My Favorite Books About Italy

I just appeared on the “How to Tour Italy” radio show to share my favorite books about Italy. (Anthony, the host, had a great list too, including Vasari’s Lives of The Artists.) I’m not talking about guidebooks but rather (mostly) non-fiction picks that truly convey the atmosphere and culture of a particular time and place in Italy. You will notice that I have a significant interest in history, particularly the World War II era. I probably have dozens of favorite books on Italy so this is by no-means a comprehensive list. I will be adding to it as I can…So, in no particular order:


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