Italians on Italians
Beyond Toscano

Italy, captured in the words of her biggest fans

Italy, captured in the words of her biggest fans
Enchantingly beautiful, culturally diverse and steeped in history, Italy has been winning people over for centuries. From artists, to poets, here’s what some of the world’s great luminaries (and George Clooney), have said about Italy over the years. 
"The Creator made Italy from designs by Michaelangelo." - Mark Twain "You may have the universe if I may have Italy." - Giuseppe Verdi

"Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go." - Truman Capote 
"A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see." -Samuel Johnson 
“The Italians have learnt to celebrate dinner and lunch, while we tend to eat them as quickly as we can." - George Clooney 
And perhaps most telling of all, is this quote from Orson Welles: 
"In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."