Traveling to Italy has been a life-changing experience for many people. The country is an absolute favorite destination for romantic, historical, adventure and beach trips.
This year was different. Most of us are still not able to travel anywhere, so a trip to this magical country is not in the cards for a while.
While that’s really sad, there is a way to travel to Italy without leaving our homes and experience a little bit of its culture until we can do it in person again.
Here are 4 ways to visit Italy from your home.
1. Visit a virtual museum
Museums in Italy are on a whole other level. Filled with priceless art and history, they lift our human spirits, inspire new generations, and bring beauty into our lives.
Thanks to technology and wonderful people working there we can visit some of the famous Italian museums virtually, from our couch.
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
One of the largest and famous museums in the world has 70 000 pieces on display. In its galleries, you’ll find statues and artifacts from ancient Rome, tapestries from the 16th century, paintings by the finest Italian artists, as well as Egyptian mummies, Etruscan vases, and early Christian sarcophagi. You can visit its virtual collection here.
Capitoline Museums in Rome
The Capitoline Museums in Piazza del Campidoglio, with a history that goes back to the 15th century, is the home of many famous sculptures, including the legendary “She Wolf.” You can see its virtual collection here.
Uffizi Gallery in Florence
The famous museum is well known for hosting many world’s most famous paintings and other art, especially from the Renaissance. Here you can find numerous masterpieces from such masters as Botticelli and Caravaggio. See its priceless art online here.
2. Watch an Italian movie or TV show
Nothing comes closer to transporting a person to another world than a movie or a TV show. The Italians are very proud of their cinema and culture and for a good reason!
The language, sights, emotion, culture, and music all play an essential part in the Italian life experience on screen.
Here are a few recommendations for beautiful Italian movies and shows. So get in your comfy clothes, such as the high-quality t-shirts from FreshCleanTees, and start the journey:
Io sono l’amore
The movie follows a Russian woman who married into a posh Italian family in Milan and has become its matriarch. She lives in luxury and has a high social status, but nothing ever is as it seems. The film’s cinematography is beautiful and offers a glimpse into the lives of Italian elites.
A classic cinematic masterpiece, the movie is set in Sicily’s sleepy Italian town during World War II. A local teenage boy falls in love with Malena, a young and beautiful newlywed who’s moved there to be with her husband, who then went to war, leaving her all alone. Majestic sights and movies emotion transport you to a different time and place.
La grande bellezza
Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards in 2014 tells a story of Jep, once a famous writer, now an old man facing retirement and changes. The movie looks into life, relationships, and love. It also showcases fantastic sights of Rome and is truly Italian cinema at its finest.
Pranzo di ferragosto
The movie is set in Rome and offers a closer look at middle-class Italian life. Gianni needs to look after his old mother and struggles to pay for his flat. He takes on a job during Italy’s summer holiday Ferragosto to look after other older women while their families are away. An unexpected opportunity arises.
My brilliant friend
Set in 1950s Napoli, the TV show, based on the best-selling book series by Elena Ferrante, tells a story of a friendship between two young girls spanning decades. Through the characters’ transformation, the author tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country.
3. Read a book based in Italy
Reading is one of life’s greatest pleasures. It gets you to conjure images in your mind, travel to faraway places, and live through incredible stories of interesting people.
Journey to Italy quickly through some of these books and stories.
Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
The book is set on the coast near the French border by the Liguria Sea. It revolves around a summer romance between a 17-year-old American-Italian boy named Elio Perlman and a visiting 24-year-old American Jewish scholar named Oliver in 1980s Italy. Beautiful and heartbreaking, the story is a real pleasure to dive into.
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
Four English women from London travel to Italy and for pleasant holidays, but their month in Portofino reintroduces them to their true natures and reacquaints them with joy.
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
According to GoodReads.com, the book is a real-life story of Frances Mayes, who bought a villa in the Tuscan countryside and began restoring it. This adventure, of course, led to plenty of unexpected events and challenges. Images of gardens, vineyards, nearby hill towns, vibrant markets, and delightful locals will make you feel like you’re there yourself.
4. Cook an Italian meal
Food appeals to all our senses and transports us to destinations where it originated.
Cooking an Italian meal at home is an emotional experience that (if all goes well!) will make you feel like you’re sitting in one of the small taverns in Rome or a tiny Italian village. Don’t skip on setting the table right and opening a bottle of Italian wine!
Here are some of our favorite suggestions.
Lasagna is a classic Italian dish. It’s made with lasagna pasta sheets layered with cheese, ground meat, vegetables, and different sauces. It takes some time to prepare, but the result is spectacular and so worth it!
Osso buco alla Milanese
A dish for meat lovers, Osso buco, is tender veal shanks, braised slowly in white wine and served with vegetables and aromatic gremolata – a condiment made with lemon zest, garlic, and parsley.
The rich and hearty soup from Tuscany is traditionally considered poor man food as it was created from leftovers of vegetables, beans, and bread. It’s warming, comforting, and perfect for winter.
You will need a dessert and what better option than a traditional Tiramisu from the Veneto region! To make the dish, according to Bonappetour.com, you’ll need ladyfingers, coffee, eggs, sugar, cocoa, and mascarpone cheese.