Books that Inspire a Trip to Italy

Thinking of a trip to Italy? Looking for books to inspire young readers? Check out our list of suggested reading, there’s something for everyone!

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Italy Travel Books

For young readers

Strega Nona and Big Anthony series by Tomie dePaola

Dodsworth in Rome by Tim Egan

Gabriella’s Song by Candace Fleming

Madeline and the Cats of Rome by John Bemelmans Marciano

The Flying Bed by Nancy Willard

9 Awesome Things to do in Sicily with Teens

For grade school readers

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

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

Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: Peril at the Grand Prix: Italy: Book 8 by Elizabeth Singer Hunt

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

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

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

This is Venice by Miroslav Saskey

Non fiction Magic Tree House Fact Trackers: #14: Ancient Rome and Pompeii, # 19 by Mary Pope Osborne

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For middle school and high school readers

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

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

The Rope Trick by Lloyd Alexander

The Second Mrs. Giaconda by E.L. Konigsburg

Stravaganza City of Stars by Mary Hoffman

Books Set in Italy for Adults

The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Juliet by Anne Fortier

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Restoration by Olaf Olafsson

The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter