Best Italy Travel Quotes
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15 Best Italy Travel Quotes
“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.”
“Open my heart and you will see Graved inside of it, “Italy.”
“We are all pilgrims who seek Italy.“
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery.”
“What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago.“
“The Creator made Italy from designs by Michaelangelo.”
“Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.”
Bertrand Russell, philosopher
“The most stylish country in the world is Italy.”
“One of the great joys of traveling through Italy is discovering firsthand that it is, indeed, a dream destination.”
“A man has not fully lived until he experiences that gentle balmy clime of ancient empires, the land of lemon trees and the genius of Michelangelo.”
“Italy offers one the most priceless of all one’s possessions – one’s own soul.”
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
“Move to Italy. I mean it: they know about living in debt; they don’t care. I stayed out there for five months while I was making a film called ‘Order Of Death,’ and they’ve really got it sussed. Nice cars. Sharp suits. Great food. Stroll into work at 10. Lunch from 12 till three. Leave work at five. That’s living!”
“There is in the DNA of the Italians a bit of madness, which in the overwhelming majority of cases is positive. It is a genius. It is a talent. It’s the masterpieces of art. It’s the food, fashion, everything that makes Italy great in the world.’”
“How beautiful is sunset, when the glow of Heaven descends upon a land like thee, Thou Paradise of exiles, Italy!”
Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Italy and the spring and the first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.”
16 Best Italy City Travel Quotes
“Italian cities have long been held up as ideals, not least by New Yorkers and Londoners enthralled by the ways their architecture gives beauty and meaning to everyday acts.“
Venice Travel Quotes
“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go”
“This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty this city, half fairy tale and half tourist trap, in whose insalubrious air the arts once rankly and voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous eroticism.”
“I will never forget experiencing Venice for the first time. It feels like you are transported to another time – the art, music, food and pure romance in the air is like no other place..”
“By day, Venice is a city of museums and churches, packed with great art. Linger over lunch, trying to crack a crustacean with weird legs and antennae. At night, when the hordes of day-trippers have gone, another Venice appears. Dance across a floodlit square. Glide in a gondola through quiet canals while music echoes across the water. Pretend it’s Carnevale time, don a mask – or just a fresh shirt – and become someone else for a night.”
Florence Travel Quotes
“To see the sun sink down, drowned on his pink and purple and golden floods, and overwhelm Florence with tides of color that make all the sharp lines dim and faint and turn the solid city to a city of dreams, is a sight to stir the coldest nature, and make a sympathetic one drunk with ecstasy.”
“Florence’s is a subtle beauty – its staid, unprepossessing palaces built in local stone are not showy, even though they are very large. They take on a certain magnificence when day breaks and when the sun sets; their muted colors glow in this light.”
“Tuscany is so full of history and beauty – you meet wonders of art and architecture on almost every corner. But I love the region’s homier aspects: the special sweetness of the tomatoes, the soft mozzarella, the heady scents of basil and garlic everywhere.”
Naples Travel Quotes
“Here we are at last. The Italian proverb says “See Naples and die” but I say, see Naples and live; for there seems a great deal worth living for..”
Arthur John Strutt
“Naples is curiously chaotic and, if I’m honest, a bit dilapidated. It certainly has a ‘lived-in’ look. It’s alive, it’s vibrant, it’s a little bit dirty, it’s busy, and I loved it. I felt like this was how Rome would probably have been 2,000 years ago. There’s a real bustle, and it’s down and dirty.”
Rome Travel Quotes
“Rome is not like any other city. It’s a majestic museum, a living room to tiptoe through.”
“Rome – the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.”
“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.“
Giotto di Bondone
Sicily Travel Quotes
“To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“Sicily is a blessed land. First, because of its geographic position in the Mediterranean. Second, for its history and all the different peoples who have settled there: Arabs, Greeks, Normans, the Swedes. That has made us different from others. We exaggerate, we overdo. We love Greek tragedy. We cry, we fight, sometimes for nothing.”
Other Italian City Travel Quotes
“For many, the gastronomic heart of Italy is the Emilia-Romagna region. Its capital is Bologna, which is often overlooked by tourists but has a beautiful historic center and a lively yet chilled-out atmosphere.“
“Milan is beautiful in fog, like a woman with a veil.”
7 Best Italy Food and Travel Quotes
¨”In Italy, food is an expression of love. It is how you show those around you that you care for them. Having a love for food means you also have a love for those you are preparing it for and for yourself..”
“Life is too short and I’m Italian. I’d much rather eat pasta than be a size zero.”
“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”
“Italian food is seasonal. It is simple. It is nutritionally sound. It is flavorful. It is colorful. It’s all the things that make for a good eating experience, and it’s good for you.”
“The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again.“
“Italian food really reflects the people. It reflects like a prism that fragments into regions.”
“In Italy, they add work and life on to food and wine.”
4 Best Italy History and Travel Quotes
“In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”
“Rome was mud and smoky skies; the rank smell of the Tiber and the exotically spiced cooking fires of a hundred different nationalities. Rome was white marble and gilding and heady perfumes; the blare of trumpets and the shrieking of market-women and the eternal, sub-aural hum of more people, speaking more languages than Gaius had ever imagined existed, crammed together on seven hills whose contours had long ago disappeared beneath this encrustation if humanity. Rome was the pulsing heart of the world.”
Marion Zimmer Bradley
“People need Italy to be reminded of how to see beauty in ruins and permanence in transience.“
“And let us not remember Italy the less regardfully, because, in every fragment of her fallen Temples, and every stone of her deserted palaces and prisons, she helps to inculcate the lesson that the wheel of Time is rolling for an end, and that the world is, in all great essentials, better, gentler, more forbearing, and more hopeful, as it rolls!”
Charles Dickens, Pictures from Italy
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