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“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.”

Giuseppe Verdi



Italy has an inexplainable charm that even Verdi was willing to give up everything else for it! There is something extremely romantic and beautiful about Italy’s Roman ruins, the greens of Tuscany, the colours of the Lake District, the valleys, snow-capped mountains of the Alps, the spell binding fashion hub of Milan, the canals and cobblestones of Venice, the alleyways of Verona…I can keep going. There are so many reasons that keeps me drawn to this enchanting country – and I have only just begun to explore this exotic destination.   



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Gondola ride, Venice at almost sunset.

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Italy – plays the music that fills your soul

Located in Europe, Italy is one of world’s best loved destinations, not just for its remarkable natural landscapes but also for its sprawling mass of history through centuries. The unending, tangible stories reflected in its art and architectural masterpieces created throughout history.  Italy plays the music that fills your soul and ignites the inner most childlike feelings over legends of romance and love forevermore. It’s sophistication takes you beyond the ordinary life, adorning you with a little la dolce vita, “the sweet life” that some of us indulge in at Italy’s high end spas or hotels, where we unwind, relax and be pampered.


People & Culture of Italy

Italy’s romance doesn’t just end there! The heart and soul of Italy are its people, one and all, welcoming you, greeting you with an unspoken sophistication of a nod and smile. Their hospitality goes further, much further when experiencing one of Italy’s dining pleasures where comfort is assured. Italian dining culture is popular around the world and it is so much more than just checked tablecloths, candles and wine.


Food & the secret of simplicity in Italian ingredients

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Italian spaghetti, simple ingredients but awesomely delicious.

Italians are known to be lively, and passionate. They are passionate about life’s pleasures, food being the main amongst them. They are also creatures of tradition and habit. When it comes to food, they are happiest when things are done right. Cuisines go beyond   the simplicity of pizza and spaghetti, but simplicity is the underlying “ingredient” of Italian gastronomical delight. Preserving the simple authentic ingredients in Italian cooking through tradition and habit is an art deeply rooted in Italian culture. Recipes are passed down from one generation to the next, preserving these “secret” ingredients.



Geography of Italy

Italy is a peninsula that extends southward from the European continent into the Mediterranean Sea. In addition, there are two large islands, Sicily and Sardinia and many small islands as well. Nicknamed as “Bel Paese” which means beautiful country, Italy has some of the best, varied and beautiful landscapes on earth. With its unique boot-like shape, the Alps stand at the broad top, which are among the world’s most rugged mountains. At its highest points are Monte Rosa which peaks in Switzerland and along Mont Blanc which peaks in France. The west of the Alps overlook a landscape of Alpine lakes and glacier-carved valleys that stretches to the Po River and the Piedmont.

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View of the massif at Mont Blanc | France | © georgina_daniel, mytimelessfootsteps

From the central Alps running down the length of Italy is the Apennine Range. The Apennine Range widens near Rome to cover almost the entire width of the Italian peninsula. South of Rome, the Apennines narrow giving way to two wide coastal plains. One of the plains face the Tyrrhenian Sea and the other the Adriatic Sea.

The southern Apennines is home to wilderness and rare species such as wild boars, wolves and bears – unusual in western Europe. There are several active volcanoes here as well. From time to time, Mt Vesuvius throws up ash and steam into the air over Naples. At the bottom of Italy, in the Mediterranean Sea lie the beautiful islands of Sicily and Sardinia.



Best time to visit Italy

To be honest, any time of the year is the best time to visit Italy although spring (April through to June) and autumn (September to October) is popular for tourism.

Given that Italy has varying landscapes and weather that differs from region to region, along with a society that is deeply rooted in traditions, this beautiful country has something for everyone throughout the year. For a detailed month-by-month guide to weather, festivals and best time to visit Italy, navigate through the image below to the page that has all the information for you.


Visa to visit Italy

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Italy is a Member State of the European Union/European Economic Area. As such residents of member states are free to travel from one state to another without the requirements of an entry visa. If you are a non-EU traveller, you may need to check at your local Italian consulate regarding visa requirements.

I have written a quick overview of Tourist Travel Visa requirements to Italy which you may want to read. You could navigate to the page here.


Visit Italy

Visiting Italy is your chance to really get to know Italian natural landscape, its centuries of history, food, and through it, Italian people and their culture. Join me, as I explore this rich and famous land, one city at a time. bringing you valuable resources in travel and detailed city guides with tips and choices so you can design your holiday your way, embedding flexibility for your well-being.

As you scroll down, you will find travel articles on Resources to support your travels to Italy as well as city guides. The city guides encompasses individual articles for the best of the beaten track and hidden gems which you wouldn’t want to miss.

Scroll all the way down for more ideas and inspiring travel stories. Subscribe to join us at My Timeless Footsteps to receive all the latest news and events. As always, I am contactable at ggdaniel166@gmail.com for any further info or to design your itinerary for you.

My sincere wish is that you find this post valuable to you in planning your visits to Italy. If so please let me know in comments below or via Contact Form, I would love to hear from you.

 Have a super awesome time discovering Italy 🙂

Georgina xx
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Italy, one of world's best loved destinations has an inexplainable charm that will fill your heart with music and take you beyond the ordinary life with a little la dolce vita- A Complete one-stop resource to best time to visit | detailed City Guides | Things to do | Places to Stay | Milan | Verona | Lake District | People & Culture of Italy | Festivals in Italy and so much more. via @GGeorgina_mytimelessfootsteps/
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39 comments

  1. Haha…I would say, Not! Perhaps six months is ideal. I’m glad you love Italy. France is equally charming with their quintessential countryside. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us. Much appreciated.

  2. I hope everything gets back to normal so that we can travel again. I hope I could visit these awesome places as they are still under my bucket list.

  3. If I have to choose between France and Italy, I would choose Italy first to visit. I’ve read many books and watch movies about Italy, and it would be such a dream to finally explore it. D you think a month of stay will be enough? Maybe not!

  4. Thank you so so much for your kind comments. Italy is awesome and so glad this article on Italy is a good guide for your first time visit.

  5. I love the starting quote of your post! It’s so deep and artful! Italy is a masterpiece to say the least. It feels like it basically has everything. I have never been though. This post is such a wonderful guide to pack up and go to Italy! I will for sure be using this. Thank you for sharing the beauty that Italy is with me.

  6. Thank you so much Sienny, Really appreciate you saving this post for your future reference. When normalcy returns, I hope you will visit Italy

  7. Thank so much, Mayuri. I appreciate you saving my article for future use. I am also glad to know that you find this article resourceful for your next visit. Indeed, you are absolutely correct – Italy is soo romantic, a country that combines the playfulness of modern architecture with the hallmarks of the Roman era.

  8. You are welcome. I am so happy to know that my article on Italy inspires the drive in you to learn Italian that much quicker – Ahh Italy is so beautiful with so many hidden gems. and you will absolutely love the language, people, food and the architecture along with the high quality products.

  9. Ohh so fascinating and I’m sure you know a trick or two of the Italian recipes handed down by your grandmother 🙂 Italy is so beautiful as you may already know and look forward to reading your stories when you visit.

  10. Ahh, excellent! Thank you so much and so nice that you could travel to Italy every year. I’m glad you found my tips to be resourceful for first timers.

  11. Looks so beautiful! Italy is one of my favorite place to be at, it is always a joy

  12. The cruise ship I worked with would pass by on these amazing cities and reading this blog also brought me back to memory lane. Agree! this is one of the best places I’ve been! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. Italy is one of those places that you can visit any time of the year because every season has its own charm and you can enjoy it in any weather 🙂

  14. You are absolutely correct – you may need a month or two or longer to explore Italy. There are just so so many hidden gems and pretty places to enjoy. Hope you will get to do so one day soon

  15. Your introduced alone, added to your stunning pics, makes one fall in love with Italy already. I’d been looking to learn Italian once I master my French. I’m even more determined now. Thanks.

  16. Italy is magical! My favorite place is Florence… it has its own character, life and unique style. I find Italy so romantic…Can’t wait to go there again. You’ve shared some great resources that I can use for my next trip to Italy.

  17. I cant wait until travel is open again! My husband and I are itching to visit italy for the 1st time

  18. I’ve always wanted to visit Italy, there are so many beautiful “hidden gems” and gorgeous cities to see that I’d want a whole month or two to explore the country.

  19. I’m so glad that you love the article on Italy and I sincerely hope that you will visit the beautiful country at some point. Thank you so much for your visit and for sharing your thoughts with us. I appreciate it very much.

  20. Hi! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your blog posts.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the
    same subjects? Thanks a ton!

  21. One of the place na pangarao kong mapuntahan-Italy. Such an amazing and beautiful place, not just in history.

  22. Yes, Italy definitely has something magic. This history and precious art everywhere is just mesmerizing. I’m so happy that travelling within Europe is permitted again – and after a short trip to Prague, my next trip goes to Italy, of course. I’ll be brushing up my Italian and visit all those majestic landmarks. Can’t wait!

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