HOLIDAYS IN ITALY – REASONS TO LOVE THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY

A LITTLE PORTRAIT OF ITALY

Italy has drawn people in search of culture and romance for many centuries. Few countries can compete with its Classic origins, its art, architecture, musical and literary traditions, its scenery or food and wine. The ambiguity of its modern image is also fascinating: since World War II Italy has climbed into the top ten world economies, yet at its heart, it retains many of the customs, traditions and regional allegiances of its agricultural heritage.

Italy has no single cultural identity. Between the northern snow-capped peaks of the Alps and the rugged southern shores of Sicily lies a plethora of distinctive regions and peoples. Visitors to Italy are often pleasantly surprised by the diversity of its dialects, cuisines, and architecture. There is also a larger regional division. People speak of two different italies: the rich, industrial north and the poorer, agricultural south, known as Il Mezzoggiorno or land of the Midday Sun. The frontier separating the two is indeterminate, lying somewhere between Rome and Naples.

The North is directly responsible for Italy’s place among the world’s top industrial nations. It has been the powerhouse behind the Italian economic miracle, its success achieved by internationally renowned names such, Fiat, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Pagani, Pirelli, Ducati, Prada, Armani.

History and geography have both contributed to the division of Italy.  The north is closer in both location and spirit to German and France, while the south has suffered a succession of invasions from foreign powers: Carthaginians and Greeks in ancient times, Saracens and Normans in the Middle Ages and the Bourbons from Spain in the Middle of the 19th century.

REASONS TO LOVE ITALY

Evocative ruins, extravagant palaces, vineyards, strong espresso and fresh homemade pasta, there are so many reasons to love Italy. Here I picked some of my favourites:

1) THE APERITIVO 

There is no better way to fill the hours before dinner. Designed to whet your appetite, this Italian tradition consists of a cool sparkling drink served with snacks rangings from olives, pizzas, focaccias to exquisite little antipasti.

2) VISITING THE VINEYARDS

The best way to appreciate the complexities of Italian wine is to visit the vineyards. Many welcome visitors, from tiny wineries to major producers who may have dedicated tasting rooms.

3) BEACHES

Italy has 7,600 km of shoreline, and its coast is one of the most varied in Europe, with sandy beaches, volcanic bays, dramatic cliffs and rocky coves.

4) THE CAR EXPERIENCE

Italy is also home to some of the finest sports cars ever produced. From Lamborghini to Ferrari, guests and tourists can see these museums and factories all in one weekend as they are all located near the towns of Bologna and Modena.

5) THE PALAZZO

From the Gothic facades of Venice to Renaissance townhouses, palazzi give Italian cities and townsmuch of their beauty. Built by royalty, nobilty ad wealthy merchants, many have been turned into museums and hotels.

6) VESPAS

Launched in 1946 to meet the needs of the country crippled by war, the Vespa (wasp) became ubiquitous after Audrey Hepburn leapt on the back of one in Roman Holiday (1952).

7) THE PASSEGGIATA

In every town, village and city in Italy, locals put on their finery and head out for an evening stroll. They might do a little window shopping or stop for an aperitivo, but the main purpose of the passeggiata is to see, be seen and bump into friends.

8) THE PIAZZA

From intimate squares to grand open-air drawing rooms, Italy’s piazzas are an essential feature of everyday life.  Some are lined with pavement cafes, while others host daily markets.

 

 

 

Source by: Eyewitness book

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