roma!

1. Rome is Where the Heart is by Tilly Tennant

Released in 2017, this book will let you escape to sun-drenched Rome with Kate, whose husband has just dumped her-- on Friday the 13th of all dates. She heads to Rome to forget about her ex, which is a lot easier when she meets sexy policeman Alessandro. The only problem? His meddling sisters don't think Kate is right for him.

2. Dreaming of Rome by T.A. Williams

This 2019 release is a perfect summer read. Jo has had enough of painful break-ups. While on a professional trip to Rome, she meets Corrado, a scientist who doesn't believe in love. Until he meets Jo. So, what's the catch? Not only is he taken, but he's her brother-in-law to-be. That could complicate things...

3. One Step to You by Federico Moccia

First published in 1992, this book was recently translated into English last year. It's the first novel of a trilogy, where we meet Babi and Step: two teens in Rome from opposite sides of the tracks. The former is hardworking and studious, while the latter is Rome's "bad boy." Despite their differences, they can't help falling in love.

4. Rome in Love by Anita Hughes

Young actress Amelia is cast in a Roman Holiday remake. While she's filming in Rome, her boyfriend dumps her. But a new chapter in her love life presents itself while exploring the Eternal City, and she meets Philip, a journalist. Unfortunately, he has a few secrets that might make their connection a bit complicated. Released in 2015.

5. From Rome with Love by Kate Lloyd

This 2020 release is full of holiday spirit. Lucy is the caretaker of a wealthy couple's daughter. When they take a family Christmas vacation to Rome, they bring Lucy with. But a mysterious painting with painful family secrets makes her feel less than jolly. Until she meets handsome tour guide Mario, that is. It might be a holiday to remember after all.

And coming soon...

I'll be adding my own book to this list! Still untitled, my debut novel celebrates food, friendship, and Italy as two friends reunite in the Eternal City after fifteen years. Get ready for a pretend marriage, wine-induced kisses, fast-paced Vespa rides, and more!

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Have you read any book set in Rome lately? Share with us in the comments!

Laura Botten is a voice actor and producer who is currently working on her first book, a novel set in Rome. Get a FREE "Taste of Italy" when you sign up for her monthly newsletter here.

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