While in Italy, everywhere you look will bring out that youthful sparkle in your eye. There's timeless beauty, open hearts, endless soul food for the eyes to gander at. Most of all - people live to enjoy and you can really feel it. Also, Italians take their rest and relaxation very seriously, but what do we mean when we say a "touch of Italy" besides the restaurant chain name? Actually, a few things come to mind right off the top:
Italian food and it's fine dining restaurant options all over the country will simply flavour overload your tastebuds. There is a lot of region diversity when it comes to food in Italy - from Northern rich creamy sauces and meat stuffed pastas to the southern tangy tomato sauces and fresh steamed seafood. Be sure to include some amazing dining experiences while here, booking a table has never been easier.
Italy has brought us unforgettable music that can transcend us through time with it's romantically charming sound. It is responsible for bringing us world renowned voices of Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli as well as great composers such as Gioachino Rossini and Antonio Vivaldi. No Italian vacation would be complete without an uplifting sound of Italian music.
If you enjoy the performing arts and popular music, you are bound to find a theatre show or grandstand event of liking to add a touch of Italy to your trip. Many opulent indoor venues as well as magnificent outdoor installations invite performing artists & music stars from around the world to this amazing place, no to mention all their fans for some grand fun to be had - indeed!
For those of you who appreciate famous artist paintings and breathtaking artwork galleries, Italy has your art holiday of choice. The timeless, inspirational works of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael have influenced fine art as well as Italian architecture a great deal. Their work define what is "a touch of italy" and is forever engraved in many things Italian such as famous landmarks, magnificent paintings and clever inventions which were adapted by people all over the globe.
Italian architecture is well known all over the world for it’s broad and diverse style. Many worthy architectural achievements were pioneered in Italy, like the solid and ever lasting arches and domes. There are about 100,000 monuments in Italy of all different types including archeological remains, churches, fountains, museums and so on - plenty to explore and admire while vacationing here.
Italian history is very influential to the rest of the world and dates back meny centuries, in fact there is evidence of civilization in the peninsula dating as far back as 8,000 BC. Due to Italy's location which is in the midst of the mediterranean trading routes, it has been subject to historical invasions, but also has gained major foothold in being the focal point of culture and originality recognized worldwide. In many ways, the history of Italy can be seen and felt everywhere while vacationing here. It's engraved in old stones, peoples open hearts & rich colour palettes depicting only a small fragment of what is a touch of Italy or un tocco d'Italia as the locals will say it.
Italy is considered to be a world leader in the fashion industry. Milan is known as one of the fashion capitals, offering a shopping experience like no other. You will find all your favourite brands like Valentino, Gucci, Fendi, Moschino just to name a few in many high-class boutiques, designer stores and fashion outlets. Whether making new purchases or just window shopping, joy will be achieved for every type of fashion connoisseur.
When it comes to Italian festivals, they aren't kidding around. In Italy people work to live and have fun - not the other way around, they love being with friends and family while celebrating many events which take place here. There are many themes when it comes to festivals and they've been a tradition for many centuries passed down from generation to generation. There are about 20 festivals that are absolutely worth checking out while vacationing here.
For gear-heads or just anyone who enjoys the experience of driving a fine rental car, Italy is a world front runner in manufacturing a few makes of high performance and luxury automobiles. Italian car brands include Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Lamborghini, just to name a few - and what an experience it would be to cruise a mountainous coast line in a beautifully engineered automobile with the top down, while soaking in the rays and everything else Italian.
With photos shot on location around her native Rome, Giada's latest book - a New York Times bestseller - is a lavish exploration of her food roots and the lifestyle traditions that define la bella vita, with the contemporary California twist that has made her America's most beloved Italian chef.
America knows and loves Giada De Laurentiis for her lighter, healthier takes on classic Italian fare. In her newest cookbook, she invites fans and home cooks to get to know the flavors and stories that have inspired her life's work.