9 Ways you’ll fall in love with Italy

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The History of Rome: The Eternal City

They say “all roads lead to Rome”…

It’s incredibly difficult not to fall in love with Italy when your journey begins in Rome. Sure, it can be hot, dirty, smelly, and overcrowded… but there is so much incredible history to be explored and discovered on the streets of Rome that one can simply not go without visiting ancient Rome. Whether you’re gazing at the Colosseum from inside or out, posing for a photo with a gladiator, or throwing coins in the trevi fountain… Rome will inescapably grab you with it’s charm, history and character.

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The Italian way of life

Italians have certainly mastered the art of living- family first, good food, good conversation, and a good dose of summer sun. There’s a strong work/life balance in Italy and the best of times are enjoyed as a family unit – the Italians really do know how to do it best!

bernina express


Scenic Train Journeys

There are many scenic train journeys throughout the Itlaian countryside, but arguably the most impressive crosses through both Italy and Switzerland – the Bernina Express. The famous ‘red train’ begins in Tirano and makes it way to the international winter destination for the well-to-do, St Moritz.

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Pasta & Pizza

It should go without saying that the key to anyone’s heart whilst in Italy (or EATaly)…. is food. Pasta and pizza are at the forefront but there’s plenty of other delicious eats to try throughout your stay. The safest bet? Wait for a table at any busy restaurant and put your choice in the hands of your waiter – they know best!


House Wine

 You sit down at a restaurant in Italy and are instantly greeted by a big smile from your Italian waiter, menus, and a good dose of house wine. The Italians know how to meet and greet properly that’s for sure!

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If you don’t like gelati, there’s something wrong with you. Not only will you find the biggest range of gelati in Italy, but it will also undeniably be the best on offer. Be sure to try a number of gelati houses and a range of flavours because as they say…. “when in Rome!”

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Inspiration that was enough to inspire Classics

Rome, oh Romeo. Italy has inspired many classics but for certain one of the most memorable of these is the classic love story itself – Romeo and Juliet. If you get a chance to visit Verona, it is not only where the balcony is located that inspired Shakespeare, but also a wonderful little city that should be explored at great length.


The Romance of Tuscany

Tuscany is certainly one of the world’s most romantic regions to visit. With the endless wineries, rolling hills, tuscan villas…. the list is endless. Base yourself in the capital of Tuscany, Florence, and explore the region from there or opt to stay in a villa and rent a car to make your way around the region.


The Canals of Venice

They say you should visit Venice at least once in your life and indeed, that is true. Just be sure to save your pennies well and truly in advance and prepare yourself (both mentally and physically) for lots of shoulder banging and waiting in lines. Apparently everyone else also has the same idea as you – visit Venice before it sinks!

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    Darren Bush
    January 25, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Italy is the best place to visit for any kind of traveler. I am fond of history and would definitely love to visit Rome once in my life.

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    September 29, 2015 at 1:12 am

    I’ve visited Italy four times and left a part of my soul there. I love Florence and Tuscany … and all of it ! I know your trip was fantastic.

    July 23, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Couldn’t agree with you more, especially about “dirty, smelly, and overcrowded”..haha! But certainly it is a place worth visiting in a lifetime. I just finished my article about Rome as well, with a bit of different perspective.. but Italy in general is something very special. Plus, it is impossible to beat their food.

    July 1, 2015 at 6:49 am

    What I miss the most is cheap wine and good food everywhere for a reasonable price. It’s wonderful that we can get everything we want in America, but I do miss getting cheap Mozzarella!!

    May 29, 2015 at 7:52 am

    I have never been to Italy but it happened this year that I can visit it this summer three times! Each time a different location. Couldn’t be more happier

    May 18, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Can not wait until I visit Italy for a month in July! So excited! I’ll be blogging about it and vlogging too! Going to record it all. Can’t wait!

    February 27, 2015 at 12:55 am

    There is not one region in Italy that isn’t beautiful, rich in culture, and has a fabulous local cuisine! There is really nothing not to love about it 🙂

    September 13, 2014 at 2:44 am

    I nodded my head through all nine ways…they couldn’t be anymore true! Your blog posts on travel are truly inspiring. I’ve started a design and lifestyle blog recently, and the first post is actually about our travels through Ravello on the Amalfi Coast from this past month!

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    August 29, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Italy is a magical place! I had a chance to live there for almost a year and since then my heart keeps dragging me back and back there.. such a nice post!

    pe juthathep
    August 27, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I love Rome and love Italy such a romantic city.

    August 27, 2014 at 4:43 am

    You’ve definitely done well to sum up some of the things I love about Italy. One of the best things about their culture is how kind and welcoming their people are. I’ve also found that simple pleasures are at the core of their happiness, whether it’s enjoying a great cup of espresso, spending time with family, or enjoying great food/wine.

    August 25, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Italy seems like a beautiful place. Would love to go there one day. – share the world

    CPO Experts Ltd.
    August 25, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Scenic Train Journeys will most enjoyable.
    We all like pizza……never eaten pasta.

    August 24, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    It is one of the beautiful destinations to travel.

    August 24, 2014 at 2:41 am

    All VERY good ways! It’s been so long since I’ve been to Italy, I really need to go back. But I love mostly that time hasn’t changed much over centuries and you’re walking through history on any given day. How incredible. |

    August 23, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I’m italian and you should visit Sicily. …it’s wonderfull. You won’t regret it.

    Virginia L.
    August 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Yes, I love what you said about these amazing places…Venice, here I come!

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    August 23, 2014 at 9:27 am

    so want to go to venice – but could do without the crowds!! LOVE rome, would happily go back

    Kate @
    August 23, 2014 at 6:04 am

    The pictures are beautiful. I am so excited about going there in November (although it will be a little cold), I can’t wait!!

    Also, is Venice really sinking? eek.

    August 23, 2014 at 2:56 am

    That’s the once place in the world that I want to go to the most. Such a beautiful place.

    August 22, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    I love Florence and Rome; you’ve made me want to return.

    August 22, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    You are absolutely right! I love how the Italians enjoy the life. It can be through the night life, long family sessions and of course, wine and food. Food is the biggest pleasure when I’m in Italy. I like that you mentioned Verona because it’s a breathtaking city. Thank you for your post and for giving me a tip to try the train trip!

    Jim Mandolij
    August 22, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve been to Rome and thought the experience was overall interesting and enjoyable, I must say the city was very dirty. The gellato was amazing and being a strong coffee type of guy I really loved drinking their espresso in the morning. Tuscany is where I really fell in love with Italy tho 😀

    August 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    You should definitely visit Sicily!! (Preferably during spring or autumn) Seriously, it is the most beautiful place in Europe I’ve ever visited (I live in the Netherlands so each year I go on a holiday once or twice in Europe). The nature is amazing, the cities are great, but it is also different than the rest of Italy as it has more Arabic influences. I LOVE that island.

    August 22, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Crazy photos! Love Italy such a romantic city!

    Katie @ Second-Hand Hedgehog
    August 22, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Agreed! I think one of my best Italian experiences was eating a delicious lemon gelato, while walking around the older parts of Florence in the evening. Magical! That photo of the train in the snow is amazing too – would love to do a train journey like that. Great post 🙂

    August 22, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Italy is indeed an amazing place to visit. No matter how often I go there I can’t get enough of it.

    August 22, 2014 at 7:49 am

    I can’t wait to go to Italy next year!

    – Christina

    August 22, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I love Italy (and their food)! Vacationed there many times and lived/worked 3 months in Florence! Great experiences!! Would definitely go back to Venice and lake Garda 🙂

    August 22, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Couldn’t agree more! Any country that knows how to appreciate good food is a good country 🙂 Amazing food, family values, beautiful regions, rich history and nice weather ahhhh perfect

    August 22, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Love this! That Venice photo is beautiful! This makes me so nostalgic from my time in Italy. -Ally @

    August 22, 2014 at 6:11 am

    I’m going to Milan next month for a wedding! It will be my first time in Italy and I’m so excited!! Reading this post just made me look forward to it a bit more!

    August 22, 2014 at 4:04 am

    I love Rome! been there a year ago. such a perfect city

    August 22, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Oh tell me about it! I love Italy <3 I've been several times already but I cannot wait to explore new areas. I'm really into the Amalfi coast and the Cinque Terre at the moment. xx

    August 22, 2014 at 1:53 am

    I totally agree with you 😉 even though I’m partial since I live in Verona 🙂 know what the sad thing is? we italians often don’t even know how wonderful is our country 🙁

    August 22, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Definitely agree with all the above! I was lucky enough to visit Italy quite young and totally fell in love with it

    August 22, 2014 at 1:22 am

    All of these things have made me fall in love with Italy, except Rome. Not that I dislike it, I’ve just never been! 🙁 I must change that asap and give myself yet another reason to love Italy.

    Madeline Fedmont
    August 22, 2014 at 1:04 am

    I love Italy. I’ve been there 2 times and can’t wait to come back. I’m a huge ice cream fan and I must say that best gelato in the world is in Italy 🙂

    Maggie A
    August 22, 2014 at 12:52 am

    This made me yearn for an Italian vacation even more!

    Maggie A

    Betty J. Ogburn
    August 22, 2014 at 12:46 am

    …Put simply, Italia is my #1 dream spot–and you’ve essentially surmised the reasons why!!…

    August 22, 2014 at 12:16 am

    9 ways to fall in love with Italy other than Italian men, you mean 😉 I’ve been a sucker for those olive skinned romeos since my first visit to Rome at 16! Viva Italia

    August 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Such a beautiful country, stopped there while interrailling and fell in love 🙂


    August 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Such a beautiful country, stopped there while interrailling and fell in love 🙂


    August 21, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    You forgot to mention the gorgeous Amalfi coast, one of the exciting in Italy to visit for sure! There are so many picturesque towns to explore and so much limoncello to drink!

    August 21, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Italy is definitely one of the places that I want to visit before I die. I love everything about it, the people, culture, food! I’m even taking Italian this year to learn the language. Can’t wait to visit when I’m a little bit older! (:

    August 21, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    I’ve never been to Italy and I’m not really sure why! Definitely need to remedy that in the next couple of years…

    August 21, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    You are so right! I love Italy especially due to the reasons you mentioned! Fortunately Italy is very near to Bavaria where I live 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    August 21, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Italy is the best! There’s definitely a special spot in my heart reserved for that beautiful country 🙂
    – Petra @