The Borgia Confessions Raphael, Painter in Rome The Woman in Red One Summer Day in Rome The Chef's Secret Pompeii The Lying Life of Adults
Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome The Confessions of Young Nero Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome The Chef's Apprentice The Night Portrait: A Novel of World War II and Da Vinci's Italy The Patron Saint of Second Chances The Satyricon
The Chef's Secret The Gondola Maker Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome The Scribe of Siena How Fires End The Patron Saint of Second Chances The Hunger Saint
Florence in Ecstasy I Am Livia Metamorphoses I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany The Lion and the Rose Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

Crystal King's Favorite Fiction Books Set In Italy

By Crystal King

By Crystal King
The Chef's Secret

The Chef's Secret

Crystal King

$16.99

I'm rather partial to this book, for obvious reasons. :-) It's a love story, a mystery and a tale of decadent popes, princes and the chef that fed them all.

Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome

Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome

Crystal King

$17.00

This book was my first labor of love. Apicius was the world's first famous gourmand. He lived a luxurious life and had a wild, tragic death. I tell the story of how he got there.

The Patron Saint of Second Chances

The Patron Saint of Second Chances

Christine Simon

$27.00 $25.11

This book is fun, and funny, and is the perfect feel-good book! A vacuum-cleaner salesman makes up a lie about a movie being made in their small town, and hilarity ensues.

The Night Portrait: A Novel of World War II and Da Vinci's Italy

The Night Portrait: A Novel of World War II and Da Vinci's Italy

Laura Morelli

$16.99 $15.80

The Night Portrait is an astonishing, epic tale that seamlessly spans centuries of history and art, encompassing the beauty of the Renaissance and the horrible truths of Nazi Germany. Masterfully imagined and unforgettable, this riveting novel shows us the power of art to bring hope in a world of despair.

The Woman in Red

The Woman in Red

Diana Giovinazzo

$28.00

A stunning novel about a woman whose impact spanned continents and countries. Anita began her life as a revolutionary when she met Giuseppi Garibaldi, who was then the leader of the Brazilian resistance. She would then follow him, not to the ends of the earth, but to Italy, his native land, where he paved the way for Italy's unification. It's a story of love and romance, family and friends, and town and country--and what one will do to protect those things at all costs.

Raphael, Painter in Rome

Raphael, Painter in Rome

Stephanie Storey

$24.99 $23.24

A delightful first-person story from one of Rome's most famous painters.

The Borgia Confessions

The Borgia Confessions

Alyssa Palombo

$16.99

The latest from Alyssa Palombo, in which she turns our notion of bad-boy Cesare Borgia on its end.

The Confessions of Young Nero

The Confessions of Young Nero

Margaret George

$18.00

Was Nero really as horrible as we think him to be? Or just misunderstood? Margaret George paints a fascinating new look at the emperor who watched Rome burn.

The Hunger Saint

The Hunger Saint

Olivia Kate Cerrone

$12.00

Sicily's past is a tough one, particularly for the boys working in the sulfur mines. A short book, but one that will remain long in your memory.

How Fires End

How Fires End

Marco Rafalà

$24.95

My blurb for this novel: “This multilayered, astonishing novel takes you into the heart of a dark family legacy and twists you up with emotion on every page. How Fires End is beautifully written and startling in its revelations. I can’t stop thinking about this heartbreaking book.”

Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

Anthony Doerr

$16.00 $14.88

You may know Doerr from his other stunning novel, but lovers of Rome will love his poignant observations from the time he spent in the Eternal City after winning the Rome Prize.

The Lion and the Rose

The Lion and the Rose

Kate Quinn

$16.00 $14.88

Kate Quinn has a number of books out, but I'm partial to this series, which features a different take on Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous chef I wrote about in my novel, THE CHEF'S SECRET. Intrigue, mystery, scandal and love affairs galore.

Florence in Ecstasy

Florence in Ecstasy

Jessie Chaffee

$16.00 $14.88

A young woman's quest to find herself emotionally--and physically--in a city where food is means more than just sustenance.

The Gondola Maker

The Gondola Maker

Laura Morelli

$16.49 $15.34

The first book I read by Laura Morelli, about a young gondola maker. It's a love story with an eye-opening dash of Venetian history on the side.

The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany

The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany

Lori Nelson Spielman

$16.00 $14.88

A book about love and sisterhood set against the backdrop of il bel paese.

The Chef's Apprentice

The Chef's Apprentice

Elle Newmark

$24.99

Sadly, the world is without Elle Newmark now. She was a brilliant food writer and one of the people who dipped deep into Italy's past and left a lasting mark on me.

Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

Ovid

$12.00 $11.16

The Roman myths that inspired countless other tales. This translation is absolutely beautiful and brings out Ovid's mastery of story.

The Scribe of Siena

The Scribe of Siena

Melodie Winawer

$16.99 $15.80

A time-traveling love story that takes place in the midst of the Black Plague that nearly wipes out Siena.

The Lying Life of Adults

The Lying Life of Adults

Elena Ferrante

$26.00 $24.18

Ferrante's newest novel is a page-turner and a deep look into the life of a young girl discovering the layers of lies her father and his family have developed around them.

One Summer Day in Rome

One Summer Day in Rome

Mark Lamprell

$21.99 $20.45

A love story, narrated by Rome itself.

I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54

I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54

Robert Graves

$17.95 $16.69

A masterpiece of fiction that has inspired movies, television and plays. Once you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down.

The Satyricon

The Satyricon

Petronius

$12.95 $12.04

The world's first "novel," this is a raucous, wild, sex-filled novel about the bizarre exploits of retired gladiator, Encolpius, and his slave and boyfriend Giton, a handsome sixteen-year-old boy.

I Am Livia

I Am Livia

Phyllis T. Smith

$14.95

A look at the world of Ancient Rome through the eyes of Livia, one of the most infamous women in history.

Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome

Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome

Steven Saylor

$21.99

Roma is a sweeping novel that spans centuries of la bella citta.

Pompeii

Pompeii

Robert Harris

$17.00 $15.81

Robert Harris takes the reader through the days leading up to, and through the eruption that buried the city.