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10 Quotes to Make You Fall Deeply in Love with Italy

Maybe I’m biased as I am half, but the Italian language is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever heard. The way it rolls off the tongue and flows from word to word with passionate little inflections is indeed quite lovely. Plus I’m a sucker for The Lizzie McGuire Movie. No, you may not judge me.


So, naturally, it’s expected that with a language that gorgeous, the literature is even more breathtaking. I’ll be taking a trip there this summer and my new mission is to read up on as much Italian lit and poetry as possible and eat all the spaghetti I can. And what better time to start than the present right? We’ll get to the pasta later. For now I’ve collected quotes about the magnificent Italia that will have you saying bellissima.


1. “You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they sat, it’s for the same two things.”
“Love and gelato.”

― Jenna Evans Welch, Love & Gelato


2. “You may have the universe if I may have Italy”
― Giuseppe Verdi


3. “First of all, let’s get one thing straight. Your Italy and our Italia are not the same thing. Italy is a soft drug peddled in predictable packages, such as hills in the sunset, olive groves, lemon trees, white wine, and raven-haired girls. Italia, on the other hand, is a maze. It’s alluring, but complicated. It’s the kind of place that can have you fuming and then purring in the space of a hundred meters, or in the course of ten minutes. Italy is the only workshop in the world that can turn out both Botticellis and Berlusconis.”
― Beppe Severgnini, La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind


4. “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, Wanderlust: A History of Walking


5. “Venice, it’s temples and palaces did seem like fabrics of enchantment piled to heaven.”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley


6. “Rome seems a comfort to those with the ambitious soul of an Artist or a Conqueror.”

― Pietros Maneos, Poems of Blood and Passion


7. “Italy and London are the only places where I don’t feel to exist on sufferance.”
― E.M. Forster

8. “Who can resist sleep at two or three in the afternoon in these sunlit parts of the Mediterranean?”
― André Aciman, Call Me by Your Name


9. “The Tuscan countryside whizzed by in a kaleidoscopic whirl of shapes and colors. Green grass and trees melded with blue sky, purple and yellow wildflowers, peachy-orange villas, brown-and-gray farmhouses, and the occasional red-and-white Autogrill, Italy’s (delicious) answer to fast food.”

― Jenny Nelson, Georgia’s Kitchen 


10. “In America, one must be something, but in Italy one can simply be.”
― Pietros Maneos, The Italian Pleasures of Gabriele Paterkallos





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