Planning for a dream vacation is almost as fun as the vacation itself! Creating your Pinterest board, picking out your outfits, and, of course, figuring out which book will get you into proper vacation mode. When thinking about books to read before visiting Italy, you’ve probably heard of all of the obvious ones: Eat, Pray, Love; Angels & Demons; Under the Tuscan Sun. Well, we’re here to tell you that there’s more to Italy than Rome, and there’s more to Italian-inspired literature than Dan Brown. So sit back, brew a cup of tea, and settle in with our list of books to read before visiting Italy!
We’re going to say something that might be a little controversial: visiting Italy at Christmas is just as fun as visiting Italy in the summertime. Hear us out! Instead of sweating it out on the Spanish steps with a gelato in each hand, you can enjoy a stroll through a lively Christmas market with a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate to warm you up from top to bottom. Sound pretty good? Here are some of our other favorite Christmas traditions in Italy that might turn you into a permanent winter vacation person.