Ciao! Welcome to Italy, the gorgeous, boot-shaped nation in Europe renowned for its fine art, fashionable cities, rich history, and warm beaches. Few nations have influenced Western cuisine and culture as much as Italy.
You may have seen images of Florence, Venice, Milan, or Rome on the news, WBD, or the History Channel. On this list, though, we’ll lead you off the usual track and through some of the most extraordinary, pricey, and one-of-a-kind products that are only available in Bel Paese.
10. Record-Breaking Pizzas
Pizza originated in Italy, and an Italian slice is the best there is (sorry, New Yorkers). Italy not only has the best pizza in the world, but also produces pies that shatter world records. The world’s largest pizza, Ottavia, was created in 2012 in Rome. The pizza was 51,258 pounds in weight.
9. The Monsters of Bomarzo
The Park of the Monsters is located in the Garden of Bomarzo and was built in the middle of the sixteenth century by a Prince named Pier Francesco Orsini. When he issued the commission, Orsini had already endured a great deal: his wife had passed away, he had been abducted, and he had endured a cruel war.In order to help him cope with his grief, he engaged Pirro Ligorio to design the Park of the Monsters. This park is the complete antithesis of Disneyland; it is decorated with roaring war elephants, giants tearing each other to pieces, a screaming head, a fish-head, and more. The warped representations of the statues give off Orsini’s anguish, making the entire park fascinating, strange, and a little depressing.
8. The Smallest Bar in the World
Backdoor 43 is a secret hideaway that is the tiniest pub in the entire world, and it is situated in the chic Italian city of Milan. Its barman serves four customers at a time (the maximum the bar can accommodate) while hiding behind a wooden door.
Although Backdoor 43’s bar isn’t quite as spacious as the one at your neighbourhood Applebee’s, it more than makes up for it with its welcoming bartenders and distinctive atmosphere. According to TripAdvisor, drinks are a little pricy, but the staff is “friendly” and the ambiance is “worth it,” as you may reserve the space to yourself for a couple of hours.
7. The Mouth of Truth
The Bocca della Verita, a tall, stone humanoid disc, will bite your hand off if you utter a lie close to the Mouth of Truth (also known as the Bocca della Verita). It has gaping mouth and eyes that are both hollow holes. You may put your hand inside the mouth.
You had better think twice before lying when your hand is in the Mouth of Truth’s question, or else it will clamp down on your hand. Rome’s Mouth of Truth has a hazy past; some claim it symbolises paganism and pagan deities like Oceanus or Faunus. This rocky maw is perhaps even more accurate than the cheapest “lie detector” you could get from Amazon.
6. The Mad Colored Houses of Burano
Travellers claim that Venice can occasionally have a mournful atmosphere, but Burano, a fisherman’s island in the Venetian lagoon, does not share this feeling. No matter the weather, Burano’s colourful, vividly painted homes show out like a rainbow.
Seriously, these homes appear to have been painted with every single colour available at Sherwin Williams. Burano’s vibrant homes have been present for years, and to keep their colours vibrant, they are frequently repainted.
5. The Sword in the Rock of Chiusdino
Galagno Guidotti was a man who was born in Chiusdino around 1148. He was raised as a wealthy knight and later lived as a recluse in his village. He had visions of angels, which inspired him to thrust a sword into a rock in response to the Archangel Michael’s challenge.
The blade miraculously cut through the rock like it was water. The Pope proclaimed Giudotti a saint after his passing. The Sword in the Stone is regarded as a sacred relic and has been shown to be authentic. It is stored at Tuscany’s Montesiepi Chapel beside the severed hands of a robber who had the audacity to attempt to take it.
4. Galileo’s Middle Finger
A middle finger probably doesn’t come to mind when you picture a holy relic housed in a shrine. Galileo Galilei, who was a heretic and an enemy of the church when he was alive, was the owner of this skeletal, phantom middle finger.
Nearly a century after Galileo’s passing, in the 1730s, the finger was amputated. Anton Gori cut it off, and he passed it about for years before it was finally laid to rest in the Galileo Museum’s hallways. Galileo is one of science’s most well-known individuals, and anyone interested in learning more about him can discover a variety of movies on YouTube and other platforms.
3. Staying in a Trullo
Most likely, your neighbourhood doesn’t have any homes like this. They are made of dried stone and go by the name of trullo. The roofs of these huts are corbelled. The name “trullo” is unique to the Itria Valley in Puglia and is derived from the Greek word “dome.”
The town of Alberobello, famous for its trullo houses, is shown here. These hotels’ nightly rates range from $50 to $174. A seven-day journey for a lone traveller will set you back approximately $1,169, which is comparable to the down payment on a used Ford or Chevy.
2. Battle of the Oranges
The Battle of the Oranges, held as part of the Carnival of Ivrea in northern Italy, is where you should go if you want to witness a true extreme sport. The Battle is a time-honored custom that involves competitive, organised teams tossing oranges at each other.
The Battle of the Oranges is nonetheless highly competitive even though it isn’t exactly on the same level as the WWE; one backpacker website even called it “Italy’s craziest festival.” The Battle was started in the Middle Ages to mark the liberation of the citizens of Ivrea from the tyranny of a cruel, terrible lord.
1. The Curon Venosta Underwater Bell Tower
Not quite where you’d expect to find a bell tower, but the Sunken Bell Tower of Curon is situated right in the centre of a lake. It protrudes from Lago di Resia in South Tyrol, and its history is a somewhat depressing one.
The Italian government permitted a firm to flood the Curon Valley in 1950, despite opposition from locals and even a plea from the pope. Along with other small towns, Curon was obliterated; today, all that remains is the bell tower of the city’s submerged core, which occasionally pokes its spectral head above the ruins. Maybe a Netflix horror series will be based on this peculiar story.