Bellisimo: 6 Reasons to Love Italy
Once you’ve travelled to Italy, it will always have a hold on you. Years on from your visit, you’ll think back to the sun setting over an Italian vista and a weight will be lifted. It’s that kind of place. Restful. Rejuvenating.
Italy is a country that has many layers to unpeel. Here are some of the things that make it worth the trip.
The Italian way of life
Italian society is very much family-oriented, a trait which shines through in everyday life. Sitting around a table eating a hearty meal with family and friends is a daily occurrence, and it feels very natural to do this on a break there. Throw in some good wine and lively conversation and you realise that the Italians have got the right idea.
The Amalfi Coast
Italy has many popular holiday destinations, but not many are as glamorous as the sun-soaked Amalfi Coast. This UNESCO-listed coastline is dotted with charming towns and rugged rocky scenery that have inspired artists and writers for centuries. The medieval town of Amalfi is a sunny hotchpotch of villas and winding streets that will delight those with a painterly eye. Explore this gorgeous coast on boat trips, taking time to call in on fashionable islands like Capri.
The canals of Venice
We could have chosen any of Italy’s famous cities to highlight. The ancient splendour of Rome, the chic sprawl of Milan, the artistry of Florence… but there’s something particularly special about the canals of Venice. This floating city is brimming with culture, beautiful churches and squares – all linked together by the sparkling water of its canals. Take a gondola ride or hitch a water taxi to see sights like Piazza San Marco in style.
We all know how good Italian food is, but you haven’t lived until you’ve tried it at the source. Wherever you travel in Italy, you’ll find sumptuous local cuisine, made with the utmost love and attention. To try the best pizza in the world, stop off at Naples, in Italy’s Campania region. Naples is thought to be the home of pizza, and the distinctive pizza Napoli (made with black olives and anchovies) is a flavoursome prospect.
From the most expensive Barolo to the humblest table wine, the Italians know how to fix a drink. A small glass of wine is enjoyed at lunchtime in Italy, a habit which will please wine aficionados everywhere. Wine tours are a convenient way to sip a glass or two and seeing more of Italy at the same time on holiday.
Along with wine, another Italian speciality is gelato – ice cream. Naturally, the Italians put their own spin on this classic dessert. The result is an ice cream which is slightly denser and richer than most regular ice creams. Small artisan shops produce the best gelato and a large cone is the perfect accompaniment to a walk around town or the beach. Eat it before it melts!