Flavours Recommends: 7 books that definitely have to be on your Italian Holiday reading list

I recently asked the Flavours team to pick their best books for reading on holiday. This is our ultimate holiday reading list for relaxing by the swimming pool and enjoying the Italian sun on a Flavours holiday:


Tuscany is the ultimate cookbook of authentic and traditional Tuscan dishes and is the perfect book to read on a cooking holiday in Tuscany. Featuring simple and authentic recipes, this lovely book will inspire your culinary journey to one of Italy’s best food regions.

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The Gondola Maker

This fascinating fiction tale of 16th Century Venice is the perfect match for history and art buffs on a painting holiday to Venice. Morelli’s writing will transport you back, hopefully adding further meaning to the sights you see as you wander through the city of bridges. You can read an interview with the writer here .

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Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons: Travels in Sicily on a Vespa 

Food writer Matthew Fort discovers Sicily’s extraordinary food culture travelling around the island on his scooter, Monica. A must read for anyone travelling to Sicily for the first time. It will help you discover more about the amazing local food, the intensity of life in Sicily, its dramatic landscape, and traditions.

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Rome, Florence & Venice

This is one of our favourite travel guides from Italy expert and travel writer Alexei Cohen. What makes it unique is the local perspective, offering tips to seek out what everyone else is overlooking and explore the authentic side of Italy.

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The Solo Traveller’s Handbook

On our holidays we find that typically 70% of the group is made up of guests travelling independently and we’ve regularly posted about the benefits of joining a singles holiday. This a great book to help boost your self-confidence and appetite to discover yourself as you discover the world!

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Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast

With breath-taking cliff-top views, stunning nature and turquoise sea, Amalfi is a unique destination. Here, Margie Miklas uses a stunning collection of photos and portrays the southern Italian culture and lifestyle in such a way that makes you wish you were there.

Deliciously Ella with Friends

The last item on Flavours’ ultimate holiday reading list is perfect to accompany our Pilates holidays, as it provides wonderful ideas to make simple, healthy and delicious dishes. This is exactly what you need to keep you motivated and help to achieve your fitness goals after coming back from a Pilates holiday.









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