“France exists so that you can drive to Italy.” – James May

People have been thinking about, talking about, and writing about Italy for a long time. We think you’ll understand why when you go there. If you’ve already been, then you already get it. There is just something about the place. Tourists have been making the journey there since the Middle Ages, when the earliest form of tourism was pilgrimage. Now granted, Italy was the home of the Pope (at least most of the time!), but I don’t think anyone was “twisting their arms” to go there (ahem, except maybe God I guess, we are talking about pilgrims here). I digress. Italy. It’s just amazing. Here are some fun, funny, beautiful, and just plain memorable quotes about the place that Select Study Abroad holds so dear.

1. “A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see.” –Samuel Johnson

2. “The Creator made Italy from designs by Michaelangelo.” –Mark Twain

3. “Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building after seeing Italy.” –Fanny Burney

4. “Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.” –Bertrand Russell

5. “What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago.” –Erica Jong

6. “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” –Giuseppe Verdi

7. “Even now I miss Italy dearly, I dream about it every night.” –Eila Hiltunen

8. “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” –Truman Capote

9. “For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery – back, back down the old ways of time. Strange and wonderful chords awake in us, and vibrate again after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness.” –D.H. Lawrence

10. “Everything you see I owe to pasta.” –Sophia Loren

11. “Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” –Anna Akhmatova

12. “It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.” –Erica Jong (on Venice, Italy)

13. “As they say in Italy, Italians were eating with a knife and fork when the French were still eating each other. The Medici family had to bring their Tuscan cooks up there so they could make something edible.”–Mario Batali

14. “I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people. I love the attitudes of Italians.”–Elton John

15. “No matter where I’ve been overseas, the food stinks, except in Italy.” –Carmen Electra

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