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Quotes about Italy

Italy is a dream destination no matter what age you are. It has amazing Italian Landmarks, beautiful landscapes, delicious food, warm sea and snowy slopes, each of the Italian regions have something interesting. Not surprising that Italy attracts lots of travelers – its one of the most visited country in the world, artists, poets, writers and food lovers. Dreaming about another long holiday in Italy enjoy our selections of Quotes about Italy and Italians.

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Best Quotes about Italy 

‘You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” – Giuseppe Verdi

“Open my heart and you will see graved inside of it, Italy.” – Robert Browning

‘Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.” – Bertrand Russell

“Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building after seeing Italy.” – Fanny Burney

“I find other countries have this or this, but Italy is the only one that has it all for me. The culture, the cuisine, the people, the landscape, the history. Just everything to me comes together there.” – Frances Mayes

“In America, one must be something, but in Italy, one can simply be.” – Pietros Maneos

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“Italy is a poor country full of rich people.” – Richard Gardner

‘For sure, in Italy, the sun always shines.” – Aleksandar Mitrovic

“We are all pilgrims who seek Italy.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Even now I miss Italy dearly, I dream about it every night.” – Eila Hiltunen

“The name of Italy has magic in its very syllables.” – Mary Shelley

“I gasp for air if I don’t get to breathe Italian air once a year.” – Danny Meyer

 “Italy is a geographical expression.” – Klemens von Metternich

 “Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” – Anna Akhmatova

“The most stylish country in the world is Italy.” – Nick Rhodes

 “For sure, in Italy, the sun always shines.” – Aleksandar Mitrovic

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

“The creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo.” – Mark Twain

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“Italy – I love the late-night culture, hanging around the square at midnight with everyone, catching up, and having a drink.” – Gemma Chan

‘Italy offers one the most priceless of one’s possessions – One’s own soul.’ — Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

“You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it’s for the same two things.” “What?” “Love and gelato.” – Jenna Evans Welch

“When life gives you twists and turns, chique yourself up in Italy!” – Barbara Conelli

“I was offered a free villa in Hollywood, but I said no thank you, I prefer to live in Italy.” – Ennio Morricone

“Wasting time is something that people do or feel all over the world, not just in Italy.” – Paolo Sorrentino

Italian culture is so deeply soaked in an appreciation of the good things in life. – Mariska Hargitay

Italy was where the soul went to find calm and love, and I wanted to hold the best of it in the palm of my hand. – Lisa Brennan-Jobs

“When I walk up the piazza of Santa Croce I feel as if it were not a Florentine nor an European church but a church built by and for the human race.”— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A man who has not been in Italy is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see.” – Samuel Johnson

“I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people. I love the attitudes of Italians.” – Elton John

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“Today someone asked me if that old stereotype about hot-headed Italians is true. I answered this way: About 2,000 years ago, there was a guy running around hollering about peace & love … and we nailed his ass to a cross! (Hope that answers your fuckin’ question!)” ― Quentin R. Bufogle

“Italy is a hot country. Wherever you feel heat, your excitement and passion come out. We’re hot-blooded, and where there’s passion there’s love, but also anger, hunger, excitement.” – Gino D’Acampo

“People need Italy to be reminded of how to see beauty in ruins and permanence in transience.” – Unknown

“The Italians have their priorities right: They’re driven, they do their work, but they really enjoy the day-to-day and they don’t put off the enjoyment of the everyday for some future goal.” – Frances Mayes

“The Indians are the Italians of Asia”― Gregory David Roberts

“Three Italians sitting around a kitchen table without food or drink is a sure sign of trouble.”― A.A. Freda,

“Some things never change for Italians: their love of art, architecture, opera, pasta, and cutting people’s balls off when they misbehave.”― Louis Ferrante

“The Italians are called “Children of the Sun”. They might better be called “Children of the Shadow”. Their souls are dark and nocturnal.” ― D.H. Lawrence

“Italian men are beautiful in the same way as French women, which is to say – no detail spared in the quest for perfection.”― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“Italians make you laugh and break your heart.”― Chloe Thurlow

Quotes about Italian Holiday

“I was in Italy on vacation, and I saw my reflection in a mirror. I saw how unique my skin was and why people stop me on the street to ask about it. I started falling in love with it.” – Khoudia Diop

“One of the great joys of traveling through Italy is discovering firsthand that it is, indeed, a dream destination.”― Debra Levinson, Italy Luxury: Family Hotels & Resorts

‘For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery.” – D.H. Lawrence

 “And don’t, let me beg you, go with that awful tourist idea that Italy’s only a museum of antiquities and art. Love and understand the Italians, for the people are more marvelous than the land” – E. M. Forster

“For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery.” – D. H. Lawrence

Quotes about Italy Beauty

“What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago.” – Erica Jong

“…is there anywhere in the world as full of beauty as Italy?” – Natalia Sanmartín Fenollera

“If the landscape of human emotion were to exist in a country, it would be in Italy.” – Lisa Fantino

“How beautiful is sunset when the glow Of Heaven descends upon a land like thee, Thou Paradise of exiles, Italy!” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Put a compass to paper and trace a circle. Then tell me which other country has such a concentration of places like Amalfi, Naples, Ischia, Procida, Sorrento, Positano, Pompeii, and Capri.” – Diego Della Valle

“Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and grand borders upon insanity and absurdity or at least is reminiscent of childhood.” – Alexander Herzen

“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

“If you deconstruct Italy, you will, in the end, see a grapevine, a tomato, and a small boy hammering a shard of marble.” – Pietros Maneos

Short Quotes about Rome 

“Rome, the city of visible history.” – George Eliot

“To Rome, for everything.” – Miguel de Cervantes

 “Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome.” – Robert De Niro

“When in Italy, you Rome.” – Punny Leone

“It was Rome. The whole city a museum.” – Darnell Lamont Walker

“Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.” – Anatole Broyard

“Rome is everybody’s memory…” – Eleanor Clark

“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.” – Giotto di Bondone

“Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time.” – Richard Meier

“When in Rome, live as the Romans do; when elsewhere, live as they live elsewhere.” – Saint Ambrose

“Rome will exist as long as the Coliseum does; when the Coliseum falls, so will Rome; when Rome falls, so will the world.” – Venerable Bede

“Rome holds my psyche in balance. Whenever I’m there, it’s like a holiday.” – Giambattista Valli

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

“You fall in love with Rome very slowly, little by little, but if it happens, it will be for a lifetime…” – Nikolaj Gogol

“For someone who has never seen Rome, it is hard to believe how beautiful life can be.” – Unknown

“Rome has grown since its humble beginnings that it is now overwhelmed by its own greatness.” – Livy

“Methinks I will not die quite happy without having seen something of that Rome of which I have read so much.” – Walter Scott

Long Quotes about Rome

 “Rome is not outside me, but inside me…Her feverish sweetness, her tragic countryside, her own beauty and harmony, all these are mine, for my thought and my work.” – Amedeo Modigliani

“Rome is not like any other city. It’s a big museum, a living room that shall be crossed on one’s toes.” – Alberto Sordi

“Rome lifts you up but won’t let you settle down – it turns you into a bird without a nest.” – Glenn Haybittle

“Rome knew love, better than I ever could, so I let the city take her hand, and followed close behind, picking up the pieces of her melting heart.” –Atticus

“Rome – the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.” – George Eliot

Quotes about Venice

“If I could rename love, I’d call it VENEZIA.” – Conny Cernik

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” – Truman Capote

“When I went to Venice my dream became my address.” – Marcel Proust

“When I seek another word for ‘music,’ I never find any other word than ‘Venice’.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Venice is eternity itself.” – Joseph Brodsky

 “All the cities in the world are, more or less, similar to one another. Venice is like no other.” – Carlo Goldoni

Venice never quite seems real, but rather an ornate film set suspended on the water. – Frida Giannini

“Italy will never be a normal country. Because Italy is Italy. If we were a normal country, we wouldn’t have Rome. We wouldn’t have Florence. We wouldn’t have the marvel that is Venice.” — Matteo Renzi

“This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty this city, half fairy tale and half tourist trap, in whose insalubrious air the arts once rankly and voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous eroticism.” – Thomas Mann

“All of Venice is tattered, resewn, achingly lovely, and like an enchantress, she disarms me, making off with the very breath of me.” – Marlena De Blasi

 “My first impression of Venice was that it might be hard to make anything happen there. Everything seemed to have already happened. Venice seemed like a kind of exalted remembering.” – Glenn Haybittle

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

“Venice, the most touristy place in the world, is still just completely magic to me.” – Frances Mayes

“It’s so easy for me to get caught up in the feeling of a city like Venice, where everything is just beautiful color and gorgeous buildings that are so peaceful. You can roam around and get lost in the labyrinth.” – Nanette Lepore

Quotes about Sicily

 “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Italy without Sicily leaves no image in the spirit. It is in Sicily that is the key to everything […] The purity of the contours, the softness of everything, the exchange of soft colors, the harmonious unity of the sky with the sea and the sea to the land…Who saw them once, shall possess them for a lifetime.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sicily is a blessed land. First, because of its geographic position in the Mediterranean. Second, for its history and all the different peoples who have settled there: Arabs, Greeks, Normans, the Swedes. That has made us different from others. We exaggerate, we overdo. We love Greek tragedy. We cry, we fight, sometimes for nothing.” – Marcello Giordani

Quotes about Italy Regions 

“Italy will never be a normal country. Because Italy is Italy. If we were a normal country, we wouldn’t have Rome. We wouldn’t have Florence. We wouldn’t have the marvel that is Venice.” – Matteo Renzi

Maybe money can’t buy happiness, but it can get you a nice little villa in Tuscany, and that’s close enough for me. –  Lois Greiman, One Hot Mess

“To see the sun sink down, drowned on his pink and purple and golden floods, and overwhelm Florence with tides of color that make all the sharp lines dim and faint and turn the solid city to a city of dreams, is a sight to stir the coldest nature.” -Mark Twain

“My idea of heaven still is to drive the gravel farm roads of Umbria and Tuscany, very pleasantly lost.”― Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun

“Through these old streets I wander dreamily; Around me Florence sweeps her busy tide of life.” -William Leighton.

“Milan is beautiful in fog, like a woman with a veil.” – Ornella Vanoni

“A lake as beautiful as the beginning of creation.” – D.H. Lawrence about Lake Garda

“When you write the story of two happy lovers, let the story be set on the banks of Lake Como.” – Franz Liszt

“They say that when Judgement day comes, the people of Amalfi will have no change in life, for they are already living in paradise…” – Melissa Hill

“Naples is curiously chaotic and, if I’m honest, a bit dilapidated. It certainly has a ‘lived-in’ look. It’s alive, it’s vibrant, it’s a little bit dirty, it’s busy, and I loved it. I felt like this was how Rome would probably have been 2,000 years ago. There’s a real bustle, and it’s down and dirty.” – Paul Hollywood

“Verona has long haunted the English imagination.” – Francis Russell

 “Delicious Verona! With its beautiful old buildings and the lovely countryside. With its quite Roman bridges. With marble churches, towers, rich architecture that overlooks the ancient and quiet streets where resound the cries of the Montecchi and Capulets“ – Charles Dickens

“Bologna is the best city in Italy for food and has the least number of tourists. With its medieval beauty, it has it all.” – Mario Batali

Short Quotes about Italian Food 

“Everything you see I owe to pasta.” – Sophia Loren

 “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” – Federico Fellini

“In Italy, they add work and life on to food and wine.” – Robin Leach

“There’s nothing more romantic than Italian food.” – Elisha Cuthbert

 “Italy will always have the best food.” – Diane von Furstenberg

“Italian food is my favorite food. It’s the most sophisticated eating system.” – Peter Gabriel

“Italian food really reflects the people. It reflects like a prism that fragments into regions.” – Lidia Bastianich

Long Quotes About Italian Food 

 “The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again.” – George Miller

“I’m definitely looking forward to the day when I stop working – if I ever stop working. I like the idea of keeling over in my tomato vines in Sardinia or northern Italy.” – Anthony Bourdain

“So… Italian gelato. Take the deliciousness of a regular ice-cream cone, times it by a million, then sprinkle it with crushed-up unicorn horns.” – Jenna Evans Welch

“As they say in Italy, Italians were eating with a knife and fork when the French were still eating each other. The Medici family had to bring their Tuscan cooks up there so they could make something edible.” – Mario Batali

“Tuscany is so full of history and beauty – you meet wonders of art and architecture on almost every corner. But I love the region’s homier aspects: the special sweetness of the tomatoes, the soft mozzarella, the heady scents of basil and garlic everywhere.” – Trudie Styler

“In Italy, food is an expression of love. It is how you show those around you that you care for them. Having a love for food means you also have a love for those you are preparing it for and for yourself.” – Joe Bastianich

 “Polenta is to northern Italy what bread is to Tuscany, what pasta is to Emilia-Romagna and what rice is to the Veneto: easy to make, hungry to absorb other flavors, and hugely versatile.” – Yotam Ottolenghi

“I love the simplicity, the ingredients, the culture, the history, and the seasonality of Italian cuisine. In Italy, people do not travel. They cook the way grandma did, using fresh ingredients and what is available in season.” – Anne Burrell

 “It’s in the nature of Italians to live life with a positive tone and to celebrate the invitations that come along in life. Italian food is so conducive to all of that.” – Lidia Bastianich

“I am a sucker for those old traditional places, and Rome is as good as it gets, particularly when you throw in Italian food.” – Roger Federer

“Italian food is seasonal. It is simple. It is nutritionally sound. It is flavorful. It is colorful. It’s all the things that make for a good eating experience, and it’s good for you.” – Lidia Bastianich

Very Long Italy Quotes 

“Move to Italy. I mean it: they know about living in debt; they don’t care. I stayed out there for five months while I was making a film called ‘Order Of Death,’ and they’ve really got it sussed. Nice cars. Sharp suits. Great food. Stroll into work at 10. Lunch from 12 till three. Leave work at five. That’s living!” – John Lydon

“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

“Watching Italians eat (especially men, I have to say) is a form of tourism the books don’t tell you about. They close their eyes, raise their eyebrows into accent marks, and make sounds of acute appreciation. It’s fairly sexy. Of course I don’t know how these men behave at home, if they help with the cooking or are vain and boorish and mistreat their wives. I realized Mediterranean cultures have their issues. Fine, don’t burst my bubble. I didn’t want to marry these guys, I just wanted to watch.” – Barbara Kingsolver

After all it’s not that awful. You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. –  Orson Wells 

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Ania James

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