It is said that Italy is a dream, and rightfully so. After all, the name itself has magic in it that makes you want to visit this Mediterranean country. Italians have been famous for their food, art, architecture, culture, and above all their passion. But that’s not all. There is so much more to Italy, that it is hard to put everything together. So, here is a list of 20 things that Italy is famous for :

20. Explorers and Travellers

The West is known for producing several explorers who are famous for discovering new water routes and new lands. Among this fall several Italian explorers who have travelled to new lands found new waterways, and have discovered various parts of both Asia and Africa. A few of such explorers include Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, John Cabot etc.

19. Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast, also known as the la Costiera Amalfitana, is a 50Km long coast located in the Salerno Province of Italy, near south Naples. It is considered as the hiker’s paradise because of its beautiful crisscrossed roads and the picturesque view. This colourful and expensive part of Italy is considered by UNESCO as one of the World’s Heritage Sites.

18. Arena di Verona

Also known as the Verona Arena, this is one of the oldest of amphitheatres. It was built in the 1st Century AD by the Romans and since then it has been constantly used for hosting large-scale performances. In those days, it was used for hosting Gladiator fights while today it is used mainly for hosting opera performances. The arena can accommodate up to 15,000 spectators and is one of the major attractions of Italy.

17. Aosta Valley

Aosta Valley is an Alpine valley surrounded by France on the west side and Switzerland on the north. It mainly acts as a boundary to both the countries. The valley includes Italy’s most renowned peaks like Cervino, Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa etc. Out of this, Mont Blanc is the most famous and beautiful one.

16. Renaissance

Renaissance was one of the major periods of Italy’s cultural acmes. The Renaissance, which started in the 14th century and went for 3 centuries, was known for bringing the transition from the medieval period to the modern period, in both the fields of art and literature.

15. Lake Como

Situated near the foothill of the Alps, Lake Como or the Lago di Como is another beautiful place with a picture perfect scenery. This lake spreads over an area of 146 sq km and is almost 425m deep. The lake is named after the city Como.

14. Sardinia Beaches

Beaches of Sardinia island are really famous for their white sands and beautiful turquoise water. Sardinia is one of the largest islands of Italy and is known for having 2,000 km long coastline and mountains and hiking trails in the interior.

13. Language

Who is not fascinated with the Italian language? Labelled as one of the most fascinating and passionate languages, Italian is spoken by over 85 million people throughout the world, and every year tons of people take the initiative to learn this language of love and romance.

12. The Blue Grotto

Blue Grotto or Grotto Azzurra is a magical and magnificent water cave. It is magical in the sense that the interior of this sea cave, near the island Capri, is visible due to the reflection of the sunlight on the water. In short, the cave is lit by the water reflected blue light.

11. Fashion

Italy and fashion are two words that are knitted together. Most Italians are fashionistas or most fashion brands are Italian. This is a vice versa thing, as most international brands, be it Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani etc. have their origin from Milan of Italy. Further, Milan is also known for holding Fashion Week every year, which is more like a festival for all the fashion lovers.

10. Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius or Vesuvio is one of the largest and one of the most dangerous volcanoes located in the whole of Europe. Also, it is the only active volcano in the Europe mainland. The volcano is somewhat 17,000 years old and is 4,190 feet deep. It volcano last erupted in the year 1944.

9. Vineyards

Italy is not only known for its wine, but also for its vineyards. Till date, Italy is known as the largest wine producing country and most of its wine comes from the beautiful vineyards of Tuscany. Besides producing wine, these vineyards are also known for giving wine making lessons, and also for hosting romantic vineyard weddings.

8. Art & Architecture

Italy is incomplete without its art and architecture. Both art and architecture flourish here, and it is said, every art and architecture lover must visit Italy at least once in their lifetime. Famous artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and many more belong to Italy.

7. The Pantheon

The Pantheon gets its name from the Greek word Pantheion which stands for ‘honour all Gods’. Previously a Roman temple for the pagan Gods it is now a church. This 43m high church was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during King Augustus’s time and was later on completed by Emperor Hadrian.

6. Cars

Italy is known for its luxurious automobile brands, be it Ferrari or  Lamborghini, or Fiat or Lancia. There are several other automobile brands that are internationally acclaimed and make cars that are loved by all.

5. The Trevi Fountain

Do you remember watching the movie When in Rome? Remember the fountain where Kristen Bell picked the coins from and got her suitors? Well, this is the same fountain. Trevi Fountain or Fontana di Trevi is known for its wish-granting myth. The fountain was designed by Nicola Salvi and was constructed around 1732.

4. Venice

Venice located in the north-eastern part of Italy is popularly known as the Canal city. This noise-free city is famous for its Grand Canal and the romantic Gondola rides. A paradise for lovers, this city is visited by more than 15 million people every year.

3. Cuisine

While listing the famous Italian things, one should never miss the cuisine. After all, we all love Italian food, be it Pizza, Pasta, Lasagne, Tiramisu or the mouth-watering Gelatos.  Known for its cheesy dishes Italian food is gustoso.

2. The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Torre pendent di Pisa is one of the famous towers of the world. It is mainly a bell tower which is known for its titled structure. This 58m high tower was built back in 1372 and has 295 steps in it. The tower is one of the major attractions of Italy and is visited by almost a million people a year.

1. The Colosseum

The Colosseum is a Flavian Amphitheatre located in Rome. This is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is visited by more than 4 million tourists a year. The theatre was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian in 80 AD and has a history associated with it. It is not only one of the Seven Wonders but at the same time, it is a symbol of the great Italian and Roman culture.