200+ Amazing quotes about Italy that will inspire your next trip

Italy is synonymous with great weather, delicious food and stunning art and architecture. Let’s be honest, how many times have you used quotes about Italy in your Instagram captions? Yes, “La dolce vita” is one of those Italian quotes that we see around our Social Media. All these Italy travel quotes and Italian sayings worth knowing will inspire your next trip to this beautiful country. 

Italy is one of those dreamy destinations that has it all, from ancient Roman history to the Renaissance art of Florence, below you will find the best travel quotes about Italy.

As Italian we have been travelling all around the country to the famous dolce vita, experiencing some of the most incredible experiences, meeting people and knowing their saying coming from the tradition.

This whole collection of quotes for Italy will be useful for those who want to learn the language or just know a thing or two about Italy. Check also our selection of captions about Italy for Instagram and very popular phrases about Italy.

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Beautiful quotes about Italy from Famous people

“I was offered a free villa in Hollywood, but I said no thank you, I prefer to live in Italy.” – Ennio Morricone

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” – Giuseppe Verdi

“Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.” – Bertrand Russell

“Italy is a geographical expression.” – Klemens von Metternich

“We are all pilgrims who seek Italy.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” – Anna Akhmatova

“Italy is my destiny; it calls to me to return home.” – Melissa Muldoon

“One of the great joys of traveling through Italy is discovering firsthand that it is, indeed, a dream destination.” – Debra Levinson

“The name of Italy has magic in its very syllables.” – Mary Shelley

“The creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo.” – Mark Twain

“For sure, in Italy, the sun always shines.” – Aleksandar Mitrovic

“Italy – I love the late-night culture, hanging around the square at midnight with everyone, catching up, and having a drink.” – Gemma Chan

“All my ego wants is to be sitting by a lake in Italy. It doesn’t want to be backstage, warming up.” – Chet Faker

“A man who has not been in Italy is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see.” – Samuel Johnson

“In Italy, they add work and life on to food and wine.” – Robin Leach

“Even now I miss Italy dearly, I dream about it every night.” – Eila Hiltunen

“Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building after seeing Italy.” – Frances Burney

“Italy offers one the most priceless of all one’s possessions – one’s own soul.” – Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

“I was in Italy on vacation, and I saw my reflection in a mirror. I saw how unique my skin was and why people stop me on the street to ask about it. I started falling in love with it.” – Khoudia Diop

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Famous quotes about Italy

“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

“Italy will never be a normal country. Because Italy is Italy. If we were a normal country, we wouldn’t have Rome. We wouldn’t have Florence. We wouldn’t have the marvel that is Venice.” – Matteo Renzi

“Move to Italy. I mean it: they know about living in debt; they don’t care. I stayed out there for five months while I was making a film called ‘Order Of Death,’ and they’ve really got it sussed. Nice cars. Sharp suits. Great food. Stroll into work at 10. Lunch from 12 till three. Leave work at five. That’s living!” – John Lydon

“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

“Italy and London are the only places where I don’t feel to exist on sufferance.” – E.M. Forster

“When life gives you twists and turns, chique yourself up in Italy!” – Barbara Conelli

“How beautiful is the sunset when the glow Of Heaven descends upon a land like thee, Thou Paradise of exiles, Italy!” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

“And don’t let me beg you, go with that awful tourist idea that Italy’s only a museum of antiquities and art. Love and understand the Italians, for the people are more marvelous than the land” – E. M. Forster

“I find 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

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Italy travel quotes

“And I do believe that Italy really purifies and ennobles all who visit her. She is the school as well as the playground of the world.” – E. M. Forster

“If you deconstruct Italy, you will, in the end, see a grapevine, a tomato, and a small boy hammering a shard of marble.” – Pietros Maneos

“[Italy is] A country where pleasure principle dominates.” – Sari Gilbert

“I gasp for air if I don’t get to breathe Italian air once a year.” – Danny Meyer

“No matter where I’ve been overseas, the greatest joy was moving into Italy. Italy has changed me, for the better.” – Efrat Cybulkiewicz

“A man has not fully lived until he experiences that gentle balmy clime of ancient empires, the land of lemon trees and the genius of Michelangelo.” – E.A. Bucchianeri

“In America, one must be something, but in Italy, one can simply be.” – Pietros Maneos

“People need Italy to be reminded of how to see beauty in ruins and permanence in transience.” – Unknown

“…is there anywhere in the world as full of beauty as Italy?” – Natalia Sanmartín Fenollera

“I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people. I love the attitudes of Italians.” – Elton John

“For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery.” – D. H. Lawrence

“Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and grand borders upon insanity and absurdity or at least is reminiscent of childhood.” – Alexander Herzen

“The most stylish country in the world is Italy.” – Nick Rhodes

“Open my heart and you will see graved inside of it, Italy.” – Robert Browning

“The Italians have their priorities right: They’re driven, they do their work, but they really enjoy the day-to-day and they don’t put off the enjoyment of every day for some future goal.” – Frances Mayes

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Tuscany Travel Quotes

“My idea of heaven still is to drive the gravel farm roads of Umbria and Tuscany, very pleasantly lost.”  – Frances Mayes

“I remember the first time I went to Italy when I was eighteen, I was in Florence and there were all these eighteen, nineteen, twenty-year-olds gliding past on Vespas with crinkly, long, hair, and I thought I was on the set of a movie. I couldn’t believe that this was going on and I hadn’t known about it before. I was flabbergasted.” – Walter Kirn

“Americans who visit Tuscany or Umbria love the landscape: the silvery olive groves, the fields of sunflowers, the vineyards, the stone houses and barns.” – Anthony Lewis

“Florence is perhaps best known for being the seat of Renaissance art, and rightly so: A greatest-hits collection of artists passed through its streets – Michelangelo, Leonardo, Botticelli, and Brunelleschi among them.” – Hanya Yanagihara

“One of my ambitions is to move to Tuscany. I like the idea of getting a vineyard. I love being under the sun and being casual and comfortable. That’s my idea of heaven.” – Paolo Nutini

“The very beginning of European aesthetics started from Florence. Everything here was beauty, money, and creativity, the power of the good money.” – Alessandro Michele

“I walked across Tuscany from Siena to Rome, which was a lovely way to see the landscape. It was sunny but not too hot, and we made detours to look at treasures – churches, paintings, little hill villages. The first couple of days, you feel your knees are turning to jelly. But, at the end, you feel very limber. I hope I can always do it.” – Diana Quick

“Maybe money can’t buy happiness, but it can get you a nice little villa in Tuscany, and that’s close enough for me.”  – Lois Greiman

“Florence’s is a subtle beauty – its staid, unprepossessing palaces built in local stone are not showy, even though they are very large. They take on a certain magnificence when day breaks and when the sun sets; their muted colours glow in this light.” – Fodors

 “Everything about Florence seems to be coloured with a mild violet, like diluted wine.” – Henry James

“Tuscany is so full of history and beauty – you meet wonders of art and architecture on almost every corner. But I love the region’s homier aspects: the special sweetness of the tomatoes, the soft mozzarella, the heady scents of basil and garlic everywhere.” – Trudie Styler

“Florence is actually a very fateful city. Often one has a sense of Florence answering one back, if you know what I mean.” – Glenn Haybittle

“Visiting Florence was like attending a surprise party every day.” – Jennifer Coburn

“In Paris, you learn wit, in London you learn to crush your social rivals, and in Florence, you learn poise.” – Virgil Thomson

“Verona is a very beautiful city, but Siena just never ceases to fascinate me.” – Anne Fortier

“We had never before been to Italy in May, and it is truly the most wonderful month. The Lucchese countryside is a riot of color and scent. Every road, even the busy autostrada, is lined with brilliant red poppies, making the most mundane street look picturesque. The olive trees dotting the hills are covered with silvery green and the pale cream of new buds, while the grass is tall and soft, every patch threaded with wildflowers.” – Louise Badger

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Quotes about Rome

“Each, in its own way, was unforgettable. It would be difficult to — Rome! By all means, Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live.”  – Audrey Hepburn

“Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome.” – Robert De Niro

“If I’m in Rome for only 48 hours, I would consider it a sin against God to not eat cacio e pepe, the most uniquely Roman of pastas, in some crummy little joint where Romans eat. I’d much rather do that than go to the Vatican. That’s Rome to me.” – Anthony Bourdain

“The thing I love about Rome is that it has so many layers. In it, you can follow anything that interests you: town planning, architecture, churches or culture. It’s a city rich in antiquity and early Christian treasures, and just endlessly fascinating. There’s nowhere else like it.” – Claire Tomalin

“She had always been fond of history, and here [in Rome] was history in the stones of the street and the atoms of the sunshine.” – Henry James

“Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.” –  Anatole Broyard

“I am a sucker for those old traditional places, and Rome is as good as it gets, particularly when you throw in Italian food.” – Roger Federer

“To my taste, the men in Rome are ridiculously, hurtfully, stupidly beautiful. More beautiful even than Roman women, to be honest. Italian men are beautiful in the same way as French women, which is to say– no detail spared in the quest for perfection. They’re like show poodles. Sometimes they look so good I want to applaud.”  – Elizabeth Gilbert

“Rome, the city of visible history.” – George Eliot

“Rome is not outside me, but inside me…Her feverish sweetness, her tragic countryside, her own beauty and harmony, all these are mine, for my thoughts and my work.” – Amedeo Modigliani

“Rome is everybody’s memory…” – Eleanor Clark

“To Rome, for everything.” – Miguel de Cervantes

“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.” – Giotto di Bondone

“If we could be reborn wherever we chose, how crowded Rome would be, populated by souls who had spent their previous lives longing to inhabit a villa on the Janiculum Hill.” – Francine Prose

 “Methinks I will not die quite happy without having seen something of that Rome of which I have read so much.” – Walter Scott

“When in Italy, you Rome.” – Punny Leone

“Rome is not like any other city. It’s a big museum, a living room that shall be crossed on one’s toes.” – Alberto Sordi

“Rome will exist as long as the Coliseum does; when the Coliseum falls, so will Rome; when Rome falls, so will the world.” – Venerable Bede

“Rome has grown since its humble beginnings that it is now overwhelmed by its own greatness.” – Livy

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Incredible quotes about Rome

“Rome seems a comfort to those with the ambitious soul of an Artist or a Conqueror.” – Pietros Maneos

“Rome lifts you up but won’t let you settle down – it turns you into a bird without a nest.” – Glenn Haybittle

“It was Rome. The whole city a museum.” – Darnell Lamont Walker

“Rome – the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in a funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.” – George Eliot

“Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time.” – Richard Meier

“For someone who has never seen Rome, it is hard to believe how beautiful life can be.” – Unknown

“Rome holds my psyche in balance. Whenever I’m there, it’s like a holiday.” – Giambattista Valli

“Rome knew love, better than I ever could, so I let the city take her hand, and followed close behind, picking up the pieces of her melting heart.” –Atticus

“I am a sucker for those old traditional places, and Rome is as good as it gets, particularly when you throw in Italian food.” – Roger Federer

“Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.” – Anatole Broyard

“When in Rome, live as the Romans do; when elsewhere, live as they live elsewhere.” – Saint Ambrose

“In the evening we arrived at the Coliseum when it was already twilight. When one looks at it, everything else seems small. It is so huge that one cannot keep the image of it in mind; it is remembered as smaller, and when one goes back there it seems larger again.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Venice Travel Quotes

“Venice, it’s temples and palaces did seem like fabrics of enchantment piled to heaven.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Venetians feel affection and loyalty to their city, rather than to the Italian state.” – Donna Leon

“Venice never quite seems real, but rather an ornate film set suspended on the water.” – Frida Giannini

“Venice is eternity itself.” – Joseph Brodsky

“Everything in Venice is just a little bit creepy, as much as it’s beautiful.” – Christopher Moore

“It’s so easy for me to get caught up in the feeling of a city like Venice, where everything is just beautiful color and gorgeous buildings that are so peaceful. You can roam around and get lost in the labyrinth.” – Nanette Lepore

“When writers for adults contemplate Venice, they behold decay, dereliction and death. Thomas Mann, Daphne du Maurier, L. P. Hartley and Salley Vickers have all dispatched hapless protagonists to Italy, where they see Venice – and die.” –  Jan Mark

“If I could live in one city and do every single thing I do there, I would choose Venice. You can’t turn your head without seeing something amazing.” – Nile Rodgers

“Venice is the perfect place for a phase of art to die. No other city on earth embraces entropy quite like this magical floating mall.” – Jerry Saltz

“All of Venice is tattered, resewn, achingly lovely, and like an enchantress, she disarms me, making off with the very breath of me.”  –Marlena de Blasi

“When I went to Venice my dream became my address.” – Marcel Proust

“All the cities in the world are, more or less, similar to one another. Venice is like no other.” – Carlo Goldoni

“If you read a lot, nothing is as great as you’ve imagined. Venice is – Venice is better.” – Fran Lebowitz

“A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him.” – Arthur Symons

 “When I seek another word for ‘music,’ I never find any other word than ‘Venice’.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Venice, half woman, half fish, is a siren dissolving into a marsh of the Adriatic.” – Jean Cocteau

“If I could rename love, I’d call it VENEZIA.” – Conny Cernik

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“Venice is eternity itself.” – Joseph Brodsky

“This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty of 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.” – Thomas Mann

 “All of Venice is tattered, resewn, achingly lovely, and like an enchantress, she disarms me, making off with the very breath of me.” – Marlena De Blasi

“Venice never quite seems real, but rather an ornate film set suspended on the water.” – Frida Giannini

“Paris is an ideal place to become informed, while Venice is a place to think and write.” – Pontus Hulten

“To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.” – Alexander Herzen

 “Venice, it’s temples and palaces did seem like fabrics of enchantment piled to heaven.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

“The surface of Venice is constantly metamorphosing and painting Venice is almost like being a restorer, peeling off the layers to find the picture after picture underneath.” – Arbit Blatas

“Venice is incredible. Although you may have seen it in pictures, you can’t grasp how beautiful it is until you visit.” – Gino D’Acampo

“Nothing ever seems straightforward in Venice, least of all its romances.” – Roger Ebert

“Venice, the most touristy place in the world, is still just completely magic to me.” – Frances Mayes

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Amalfi Coast Travel Quotes

“They say that when Judgement day comes, the people of Amalfi will have no change in life, for they are already living in paradise…” – Melissa Hill

“There was a magical timelessness to Capri, a special atmosphere, and a sense of history.” – Kitty Pilgrim

“If bliss could be a color, today would be Amalfi Blue” – Lisa Fantino

“Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” – John Steinbeck

“Put a compass to paper and trace a circle. Then tell me which other country has such a concentration of places like Amalfi, Naples, Ischia, Procida, Sorrento, Positano, Pompeii, and Capri.” – Diego Della Valle

My favourite thing is Spaghetti with white clam sauce anywhere on the Amalfi Coast or the Tuscan Coast. – Todd English

Italy Quotes about Naples

Vedi Napoli e Poi Muori – See Naples and then you can die | Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Italian Architecture quotes

“As far as I can see, Italy, for fifteen hundred years, has turned all her energies, all her finances, and all her industry to the building up of a vast array of wonderful church edifices, and starving half her citizens to accomplish it. She is today one vast museum of magnificence and misery. All the churches in an ordinary American city put together could hardly buy the jewelled frippery in one of her hundred cathedrals. And for every beggar in America, Italy can show a hundred – and rags and vermin to match. It is the wretchedest, princeliest land on earth.

Look at the grande Duomo of Florence – a vast pile that has been sapping the purses of her citizens for five hundred years, and is not nearly finished yet. Like all other men,

I fell down and worshipped it, but when the filthy beggars swarmed around me the contrast was too striking, too suggestive, and I said. “Oh, sons of classic Italy, is the spirit of enterprise, of self-reliance, of noble endeavour, utterly dead within ye? Curse your indolent worthlessness, why don’t you rob your church?” – Mark Twain

“Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building after seeing Italy” – Frances Burney

“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

“There is something about giving everything to your profession. In Italian, an obsession is not necessarily negative. It’s the art of putting all your energy into one thing; it’s the art of transforming even what you eat for lunch into architecture.” – Renzo Piano

“Every one of my buildings begins with an Italian journey.” – Alvar Aalto

“The Italians have long known what makes a livable town or city.” – Norman Foster

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Quotes About Italian food

“The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again.” – George Miller

“I spent a college semester in a small town in Italy – and that is where I truly tasted food for the first time.” – Alton Brown

“Like most of Italy, Neapolitans like their food, and there are restaurants everywhere. But to make like a true Neapolitan, grab a pizza from a street vendor and eat it there and then. We tried a pizza that’s folded over four times to make it nice and portable, then you eat it straight out of paper, like fish and chips.” – Paul Hollywood

“As they say in Italy, Italians were eating with a knife and fork when the French were still eating each other. The Medici family had to bring their Tuscan cooks up there so they could make something edible.” – Mario Batali

“It’s in the nature of Italians to live life with a positive tone and to celebrate the invitations that come along in life. Italian food is so conducive to all of that.” – Lidia Bastianich

“Italy will always have the best food.” – Diane von Furstenberg

“If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?” – Martin Scorsese

“The commonplace about Italian cooking is that it’s very simple; in practice, the simplicity needs to be learned, and the best way to learn it is to go to Italy and see it firsthand.” – Bill Buford

“I once went to Alba, Italy, during their white truffle festival, and I was like, ‘Just leave me here!’” – Amber Valletta

“Life is too short. If we’re in Italy, have pizza and pasta. But not every day.” – Harley Pasternak

“We always ate with gusto…It would have offended the cook if we had nibbled or picked…Our mothers and zie [aunties] didn’t inquire as to the states of our bellies; they just put the food on our plates.

‘You only ask sick people if they’re hungry,’ my mother said. ‘Everyone else must eat, eat!’

Great Italy Quotes about Food

But when Italians say ‘Mangia! Mangia!’ they’re not just talking about food. They’re trying to get you to stay with them, to sit by them at the table for as long as possible. The meals that my family ate together- the many courses, the time in between at the table or on the mountain by the sea, the hours spent talking loudly and passionately and unyieldingly and laughing hysterically the way Neapolitans do- were designed to prolong our time together; the food was, of course, meant to nourish us, but it was also meant to satisfy, in some deeper way, our endless hunger for one another.”  – Sergio Esposito

“So… Italian gelato. Take the deliciousness of a regular ice-cream cone, times it by a million, then sprinkle it with crushed-up unicorn horns.” – Jenna Evans Welch 

“I’m definitely looking forward to the day when I stop working – if I ever stop working. I like the idea of keeling over in my tomato vines in Sardinia or northern Italy.” – Anthony Bourdain

“There’s nothing more romantic than Italian food.” – Elisha Cuthbert

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” – Federico Fellini

“Italian food is seasonal. It is simple. It is nutritionally sound. It is flavorful. It is colorful. It’s all the things that make for a good eating experience, and it’s good for you.” – Lidia Bastianich

 “Polenta is to northern Italy what bread is to Tuscany, what pasta is to Emilia-Romagna and what rice is to the Veneto: easy to make, hungry to absorb other flavors, and hugely versatile.” – Yotam Ottolenghi

“The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again.” – George Miller

“I love the simplicity, the ingredients, the culture, the history, and the seasonality of Italian cuisine. In Italy, people do not travel. They cook the way grandma did, using fresh ingredients and what is available in season.” – Anne Burrell

 “Italian food really reflects the people. It reflects like a prism that fragments into regions.” – Lidia Bastianich

“Italian cuisine is the most famous and beloved cuisine in the world for a reason. Accessible, comforting, seemingly simple but endlessly delicious, it never disappoints, just as it seems to never change.” – Matt Goulding

“In Italy, food is an expression of love. It is how you show those around you that you care for them. Having a love for food means you also have a love for those you are preparing it for and for yourself.” – Joe Bastianich

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“You may have the universe if I may have Italy” – Giuseppe Verdi

“The name of Italy has magic in its very syllables.” – Mary Shelley

“Italian culture is so deeply soaked in an appreciation of the good things in life.” –  Mariska Hargitay

“I gasp for air if I don’t get to breathe Italian air once a year.” – Danny Meyer

“The Creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo.” – Mark Twain

“For sure, in Italy, the sun always shines.” – Aleksandar Mitrovic

“Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.” – Bertrand Russell

“A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.” – Samuel Johnson

“I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people. I love the attitudes of Italians.” – Elton John

“The most stylish country in the world is Italy.” – Nick Rhodes

“In Italy, they add work and life on to food and wine.” – Robin Leach

“One doesn’t come to Italy for niceness,” was the retort; “one comes for life. Buon giorno! Buon giorno!” – E.M. Forster

“I’m a pretty calm person. That came from living in Italy for a long time. Nothing works, nothing is on time. You have to learn to deal with it.” – Tom Ford

“I couldn’t settle in Italy – it was like living in a foreign country.” – Ian Rush

“There is in the DNA of the Italians a bit of madness, which in the overwhelming majority of cases is positive. It is genius. It is talent. It’s the masterpieces of art. It’s the food, fashion, everything that makes Italy great in the world.” –  Matteo Renzi

“Wasting time is something that people do or feel all over the world, not just in Italy.” – Paolo Sorrentino

“Italians know that what matters is style, not fashion. Italian style does not have social or age boundaries.” – Stefano Gabbana

“All of my youth growing up in my Italian family was focused around the table. That’s where I learned about love.” – Leo Buscaglia

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“Italy is” quotes

“First of all, let’s get one thing straight. Your Italy and our Italia are not the same thing. Italy is a soft drug peddled in predictable packages, such as hills in the sunset, olive groves, lemon trees, white wine, and raven-haired girls. Italia, on the other hand, is a maze. It’s alluring, but complicated. It’s the kind of place that can have you fuming and then purring in the space of a hundred meters, or in the course of ten minutes. Italy is the only workshop in the world that can turn out both Botticellis and Berlusconis.” – Beppe Severgnini, La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

“In Italy there’s perhaps a little less space than in Spain, but there’s certainly as much sunshine.” – Carlo Rubbia

“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

“Love and understand the Italians, for the people are more marvellous than the land.” – E. M. Forster

“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. Of course, I don’t know how these men behave at home if they help with the cooking or are vain and boorish and mistreat their wives. I realized Mediterranean cultures have their issues. Fine, don’t burst my bubble. I didn’t want to marry these guys, I just wanted to watch.” – Barbara Kingsolver

“I don’t like being called ‘macho.’ Macho basically means stupid and a real Italian man is not macho, he’s smart. That’s smart in both senses: elegant and clever.” – Andrea Bocelli

Short quotes about Italy

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy” – Giuseppe Verdi

“For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery” – D.H Lawrence

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go” – Truman Capote

“A man who has not been in Italy is always conscious of an inferiority” – Samuel Johnson

“Even now I miss Italy dearly, I dream about it every night” – Elia Hiltunen

“ I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of Marble” – Augustus 

“The name of Italy has magic in its very syllables” – Mary Shelley

“Rome the city of visible history” – George Eliot

“The Italians have long known what makes a livable town or city” – Norman Foster

“In America, one must be something, but in Italy, one can simply be” – Pietros Maneos 

Funny quotes about Italy

”The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hunt again” – George Miller

”Ubriaco come una scimmia” – “Drunk as a monkey” – TypicalItalian saying

”It’s easy to understands why the most beautiful poems about England in the spring were written by poets living in Italy at the time” – Philip Dunne

”If countries were people, England and France would be only men. Italy would be dead. Compared with them, America is in its 20s. – William

”In Italy, even the policemenists look like they’ve just come off a catwalk. One I found, standing on a rostrum in the middle of a Roman square, was immaculate, as was his routine. Each wave of the hand, each toot, of the whistle and each twist of the body was pans people perfect. Never mind that the traffic was completely ignoring him, he looked good, and that’s what mattered. Looking good in Italy is even more important than looking where you’re going.” – Jeremy Clarkson

”As they say in Italy, Italians were eating with a knife and fork when the French were still eating each other. The Medici family had to bring their Tuscan cooks up there so they could make something edible. “ – Mario Batali 

”When in Italy, carbs are no longer a sin”

”There is something majestic in the bad taste of Italy” – E. M. Forster

”Everything in Venice is just a little bit creepy, as much as it’s beautiful.” – Christopher moore

”In Italy they take cheap cloth and make it look expensive, but I take expensive cloth and make it look cheap. They just don’t understand.” – Vivienne Westwood

Pathway around Lake Sorapis in the Dolomites
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Movie quotes about Italy

”When I was in Italy, I leant a word – It’s ”Tutti” with double T, which in Italian means ”Everybody”. So that’s the lesson, isn’t it? When you set out in the world to help yourself, sometimes you end up helping tutti” – Eat, Pray, Love

”See Venice and die”, is what they say? Or is it Rome?” – The talented Mr. Ripley

”Italians have a little joke, that the world is so hard a man must have two fathers to look after him, and that’s why they have godfathers” – The Godfather

”Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live” – Roman Holiday

”Rome is but a wilderness of tigers” – Titus

”Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood make civil hands unclean” – Romeo & Juliet

”Buongiorno Principessa!” – Life is beautiful

”Marcus Aurelius: What is Rome, Maximus? Maximus: I’ve seen much of the rest of the world. It is brutal and cruel and dark, Rome is the Light.” – Gladiator

”You know what I’ve been told? Italian men respect their wives. They spoil their mistresses. But the only women they love are their mothers.” – In love and war

Italian Captions for Instagram

Looking for some quotes in Italian for Instagram? This is the right place, the language of love, often taken as one of the most sensual in the world, can express your feelings like no others. We have tailored some Italian Sayings with translation of the meaning, these are our favourite ready captions for Instagram in Italian.

  • Un giorno senza un sorriso è un giorno perso – A day without laughter is a day wasted | Charlie Chaplin
  • Tutto quello che vedi, lo devo alla pasta – Everything you see, I owe to pasta | Sophia Loren
  • La vita è una combinazione di magia e pasta – Life is a combination of magic and pasta | Federico Fellini
  • Mangia che ti passa – Eat and you’ll feel better | Italian proverb
  • Anni e bicchieri di vino non si contano mai – Age and wine glasses should never be counted | Italian proverb

Quotes about Italy in Italian

Sayings and common proverbs in Italian. Everyone knows that Italians have their own way to say things, and most of that is through gestures, facial expressions and weird ways to let you understand the meaning.

Check those Italian Proverbs you must know while visiting the bel paese of Dolce Vita. Get intrigued by Italian facts coming from traditions coming from the transmission of generations.

Il lupo perde il pelo ma non il vizio – Bad habits die hard
Chi dorme non piglia pesci – Who sleep, doesn’t gain anything
Ride bene chi ride ultimo – Who laughs last, laughs best
Il buongiorno si vede dal mattino – A good day starts from the morning
Non fare domani quello che puoi fare oggi – Don’t postpone to tomorrow what you can do today

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