I've found two so far on Amazon which I've bought, one a factual account 'Under the Tuscan Sun' by Frances Mayes, and one a novel, 'The Past Lies Waiting' by David Treanor. Any other suggestions welcome!
There are so many, here are just a few... I know I've read several more but can't remember the titles specifically, will have to come back and add them later .
"Under the Tuscan Sun" has also been made into a movie... I have not read the book so don't know how it is, but the movie is a bit "romanticized" . It is great for the scenery! Frances Mayes also has another book called "Every day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life".
Probably a bit better is "A Small Place in Italy", by Eric Newby
"A Room With a View" and "Where Angels Fear to Tread" by E.M. Forster
"Decameron" by Giovanni Boccaccio
"The Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri - this is definitely not easy reading but has shaped history
"I, Mona Lisa" by Jeanne Kalogridis
"The Birth of Venus" by Sara Dunant
"The Savage Garden" by Mark Mills
look into books by Magdalen Nabb - there is an entire series of mysteries set in Florence with Marshal Guarnaccia
"The Agony and the Ecstasy" by Irving Stone - about Michelangelo - read great reviews about it, have yet to read it.
"The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci" by Dmitry Merezhkovsky
"A Florentine Revenge" by Cristobel Kent
"A Tuscan Childhood" by Kinta Beevor (then you can go visit the Fortress in Aulla yourself)
"Restoration: A Novel" by Olaf Olafsson
"Scandalous Secret, Defiant Bride" by Helen Dickson
"The Golden Hour" by Margaret Wirtele
"Passion of Artemesia" by Susan Vreelang
"Brunelleschi's Dome" by Ross King (historical, not fiction but offers great insight into the artist)
"Up at the Villa" by Somerset Maugham
"Vanilla Beans e Brodo" and "Bel Vino" by Isabella Dusi - of the area around Montalcino
"Crossing to Safety" by Wallace Stegner
"The Monster of Florence" by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi - being made into a movie of a series of real murders committed around Florence late 60's-early 80s
I know, even I haven't attempted Dante's Divine Comedy but as you go around Tuscany, there are stone plates all over the place marking the specific lines from the Divine Comedy related to that place.... he seems to have been all over the place!
There is also the Merchant of Prato by Iris Origo as well as her War in Val d'Orcia that even if historical give great insight into the region and its rich history.
There are really a lot but for suspense/thriller, I heard the Magdalen Nabb books are great as well as The The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone and Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreelang.
Hello. At the risk of being relentless and shameless, I'd like to recommend my six books, all set in Tuscany. It's a series, starting in WWII and ending in 2000, with the same characters and settings, a small village and Florence. The website is www.ATuscanSeries.com
Here are the books:
The Cielo, A Novel of Wartime Tuscany
Sparrow's Revenge: A Novel of Postwar Tuscany
Dino's Story: A Novel of 1960s Tuscany
The Temptation of Father Lorenzo: Ten Stories of 1970s Tuscany
A Piazza for Sant'Antonio, Six Novellas of 1980s Tuscany
The Fearless Flag Thrower of Lucca: Nine Stories of 1990s Tuscany