ITALY: The land of Painters to Popes, Pasta to Polenta, Medieval Castles to Ice-Capped Mountains. And most importantly, the land of love. Italy is one of the most beautiful places to visit.
I know a lot of people who are just not interested in going to Italy. Mainly because all the Italian stereotypes . These people are so hung up over the Italian stereotypes. Italy has so much more than Mafia, good looking men, large families, bad drivers and corrupt politicians. So this is why I decided to write this blog. I mean c’mon. You don’t want your last words to be “I never saw Venice”. 😛
SO HERE ARE 25 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER VISITING ITALY.
( All pictures used in this blog do not belong me unless stated.)
1.) THE BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES OF ITALY
Sure France and Spain have the most picturesque villages. But have you seen the villages in Italy?
The colorful cliff-side towns of Cinque Terre
CINQUE TERRE: “The Five Lands”, is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline.
Isn’t it beautiful?
2.) LOVELY VENICE
“Venice is the consummate magician. It makes marble palaces vanish into silent fogs, labyrinthine calli disappear at the whim of moody tides, and can even turn the most pedestrian of people into fantastical, masked creatures.” – Cristian Bonetto
And the beautiful canals…
And of course cute Gondolas to travel through this mesmerising city.
3.) LEGENDARY CITIES
Italy is known for its legendary cities. Be it Rome with its majestic architecture and amazing history, Venice with its beautiful canals, Milan and its fashion, Florence : the birthplace of Renaissance, OR Verona : The home of Romeo And Juliet. All of these tightly packed into a country, just about the size of Arizona. These may not be modern like New York. But they sure do steal your heart.
4.) OH SO BEAUTIFUL AMALFI COAST
La Costiera Amalfitana is considered to be the most beautiful coast in the entire world.
Yup. It really is beautiful. Don’t you think?
And the picturesque towns. Oh my… From Vietri Sul Mare in the east to Positano in the west.
I mean isn’t Positano just breathtaking?
Ugghhh. I can’t even take my eyes off these Amalfi Coast pictures.
5.) THE LOST CITY OF POMPEII
Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples, in the Campania region of Italy. Pompeii was buried in meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 C.E. It was a very unfortunate catastrophe.
“And the walls kept tumbling down in the city that we love, great clouds roll over the hills
bringing darkness from above” – BASTILLE
Pompeii now has been a popular tourist destination for over 250 years.
The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius was a very tragic incident and the eruption destroyed the whole city, killing its inhabitants and burying it under tons of ash.
6.) FAIRYTALE LAKES
The mountains and foothills of northern Italy are riddled with gorgeous lakes. Lake Como near the Swiss border is the most gorgeous lake in Italy. And probably one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
Isn’t it gorgeous?
And for all the Star Wars fans out there, Lake Como was used as the setting for Naboo in Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
7.) THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS OF ITALY
A lot of people think that Italy is a land of beaches and picturesque towns on the mountains. And of course a very historical country. But the northern region of Trentino is home to the dolomites. Dolomites are snowy mountain ranges which are popular among tourists for Skiing, Mountain Climbing, Hiking, Paragliding, Hand gliding, Cycling, as well as Base Jumping.
8.) EUROPE’S MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES
Italy has Europe’s most beautiful beaches. The soft sand and turquoise waters of Sardinia’s Maddalena Archipelago or Costa Smeralda leave no doubt as to why the Mediterranean island has been a top European beach spot for decades.
Italy truly has amazing beaches..
I mean who wouldn’t love to go?
Also, Scala Dei Turchi, a relatively-unknown beach in southern Sicily is rumoured to have beneficial properties in its dazzling white rocks.
What more do you want? You get to have fun on the beach, and the beach in turn heals your skin!
Rome, a beautiful capital to a beautiful country. What more can I talk about Rome? Its breathtaking architecture, its interesting history, its tragic Roman ruins, the Vatican City: world’s smallest city located within the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city basically sums up everything you need to know about Rome.
The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre is situated at the centre of Rome. It is the LARGEST AMPHITHEATRE EVER BUILT!
The Pantheon is the best preserved building from ancient Rome.
Although the purpose of the building is not known, the name, the architecture, the porch and the pediment decoration suggests that it is a temple of some sort.
10.) THE ROMAN RUINS
Italy and ruins go hand in hand, but the ruins situated in Rome are a must see spot in the city. The Roman Forum surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the centre of the city . Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the Forum Magnum.
11.) THE STREETS OF ITALY
The narrow narrow streets of Italy make sure that that your trip is a very memorable one.
I mean don’t you just want to walk through these cute streets?
You see what I mean now? Won’t you just love to walk through these streets with your loved ones with a gelato in hand? I sure would love it.
12.) THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF CAPRI
Capri, a beautiful island on the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine peninsula, on the south of Gulf Of Naples will definitely leave you speechless.
“Capri on the Amalfi Coast in Italy is my ultimate holiday destination.” – VIDAL SASSOON
I really do wish Capri was on the Amalfi Coast.
13.) GREEK TEMPLES
Italy is also home to some of the world’s most spectacular Greek temples! Sicily has an impressive selection of Greek ruins, but the best are found in the ancient city of Paestum.
How ironic right? 😀
14.) IMPRESSIVE GHOST TOWNS
Sure America has the world’s best Ghost Towns. But the Ghost Towns in Italy sure do give a tough competition for the American Ghost Towns.
Italy has a great selection of eerily enchanted Ghost Towns. The most beautiful and famous ones are found wrapped around rocky promontories in the southern region of Basilicata.
15.) TERRIFYING PARKS
The Park of the Monsters in the town of Bomarzo is one of the most unusual parks in the world. The sculptures are of mythical beasts and are surely surreal and creepy.
Isn’t it weirdly mesmerising?
16.) THE DRIVE OF YOUR LIFE
The drive along the Amalfi Coast is Europe’s most beautiful drive and probably the world’s too.
Especially if you start your road trip from Naples.
Wouldn’t this be the drive of your life?
17.) THE LARGEST ISLAND IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
Sicily in Italy is the largest island in the Mediterranean and is just off the toe of Italy’s boot. Famous for its ancient ruins, ghost towns and Europe’s highest active volcano.
Sicily is also famous for its towns.
18.) FASHION CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
For all those who are fashion freaks, Milan is the best place to visit.
And of course, Milan’s famous cathedral.
19.) THE LEANING TOWER
Humans make mistakes, after all, no human is perfect. A small mistake made in the 11th century resulted in the making of this beautiful tower. This miscalculation became the symbol of civic pride.
Originally the tower leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees. After restoration work between 1990 and 2001 this angle was reduced to 3.97 degrees.
The Leaning Tower Of Pisa is the third oldest building on Pisa’s Piazza Del Duomo.
Verona, home to Romeo and Juliet is a beautiful city for all those Shakespeare’s fans. The most famous point of interest is the Juliet Balcony.
21.) ITALIAN CARS
All those car lovers, want to experience heaven? Italy is the place to do so. Over the years, Italy has transformed car design into an art. So it is obvious that there are museums for this art too. The most famous are the Lamborghini, Maserati, and Ferrari Museums.
Doesn’t this really look like heaven?
Italy is not only a heaven for art lovers, history lovers, car lovers, fashion lovers but also for food lovers. It is a stereotype that Italians eat pasta everyday. That’s the stupidest thing Italians have heard. Although they don’t eat pasta everyday, Italy offers over 300 different types of pastas. Each region has its own type of Pasta.
Also, all those of you who eat spaghetti with meatballs, a small reminder, Italians do not eat meatballs with spaghetti. Just saying. 😛
23.) ITALIAN CHEESE
We all are familiar with French cheese. After all, France has the best cheese. But along with France, Italy also offers the best varieties of cheese. From MOZZARELLA to MASCARPONE to RICOTTA. You will find huge varieties of cheese. Just like pastas, each region in Italy has its own cheese.
Oh how I love cheese. Do you?
24.) LA DOLCE
Italian cuisine is also famous for its Dolce, meaning sweet. From CANNOLI to BISCOTTI to CONFETTI to GELATO to NEAPOLITAN ICE CREAM to NUTELLA to PANNA COTTA to TIRAMISU. I can go on and on about Italian desserts. Italy offers a wide range of desserts for all those sweet lovers.
25.) AMAZING GELATO
Yes, Gelato is originally from Italy. Gelato is made with a base of milk, cream, and sugar, and flavored with fruit and nut purées and other flavorings.
Are you drooling?? No?
OK. How about now? Cuz I sure as hell am drooling. Be right back, gotta go and have some ice cream. No. I’m just kidding. I have a cold 😦
So, these were the reasons why you really should visit Italy. I mean I have never been to Italy, but it is my dream destination.
I hope I changed your mind about Italy. And those of you who love Italy, I hope I made you yearn so bad.
And until next time, “THE CREATORS MADE ITALY FROM DESIGNS BY MICHELANGELO.” – MARK TWAIN