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About its historic and artistic heritage, about its climate, about its people, wine, food, mountains, and sea. Italy has been considered a Paradise for many famous travelers. Below is a short anthology of what some of them said....


Thomas Mann

"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."


Percy Bysshe Shelley


“No sooner had we arrived in Italy than the loveliness of the earth and the serenity of the sky made the greatest difference in my sensation”

Mark Twain

"The Creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo."

Charles Dickens


“The noble bay of Genoa, with the deep blue Mediterranean, lies stretched out near at hand.”

Sir Walter Scott

"Methinks I will not die quite happy without having seen something of that Rome of which I have read so much."




“To have seen Italy without seeing Sicily is not having seen Italy at all. For Sicily is the key of everything”


Madame de Stael


“It is truly a pleasure to hear the Tuscans speak.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne 


“I believe that no place could be found where life passes, in its essences, more delightfully than here”

Giuseppe Verdi

 "You may have the universe if I may have Italy."

Truman Capote

"Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go."


Aldous Huxley


“There is a hint of Michelangelo in that white cloud set off by that dark shadow.”


D.H. Lawrence    


 “I sat and looked at the Lake (Garda). It was beautiful as Paradise, as the first creation.”


Percy Bysshe Shelley


“We watch the ocean and the sky together, under the roof of blue Italian weather.”


Bertrand Russell


“Italy and the spring and the first love all together should suffice to made the gloomiest person happy."


Alfred de Musset


“To think how I loved the flowers, fields and sonnets of Petrarch!”            


Aldous Huxley


“I like to imagine that amidst those mountains dwell the spirits of great sculptors.”


D. H. Lawrence


"One must love Italy if one has lived there. It is so non-moral. It leaves the soul to be free”.


Albert Camus


Florence! One of the only places in Europe where I understood that underneath my revolt, a consent was lying dormant”


Mary Shelley


“Here I find the secret of Italian Poetry… Here the poets of Italy tasted the sweet of those enchanted gardens which they describe… and wonder at their bright imaginations; but they drew only from reality”



Edith Wharton

"Was it in short, ever well to be elsewhere when one might be in Italy?"

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