5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Italy At Least Once in Your Lifetime

Anyone who loves travelling has a bucket list of places they want to visit during their life. And Italy is present in almost every bucket list. But why so many people around the world are attracted to this country? What’s so fascinating about it? Well, who wouldn’t want to enjoy a tour of the Colosseum, imagining to assist to a gladiator show? Or who wouldn’t love to take a ride on a gondola in Venice?

Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Read More: Checkout our Venice City Travel Guide!

Overall, there are plenty of reasons one should come to Italy at least once in his/her lifetime. I’ll give you just 5. And I’m sure that at the end of this post you’ll be wanting to buy a ticket to Italy right away!


Culture

Big city or small village. North, center or South. City or countryside. Mountains or coast. No matter where you go in Italy, you’ll find culture everywhere. Each single place has its own particular culture: it’s traditions, it’s dialect, it’s habits, it’s typical food.

Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Probably this is one of the reasons why Italians don’t really feel a like one single folk, but it’s also part of its beauty. Say you are in Milan, capital of fashion and home to the Christmas dessert Panettone. Just a few km away, you can be on walking along the lake in Como or reach Venice with its wonderful canals and architecture.

Travelling around Italy is a continuous discovery of culture, of which people are extremely jealous and proud of. Don’t you dare confuse the focaccia from Genoa with the one from Recco! 😉

Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Just to give you an idea, we have 54 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the highest no. in the world. You have plenty of trips to make to see them all!


Art & History

Some of the most important sculptors and painters worldwide were Italian. Without Michelangelo we wouldn’t have the Sistine Chapel and without Brunelleschi we wouldn’t have the amazing Dome on top of Florence’s cathedral. And who can forget that also Giotto and Leonardo da Vinci were Italian?

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

The high number of civilizations that conquered Italy and the many reigns in which it has been divided until 1861, gave Italy a variety of forms of art that you can still admire nowadays. From Roman ruins to Reinassance buildings, from Christian art like St Peter’s Church in Rome to medieval castles and much more.


Nature

You love laying on a beautiful white-sanded beach and take a swim in crystal-clear water? Come to Italy! You’re into hiking high mountains with breath-taking backdrops? Come to Italy! You love exploring the country side and getting lost in woods and caves? Come to Italy!

Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre, Italy

No matter what you like about nature, Italy has it all. With its 7,400 km of coastline is perfect for sea lovers. Its many islands, among which the big Sardinia and Sicily and the small Capri, Ischia, Eolie and many more, are the perfect destination for your summer holidays. If you want to ski, go to the Alps or if you want to sip some wine while admiring green hills head to Tuscany. Like I said earlier, Italy has it all. Here’s a one week Tuscany travel itinerary guide for you.


Food

In 2018 61% of tour operators worldwide offered enogastronomic holiday packages to Italy, according to a study by the Good Italy 2017 Workshop and BITEG 2017, with Tuscany and Piedmont among the top destinations.

Food collage (from left to right: pappardelle pasta with wild boar sauce – vegetable pizza – fish soup)
Food collage (from left to right: Pappardelle pasta with wild boar sauce , Vegetable pizza & Fish soup)

But let’s be honest. Even without these surveys, we all know that everyone wants to eat Italian food. I mean, it’s the best in the world!

How to resist to a dish of homemade pasta with authentic ragù alla Bolognese or to a tasty sea food pasta? And how about devouring a typical pizza from Naples? And of course you can’t miss out a mouth-watering gelato!

Dish of sea food spaghetti
Dish of sea food spaghetti

And if you’re into wine, you are spoiled for choice by the many wine yards to visit and taste some Barolo, Montepulciano, Morellino and plenty of others.

You may not know it, but the majority of produces come from a specific area or region and are certified with official labels (DOC, DOCG, IGP) stating their authenticity, given the ingredients, procedures and traditions behind their production.


Atmosphere

Coming to Italy means experiencing all of this and much more. You won’t just visit beautiful places and taste delicious food, but you’ll also feel in a way you have never felt before.

Gulf of Naples, Italy
Gulf of Naples, Italy

People here are generally relaxed and like to enjoy life. You’ll in fact see plenty of people simply walking around the city, enjoying the atmosphere. Taking a stroll in one of Italy’s beautiful cities it’s a unique experience and each city has its own one-of-a-kind vibes.

Enjoy all of them. Enjoy the smells, the taste, the atmosphere and the warmth of the people always welcoming you and offering food. To really grasp all of it, you should definitely visit Italy at least once in your lifetime.


About Author:

Francesca is a 26-year-old Italian girl who loves travelling! She really enjoy getting to know new cultures, new habits & new food and when she is not planning a trip, she is reading, staying fit & active, and of course…writing articles for her blog Italy From Tip To Toe.

She loves helping people to understand how beautiful Italy is and how to best plan their holiday here, choosing the best food to eat and selecting the most stunning places to see! Connect with her at her Instagram page.

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