It’s no secret that Italy stole my heart. I pretty sure I don’t need to twist your arm to convince you to go, but I promise this will have you ready to hop on the next flight to Italia! Read on for my 10 reasons to fall in love with Italy (though there are many, many others)!
Pizza, pasta, and calzones the size of your head…need I say more? If so, I’ll add fresh olive oil, bruschetta, and charcuterie boards. Honestly, the food there is insanely amazing; the smell of the garlic and tomato sauce permeates the air. I’m not sure how I didn’t gain 100 pounds while I was there!
Wine & Other Drinks
Continuing on the theme of Italian deliciousness, let’s talk about beverages. Tuscany’s Chianti had me head over heels in love. Plus, there is this amazing little drink called the Aperol Spritz offered seemingly everywhere in Italy. It was incredibly popular in Venice, and I now know why…it’s a citrusy delight! Aside from guzzling down plenty of Italian wine, definitely mark this cocktail on your list.
I promise this list is not entirely food and beverages, but I’m not ready to move on to those other things just yet! The reason is gelato (aka why all of my shorts were a bit snug by the end). Everything from decadent chocolate to fruity lemon flavors…this makes the perfect after dinner snack!
I know that not everyone loves Venice, but I do! In fact, it was actually my favorite city in Italy. Venture away from St. Mark’s Square and get lost in the winding alleys. I promise, you will actually be lost because they’re incredibly twisty (but beautiful)! Photo ops await you at each turn. Plus, make sure you enjoy a romantic gondola ride down the canals; if you’re riding the single train, take one anyway—it’s still a boatload of fun.
Italy is renowned throughout for housing some of the world’s greatest artistic masterpieces. Explore Florence for a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, the statue of David, and the Duomo. This is by no means an extensive list…for more on art in Florence, check out my article here.
I have a confession for you; I’m addicted to colorful houses. As soon as I see them, the camera comes out and I proceed to take several hundred photos. Fortunately, Italy had plenty to satisfy my desire. I spent a day hiking through Cinque Terre, five villages nestled in the cliffs on the Italian coast…now convinced this place might be heaven. The other area that got me was Burano, an island located a ferry ride from Venice. If you have the time, both are worth the trip!
I had never ridden a Vespa until Italy, but I had seen it in movies, so it couldn’t be that hard, right? Wrong! Riding a Vespa is definitely a challenge, but on the plus side, you get all sorts of cute helmet shots!
The Italian Culture
Family, food, arts, culture—these are the centerpieces of Italian culture. I’m a big fan of all of these, so combine this with Italian afternoon “siestas,” and I quickly decided I would be a wonderful Italian.
Every Italian city I visited was beautiful in its own way. Venice had the picturesque canals; Florence possessed incredible structures dating back centuries; Cinque Terre was home to a collection of the most colorful houses I’ve ever seen. Everywhere I went, I was continually awed by the beauty of Italy.
In keeping with the architecture theme, the beautiful bridges really sold me on Italy. Whether it was a sunset at the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, or quaint bridges spanning Venetian canals, each was breathtaking in its own way.
This is probably the most important—where to stay while traipsing around Italy. If you’re going with a group of friends or on a romantic getaway, splurging on a private villa in Italy is the way to go! Location is key, so make sure you do your research ahead of time.
As far as flight deals, I’d recommend checking out Momondo (this is by far my fave!). They scan tons of different travel discount sites and let you filter by cheapest, best, and shortest. Another good one to check out is eDreams.net —they frequently feature special flight deals. Italy is well connected by train, so jump on any deal that gets you in the country. You’ll thank me, I promise.
So Italy lovers, let me hear it. What made you fall in love with Italy? I only need a little convincing to go back again one day.