Here’s the top 10 most iconic Italian books of all time

10 novels representing Italian literature at its best. In its unique essence and majesty.The love for the perfect detail in a flow of emotions.

From ancient times up till today, Italian writers have been able to transfer the most powerful and moving feelings. All with their unique style, all with an unreachable talent.

10) Il nome della rosa – Umberto Eco (1980)

Il nome della rosa - Umberto Eco (1980)

The Name of the Rose.The novel is set in 1327 in a Benedictine monastery in northern Italy and is narrated in the first person by the protagonist, Adso da Melk, at the time young novice, who now tells the story of the monastery, and the investigations conducted by his teacher, William of Baskerville, a Franciscan friar of English origin.

Book «made up of pieces, quotations, unfinished periods, stumps of books», real pastiche of different literary genres.

The name of the rose, behind a compelling and enthralling story from the first page to the last, hides a book from infinite senses and infinite levels of reading: that is, it seems almost the narrative outcome, the exemplification and exploration of that “limitlessness” of semiosis, theoretically illustrated by the author.

9) Le avventure di Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi (1883)

Le avventure di Pinocchio - Carlo Collodi (1883)

The Adventures of Pinocchio is set in Tuscany, just before the Unification of Italy. Pinocchio is a classic of children’s literature and among the great works of Italian literature of the nineteenth century.

The story of the little Pinocchio puppet who, after being born made of wood and many adventures, involving cats, foxes, whales and much more, gets the gift of becoming a real child, is known to all.

Especially the new generations know its history thanks to the cartoon of Walt Disney, or for film adaptations, which bear witness to the great success of the story of Collodi, but the plot of the book is different from the one we all believe we know well.

A magic fairy tale that teaches more each time the reader pass through its chapters.

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