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Coffee Table Books About Italy

If you’re out of ideas on what to get for the Italy lover in your life — or if you just want to buy something beautiful for yourself — consider the following coffee tables books about Italy.

A browsable list of these and other titles are available on the Italofile Amazon page.

Coffee Table Books About Italy Published in 2019

Photogenic, artistically-rich Italy is always a popular subject for a coffee table book. Many volumes devoted to Italy and Italian art and architecture were published in 2019. Here are a few that I would love to get or give.

Gray Malin: Italy

Gray Malin: Italy

This one-size-fits-all book will satisfy anyone who loves Italy and color-drenched photography. Gray Malin’s popular book captures unique scenes from Italy’s coastal areas, including Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast.

Entryways of Milan – Ingressi di Milano

Entryways of Milan / Ingressi di Milano

A book for the interior design lover, Entryways of Milan is a fun look at 144 eclectic and elegant ingressi one will find in fashionable Milan. It’s like having a hard copy of a Pinterest board.

Leonardo by Leonardo

Leonardo by Leonardo by Martin Kemp

The world celebrated 500 years of Leonardo da Vinci in 2019, so a number of books on the Renaissance man were released this year. This one focuses on 27 of Leonardo’s paintings and contains analysis and reflections by Martin Kemp, one of the world’s leading Leonardo scholars.

A Few of My Favorites

I own and love the following coffee table books. Though they weren’t released this year, these volumes are timeless.

Rome: Portrait of a City

Rome: Portrait of a City

This 486-page doorstopper of a book is a gorgeous centerpiece for any coffee table. It contains photos from every neighborhood in the Eternal City, ranging from the 1840s to today. I bought this book for myself because I couldn’t stand to wait for anyone else to give it to me!

Elliott Erwitt’s Rome

Elliott Erwitt's Rome

What’s better than one coffee table book about Rome? Two (or more). This book contains black-and-white photos of Rome from legendary photographer Elliott Erwitt.

City Parks: Public Spaces, Private Thoughts

City Parks: Public Spaces, Private Thoughts

Most coffee table books are made to be browsed, not read. This one on the world’s city parks contains essays by well-known authors as well as beautiful photography. Three Italian parks are featured in this book — Jan Morris writes about Trieste’s Giardino Pubblico while Zadie Smith covers the Boboli Gardens in Florence and Rome’s Villa Borghese.

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Melanie Renzulli has been writing about travel to Italy for more than 20 years.

3 Comments

  • Arabella Davies
    11 December 2019 at 12:10 am

    Ohh these are dreamy, I would love to go to Italy one day, but in the mean time a coffee table book will have to do!

    Reply
  • LuLu B - Calabrisella Mia
    14 December 2019 at 9:28 pm

    These all look like great books and conversation starters! I’d have trouble picking just one! 🙂

    Reply
    • Melanie Renzulli
      15 December 2019 at 8:02 am

      To be honest, I could have made this a MUCH longer post 😀

      Reply

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