From the products it makes to the country itself, Italy is special in so many ways. Where do we begin? Fashion houses such as Gucci, Armani. Valentino, Versace, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, Trussardi and Moschino exist for pure pleasure. Car designers led by Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Lamborghini are works of art into themselves. There is no finer specimen than an Italian car.
Now let’s move onto wines. As the largest producer worldwide, Italy is the wine capital of the world, with hundreds of vineyards dotting 20 main wine regions across the country including Tuscany, home to the Chianti region, most famous for Sangiovese; Veneto, producing great red blends of Valpolicella, Piedmont, Lombardy, Puglia, Umbria and many more turning plush grapes into even richer blends of wines that people cherish around the globe. Whether they are white, red, sparkling, fruity or sweet, they all have one thing in common: the heritage and care that goes into producing these wines is unbinding, with hundreds of years of family history and pride behind them.
Speaking of fine craftsmanship, Italy is home to many clothing factories, most of which are headquartered in the fashion capital of Milan. Among the many family owned manufacturers, is a sock factory that produces socks for BLACKSOCKS for 21 years since the company was founded. The relationship was made on a handshake and has grown over the years, as the socks are consistently quality tested, with the toes hand stitched.
In fact, in a poll of the socks’ habits of European men, it was found that Italians were number one in terms of sock cleanliness: one in ten people change socks more than once a day. Europeans buy about 16 pairs of new socks each year and an Italian drawer contains an average of 17 pairs of socks. The Italian bestseller: merino wool, a high quality selection.
Visiting Italy brings its own endless joys. Where do we begin? Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Milan, Sardinia, Sicily. There are just a few of the country’s treasures, where you can get lost in each for weeks, along with Vatican City, which houses the Sistine Chapel. Whether you are at a casual café, or hidden Trattoria, the food in Italy will never disappoint. The meats, breads and cheeses are irresistible—and please save room for dessert and a cup of espresso.