Reading for the Road: Books About the Amalfi Coast

We at The Slow Road answer to many names (wanderers, bon vivants, students of life) but first and foremost, we’re a group of dedicated travellers. We’ve put together reading lists, which include those books—from novels to great guidebooks—that have really opened up our favourite regions. Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history and its people.

Books About the Amalfi Coast

Books About the Amalfi CoastThe Italians
Luigi Barzini
The definitive portrait of the Italian people, this is a classic, scholarly essay on the Italian character. Though first published in 1964, it’s still worth reading for its insight, grace and wit.

Books About the Amalfi CoastItalian Journey, 1786-1788
Johann Wolfgang Von Geothe | W.H Auden | Elizabeth Meyer
“Sicily is the key to everything” is only one of Goethe’s many astute observations included in this Penguin Classics edition of his journals and letters from his grand tour of southern Italy

Books About the Amalfi CoastPompeii, A Novel
Robert Harris
In this fast-paced historical novel set in Pompeii, a young engineer sets out to repair the Roman aqueducts and discovers the imminent eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Full of suspense and period detail.

Books About the Amalfi CoastTravelers’ Tales Italy
Ann Calcagno | Jan Morris
A collection of 48 stories on traveling in Italy and Italian life, featuring the writing of Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, Frances Mayes, Jonathan Keats, Stanley Crouch and others.

Books About the Amalfi CoastThe Volcano Lover, A Romance
Susan Sontag
A steamy and evocative historical novel by social critic Sontag, set in 18th-century Naples. The sweeping story focuses on the British Ambassador to the King in Naples, his passionate and notorious love, and her infatuation with Lord Nelson.

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