Tuscany Books

Numerous "adventure" books have been published about the experience of moving to and living in Tuscany along the lines of Peter Mayle's "A Year in Provence." Chief among these are Francis Mayes' "Under the Tuscan Sun" about Cortona, but many other areas - among them Lucca, Maremma, Montalcino, and Montepulciano - are now included.

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Living in Tuscany




Under the Tuscan Sun

Frances Mayes

The first of the English books about life in Tuscany to hit the bestseller lists. Features Cortona.

In Maremma: Life and a House in Southern Tuscany

David Leavitt

Life in the Maremma area.

A Garden in Lucca: Finding Paradise in Tuscany

Paul Gervais

Life in Lucca.

The Tuscan Year - Life and Food in an Italian Valley

Elizabeth Romer

Country life in Tuscany and how it and the food change with the seasons.

Vanilla Beans and Brodo


Life in Montalcino & nearby.

Before the Palio

Martin Attwood

Despite the title, covers the adventures of a British expatriate living in the hills near Cortona.

A Small Place in Italy

Eric Newby

Life in the hills near Montepulciano.

Travel Guides




Florence and Tuscany (Eyewitness Travel Guides)

Chris Catling

One of the Dorling Kindersley guidebooks; very informative and good overview

Blue Guides

A & C Black (publishers)

Available for the following Italian cities/regions: Florence, Tuscany, Umbria, Rome, Venice, Sicily, N. Italy & S. Italy. Very good guides with excellent directions & include many less-travelled itineraries.

Walking in Italy

Helen Gillman

Walking/hiking tours in Tuscany and other provinces

The Pilgrim's Italy

Colleen and James Heater

Guidebook for pilgrimages in Italy with bios of the saints and lodging in spiritual retreats.

Italian Country Hideaways

Kelly Hurst

Less well-known places to stay in the Italian countryside

Italy for the Gourmet Traveller

Fred Plotkin

Not only where to travel & stay in Italy, but where to find excellent food & wine

Cookbooks, Food, & Wine




The Classic Italian Cookbook

Marcella Hazan

The reference book of Italian cooking for English speakers

Flavors of Tuscany


Toscana in Cucina

Grazietta Butazzi

In both English & Italiano; one of a 20 vol. series covering all of the provinces

Il Buon Paese

Gigi Piumatti

A "Slow Food" publication listing the best producers of foodstuffs

Bacco in Toscana

Slow Food

A "Slow Food" publication covering Tuscan wines

The Four Seasons of Italian Cooking

A. J. Battifarano

Italian cooking and how it varies with the seasons

Tuscany (Touring in Wine Country)

Maureen Ashley

Touring the wine-producing areas of Tuscany; extensive and excellent guide listing producers, enotece, & agriturismi. Other regions also available.





Buying a Property: Italy

Monica Larner & J. Howell
ISBN: 1860118798

Guide to buying property in Italy; includes information on each step of the process as well as anecdotes from others who have made their purchase.

Getting the Boot: Italy's Unfinished Revolution

Matt Frei

Italian politics and the "Tangentopolis" bribery scandal of the '90s; written by a British correspondent stationed in Rome.

Cortona in Context: The History and Architecture of an Italian Hill Town to the 17th Century

Philancy N. Holder

Perspective of Cortona written by a long-term resident - peels away the layers of Cortona's history for a view beneath the surface

Amazon's recommendations - Tuscany: Amazon.com list of recommended books about Tuscany

Books about Tuscany: Resource for travel /travelogues /local interest

Slow Food: This site (in Italiano, English, & Français) lists dining establishments (e.g. trattorie & osterie) noted for their food; it also has agricultural producers (e.g. wine & olive oil).

Cooking in Italy: Site with many links to cooking resources (including recipes) and foodstuff producers in Italy. Most are in Italiano, but many also in English.



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