Is it just me or is everyone in Europe right now? Specifically, my Instagram feed is cluttered with gorgeously aesthetic imagery of tanned smiling tourists enjoying the sights and sounds of a summer in Italy.
If, like me, you’re pining for a little Italian romance right now here are the books and movies for you!
Ciao For Now by Kate Bromley
When an American interning at a fashion house in Rome butts heads with her professor’s surly son, sparks fly!
With her thirties rapidly approaching and a mountain of student debt looming over her, Violet Luciano’s dream of finishing design school and working in fashion has cost her everything. So when she lands an internship at an up-and-coming fashion brand in Rome, she brings her A game to Italy. With nothing left to lose, Violet plans to win the competition among the interns for the ultimate prize — a job at a New York label.
But when a coffee run goes wrong and Violet accidentally destroys a stranger’s laptop, all of the apology Americanos in the world won’t help her. Because it turns out that the man from the café is Matteo, her professor’s eternally grumpy son, who thinks she’s a clumsy American…and maybe a stalker. Their animosity (and undeniable chemistry) grows as together they’re forced to face a summer of chic parties, adventures through Rome and sharing a home…with the person they can’t stand the most.
The more time she spends with him, the more distracted she finds herself. With her chance to win the competition slipping out of her grasp, Violet has to decide whether to say ciao to Matteo — or ciao to her dreams.
The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)
While on a holiday in Rome, a teenager, Elizabeth, is mistaken to be a pop star named Isabella. However, when the time comes, she must choose between her new glamorous lifestyle and returning home.
Watch it on: Disney +
Roman Holiday (1953)
Stuck with boredom in her luxurious confinement, a princess escapes from her guardians and falls in love with an American news reporter in Rome.
Watch it on: Amazon Prime
Only For Pretend by Charlotte Marigold
She’s always been the good girl, but this trip to Italy will show Annabella that love and chocolate can both be sweet, tempting – and dangerously addictive.
When infamous playboy Alessandro De Costa entices Little Miss Sensible, Annabella Beaumont, to be his master chocolatier and faux fiancée, neither anticipate the deception – or passionate seduction – that will follow.
Annabella isn’t prepared for the limelight, the charade, the ‘makeover’, and she didn’t know her new boss would look like a gift from heaven with the devil in his smile. But she’s determined to succeed; her sister’s depending on her.
Now, as she slowly succumbs to the playboy’s charms, Annabella struggles with sweet temptation – as well as secrets that could ruin everything.
Letters to Juliet (2010)
Sophie Hall, a young aspiring writer, who is on a vacation in Italy, finds an unanswered love letter from a woman named Claire Smith and decides to reunite her with her lover.
Watch it on: Binge
Cinderella’s Secret Fling by Michelle Douglas
Will a secret fling with this charming single dad ignite a spark that lasts forever? Escape to Lake Como in the latest enchanting One Summer in Italy story by Michelle Douglas.
Cinderella…and her forbidden Italian!
Aspiring artist Audrey is staying with newly discovered relatives in Lake Como when she meets renowned sculptor and brooding single dad Gabriel. Their attraction is instant and unexpected…as is his hostility! Is it because Audrey was related to his late wife? As they bond over art and his little girl, their spark ignites into a secret affair. But a summer fling was never meant to be this complicated…
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Frances Mayes, a 35-year-old San Francisco writer, gets a divorce that leaves her with terminal writer’s block and depression. Later, she decides to buy a house in Tuscany in order to change her life.
Watch it on: Disney +
A Room With a View (1985)
Based on the 1908 novel by E.M. Forster. Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham-Carter) shares a brief romance with George Emerson in Florence. Yet as she tries to move on with her life and look for marriage elsewhere, can she truly forget the events of that summer?
Available to rent on Google Play, Apple or Amazon Prime
One Night Fling in Positano by Ann McIntosh
Walk underneath the Mediterranean moonlight as you fall in love with Ann McIntosh’s latest novel!
Can one night of passion…change her whole life?
Nurse Kendra lives a jet-set life. Who needs a home and family when they only let you down? So, when meeting gorgeous Massimo in Positano results in one unforgettable night, Kendra has no regrets — until he turns out to be her new boss! Continuing their fling is risky, but also irresistible. Under the red-hot Mediterranean sun, will Kendra realise it’s not her fling that’s at risk, but her ‘no strings attached’ relationship rule!
When In Rome (2010)
An ambitious young New Yorker, disillusioned with romance, takes a whirlwind trip to Rome, where she defiantly plucks magic coins from a fountain of love, inexplicably igniting the passion of an odd group of suitors
Watch it on: Disney +
Bad Mistake by J.C. Harroway
Book 3 in the Pleasure Pact series
‘You want my touch? It comes with conditions…’
The Pleasure Pact was my idea. All because I want Nick Rivers, my brooding, mouthwateringly hot bodyguard. All that control. All that restraint. Now in Milan, I have one chance with him — on his terms. He calls the shots. I deliciously surrender to every naughty, illicit moment. But Nick can’t control what’s happening between us…or what happens when he shows me who he really is.