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Seven Books To Make You Feel Like You're In Italy

Updated: Jan 18, 2023



Visit paradise, complete with scantily clad beachgoers and bottomless pasta, without ever setting foot on a plane. How? Well, at the risk of sounding super nerdy, through the power of reading!


Check out these books that are perfect for escapist reading, which, let's face it, we all need right now in the middle of frozen February. Amirite?


And while you're at it, make sure to grab your free Taste of Italy right now. Recipes, music, movies, and more all with an Italian flair right to your inbox!


And make sure to also check out the 2nd installment of this post... Seven More Books to Make You Feel Like You're in Italy!


1. One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle


Katy and her mother planned a would-be perfect trip to Positano, a picturesque seaside village on the popular Amalfi Coast, where they'd recreate the summer during which Katy's parents met. Tragically, Katy's mother dies before the trip, leaving Katy to make the journey alone. Read an excerpt at EW.com. Available March 1st.


2. Lizzie & Dante by Mary Bly


Lizzie Delford, newly single and battling for her health, takes one final vacation. Her destination: Elba, an island off the Italian coast. There, she meets a chef named Dante and his twelve-year-old daughter who's in desperate need of a mother. Available now.


3. A Postcard from Capri by Alex Brown


In her grandmother's cottage, Maddie Williams finds a box of film memorabilia from the 1950s, along with a postcard from the Italian island of Capri. When Maddie heads to Italy for work, she visits the sun-soaked island in search for answers about the woman in the film. Available August 18th.


4. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch


When her mother dies, Lina reluctantly finds herself on a plane to Tuscany to meet the father she never knew. But when she finds her mom's old diary, her trip improves, and she sees Italy through her mother's eyes-- and raises some questions about her father in the process. Available now.


5. To Italy, With Love by Nicky Pellegrino


Assunta lives a quiet life among the Italian mountains. Sarah-Jane is on a solo adventure-- well, she's not totally solo as her dog might point out-- and is exploring all Italy has to offer. Both women have given up on love, and take solace in the one place they both feel at home: Italy. Available now.


6. When We Were Fire on Fire by Elen Chase


A break-up has been haunting Francesco for five years. When Eric resurfaces, their old flame is lit once again. Underneath the sparkling Christmas lights of Milan, Francesco and Eric find each other. This is the second book in Chase's Italian romance series. Available now.


7. Coming soon... Laura Botten's Debut Novel


When recently-dumped April hears from her old friend Simon after fifteen years, she's presented with the perfect distraction from her broken heart: a trip to Rome... pasta paradise! But there's a catch: they have to pretend to be married. Will traipsing around Italian vineyards with a fake hubby help April get over her former flame?



Which book are you most excited to read this year?


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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