That hardly makes me original. I’m simply following the lead of a long line of authors, poets, painters and composers singing Italy’s praises. If you find yourself in Rome, be sure to take a look at my earlier post on the Cemetery of Artists and Poets to see the final resting place of many of them who called Rome home.
I thought I would share with you some of my favorite quotes about Italy:
The name of Italy has magic in its very syllables.
Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liquers in one go.
– Robert Browning
Remember that it’s only by going off the track that you get to know the country … And don’t, let me beg you, go with that awful tourist idea that Italy’s only a museum of antiquities and art. Love and understand the Italians, for the people are more marvelous than the land.
“They travelled for thirteen hours down-hill, whilst the streams broadened and the mountains shrank, and the vegetation changed, and the people ceased being ugly and drinking beer, and began instead to drink wine and be beautiful.”
– Henry James
She had always been fond of history, and here [in Rome] was history in the stones of the street and the atoms of the sunshine.
– Henry James
“You may have the universe if I may have Italy”
–Giuseppe Verdi (from Attila)
And you, readers? Any favorite author quotes about Italy? I’d love to hear them.