National Geographic : 1965 Sep
italy is cities of majestic castles, of grand opera...and always, everywhere, of friendly people. Italy is the Eternal City, the deep velvet blue of sky through the arches of the Colosseum at night, the greens and pastels of the Villa Borghese Gardens, the little man who sells gelati from a wildly painted cart just around the corner. It is this . . the cities . . . that make Italy more exciting, more incredibly different the more it unfolds for you. There are Italians who dwell on canals, making their way by ro mantic gondola or racy motorboat. Some, who live southward in the slow warmth of the sun, the moody shadow of Greek temples, myth, and fact. Others, in Sicily where cultures are so spicily mixed that an Arabian mosque and its ancient Oriental garden are everyday. And there is the north where the sound and rhythm of modern industrialism is tempered by the soaring music of the opera and the spiring of a beautiful cathedral. You can't find a sameness from city to city. Go to one for silks, leathers, treasure laden museums. To another for Renaissance art, old-family wines. But go. Go for the difference. For the luster of history gone by and right now, for the brilliance of the sun, and always the sunny warmth of the people. It always comes back to the people. That's why people always come back to Italy.