01 Nov 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:
Source by: Eyewitness book