Italian cuisine is saturated with varieties of cheese, pasta and wine. For Italians, food is not just about nourishment; it is an artform and eating it is about family. Different areas in Italy specialise in different foods. For example, famous Italian foods like pizza and spaghetti are popular mainly in central Italy. In Northern Italy, potatoes, rice, fish, pork and cheese are more popular, whereas in Southern Italy, tomatoes dominate most dishes along with olives, garlic, capers, peppers and artichokes. Wine is also a big part of Italian cuisine, with some of the most famous vineyards in the world calling Italy home.
People travel from all over the world to see historical structures like the Colosseum, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, and various basilicas, which are open-space public court buildings. There are also a number of opulent castles to see, including Valle d’Aosta Fort Bard, the Verrès Castle and the Ussel Castle.
Italian locations like Florence, Venice and Rome are world-famous for the art in their galleries and museums. More historic art can be seen in churches and public buildings as well. One of the most highly-regarded frescoes is at the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. It was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512.
Most people agree that opera has its roots in Italy. Famous operas such as “Aida,” “La Traviata,” and “Pagliacci” were originally written and performed in Italian, and they are still performed this way today. Famous opera singers including the likes of Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli are prime examples of Italy’s operatic excellence.
If you enjoy shopping for famous fashion brands in the UAE, you will be delighted by Italy’s world-famous fashion houses. Big names such as Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci, Fendi, Ferragamo, Prada and Versace all originated in Italy!
Italians focus a lot more on their extended family members than just the “nuclear family.” They have family gatherings often where they prepare and share food. Young adults remain connected to their families much longer and are not quick to move out of their parents’ houses. This tradition makes Italy a great destination for a family holiday.