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An Italian Affair

An Italian Affair

Author(s): Caroline Montague

Location(s): Tuscany

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): WW2 onwards

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Italy, 1937. Alessandra Durante is grieving the loss of her husband when she discovers she has inherited her ancestral family seat, Villa Durante, deep in the Tuscan Hills. Longing for a new start, she moves from her home in...

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Simonetta

Simonetta

Author(s): Fay Picardi

Location(s): Florence

Genre(s): Biography, Fiction

Era(s): 15th Century

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Have you ever wondered about who Botticelli chose to depict in his immortal painting Birth of Venus? Was she a real person, his model or his mistress? Most people recognize her image, but few can name her. Even fewer...

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The Artisan’s Star

The Artisan’s Star

Author(s): Gabriella Contestabile

Location(s): Florence, Grasse

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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Elio Barati’s perfumery shop in Florence marks its entrance with a mosaic star. This shop immerses Elio in the artisanal world he loves, but he harbors a regret. As a young man he created a full-fledged perfume of jasmine,...

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The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus

Author(s): Sarah Dunant

Location(s): Florence

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 15th Century

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Alessandra is not quite fifteen when her prosperous merchant father brings a young painter back with him from Holland to adorn the walls of the new family chapel. She is fascinated by his talents and envious of his abilities...

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The Medici Boy

The Medici Boy

Author(s): John L'Heureux

Location(s): Florence

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 15th Century

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The worlds of art, politics and passion collide in John L Heureux s masterful new novel, The Medici Boy. With rich composition, L Heureux ingeniously transports the reader to Donatello s Renaissance Italy directly into his bottega, (workshop), as...

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The Towers of Tuscany

The Towers of Tuscany

Author(s): Carol M Cram

Location(s): San Gimignano, Siena, Tuscany

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1338-1348

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Sofia is trained in secret as a painter in her father’s workshop during a time when women did not paint openly. She loves her work, but her restless spirit leads her to betray her extraordinary gifts to marry a...

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Cooking with Fernet Branca

Cooking with Fernet Branca

Author(s): James Hamilton-Paterson

Location(s): Tuscany

Genre(s): Fiction, Gastro, Humour

Era(s): Modern

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Gerald Samper, an effete Englishman, lives on a hilltop in Tuscany. He is a ghostwriter for celebrities, and a foodie, whose weird tastes include ‘Mussels in Chocolate and Garlic’ and ‘Fernet Branca Ice Cream’. His idyll is shattered by...

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Love and Gelato

Love and Gelato

Author(s): Jenna Evans Welch

Location(s): Tuscany

Genre(s): Fiction, Romance

Era(s): Contemporary

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A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure. Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn t in the mood for Italy s...

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The Flood

The Flood

Author(s): David Hewson

Location(s): Florence

Genre(s): Mystery

Era(s): 1980s looking back to the flood of 1966

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This is a dazzling Italian mystery, rich in intrigue and dark secrets, from an internationally bestselling crime writer at the height of his powers. Florence, 1986. A seemingly inexplicable attack on a church fresco of Adam and Eve brings...

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You Had Me At Merlot

You Had Me At Merlot

Author(s): Lisa Dickenson

Location(s): Tuscany

Genre(s): Fiction, Romance

Era(s): Contemporary

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Elle and Laurie are the last ones standing: they’re single, they’re not having babies any time soon and their weekends aren’t filled with joyful meetings about mortgages. For Elle, this is fine. She likes her independent life, but Laurie...

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