Laura Morelli

Laura Morelli is an American art historian and the USA Today bestselling author of travel guides and historical fiction.

The first time I visited Venice as a wide-eyed teenager, I knew I was supposed to buy Murano glass, but I had no idea why.

All I knew was that I was whisked to the famous “glass island” on an overcrowded, stinky boat. I waited behind two dozen American and Japanese tourists to pay an exorbitant price for a little glass fish—what a bewildering experience!

Still, it was the artistic traditions of the world that inspired me to study the past. Living in Europe and Latin America, I realized that in many places, centuries-old craft traditions are still living traditions.

So began my quest to discover craftspeople passing on a special kind of knowledge to the next generation.

Books in order of publication:

The Gondola Maker (2014)

The Tapestry. The Scriptorium. (2015)

Bridge of Sighs. The Scriptorium (2016)

The Painter’s Apprentice. The Scriptorium (2017)

The Giant: A Novel of Michelangelo’s David. The Scriptorium (2020)

The Night Portrait: A Novel of WWII & Da Vinci’s Italy. Harper Collins (William Morrow) (2020)

The Stolen Lady: A Novel of WWII & the Mona Lisa. Harper Collins (William Morrow). (2021).

Travel Guides:

Made in the Southwest (2006)

Made in France (2008)

Made in Italy (2008)

Made in Naples & the Amalfi Coast (2015)

Made in Venice (2015)

Artisans of Venice (2015)

Made in Florence (2015)

Artisans in Florence (2015)

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