One picture can say a thousand words, so instead of writing a stretched out essay about the incredible sights, tastes and history of Italy that we experienced this summer, we want to give you the photos (plus some random facts) and let your imagination write the story. Each week will be focused on one color we found to stand out when we were exploring around.
No other color fits Italy better than red; the country flag, the Ferraris, the tomatoes, the wine…
Italy has been making wine for over 2800 years and is the largest wine producing country in the world. Some of the most famous Italian red wines in the world are – Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino, Amarone, Taurasi, Nobile di Montepulciano, Bolgheri, Gattinara and Chianti. The average Italian drinks 100 liters of wine a year.
As of 2012, Fiat has a roughly 60 per cent stake in Chrysler and they have a very good working relationship as two distinct companies.
Enzo Ferrari founded “Scuderia Ferrari” in 1929 to sponsor and manage racing drivers. At one stage he managed over forty drivers, most racing in Alfa Romeo cars.
Cinque Terre has some very strict laws about the color that houses can be painted and if you want to build a new modern home there then you’re dreaming.
A law from the 16th century required all gondolas to be painted black. This law stopped a competition for the most flamboyant colors and ornamentation among the nobility.
Licenses for becoming a professional gondolier are only granted after periods of training and an exam, which tests knowledge of Venetian history and landmarks, foreign language skills and practical skills in maneuvering the gondola through narrow canals.
Gamberi fritti is Italian for fried prawn.
Dulcis in fundo is a latin phrase which literally means “the sweetness comes at the end” but is actually more commonly translated as “and to top it all” or “last but not least”.
Leonardo da Vinci wrote all of his personal notes from right to left, forcing those who read them to use a mirror.
Around 50 million tourists visit Italy every year.
Italians like to enjoy full-course meals at lunch and dinner, and take their time to eat it slowly in order to appreciate it better.
Pinocchio’s creator Carlo Collodi was born in Florence. He never had any kids of his own but he wrote fiction stories for children, because he thought “adults are too hard to please”. Walt Disney felt that the original Pinocchio story was unsuitable for kids so many alterations had to be made to make the character more innocent, before the film was released in 1940.
The most expensive pizza ever sold, the 12 inch Pizza Royale 007, had a recipe that included some of the world’s most expensive delicacies; lobster marinated in cognac, caviar soaked in Dom Perignon champagne, venison medallions, Scottish smoked salmon, the finest prosciutto and vintage balsamic vinegar and all topped with edible 24-carat gold flakes. All of this for only $4,200.
The Italian railway system has a total length of 24,227 km, of which 16,723 km are active . The Italian language can express ‘I love you’ in a hundred different ways.
Legend says that St Valentine – who was born in a small town in southern Umbria – was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. During his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer and shortly before his execution on the 14th February 269AD, he wrote her a farewell letter signed “from your Valentine”.
Italy has the highest number of cultural sites recognized by UNESCO World Heritage – more than forty.