Books Set In Italy

Duomo Florence

View of Duomo in Florence from Campanile

For young readers

Strega Nona and Big Anthony series by Tomie dePaola

Dodsworth in Rome by Tim Egan

Madeline and the Cats of Rome by John Bemelmans Marciano

The Flying Bed by Nancy Willard, set in Florence

For grade school readers

Pompeii…Buried Alive! (Step into Reading) by Edith Kunhardt Davis

Carnival at Candlelight, Magic Treehouse #33 by Mary Pope Osborne, set in Venice

Monday with a Mad Genius, Magic Treehouse #38 by Mary Pope Osborne, set in Florence

Vacation Under the Volcano, Magic Treehouse #13 by Mary Pope Osborne, set in Pompeii

Non fiction Magic Tree House Fact Trackers: #14: Ancient Rome and Pompeii, # 19: Leonardo da Vinci

I, Galileo by Bonnie Christensen, read aloud for younger children, or older kids can read to selves

Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: Peril at the Grand Prix: Italy: Book 8 by Elizabeth Singer Hunt, main character travels to Grand Prix in Monza, Italy

For middle school readers

Roman Mysteries Thieves of Ostia #1 by Caroline Lawrence, first book in a series, this one set in Rome

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke, set in Venice

The Rope Trick by Lloyd Alexander, set in Campania

The Second Mrs. Giaconda by E.L. Konigsburg, about Leonardo da Vinci and the Mona Lisa

Stravaganza City of Stars by Mary Hoffman, setting in a fictional town similar to Siena

My favorites

Juliet by Anne Fortier

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips

Restoration by Olaf Olafsson

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