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Colourful Italy - Andiamo ( let's go )

Updated on July 22, 2013
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Think Italy - A great way to daydream

When I think of Italy I can't help but remember the bright and beautiful colors on the buildings on Burano Island; the stunning colors of the exquisite Marano glass near Venice; or the rich color of the architecture and paint work on the ceiling of the Sistene Chapel. There is no doubt brilliant colors abound everywhere throughout Italy and I have been so fortunate to have captured some of my own images of this picturesque enticing country. But their are other memories that hold me captive and keep me longing for another visit. Such as the aroma of it's coffee, a strong full bodied pungent scent that lingers in the air seducing visitors and locals alike. Or the way Italians dress with their chic trendy attire where many appear to have come straight off the catwalk in fashionable Milan. And the warm friendliness of it's people who will often go the extra mile to help a visitor out.

And definitely it's food. Italy is a gastronomical wonderland and Italians love eating and drinking in the European way we westerners so desire. Think long lazy Degustation lunches, where vino flows like water and feasting is almost considered a national past time.

Italian Icon's

Famous for it's Pope in residence, Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet, the famous artist Leonardo Da Vinci, the leaning tower of Piazza, the Roman Colosseum, Milan and it's fashion industry, the fabulous floating city of Venice, sport's cars Ferrari and Lamborghini; Italy is a wonderland for visitor's.

From its peaceful and rustic Tuscan countryside to the fascinating wealth of Venice; to it's dense populated ancient city of Rome, Italy captivates the heart and mind and offers a satisfying experience for every taste no matter what your passion. And leaves you longing for more of the same.

This is just a small snapshot of some of this beautiful country. There truly is so much more and I have included links by some excellent Hubbers a little further down to check out if I have whetted your appetite for more. But just for fun and because I can I will leave you with a a little bit more information about this country that I adore.

Did You Know That:

  • Romes population is 2,761,477
  • Known for it's welcoming and friendly inhabitants Italy relies heavily on it's tourism industry and welcomes some 46-50 million visitors each year. It is the the fifth most visited country in the world.
  • According to a 2007 UNICEF study on child well being Italy has been ranked as the best country to bring up a child in a wealthy country. Although it's fertility and birth rate rank among the lowest in the world.
  • The Tiber River runs through Rome.
  • Approximately 80/90% of Italy is Catholic.
  • Italy's National Republic day is on June 2nd.
  • 25 kilos of pasta is the average yearly consumption of each Italian.
  • Impossible to grasp there are over 140 types of pasta.
  • The meaning of the desert Tiramisu with it's two main ingredients 'coffee and cocoa' means 'pick me up' or 'make me happy'..not at all hard to understand why!
  • Some of our well known cheeses such as Parmesan,Mozzarella and Ricotta originated in Italy.
  • It's patron Saint is Saint Francis of Assisi.
  • Italy's national bird is the Bluebird.
  • The longest river in Italy is the Po.
  • The highest point in Italy is Mont Blanc. It stands in the Alps at 15,770 feet.
  • The Italian Wolf is Italy's national animal.
  • Vatican City is only one of two independent states in Italy. At just 108.7 acres it is home to the Pope, guarded by it's own army the Swiss Guard. And is the only city that has it's own T.V, phone and radio companies. It also has it's own money and stamps.
  • The Pine Nut tree also known as Pinus Pinea is native to the Meditteranian and grows prolifically throughout the streets of Rome. Standing out for it's tall lean trunk and round circular bushy top it produces the edible pine nut that we use in cooking and salads.
  • The movie the Italian Job was shot in Venice as was the Tourist.
  • The movie Tea with Musolini was based on a true story of survival when Bernito Mussolini's fascist regime ruled Italy around 1935 to 1944 and was filmed in the quaint mountain village of San Gimignano in the heart of Italy's wine district.
  • Italy claims more Academy Awards for foreign films than any other European country.
  • The Venice Film Festival which began in 1932 is the oldest festival in the world.

Italy is also responsible for the invention of the:

  1. telephone,
  2. typewriter,
  3. thermometer,
  4. piano
  5. ice cream cone.
  6. Optical eye glasses
  7. Violin and cello
  8. The Expresso coffee machine

Need more of a reason to visit Italy. Take a look at the photos on this hub and the attached youtube video and perhaps your dream/plan to take a visit might become a reality.



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A Photo Journey

All photos are my own original shots taken while on holiday in Italy

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Tough Choices

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    • carter06 profile image

      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Great idea Marissa we did the same in Paris trying to catch a bit more of the authentic culture and loved the small village feel..but next time will def stay somewhere in the center, perhaps the Latin quarter..thanks for dropping by..oh & sorry to cause your itchy feet:) cheers

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      Marisa Wright 3 years ago from Sydney

      You're giving me itchy feet! We spent three weeks in Rome a couple of years ago. We chose a serviced apartment some way out of town to save money, and it was the best thing we could have done - because the train service is so good, we didn't notice the "commute", and it meant we got to learn a bit about how real Italians live in the 'burbs.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello Carter, It's been too long since I've stopped to read your hubs. This is a helpful description of Italy in general, and I have to agree with you in regards to both the colors and the food. Just think: Eat, Pray and Love...she definitely described Italy well in the 'Eat' part of the title.

      This is a delightful tour of Italy to a part of the country that I have not been to. Thanks for sharing. :) UP/A/U/I and shared.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Yes indeed R Talloni let's go:)

      Stunning countryside, vibrant colours, fabulous food, fantastic shopping & the friendliest people ever!! What's not to love? Gotta get there if u can..


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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Okay, I'm ready--then again, I always have been. What a beautiful place Italy would be to visit. The history interests me as much as its future does!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much for dropping by chitrangada & really glad you enjoyed the 'did u no' part! I loved Italy when I visited & would happily go back again to see more of the beautiful country.. good of you to vote, will def check your hub out, thanks again..cheers

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      A wonderful hub about beautiful Italy!

      Lovely photographs and a great write up. I especially liked your-- 'Did you know that---'.

      I had the opportunity to visit Italy last year along with my family and had a wonderful stay there. I wrote a hub also about the visit.

      Your article is like Italy revisited.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub! Voted up!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much Suzie..was such fun to write this one and such a buzz to relive the memories.. you are one lucky girl to soon be calling Italy home..btw I'm so stocked that you like my photos..thanks heaps for the pin,votes etc much appreciated..cheers

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carter,

      What a wonderful photographic journey through my favorite country I will be calling home in near future! You are a talented lady! What gorgeous shots, I pinned the beautiful lilac tree by the rustic wall, just loved it! Thanks so much for linking my Puglia hub, will return the favor gladly! Great info on Italy here and certainly makes me want to be there now.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared and pinned!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      OK MPG let's go:) we wish, right??

      Such a beautiful country and adoringly picturesque!! Thank you so much for your comment, pinning etc.. And how nice to meet a fellow Sydney sider!! And thank you for visiting me as I am so glad to have found your excellent hubs, looking forward to reading them soon..cheers

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you ameliam..I hope you get there before to long as Italy truly is I'm sure one of the most beautiful countries to's colors, it's food, it's people..what's not to like?? Cheers

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you Bill I really appreciate your comments, seeing your Italian hubs are so ridiculously good!! Italy sure is just so amazing!! So long to go back, hopefully one day!Didn't think you'd mind me linking yours, thanks..keep writing about it Bill so if we can keep dreaming!!Cheers

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Susan, I do so hope you get there some day! Yes it is a flame on the pizza & it was scrumptious & I simply could not stuff enough of it in..nobody does pizza like the Italians & made with fresh ingredients they truly are sublime!! Cheers

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh thank you Till so glad you enjoyed the photos.. You no they were all taken on my then new IPhone 4S & I think they are just as good as a

      camera! I don't ever use a camera anymore!!

      That's David outside in the square! & yes that is the Trevii fountain..if ever u get a chance you must go.. Truly our holiday there was a highlight of our life!!thanks heaps for your votes etc etc & your very kind comments.


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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Mike it certainly is such a great place to visit!! Has a little bit of something for everyone! Thanks so much for voting & pinning etc.. Cheers

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      Marie Giunta 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Ok, I'm ready when you are Carter - Andiamo. I'm so ready to go anytime. This is a beautiful hub about a beautiful country, and there is so much info I never knew too. Pinned, voted up, etc.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Carter. Oh my, do I now need another trip to Italy. What a wonderful photo trip through Italy. I love the "Did you know" list and learned a few new things. Isn't Italy just amazing? So much to see and do. Thanks so much for the links, I'll place this hub in a few of mine. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc....

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Your photos are outstanding! Each one a picturesque representation of a beautiful and inviting country. Of course the food captures everyone's eye. They're all just great. The statue of David and is that the Trevii Fountain?

      You really could be a travel guide you know.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Shared too.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Nell, well come on Andiamo!!

      You just have to go you'll totally love it & will def go home with a satisfied palette! Food is to die for!! Cheers

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Italy is a great destination indeed! And that was a great hub with many beautiful pictures as well! Thanks for sharing. Voted and pinned!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Billy. Maybe one day for sure.. You no my husband always wanted to go & for years we longed to get there & raising the family we couldn't see how it could happen & finally we

      made it!! there's always hope Billy!! Cheers

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I have no idea why I haven't been to Italy, I love the place and the food, and Tiramasu does pick me up and make me happy! lol!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maybe some day, Carter. I would love to eat my way through the entire country. LOL Thanks for the tour; loved the pics.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Mar, that makes me so happy to give you an enjoyable start to your morning!! and thank you for your comments & means a lot to know that you can feel the beauty of this wonderful country in reading my enjoyment through my writing of this hub..Yes the colours in #3 were in an art shop & I took the shot for my daughter who is an artist knowing how much availability to colors like that would excite her, it was an artists dream shop, so beautifully laid out..I love pasta so much and would have put on excess kilos except we walked heaps..and oh the pastas Mar, the risottos the best I've ever had.. the food.. truly there is nothing like got to go, just once in your life. Cheers

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Mary,

      I feel so enriched after looking at the slideshow of your photography and the video.

      You have captured the passion and beauty of Italy with your well- detailed memories and other interesting facts.

      Your pictures make me want to sample all 140 types of pasta...what a yummy goal to aspire to! May I ask what are the beautiful colors in your picture #3... are they for painting?

      This is a great way to wake up...thank you for this pictorial vacation.

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Ameliam Michelle 4 years ago from London, England

      Italy has always been one of my favourite destinations around the world carter. There is so much to see, especially the leaning tower of Pizza always fascinates me. Hope I will travel down to the magnificent country soon, thx for sharing such an informative hub on one of the most beautiful countries in the world, voted up!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Italy has always been on my wish list of places to visit I love the picture of that gigantic pizza. Is it flaming in the center?