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Books to get you excited for your next trip to Tuscany

The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page” - Rachel Anders

Everything about this quote rings true, especially because reading about a destination makes it truly come alive. We often get lost in the novels that we read and we imagine that our visitors do as well. Since many ask what books are set in Tuscany, what better way to share our favorites than to write a blog post compiling our list of novels that will get you excited to explore Italy.

Our top reads for getting lost in Tuscany!

1.  Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes.

It would be impossible not to mention this novel since so many know and love this story of a novelist spontaneously purchasing and renovating a Villa near Cortona. She laughs, she cries and she certainly knows how to keep her readers spellbound. A must read for those who want to get lost in the fantasy of life in  Tuscany.

2. Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

A rich and deliciously readable narrative, Extra Virginity is also an inspiring account of the artisanal producers, chemical analysts, chefs, and food activists who are defending the extraordinary oils that truly deserve the name “extra-virgin.” A wonderful read to start your journey on appreciating one of the most important elements for Italian cuisine, extra-virgin olive oil. Plus look out for the mention of Paolo Pasquali and Villa Campestri! 

3. The Hills of Tuscany: A New Life in an Old Land, by Ferenc Máté

This hilarious, international bestseller is a true-life adventure of a New York City couple moving to Tuscany.  The good, the bad, the funny and most of all, real. We loved this novel about starting a new life near Montepulciano.

4. Too Much Tuscan Sun: Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide by Robert Rodi Dario Castagno

Ever what it would be like being a tour guide based in Tuscany? Wonder no more, as Dario tells you what life is really like leading tourists around one of Italy’s most famous areas.

We hope this gets you excited about visiting Tuscany and share your own personal favorite Tuscany themed books!

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