“ Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you,” Simon and Garfunkel sang in their 1960s song Mrs. Robinson. Baseball...
Bypassing the strong visual power of the romantic canals of Venice, the breath-taking views inside and outside Tuscany, a portrait of Rome by night and a snapshot of the emerald Sardinian sea, it is not an easy goal.
From practical motivations to personal and poetic subjects, Italy is still one of the top dream destinations. Its charm affects equally east and west countries, because each of us will always find a reason to fall in love with the Bella Italia. Despite the immediate effect of a photo, there is another mean of communication able to leave a vivid and lasting impression on us: words. If you do not believe in the power of words, read these inspiring quotes and find out for yourself.
1. The Creator made Italy from designs by Michaelangelo. (Mark Twain)
2. Do you know the land where the lemon-trees grow? In darkened leaves the gold-oranges glow A soft wind blows from the pure blue sky The myrtle stands mute, and the bay tree high? Do you know it well? It’s there I’d be gone, to be there with you, O, my beloved one! (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
3. Italy and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy. (Bertrand Russell)
4. I find that 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)
5. It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone. (Erica Jong)
6. The name of Italy has magic in its very syllables. (Mary Shelley)
7. 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 (Barbara Kingsolve)
8. If the landscape of human emotion were to exist in country, it would be in Italy. (Lisa Fantino)
9. For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery, back down the old ways of time. Strange and wonderful chords awake in us, and vibrate again after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness. (David Herbert Lawrence)
10. I love the language, that soft bastard Latin, Which melts like kisses from a female mouth And sounds as if it should be writ on satin With syllables which breathe of the sweet South. (George Gordon Noel Byron)
11.Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go. (Truman Capote)
12.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)
13.Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life. (Anna Akhmatova)
14. Sardinia is another thing. Much wider, much more ordinary, not up-and-down at all, but running away into the distance. Unremarkable ridges of moor-like hills running away, perhaps to a bunch of dramatic peaks on the southwest. This gives a sense of space … lovely space about one, and traveling distances-nothing finished, nothing final. It is like liberty itself. (David Herbert Lawrence)
15. You may have the universe if I may have Italy. (Giuseppe Verdi)
16. A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority. (Samuel Johnson)
17. Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building after seeing Italy. (Fanny Burney)
18. I was offered a free villa in Hollywood, but I said no thank you, I prefer to live in Italy. (Ennio Morricone )
19. 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)
20. I wanna go someplace where I can MARVEL at something! Linguine, Leonardo, limoncello... (Elizabeth Gilbert)
21. Italy is the only country in the world where it was born before the culture and then the nation, there is no other place in the world. (Roberto Benigni).
Silvia Pe is an Italian travel enthusiast and compulsive reader. She works in the tourism field, runs the blogs CharmingItaly.com and CharmingTuscany.com