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85 Quotes About Italy to Inspire Your Wanderlust

85 Quotes About Italy to Inspire Your Wanderlust

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Quotes about Italy instantly transport my thoughts back to one of my favorite places on Earth.  If you know me, I have a heart for wanderlust.  I mean, I listen to songs about travel, read inspirational travel quotes, and seem to dream of travel non-stop.

Italy has stolen the heart of so many throughout history, making it no surprise that Italy continually tops the list of best countries in the world.  Boasting beautiful landscapes, incredible food and wine, and an amazing (and well-preserved) history, it is no wonder that people dream of Italy!

Even if you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Italy yet, we hope that this list of Italian quotes will inspire your wanderlust!

If you don’t see your favorite Italy quote, be sure to comment below and tell us what it is so we can add it to our list! Let’s all just live la dolce vita!

You might also want to check out our list of life journey quotes also!

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historic buildings in Rome at sunset-a great place to inspire quotes about Italy

Best Quotes About Italy

Italian Quotes About Venice

Venice is such a magical place. So I’m sure you aren’t surprised that our list of Italy quotes includes Venice!

It will steal your heart as you roam around the maze of buildings and canals just waiting to see what will greet you around the corner.  It truly feels as if you have been transported to another land. You find yourself surrounded by history and culture all while being engulfed in the la dolce vita that only Italy can offer.

One of my favorite things to do in Venice was to just sit and watch life swirl around me. The people were so passionate (as most Italians are) and seemed to have such a zest for life. It was truly contagious!

I’m sure that feeling is what inspired these Italian quotes about Venice.

Check out some of the best quotes about Italy!

Italian quotes about Venice

“If I could live in one city and do every single thing I do there, I would choose Venice. You can’t turn your head without seeing something amazing.” – Nile Rodgers

“Venice is eternity itself.” – Joseph Brodsky

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

“Venice never quite seems real, but rather an ornate film set suspended on the water.” – Frida Giannini

“Venice, it’s temples and palaces did seem like fabrics of enchantment piled to heaven.” -Percy Bysshe Shelley

This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty this city, half fairy tale and half tourist trap, in whose insalubrious air the arts once rankly and voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous eroticism. – Thomas Mann

“Everything in Venice is just a little bit creepy, as much as it’s beautiful.” – Christopher Moore

“See Venice and die,” Is that what they say? Or is it Rome?” -The Talented Mr. Ripley

“It’s so easy for me to get caught up in the feeling of a city like Venice, where everything is just beautiful color and gorgeous buildings that are so peaceful.  You can roam around and get lost in the labyrinth.” -Nanette Lepore  

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Quotes About Rome

Ah, Rome, the Eternal City!  You can’t make a list of quotes about Italy and not include Rome!

Rome engulfs visitors in history while still moving on with the modern world all around.  I remember coming out of the subway station by the Colosseum and being awe-struck by the sight that greeted me. There standing right before me in all its glory was the infamous Roman Colosseum.

This wasn’t the only time that I would have this feeling while in Rome. There is just so much history and Roman ruins surrounding you everywhere!

I loved just roaming the streets of Rome (no pun intended) wondering what historic treasure would await me at the next turn. There was such beauty in the artifacts and the city as a whole.

It is the perfect juxtaposition of modern and historical, thus inspiring so many great quotes about Rome.

See what you think about these Italy quotes. And don’t forget to comment below on your favorite Italy quote!

quotes about Rome

“Rome seems a comfort to those with the ambitious soul of an artist or a Conqueror.” -Pietros Maneos

“Italy will never be a normal county. Because Italy is Italy.  If we were a normal country, we wouldn’t have Rome.” -Matteo Renzi

“All roads lead to Rome.” -Unknown

“Rome will exist as long as the Coliseum does; when the Coliseum falls, so will Rome; when Rome falls, so will the world.” -Venerable Bede

“Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome.” -Robert Di Niro

“Just Roman around.” -Unknown

“Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her.”  – G K Chesterton

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“Each, in its own way, was unforgettable. It would be difficult to — Rome! By all means, Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live.”  – Audrey Hepburn

“Rome is the city of echos, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.” -Giotto Di Bondone

“Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.” -Anotole Broyard

“I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.” -Agustus

“Rome is but a wilderness of tigers.” -Titus

“To Rome, for everything.” -Miguel de Cervantes

“Methinks I will not die quite happy without having seen something of that Rome.” -Sir Walter Scott

“I am a sucker for those traditional places, and Rome is as good as it gets, particularly when you throw in Italian food.” -Roger Federer

“Rome, the city of visible history.” -George Eliot

“If I’m in Rome for only 48 hours, I would consider it a sin against God to not eat cacio e pepe, the most uniquely Roman of pasta, in some crummy little joint where Romans eat. I’d much rather do that than go to the Vatican. That’s Rome to me.” – Anthony Bourdain

“Marcus Aurelius: What is Rome, Maximus? Maximus: I’ve seen much of the rest of the world. It is brutal and cruel and dark, Rome is the light.” -Gladiator

“If we could be reborn wherever we chose, how crowded Rome would be, populated by souls who had spent their previous lives longing to inhabit a villa on the Janiculum Hill.” -Francine Prose

“Rome is not like any other city. It’s a majestic museum, a living room to tiptoe through.” -Alberto Sordi

“The thing I love about Rome is that it has so many layers. In it, you can follow anything that interests you: town planning, architecture, churches, or culture. It’s a city rich in antiquity and early Christian treasures, and just endlessly fascinating. There’s nowhere else like it.” – Claire Tomalin

“A fool is one who admires other cities without visiting Rome.” -Francesco Petrarca

“Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live.” -Roman Holiday  

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Italian Quotes About Food

One of the treasures of Italy is definitely Italian food!  There are so many great Italian sayings on food and with good reason, Italian food is amazing!

I think that most of us agree that Italian food has a special place in our hearts. With that in mind, it is no wonder that it is so easy to find Italian quotes about food, so we had to add them to our post of quotes about Italy!

These are definitely some of the best quotes about Italy!

Italian quotes about food

“In Italy, food is an expression of love, it is how you show those around you that you care for them.” -Joe Bastianich

“Italy will always have the best food.” – Diane von Furstenberg

“The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again.” -George Miller

“So… Italian gelato. Take the deliciousness of a regular ice-cream cone, times it by a million, then sprinkle it with crushed-up unicorn horns.” – Jenna Evans Welch

“In Italy, they add work and life on to food and wine.” – ROBIN LEACH

“All of my youth growing up in my Italian family was focused around the table. That’s where I learned about love.” – Leo Buscaglia “Life is too short. If we’re in Italy, have pizza and pasta. But not every day.” – Harley Pasternak

“Watching Italians eat (especially men, I have to say) is a form of tourism the books don’t tell you about.  They close their eyes, raise their eyebrows into accent marks, and make sounds of acute appreciation. It’s fairly sexy.” -Barbara Kingsolver

“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

“The commonplace about Italian cooking is that it’s very simple; in practice, the simplicity needs to be learned, and the best way to learn it is to go to Italy and see it firsthand.” – Bill Buford

“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

“Travel is not about finding yourself, it is about finding pizza.” -Unknown

“So… Italian gelato. Take the deliciousness of a regular ice-cream cone, times it by a million, then sprinkle it with crushed-up unicorn horns.” – Jenna Evans Welch

“When in Italy, carbs are no longer a sin.” -Unknown

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

“If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?” – Martin Scorsese

“I’m definitely looking forward to the day when I stop working – If I stop working. I like the idea of feeling over in my tomato vines in Sardinia or Northern Italy.” -Anthony Bourdain  

Italian Love Quotes

Like I said above, it is hard to visit Italy and not fall in love with this fabulous country.  Hopefully, these Italian love quotes can help us all to see the deep love for Italy that is shared by so many!

These are some of my favorite Italy quotes! Don’t forget to comment below on your favorite Italy quote!

Italian love quotes

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

“Open my heart and you will see Graved inside of it, “Italy”.” – Robert Browning

“We are all pilgrims who seek Italy.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

“I’m in love with a city on the other side of the world.” -Unknown

“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

“For sure, in Italy, the sun always shines.” – Aleksandar Mitrovic

“To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Italian cities have long been held up as ideals, not least by New Yorkers and Londoners enthralled by the ways their architecture gives beauty and meaning to everyday acts.” – Rebecca Solnit

“The name of Italy has magic in its very syllables.” – Mary Shelley

“How beautiful is sunset, when the glow of Heaven descends upon a land like thee, Thou Paradise of exiles, Italy!” -Percy Bysshe Shelley

“I find that other countries have this or this, but Italy is the only one that has it all for me. The culture, the cuisine, the people, the landscape, the history. Just everything to me comes together there.” –  Frances Mayes  

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

“In America, one must be something, but in Italy one can simply be.” -Pietros Maneos

“A man has not fully lived until he experiences that gentle balmy clime of ancient empires, the land of lemon trees and the genius of Michelangelo.”  — E.A. Bucchianeri

“The Creator made Italy by designs from Michelangelo.” -Mark Twain

“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

“Italy was where the soul went to find calm and love, and I wanted to hold the best of it in the palm of my hand.” – Lisa Brennan-Jobs

“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 “If you can’t live longer, live deeper.” -Italian proverb

“The Italians have long known what makes a livable town or city.” -Norman Foster

“A man has not fully lived until he experiences that gentle balmy clime on ancient empires, the land of lemon trees and the genius of Michelangelo.” -E.A. Bucchianeri

“To see the sun sink down, drowned on his pink and purple and golden floods, and overwhelm Florence with tides of color that make all the sharp lines dim and faint and turn the solid city to a city of dreams, is a sight to stir the coldest nature, and make a sympathetic one drunk with ecstasy.” – Mark Twain

“Leaving a pizza my heart in Italy.” -Unknown “For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery.” – D.H. Lawrence

“There is something majestic in the bad taste of Italy.” -E.M. Forster “A man who has not been in Italy is always conscious of an inferiority.” -Samuel Johnson  

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“You cannoli do so much on one vacation.” -Unknown

“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” – ANNA AKHMATOVA

“We are fortunate: Florence isn’t just the cradle of art- it is a city that celebrates the art of living well.” -National Geographic

“Everything about Florence seems to be colored with a mild violet, like diluted wine.” – Henry James

“There’s no place like Rome, there’s no place like Rome.”

Best Quotes About Italy: Final Thoughts

Hopefully, our quotes about Italy have inspired you to go to Italy, or have taken you down memory lane if you have already visited.  Please use these as you see fit. 

We will be updating our list of quotes about Italy from time to time, so if you didn’t see one of your favorite Italian quotes on here, please leave it in the comments below.

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Book Your Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks

Book Your Flight:

We love using CheapOAir, Kayak, and Kiwi to search for the best flight prices. We love using these search engines because they search the web for airlines worldwide to ensure you get the best deal! In addition to flights, you can also find great hotel prices on Kayak and Kiwi.

Book Your Vacation Package:

If you want to book an entire vacation package, we suggest using Expedia. We love how easy Expedia is to use, and we always find good deals on entire vacation packages on their site.

Another great site for vacation packages is BookVIP. BookVIP offers super cheap vacation packages to incredible destinations. You are sure to save money using their site!

For full guided vacations, including hotels, some meals, transportation, and guides, then we book with Trafalgar. Trafalgar is a trusted tour company that will meet all your needs while ensuring a great experience. allows you to book flights, hotels, train tickets, rental cars, airport transfers, tours, and more all on one site. Owned by the parent company that also owns Skyscanner, this is a trusted resource for travel booking and a great “one-stop shop.”

Book Your Accommodations:

We always begin our search by checking out honest reviews on TripAdvisor hotels. This allows us to narrow our search for specific properties once we are ready to book. Of course, you can also book directly on the TripAdvisor site!

There are several accommodation sites that we like to use. One of our favorites is because it offers a wide variety of hotels and guesthouses at a good price.

Another “go-to” hotel booking site for us is We love their loyalty program that allows you to earn free nights, and their “secret prices” for members are fabulous deals!

HotelsCombined is another cool site. They allow you to compare all the top travel sites with one search to ensure you find the best deal out there. Kayak works in this way as well.

If you want a luxurious all-inclusive vacation, consider checking out the Sandals/Beaches properties. Sandals properties are for couples only and Beaches are for families. We have visited Sandals in the past and absolutely love the attention to detail and the service they provide.

Tour Companies We Trust:

We love taking guided tours when visiting new places. Our go-to tour companies are and Get Your Guide. Both of these companies have been in business for years and provide excellent customer service. You can trust booking tours from their sites for sure!

For a guided city tour, check out City Sightseeing and BigBus Tours. These bus tours are so much fun and easy to hop on and hop off at top attractions in cities around the world.

CityPass is a great way to save money when visiting large cities. CityPass allows you to get free admission to major attractions once you buy their pass. The savings add up quickly with this pass, often saving 50% with combined admissions.

Another great pass to save money in larger cities is the Sightseeing Pass. This pass allows you to save valuable time and money by combining admissions to major attractions. They also have a handy app that keeps everything you need at your fingertips.

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Michelle Snell founder of That Texas Couple and Totally Texas Travel

About The Author

Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures. Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blogs, That Texas Couple and Totally Texas Travel.  Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region.  She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.

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    Wednesday 6th of October 2021

    Reading this post and these quotes, I'm not going to lie, I completely drifted off and was imaging myself in Italy. Esp. the Barbara Kingsolver quote about watching Italian {men} eat food. What a quote and what an image! Bellissima!


    Thursday 7th of October 2021

    This makes me so happy. I also dream of Italy every time I read them!

    Vanessa Shields

    Monday 4th of October 2021

    So many great quotes that make me miss Italy! I felt briefly transported back. Italy really does have it all but especially the divine food. Love this quote, “When in Italy, carbs are no longer a sin.” -Unknown


    Tuesday 5th of October 2021

    Haha! Yes, that is definitely one I would love to live by!

    Melissa Miller

    Sunday 3rd of October 2021

    Gosh Italy seems like such a romantic place! I've yet to go, but after reading these quotes I feel like I need to plan a trip ASAP.


    Tuesday 5th of October 2021

    You really should. It is one of my favorite places on Earth!

    Linda (LD Holland)

    Sunday 3rd of October 2021

    It takes very little to inspire me about Italy. It is very high on our list of places to visit when we get to Italy again. As I went through these quotes they brought back memories. And pictures that went with so many of the quotes.


    Tuesday 5th of October 2021

    I am with you. That is exactly how I felt when writing the post :)


    Sunday 3rd of October 2021

    Italy will always have the best food - pretty spot on, I only go to Italy for the food


    Tuesday 5th of October 2021

    YES!! I agree completely!