May 27, 2018

The Best Italy Has to Offer

What comes to your mind when thinking of Italy? For me it's great food and beautiful nature. Whatever you think, Italy does have a lot to offer and is ranked in the top five most visited country globally and ranked number three in Europe.

Very often, the first impression given by Italians to foreigners is how nice and friendly they are. They have no qualms approach foreign travelers to say "hi" (or more appropriately "ciao").

The further south of Italy you go, the friendlier the locals get. There are certain characteristics that Italians have which are very interesting and noticeable. For example, they have a great sense of taste. They are outspoken food lovers. Food is very important. Italians spend a lot of time preparing and eating food. Italian males often cry. As cliched as it might be, when men are actively encouraged not to show their emotions, and just get on with it, Italian men are just the opposite. Lastly, Italians are very patriotic. They are proud of their history and rich culture. 

Speaking of history, There are Roman ruins. The Italians, like the boots in the north and the south, were the seats of the Roman Empire. They left a lot of great achievements in politics, art and architecture for future generations, such as the arena, where the Renaissance of the Middle Ages sprouted. There are quite a few artistic treasures left here such as Michelangelo and the great masters, like a fountain in the city of Rome is a famous masterpiece.

The modern regime was unifying until the 1860s. Compared with neighboring Spain, Britain, and France, it had no traditional royal power, and it had no military achievements. Especially after the First World War, Mussolini took the lead. The Fascist regime was in alliance with Hitler and lost all in the Second World War. It was a major setback in the political history of the country. Nowadays, Italy is much smarter. It is no longer the same as the Roman Empire. It took a cappuccino with light, and the whole world was immediately conquered. Pizza, spaghetti, gelato ice cream, everything is irresistible. Satisfying the enjoyment of your food, the next step is to seduce you with a variety of famous brands on the fashion stage. 

People all over the world know that Italian shoes and leather goods are unsaid, and the epidemic will inevitably miss the Italian vote.

Around one-third of the days in Italy are festive. Some are religious holidays, some are traditional folk festivals, and some are national anniversary days. The fact that there are many festivals is a manifestation of Italians' belief in freedom and romantic nature. It is also a testimony of the Italians' emphasis on traditions. It also ensures that Italians can fully enjoy their lives and enrich their lives. Especially in the summer, people generally have summer vacations ranging from two weeks to one month. This is a good time for everyone to travel abroad, vacation on the beach, and return to nature on the lake shore.

So, do you know how many holiday days there are in Italy? 122 days. (National holiday, anniversary)

The Venetian Mask Carnival: The festivals that make the world's tourists crazy are celebrated every year around the first 10 days of the Ash Wednesday in February. During the Venice Carnival, fantastic costumes and fancy dresses can be seen on the streets of the Grand Canal. The public and tourists, everyone on this day, will be creative and show the most unique costumes. The peaceful Venice will be decorated with colorful and charming gorgeous cities. It is the liveliest moment in Venice during the year, and visitors can experience unique passion. The Italian style is a Venice festival that visitors from Europe can't miss.

Palio: Every year on July 2 and August 16 is the most important race meeting in Siena. Apart from horse races, there are many carnivals and makeup parades. Lively, attracting many people and tourists to come together for a grand event.

Italy's traditional boat race: Every year on the first Sunday of September, a traditional boat race will be held in Venice, Italy. On this day, the players will be dressed in traditional costumes and gathered on the Venice Grand Canal to participate in this ancient racing boat. competition.

From ancient times to the 16th century, Italy was at the heart of Western culture and was also the origin of Etruscan civilization, ancient Rome, Roman Catholicism, humanism, and the Renaissance movement. Before the advent of the Roman Empire, Etruscan civilization and the Samnyum culture thrived in Italy. The Phoenicians and the Greeks began establishing settlements in Italy a few centuries before the birth of Jesus, especially as a thriving Greek classical settlement. The Greek site in the south of Italy may be the most spectacular in the world and the best-preserved place.

The European Renaissance began in Italy, while Italy’s paintings, sculptures, architecture, science, literature, and music were at the heart of Europe. From the Baroque period to the romantic period, the "Italianization" continued to maintain its leading position in Europe. When the dominance of painting and sculpture weakened, the Italian culture re-established a leading position in music. Italian artists have been very influential in the 20th century. Their modernism in the 1920s and 1930s continued to play an important role in the international contemporary art market. After the Second World War, Italy's new realism had an important influence in the film industry. Since the 1960s, Italy has established a great film culture. The design of Italy has shaped the post-war world. Today, Italian fashion and design undoubtedly have an international leading position.

The historical and cultural heritage of Italy is still enormous. Opera and music are famous parts of Italian culture. Italian cuisine and food are often considered to be one of the most popular cultures in the world. Art and fashion culture (Millan is the world's fashion capital) are also world famous. Italy is the country with the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites (47). Italy has half of the world’s greatest works of art and Italy has an estimated 100,000 memorials of any form (museums, palaces, buildings, Statues, churches, art galleries, villas, fountains, historic buildings and archaeological remains.

These are all gross generalizations, so I hope that it is read with this in mind. Like any country, there are wonderful people. These are just the attributes that I think set Italians apart from people that I know from other countries.

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Referred to Italian as the language of love or the ‘romance language,’ Italians are considered to be the most passionate nationality in the world, and even more so when expressing their anger.

Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoirs? Why not follow in the footsteps and write your own memoirs as you travel through Rome, Venice, Bologna, Naples and Sicily?

Wander like Gilbert around the fashionable area surrounding the Spanish Steps. Roam through the streets that tangle and curve around the Jewish Ghetto, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Enjoy the view of Piazza del Popolo from Villa Borghese, one of Rome’s most stunning parks. Perhaps find your own language exchange partner in Piazza Fiume, where Gilbert used to meet with Giovanni every Thursday evening. When you’re hungry, head over to the Trastevere neighborhood and eat in one of the charming trattorias (we like Le Mani in Pasta) and observe, like Gilbert did, how Italians eat their meals slowly and purposefully.

Venice’s winding and seemingly never-ending streets are perfect for those who like to meander aimlessly like Gilbert. For your own trip to Venice, start your morning with a coffee from the oldest café in Italy, Café Florian in St. Mark’s Square, admire the and check of the Doge’s Palace before getting wonderfully lost in the endlessly charming, surrounding alleyways.

Gilbert did not love Venice like she loved most other parts of Italy. She found it a bit depressing and comments on how Venice has a very old-fashioned culture. Gilbert adored beautiful Bologna. She makes a special note of the food in the northern Italian city, as most people do after visiting the city. Midway through the 32nd tale of the “Eat” portion of Gilbert’s story, she recalls “Bologna — a city so beautiful that I couldn’t stop singing the whole time I was there: My Bologna has a first name! It’s P-R-E-T-T-Y.”

While Gilbert made it her duty to eat well everywhere she went, she raved about one pizza place in particular — L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele.

The author loved the mayhem of Naples and was so pleasantly shocked by the gruffness of the culture that she wasn’t even offended when flipped the bird by a little girl.

Gilbert, inspired by Geothe‘s famous quote, “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.” The author visited Taormina, Siracusa and Palermo.

In Sicily, Gilbert sat down at a restaurant and asked the owners to make her the best thing on the menu, and she speaks fondly of that meal. It’s a lesson in openness and the blind trust any traveler has to put into any activity he or she partakes.

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