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10 Favourite Books set in Venice

24th April 2014

These are ten of our favourite books set in Venice – as rated by members of the TripFiction community. Find out more about any of them by clicking on the cover image… And let us know in the Comments Box below whether your favourites have been included… we’d love to hear from you! You can also check out our top 10 books set in Amsterdam and Paris.

1. The City of Fallen Angels by John Berendt

The city of fallen angelsTaking the fire that destroyed the Fenice theatre in 1996 as its starting point, John Berendt creates a unique and unforgettable portrait of Venice and its extraordinary inhabitants. Beneath the exquisite façade of the world’s most beautiful historic city…


2. A Venetian Affair by Andrea di Robilant

A Venetian affairIt’s hard to imagine a more romantic real-life story than the long and forbidden love affair of the 18th Century Venetian nobleman Andrea Memmo and a half English beauty called Giustiniana Wynne. Andrea di Robilant’s A Venetian Affair…



3. Stone Virgin by Barry Unsworth

Stone VirginPassionate, erotic and haunting, this is a brilliant novel by one of Britain’s most important novelists. Simon Rakes – a conservation expert – is restoring The Stone Virgin, a statue that cost the life of its creator in the…



4. Miss Garnet’s Angel by Salley Vickers

Miss Garnet's angelThere is something very old-fashioned and reassuring about Salley Vickers’ novel Miss Garnet’s Angel. The themes, self-discovery and redemption, have the air of a bygone age, despite the novel being set in contemporary Venice…



5. Vaporetto 13 by Robert Girardi

Vaporetto 13Jack Squire is a successful currency trader on business in Venice. Haunted by recent events in his life, he takes to walking the streets at midnight. He meets the ethereal Caterina, a woman who seems to gear the sadness…


6. Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander

Death in the floating cityEmily is called upon, along with her husband Colin, to help solve the murder. This leads her into the depths of a centuries old feud between warring families, and a star crossed love story worthy of Romeo and Juliet


7. The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato

The glassblower of muranoWonderful combination of mystery, historical intrigue, and love written by an English / Venetian author, who tells a story of passion, genius, and betrayal linking the present and the past. Nora Manin decides to leave her fractured life in London to…


8. City of Fortune by Roger Crowley

City of fortuneMedieval travellers were overwhelmed by Venice’s affluence – the sacks of spices! the bales of brocades! – and driven to distraction by its seeming paradoxes. The city was surrounded by sand and mud, yet its markets dazzled with variety



9. Wilful Behaviour by Donna Leon

wilful behaviourWhen Commissario Brunetti receives a visit from one of his wife’s students with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon fro a crime committed by her grandfather many years ago, he thinks little of…



10. Bridges of Venice Walking Tours by James Broos

bridges of veniceThis book provides a way to explore Venice, Italy in a way never before available. The book divides the bridges of Venice into 27 tours. Each tour provides detailed step by step Instructions of how to walk from one bridge to…



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