Main reasons for going to Italy.
Here are some of the main reasons to visit Italy and meet Italians.
The first reason is the Italians. You cannot love a country without loving its people. We also know that Italians see themselves as Tuscan, Sicilian, Venetian or Neapolitan, rather than Italians. But they are nice nonetheless: realistic, even cynical; passionate and noisy, but also formal and conservative; pragmatic and self-sufficient; spontaneous and sociable, with a sensual appreciation for the finer things in life.
- Italian Gardens.
The Italian gardens are wonderful. And they are found everywhere on the peninsula. From Venetian Villas to Lakes, from Tuscany to Sicily. Among the most beautiful are the gardens of Ninfa, Villa Carlotta on Lake Como, La Mortella in Ischia and the Hanbury Gardens in Ventimiglia.
Away from the big centers there are small towns to lose your head about. Historic villages and towns that are worth visiting. Among the favorite cities we recommend: Sulmona in Abruzzo, Enna, Erice and Noto in Sicily, Matera in Basilicata, Tropea in Calabria; Ostuni in Puglia, Ascoli Piceno in the Marche, Ravenna in Emilia-Romagna; Camogli in Liguria.
- Outdoor activity.
Italy is a country where you can choose from many outdoor activities. There are world-class ski areas, you can practice sailing, kayaking and diving off the Sicilian coast, in Sardinia, in the Cinque Terre and on the Amalfi Coast. There are numerous paths for cycling in Tuscany or Umbria or for trekking.
- The Italian language.
Everything sounds better in Italian: it is the language of love and music.
Poets and painters have celebrated Italian lakes for centuries, and it’s no wonder, because they represent some of the most beautiful views in Europe. Luxurious gardens and beautiful villages overlook emerald lakes to look like fairy tales.
- The Opera.
The Opera is part of the Italian cultural tradition. Many composers, from Verdi to Rossini, Puccini, Monteverdi, Bellini, Donizetti, are Italian. In Italy there are also two of the most famous theaters in the world: La Scala in Milan and La Fenice in Venice, but there are also beautiful ones in Verona, Treviso, Ferrara and Parma.
- Italian food.
Italian food is healthy. The ingredients – meat, fish, fruit, vegetables – are fresh and the quality is excellent. There are differences between regions but it’s all worth trying.
Wine but not only. It is worth tasting old certainties such as Chianti, Valpolicella, Soave, Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello and trying new emerging wines: among the recommended are those of Sicily, those of Franciacorta in Lombardy and the wines of Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast. In addition to wine there are alcoholic drinks such as grappa, Campari, limoncello and Sambuca, as well as some famous cocktails (Negroni and Bellini).
- The Italian coffee.
In Italy, coffee is an institution, in every Italian bar they drink very good ones.
- The Italian Mountains and Volcanoes.
Many countries have mountains, but only Italy has the Dolomites, the most dramatic plateau in Europe. And only Italy has Etna, the highest and most active volcano in Europe. In Italy there are also two large mountain ranges: the Alps and the long central spine of the Apennines.
From big fashion brands to more affordable prices, the Italian style is unique and inimitable. You can find big names in the main streets of Milan, Florence and other big cities, but we must not overlook the smaller centers such as Como for silk, Biella for cashmere and Cogne for lace.
- Italian architecture.
A lifetime is not enough to admire the extraordinary heritage of Italian architecture. Each city has its treasures: monastery churches, Roman or Etruscan monuments, Renaissance palaces and squares not to be missed.
The Telegraph praises Venice and states that without it the world would be a poorer place. In addition to the tourist spots, it is worth seeing the lesser-known and secret places.
- The Italian Islands.
The wonders of the mainland often make us forget the islands. Among those listed are the Tremiti Islands of Puglia, Ponza, Capraia and Elba, the Aeolian and Egadi islands, Lipari and Marettimo in particular, off the Sicilian coast.
- The Italian Pearls.
Amalfi and the Cinque Terre are the best known but there are quieter and more beautiful alternatives, especially in the south. In Puglia, there are the pearl of Gargano and Salento and in Campania, south of Naples, in Cilento, there are still wild places dotted with beautiful villages such as Acciaroli, Agropoli and Santa Maria a Castellabate.
- Museums and Art Galleries.
In Italy there are some of the most famous museums in the world: the Uffizi in Florence, the Accademia Gallery in Venice, the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan and the Vatican Museums in Rome. But even smaller Italian cities have respectable art centers such as the National Gallery of Perugia, the Palazzo Ducale of Urbino or the Pinacoteca of Siena.
- Italian art buildings.
They are not museums. Italy is a treasure trove of art. The Sistine Chapel and Leonardo’s Last Supper are the most famous examples, but what about the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi or the Cathedral of Orvieto or the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua?
- Italian archaeological sites.
Traces of an ancient past can be visited almost everywhere in Italy. Just think of the Greek ruins, especially the Sicilian temples and theaters from 2000 years ago, or the countless remains of 1,000 years of Roman history.
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