Books to travel Italy without a passport

We cannot say for sure, but we are sure that Italy is one of the countries that has been written about the most in recent times. Or always. The Italian country has been the setting for novels and other books because it has always been a source of inspiration for geniuses from all artistic branches. Whether from the north or the south, from small cities to large ones, Italy has been another protagonist in literature. We have made a selection of some books that allow you to travel around Italy, for him stop Mediterranean, without having to take a passport. Come, travel and read.

Modica / Photo: @dinnerwithfriends
Matera / Photo: @mediterravie

‘The long road of sand’, by Pier Paolo Passolini

'The long road of sand' by Pier Paolo Passolini
Photo: Gallo Nero

The journalist Pier Paolo Passolini narrates in this book what many journalists dream of doing. In the summer of 1959 travels the Italian peninsula in a Fiat 1100 writing chronicles of his trip for the magazine Success. Imagine traveling in the Italy of the 1950s, from Ventimiglia to Trieste and from Palmi to Sicily. One of those trips that we travel from the armchair but that he did from July to September in the iconic Millecento.

italy beach
Photo: @natalieobradovichphotography
Palace in Lucca
Palace in Lucca / Photo: @timdamas

‘Letters from Italy’, by Josep Pla

'Letters from Italy' by Josep Pla
Photo: Austral

Josep Pla is one of those great writers that you always have to read. In this case, we recommend ‘Letters from Italy’ for the magnificent use of adjectives that it makes on all its pages. And look how difficult it is to describe the beauty of this country. This book collects the experiences of the four years that the Catalan writer lived in Italy. A picture full of nuances of what the Italy he saw was, which was a lot, thanks to his curiosity and his sense of smell. Its gastronomy, politics, architecture… We can delve into its museums and its markets, in cities like Florence or Venice. A rich tour in all aspects of the Italy lived by Josep Pla.

island of capri
Island of Capri / Photo: @mediterravie
Hotel in Florence
Hotel in Florence / Photo: @mediterravie
Ristorante Lo Scoglio
Ristorante Lo Scoglio / Photo: @natalieobradovichphotography
Conca dei Marni
Conca dei Marni / Photo: @natalieobradovichphotography

‘Stories of Rome’, by Enric González

'Stories of Rome' by Enric González
Photo: RBA

Another journalist here, in this case, a correspondent. Correspondents are often the ones who best narrate the life of a country because not only have their chronicles told it, they have also lived it in the first person. It is necessary to blend in with the environment, and learn and be aware of the place where you live in order to later be able to narrate what is happening to the reader or viewer. A book that makes you travel to Italy, but above all, to Rome.

The Roman Pantheon
The Roman Pantheon / Photo: @paolostella
Villa Borghese
Villa Borghese / Photo: @timdamas
roman pantheon
Roman Pantheon / Photo: @dinnerwithfriends

The Unfinished Palazzo by Judith Makrell

'The Unfinished Palazzo' by Judith Mackrell
Photo: Siruela

We have talked about Rome, now it’s time to talk about Venice. This novel by Judith Makrell places us in this romantic city, although to discover it we have fascinating women as protagonists: Peggy Guggenheim, Doris Castlerosse and Luisa Casati. The palace spoken of in the novel is the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, a palace known to the Venetians as the non finito palazzo -the works stopped in 1780- and in whose walls these fascinating women lived. A trip through Venice through three relevant characters that is very worthwhile. The last of the books that makes us travel to Italy.

Venice / Photo: @veneziacityofficial
Venice waterway
Photo: @scatto_venezia

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