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.
by Ippolito Nievo
860-page masterpiece set in the tumultuous landscape during the Unification of Italy.
by Francesco Petrarca
The early Renaissance scholar’s famed poetry.
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.
by Andrea Zanzotto
Post-war Italy’s most important and acclaimed poet Zanzotto’s experiment – a collection of 91 haikus.
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.
by Emilio Salgari
A globe-trotting adventure in the mid 1800s.
by William Shakespeare
Everyone knows the Bard was Italian, amirite?