Reading for the Road: Books About Venice

At The Slow Road we answer to many names (wanderers, bon vivants, students of life) but first and foremost, we’re a group of dedicated travellers.

That’s why we love compiling reading lists that include those books—from novels to memoirs, and everything in between—that have really opened up our favourite regions.

In this post, we’ll round up a few of our favourite books about Venice.

Must-Read Books About Veneto

The World of Venice

By Jan Morris

Morris displays her talent for research, telling anecdotes and well-wrought prose in this spirited portrait of a beloved city, its history and inhabitants. If you are going to read one book on Venice, we recommend this favourite.

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Venice Observed

By Mary McCarthy

Originally published over 30 years ago, this collection of eight essays is a literate, evocative celebration of the city, its character, and its history.

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Experience Veneto With B&R

Scheduled Group Biking Trip

Pedal your way through the Italian countryside in search of Prosecco and prosciutto, marvelling at medieval villages and serene lakes, ending in the Lagoon City on our Verona to Venice Biking trip.


Private Biking Trip

In the home of Parmigiano Reggiano and Valpolicella, the culinary and oenological adventures equal the extraordinary scenery of two renowned cities on our Verona to Venice Biking trip.


A History of Venice

By John Julius Norwich

The great historian Norwich marshals myriad personalities, battles, sieges and facts into a vivid portrait of the Venetian Republic spanning the 1,000 years up to its 1797 defeat at the hands of Napoleon.

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Italian Neighbors

By Tim Parks

This sparkling memoir by the British novelist captures the travails and delights of life in the Italian countryside outside of Venice in Veneto. Montecchio, which Parks so indelibly sketches in this favourite book, is outside Verona.

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