Best Italy Travel Quotes


I (Paul Heller) love collecting the Best Italy Travel Quotes for my Fifty Plus Nomad blog. I spend hours searching to find quotes that:

  • Reflect how I feel about an issue
  • Add a new or interesting perspective to a discussion about a place or issue, even if I disagree with the author’s viewpoint.
  • Make me laugh, cry, or smile.
  • Perfectly capture a place, emotion, or issue.

I don’t include quotes about unknown places or travel experiences.

My blog posts lead off with a quote relevant to the post’s subject. I frequently post quotes on my Facebook group: Long Term Traveling and Living Abroad Over 50.

In addition, I have added several previously unseen quotes I discovered while putting together this page.

I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

Let me know if you have any additional quotes to add to this page.

15 Best Italy Travel Quotes

Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.”
Anna Akhmatova

“Open my heart and you will see Graved inside of it, “Italy.”
Robert Browning

“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.”
D.H. Lawrence

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.
Erica Jong

The Creator made Italy from designs by Michaelangelo.”
Mark Twain

“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.”
Nick Rhodes

“One of the great joys of traveling through Italy is discovering firsthand that it is, indeed, a dream destination.”
Debra Levinson

“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.” 
E.A. Bucchianeri

“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!
John Lydon

“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.’
Matteo Renzi

“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.”
Bertrand Russell

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.
Rebecca Solnit

Venice Travel Quotes

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go”
Truman Capote

“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.”
Thomas Mann

“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..”
Elizabeth Berkley

“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.
Rick Steves

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.”
Mark Twain

“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.”
Trudie Styler

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.”
Paul Hollywood

Rome Travel Quotes

Rome is not like any other city. It’s a majestic museum, a living room to tiptoe through.”
Alberto Sordi

“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.”
George Eliot

“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.”
Marcello Giordani

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.
Gino D’Acampo

“Milan is beautiful in fog, like a woman with a veil.
Ornella Vanoni

Every one of the Best Italy Travel Quotes about Naples always talks about the City's mismanagement, chaos, and dirt, yet every author seems to love the city nonetheless. I understand: Naples' streets, as captured well in this photo, are narrow and dirty, but the City houses some spectacular churches, a world-respected opera house, a fantastic Roman history museum, and some of the most beautiful metro stations in Europe. In addition, you can't beat the City's magical physical setting between the sea and Mount Vesuvius. (Photo by pxfuel)
Every one of the Best Italy Travel Quotes about Naples always talks about the City’s mismanagement, chaos, and dirt, yet every author seems to love the city nonetheless. I understand: Naples’ streets, as captured well in this photo, are narrow and dirty, but the City houses some spectacular churches, a world-respected opera house, a fantastic Roman history museum, and some of the most beautiful metro stations in Europe. In addition, you can’t beat the City’s magical physical setting between the sea and Mount Vesuvius. (Photo by pxfuel)

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..”
Joe Bastianich

“Life is too short and I’m Italian. I’d much rather eat pasta than be a size zero.”
Sophia Bush

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”
Federico Fellini

“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.
Lidia Bastianich

“The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again.
George Miller

“Italian food really reflects the people. It reflects like a prism that fragments into regions.”
Lidia Bastianich

“In Italy, they add work and life on to food and wine.”  
Robin Leach

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.”
Orson Welle

“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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Paul Heller has been a lifelong avid traveler and language learner and teacher, Even as a child, he told Santa Claus that he wanted to visit all the children worldwide. At seven years old, Paul wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight, he memorized the name, capital, location, and some facts about every country worldwide. At twelve, he found a book "Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" and started developing his own itinerary for a future round-the-world trip. He remained obsessed with travel; after getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe studying language, touring, and volunteering. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. He discovered that he loved teaching languages. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who love to travel just like him. He developed 5 three-hour classes about living and traveling long-term worldwide which he taught in over 50 adult education programs throughout the US. After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world; cruising and touring some of the most remote places like the North Atlantic, Patagonia, and Oceania; and learning new languages (he knows Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian). Paul encourages everyone to learn foreign languages. He knows that it can be frustrating and slow but that anyone can learn a language if they put in the work and, most importantly, learning a language is well worth the time and effort because it opens up a whole new set of people, ideas, and cultures. He is currently spending the next chapter of his life in Mérida, México. He is excited about using this blog and his classes and workshops to inspire and equip fellow Fifty Plus Nomads with the language, cultural, and psychological skills necessary to be successful and happy long-term travelers and expats over 50.

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