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ISSIMO Booklist: Veneto

Veneto has been a source of inspiration for a never-ending list of artists throughout the centuries, and literature is no exception. Whether you’re sitting on a Venetian balcony with dreams of Romeo, or in the country side taking in the views of the Veneto’s magnificent hills, these books completely immerse you in the Veneto culture, and then globe-trotting Veneto authors/explorers will have you travel the world.

Le Confessioni d’un Italiano

by Ippolito Nievo

860-page masterpiece set in the tumultuous landscape during the Unification of Italy.

Il Canzoniere

by Francesco Petrarca

The early Renaissance scholar’s famed poetry.

Le Città Invisibili

by Italo Calvino

A fabled conversation of adventure between Kublai Khan and Marco Polo.

A 9th century riddle that is perhaps the font of the Venetian language


by Ugo Foscolo

A lyrical patriotic poem, written as a protest against Napoleon’s decree forbidding tomb inscriptions.

Haiku Per Una Stagione

by Andrea Zanzotto

Post-war Italy’s most important and acclaimed poet Zanzotto’s experiment – a collection of 91 haikus.

Il Deserto dei Tartari

by Dino Buzzati

A scathing critique of military life and a meditation on the quest for glory by a young men who realises his lifelong dream of participating in a war.

Le Tigri di Mompracem

by Emilio Salgari

A globe-trotting adventure in the mid 1800s.

Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Everyone knows the Bard was Italian, amirite?

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