The Daughter of Siena, Marina Fiorato, 2011 — Set in the 18th century at the Palio, the infamous horse race between different neighborhoods in Siena, The Daughter of Siena follows a forbidden romance between a jockey and a duchess of opposing regions.

Where Angels Fear to Tread, E.M. Forster, 1905 — An insightful tale into human behavior, Where Angels Fear to Tread follows the wealthy Herriton family. Horrified by their daughter’s relationship with a poor Italian, they decide to send their son to Tuscany to stop the marriage.

Up at the Villa, W. Somerset Maugham, 1941 — A short and quickly moving novella, Up at the Villa tells the story of a wealthy British woman and the twists her life takes once she meets a dashing stranger on her drive home in Tuscany.

The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje, 1992 — Set during World War II, this novel brings together four people, including a badly burned man, presumed to be English, at an Italian villa.


A Small Place in Italy, Eric Newby, 1998 — Eric Newby’s memoir reflects on his life moving with his wife to a Tuscan farmhouse and the delights and quirks of rural Tuscan life.

Seven Seasons in Siena, Robert Rodi, 2011 — This insightful and humorous memoir follows Robert Rodi, an American writer, who falls in love with and moves to Siena—and his subsequent challenge to be accepted by the Sienese.

Images and Shadows: Part of a Life, Iris Origo, 2015 — In her autobiography Images & Shadows, Iris Origo tells the story of her privileged transnational childhood – growing up between Long Island, Ireland, and Tuscany – and her purchase and work on La Foce, a valley in rural Tuscany, where she improved the land and changed the lives of many of those less fortunate.

Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes, 1996 — A woman’s enchanting account of her love affair with Italy and the home that changes her life


Under the Tuscan Sun, 2003 — In this gooey yet irresistible chick flick, Diane Lane glows as a heartsick, recently-divorced writer who gets her groove back in Florence and the surrounding Tuscan countryside.

Up at the Villa, 2000 — This suspenseful movie set in the Tuscan countryside follows a young British woman who, after being proposed to by an older aristocrat, becomes embroiled in a crime with a dashing and wealthy stranger. The film stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Sean Penn.

The English Patient, 1996 — Starring Ralph Fiennes, this movie version of the book of the same name won nine Oscars, including Best Picture.

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