What are the best books set in Florence, Italy?

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    #1A Room With a View

    A Room With a View

    A Room With a View tells the story of Lucy Honeychurch, a young English middle-class girl who meets two gentlemen in her vacation in Florence, Italy. Lucy is torn between conforming to the social norms and following her heart's desire.


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    Heather Simmons
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I couldn't get into this book because it is kind of dated. I'm more into modern books with stories that I can relate to. It wasn't too bad but just not my usual read."
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    #2The Prince

    The Prince
    The Prince is a 16th-century political analysis written by Niccolò Machiavelli. This book explains the different types of states, how to acquire and maintain political power and the character and behavior a good prince has to have in order to rule his territory properly.

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    Olivia Ortega
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This looks pretty good. A decent book and it fits the category, so I would choose it myself probably."
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    #3The Decameron

    The Decameron

    The Decameron is a medieval fiction written by Giovanni Boccaccio in the 14th century. It contains 100 tales of love and adventure told from the point of view of 10 men inside a city ravaged by the deadly Black Death.


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    Joseph Collins
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "A totally excellent work of fiction which ties into history and the plague. I really enjoyed the setting and the writing and the different stories which people went through at the time. I liked how it puts you in a different time frame and setting and does a good job at it."
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    #4The Enchantress of Florence

    The Enchantress of Florence
    Enchantress of Florence is a 2008 historical fiction novel by acclaimed Indian author Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of a European man claiming to be the son of an exiled Indian princess.

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    Joan Fuller
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Salman Rushdie's appeal is lost on me. The Enchantress of Florence manages to make these fascinating character dull and one-dimensional. "
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    This historical novel by George Eliot is a in-depth and complete study of the city of Florence in the fifteenth century, from an intellectual, social and religious point of view. This Renaissance days were turbulent, with the Medici family starting to get power, and through the eyes of Romola, the daughter of a blind scholar, we can get to know how these days were. 


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    Megan Martin
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I love reading about historical time periods especially when the plot is set in places outside of America. Very interesting book."
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    #6The King's Agent

    The King's Agent
    The King's Agent by Donna Russo Morin is a historical fiction and romance novel originally published in 2012. This book tells the story of an art collector named Battista della Paglia.

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    Tyler Wilson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The King's Agent is a great historical mystery book. I enjoyed reading it recently. It has mystery, suspense, romance, and great art history content. Anyone who is interested in art will get extra enjoyment out of this book. It has plenty of twists and turns to keep you hooked."
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    #7Murder of a Medici Princess

    Murder of a Medici Princess
    Murder of a Medici Princess by Caroline P. Murphy is a biographical novel originally published in March 2008. This book tells the tragic death of Isabelle de Medici - a Princess killed during the Renaissance period in Italy.

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    Lawrence Jensen
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I am not sure this book is set in Florence but it is Italian. Maybe parts of the book are in Florence. It is in Tuscany it appears."
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    #8The Stones of Florence

    The Stones of Florence
    The Stones of Florence by Mary McCarthy and Evelyn Hofer is a travel literature novel originally published in 1959. This book describes the rich history and social culture of the city of Florence, Italy.

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    Martha Herrera
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The Stones of Florence is a good book that is essentially a travel guide to the beautiful Italian city. When I think of this category, I think of fictional books that are taking place in Florence, where the book's characters are in and around the city experiencing what it has to offer. This book doesn't do that and really can't be described as set in Florence, it's just about the city more than set there."
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    #9The Sign of the Weeping Virgin

    The Sign of the Weeping Virgin

    The Sign of the Weeping Virgin by Alana White is a mytery and historical fiction novel originally published in 2012. This book follows the family of Guid Antonio Vespucci as they face their own inner demons.


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    Danielle Stanley
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Mystery and drama, my favorite reads, come together in this book. You won't want to put it down. It keeps you guessing the age-old question of who done it? Great read. It is set in Italy so you can also get a small glimpse into that country as well."
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    #10The Pope's Conspiracy

    The Pope's Conspiracy

    The Pope's Conspiracy by Mr. Lewis M. Weinstein is a historical fiction novel originally published in March 2012 by the CreateSpace Independent. This book includes some of the best conspiracy theories involving Pope John Paul II.


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    Benjamin Shaw
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Pope's Conspiracy is an Italian based book about some of the best conspiracy theories surrounding the pope. It's a wonderful read and some of it sounds crazy enough to be true"
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    #11The Portrait of a Lady

    The Portrait of a Lady
    The Portrait of a Lady is a historical mystery drama written by Henry James. It was first released in 2003. It is about an American lady who was brought to Europe and tried to fight the destiny set for her.

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    Justin Weaver
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "All though this sounds like a good read, It really is not a good solution for the topic. As the solution makes no mention of Florence"
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    #12Portrait of a Conspiracy (Da Vinci's Disciples)

    Portrait of a Conspiracy (Da Vinci's Disciples)
    Portrait of a Conspiracy is a historical mystery fiction and the first book in Da Vinci's Disciples series written by Donna Russo Morin. This book is about five women and it is first published in 2016 by Diversion Publishing. 

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    Louis Gardner
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Want to time travel back into the past? As far back into the 1400's and out to legendary Florence, Italy? Then you must read this book. Portrait of a Conspiracy (Da Vinci's Disciples) is a work of historical fiction, involving 6 women artists and their unusual struggles to be artists, the great Leonardo Da Vinci, a murder, a conspiracy, conflicts between ruling families, along with a number of plots and much else. The author clearly has studied Florence and its history. She will take you back there in a gripping story. Take the book and read it. An added plus for me is that the books has deepened my interests in the art and artists of the Renaissance world, something that I study from time to time."
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    #13The Birth of Venus

    The Birth of Venus

    The Birth of Venus is a historical romance fiction novel written by Sarah Dunant. This book is about Alessandra Cecchi who has a talent for painting. It is first published in 2003 by Random House. 


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    Claire Chang
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This fascinating story revolves around a passionate young woman trapped in a time when religion and men were often the storm clouds, blocking the chance for sunshine in women's lives. Her miserable marriage to a much older man is not an uncommon theme. or occurrence for the time period. But Dunant makes us care about this vivid rose trapped between dank and dark walls. I was moved and angry and glad I read it. A dank, sad and gorgeous story set in a dank, sad and gorgeous city and time. Read it. "


Best What are the best books set in Florence, Italy
1A Room With a ViewBooks 31 Paid
2The PrinceBooks 29 Paid
3The DecameronBooks 27 Paid
4The Enchantress of FlorenceBooks 26 Paid
5Romola Books 23 Paid
6The King's AgentBooks 21 Paid
7Murder of a Medici PrincessBooks 20 Paid
8The Stones of FlorenceBooks 19 Paid
9The Sign of the Weeping VirginBooks 17 Paid
10The Pope's ConspiracyBooks 15 Paid

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