Reading for the Road:
Books About the Italian Lakes

BY Italy | Lakes District

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.

Must-Read Books about The Italian Lakes

Books About the Italian LakesCadogan Guide Lombardy & the Italian Lakes
Dana Facaros
Cadogan brings travelers Lombardy and the Italian Lakes in all their glory, from the powerhouse of Milan to the idyllic beauty and tranquility of Lake Garda and the Renaissance cities of the Lombard Plain


Books About the Italian LakesThe 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 Italian LakesD.H. Lawrence and Italy
D.H Lawrence
This omnibus Penguin Classics edition includes Lawrence’s three travel tales, each very different in tone and all wonderful: Sea and Sardinia is a nostalgic look at traditional ways of life; Twilight in Italy, an evocation of Lawrence’s memorable stay on Lake Garda; and Etruscan Places his musings on ancient sites, including the painted tombs of Tarquinia.


La (Lakeside) Dolce Vita

On Italian Lakes Walking, truly incredible walks lead us through the charming streets of Lugano and über-chic Bellagio to unforgettable authentic meals at opulent waterfront resorts.


Books About the Italian Lakes

Italian Days Barbara Grizzuti Harrison Grizzuti Harrison writes with warmth and depth of her journey from Milan south to Calabria in this sprightly account of Italy and the Italians.




A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway Hemingway’s great work, is a semi-autobiographical take on his time in Stresa and the nurse he loved.




The Betrothed Alessandro Manzoni A seminal Italian novel set amidst the stunning Lakes.



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