7 Quotes to Inspire You To Visit Italy
There’s just something special about Italy – something that always has me coming back for more. I can’t get enough of this beautiful country – from the North to the South, and everywhere in between, I’m hooked. Once you visit Italy, it’s hard to not not return to the land of pizza, pasta, gelato, piazzas, fountains, fashion, and the passeggiata…
Here are 7 quotes to inspire you to visit Italy (as if you needed more convincing and inspiration…)
“Uno non può pensare bene, amare bene, dormire bene se non ha mangiato bene.”
Translates to: One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if he has not eaten well. And where else can you eat well but Italy?
“You may have the Universe if I may have Italy.” – Giuseppe Verdi
The original quote in Italian, spoken by Verdi is said to be: “Avrai tu l’universo, resti l’Italia a me,” with the literal translation as: “you will have the rest of the universe, leave Italy to me.” With mountains and farms, the sea and the sand, modern cities and ancient ruins, some of the best art and architecture, it’s no wonder that Verdi was happy to have Italy.
“Dolce far niente.”
The sweetness of doing nothing. There is something sacred about this – about the pleasure of just being – in Italy. It’s nice to let go of the guilt that we so often have about “doing nothing” (especially in North America) and give into the dolce far niente.
“Nature is the art of God.” – Dante Alighieri
I don’t know about you, but I think God managed some darn good “art” in Italy.
“Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.” – Sophia Loren
So enjoy that spaghetti (and pizza, and gelato, and bruschetta…) and look like Sophia Loren 😉
“Chi è sano e da pie del Sultano.”
Translates to: “Good health is above wealth.” In Italy, the food is fantastic because the ingredients are fantastic. (Almost) everything is locally produced, or home grown – you know where your food is coming from, you know what’s in it, you know what’s good for you, and you know how to enjoy it – and with that, good health. Health, quality, experience… life comes before “material wealth”.
“Paese che vai, usanze che trovi.”
Translates (roughly) to: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Experience the places you visit as a local, and in what better “paese” to do this than in Italy?!