Virtual Vacation: 10 Great Books Set in Places We’d Love to Visit

In these final, sweltering days of July, we find our intermittent vacation fantasies growing into full-blown obsessions. If you’re like us and still have a while to go before you can escape from your responsibilities (or if you can’t get away at all), you’ll need some kind of outlet for your daydreaming. That’s where this list comes in. We’ve rounded up ten books set in some of the world’s most desirable travel destinations, from Italy to California to Japan.

Florence and Rome

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

This classic 1908 coming-of-age novel finds a young English girl, Lucy Honeychurch, touring Italy under the too-watchful eye of her older cousin, Charlotte. It’s a story filled with discovery — of Florence, Rome, and love. Sites are seen; rigid social boundaries are broken. A Room with a View is the kind of juicy beach read you can actually admit to buying.