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