50+ Italy Quotes + Best Italian Sayings

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Italy is one of the most irresistible places on earth. There are very few places as magical and alluring with a charm that lasts long after you leave.

While in Italy, or after you leave you will want the magic of this country to live on, and the best way to do this is with quotes! I have put together a list of the best Italy quotes and the best Italian sayings to fuel your Italy wanderlust as well as others.

Use these quotes for Instagram, photos, wall art and more!

50+ Italy Quotes and Best Italian Sayings

Italy Quotes

Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life. – Anna Akhmatova, poet

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

‘Life is a combination of magic and pasta.’ — Federico Fellini

“You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it’s for the same two things.”   “What?” “Love and gelato.” — Jenna Evans Welch

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

“I think people in Italy live their lives better than we do. It’s an older country, and they’ve learned to celebrate dinner and lunch, whereas we sort of eat as quickly as we can to get through it.” — George Clooney

“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

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” -Giuseppe Verdi, composer

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

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Italy Quotes
Italy Quotes

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

“I spent a college semester in a small town in Italy – and that is where I truly tasted food for the first time.”  – Alton Brown

“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

“Nothing except time is wasted in Italy.” — Thomas Bailey Aldrich

“Your Italy and our Italia are not the same thing. Italy is a soft drug peddled in predictable packages, such as hills in the sunset, olive groves, lemon trees, white wine, and raven-haired girls. Italia, on the other hand, is a maze. It’s alluring, but complicated. It’s the kind of place that can have you fuming and then purring in the space of a hundred meters, or in the course of ten minutes. Italy is the only workshop in the world that can turn out both Botticellis and Berlusconis.” — Beppe Severgnini 

“Italy is the last country where people savor the joy of living. It makes us believe it even when Italy herself has ceased to believe.” — Roger Peyrefitte

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

“A man who has not been in Italy is always conscious of an inferiority.” — Samuel Johnson

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Italy Quotes
Italy Quotes

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

“One of the great joys of traveling through Italy is discovering firsthand that it is, indeed, a dream destination.” – Debra Levinson

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

“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

‘I love the language, it sounds as if it should be writ on satin with syllables which breath of the sweet South.’ — George Gordon Noel Byron

‘Italy will never be a normal country. Because Italy is Italy. If we were a normal country, we wouldn’t have Rome. We wouldn’t have Florence. We wouldn’t have the marvel that is Venice.’ – Matteo Renzi

“Occasionally she dreams of Italy.  She dreams of cheese shops, persnickety Fiats, and very fine leather goods.” — Kate Spade

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

“I was offered a free villa in Hollywood, but I said no thank you, I prefer to live in Italy.” – Ennio Morricone

Italy Quotes
Italy Quotes

“Italy is a hot country. Wherever you feel heat, your excitement and passion come out. We’re hot-blooded, and where there’s passion there’s love, but also anger, hunger, excitement.” – Gino D’Acampo

“Italy will never be a normal country. Because Italy is Italy. If we were a normal country, we wouldn’t have Rome. We wouldn’t have Florence. We wouldn’t have the marvel that is Venice.” – Matteo Renzi

“Move to Italy. I mean it: they know about living in debt; they don’t care. I stayed out there for five months while I was making a film called ‘Order Of Death,’ and they’ve really got it sussed. Nice cars. Sharp suits. Great food. Stroll into work at 10. Lunch from 12 till three. Leave work at five. That’s living!” – John Lydon

“I find 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

“If you deconstruct Italy, you will, in the end, see a grapevine, a tomato, and a small boy hammering a shard of marble.” – 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

“People need Italy to be reminded of how to see beauty in ruins and permanence in transience.” – Unknown

Italy Quotes
Italy Quotes

‘Italy is a poor country full of rich people.’ – Richard Gardner

‘Italy offers one the most priceless of one’s possessions – One’s own soul.’ — Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

“Totally contrary to my genetic makeup, contrary to my usual behavior and preferences, contrary to all logic, I fell madly in love with Italy, its people and its chaos.” – Nancy Yuktonis Solak

‘Italy is the last country where people savour the joy of living. It makes us believe it even when Italy herself has ceased to believe.’ — Roger Peyrefitte

‘Italy is a country where pleasure principle dominates.’ ― Sari Gilbert

‘Every one of my buildings begins with an Italian journey.’ – Alvar Aalto

‘Who can resist sleep at two or three in the afternoon in these sunlit parts of the Mediterranean?’ – André Aciman

‘The sun woke Tino early this beautiful morning in his small Italian village.’ –Tonya Russo Hamilton

Italy Quotes pin
Italy Quotes

Italain Sayings

Il Mattino Ha l’Oro in Bocca – “The Early Bird Catches the Worm”

Stare con le mani in mano – “To sit on your hands and do nothing”

Non ci piove – “There’s no doubt about it”

Ai Mali Estremi, Estremi Rimedi – “Desperate Times Call for Drastic Measures”

Finché C’È Vita C’È Speranza – “While There’s Life, There’s Hope”

Nessuna Nuova, Buona Nuova – “No News Is Good News”

Acqua in bocca! – “Keep that to yourself”

Ride Bene Chi Ride Ultimo – “He Who Laughs Last, Laughs Longest”

L’Abito Non Fa il Monaco – “Clothes Don’t Make the Man” and “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover”

I hope you like this list of the best Italy quotes and Italian sayings. There are so many more Italy quotes floating around, this is really just the beginning! What is your favourite Italy quote?

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