Guess what... You are not alone with your love of Italy! Many people have discovered their passion for this gem in the south. They fell in love with the delicious food, the amazing fashion, the beautiful landscape or the hot Italians. But there are some people who were able to put their love into simple sentences, beautiful quotes about Italy, that I have to share with you.
These people often found their passion in arts and writing. Hence, they just know how to phrase a sentence that will make you nod with agreement and say, "This is true!" So let's start with my personal number 1.
1. Bertrand Russell; Philosopher:
"Italy, and the spring and the first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy."
He was born in England as the third child of the Earl of Russell. Hence, he enjoyed an higher education and was home schooled. Most of all, he's considered the founder of analytic philosophy. In addition, he received the Nobel Literature Award in 1950. His travels brought him all over the world, even to Russia, Japan, and China. But only the most beautiful country inspired him to this beautiful quote. He died 1970 of influenza.
Learn more about Bertrand Russell on Wikipedia.
2. Robert Browning; poet and playwright:
"Open my heart and you will see graved inside of it "Italy"."
Among the beautiful quotes about Italy, I think he's the one most devoted to the country. He was an Englishman and a Victorian poet and playwrtight. Also his wife, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, was a poet. At the time of the wedding she was much more popular for her works than he was. With her he went to live in Italy. First they resided in Pisa and later they found an apartment in the Casa Guidi in Florence, which is now a museum in their honor. He also called this country "his university".
Learn more about Robert Browning on Wikipedia.
3. Mark Twain; author and humorist:
"The creator made Italy from designs of Michelangelo"
Mark Twain is of course the greatest American author there is. In fact, he wrote countless of novels and articles. Especially his death is noteworthy. He said that he came with the comet Halley and would go with it. He came to know Italy during his trip to Europe that was financed by a local newspaper. This beautiful quote is by far not his most famous one. Still, it shows his deep admiration of the country.
Learn more about Mark Twain on Wikipedia.
4. Giuseppe Verdi; composer:
"You may have the universe, if I may have Italy."
Giuseppe Verdi is the only Italian on our list of the most beautiful quotes about Italy. Through a local patron Verdi was able to pursue a career in music. Especially his works Aida, Otello, and Un Ballo In Maschera are still played today. Verdi grew up in a little village called Busseto, which is close to Parma. After writing operas for the Scala in Milan, he gained access to elite composer circle of Vienna. Despite being successful and famous, he chose Busseto as his home, where he resided for over 50 years. This fact should convey that he was a humble person that knew where his heart lay.
Learn more about Giuseppe Verdi on Wikipedia.
5. Elton John; musician and producer:
"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 attitude of Italians."
Everybody knows Elton John. Probably, he is one of the most famous people on the planet and has sold up to date over 300 million records. He owns a house in Venice and performed countless of times in Italy. As a result, he developed a passion for Italy, its history, and people.
Learn more about Elton John on Wikipedia.
6. Truman Capote; author, screenwriter, playwright:
"Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go."
Truman Capote discovered his talent for writing very early at the age of eight. His childhood was not happy, still he kept his passion and produced novels, like Breakfast at Tiffany's and his most famous work In Cold Blood. He got to know Italy during his trip to Europe, of which he wrote in his book Local Color.
Learn more about Truman Capote on Wikipedia.
7. Anna Akhmatova, poet and writer:
"Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life."
Anna Akhmatova belongs to the most important writers of the Russian canon. Due to war and the Russian revolution of 1917 not much is known about her life. Her masterpiece describes the Stalinist terror, but she also wrote short stories and poems. Only one year before her death she could see Italy. After the horrors of war, Italy must have been like a dream to her.
Learn more about Anna Akhmatova on Wikipedia.
8. Eila Hiltunen, Sculpturist:
"Even now I miss Italy dearly, I dream about it every night."
Eila Hiltunen was a Finnish sculpturist that was born into a wealthy family. Therefore, she could attend the Finnish Art Academy, where she won a price for her work. Nowadays, people know her for her sculpture the Sibelius Monument, that still remains in Helsinki. A smaller version of this piece of art can be seen in front of the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City.
Learn more about Eila Hiltunen on Wikipedia.
9. Diane von Fürstenberg, fashion designer:
"Italy will always have the best food."
Diane von Fürstenberg is a Belgian-American fashion designer, consequently she has traveled often to the Milan Fashion Week. But she has also lived in Italy and learned about the Italian fashion as a design assistant. Here she also found her passion for the Italian cuisine, which is the shortest among our beautiful quotes about Italy. Nonetheless, we cannot say that it's not true.
Learn more about Diane von Fürstenberg on Wikipedia.
10. George Gordon Noel Byron, poet:
"Love the language, it sounds as if it should be writ on satin with syllables which breathe of the sweet South."
He's better known as Lord Byron and most of all regarded as one of the greatest British poets. Especially, his works of Don Juan, Manfred, and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage are English classics. He was infamous for his excessive lifestyle and affairs, but he was also a lover of Italy. In Venice, Ravenna, and Pisa he lived for overall seven years of his short life. He shows his love for Italy by this quote that praises the tool of a poet: language.
Learn more about Lord Byron on Wikipedia.
My favorite among the quotes about Italy
There are more beautiful quotes about Italy, but I summarized the best ones here. My favorite is the first quote by Bertrand Russel because I can relate to it the most. When I'm gloomy, I just need to take the train to see an awesome place. Then I write about it and share it with you. Like this I relish in the memory and can share my experiences with you.
While writing this post, I thought about how to make this post unique and memorable. I've added the explanation on who the people were that loved Italy so much. As I said in the beginning, you are not alone with your love for Italy. That's why I decided to add my own quote. This sentence is something that I tell my foreign friends frequently when they ask how I can live in Italy when its economy is so down.
The simple thing is that money won't make you happy. I might get a higher income in Germany, but I won't see the person I love so often, I won't enjoy aperitivo before dinner, and for sure I won't enjoy the delicious food as much. Happiness is something that you have to keep when you get it. That's why I live in this beautiful country.
Tell me which of these beautiful quotes about Italy is your favorite?