The Puzzle Pieces of Italy

Kimberly Quintanilla is a student at Arizona State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Rome, Italy.

One advantageous aspect of living in Italy is the ability to explore its regions. To put into perspective, regions in Italy are best compared to the equivalent of a state in the USA. Every region has its own unique characteristics that add to the culture of Italy as a whole.


Lazio is in the center region of Italy. Rome, my current home, is in this region. Besides holding Italy’s capital, it also contains some of its most famous historical assets: the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, and the Sistine Chapel inside the Vatican. The amount of history to learn about the region can feel like you are traveling through a time machine, and what is best is doing this with the variety of gelato, pizza, and pastas available at every corner. Words cannot truly capture the vivacious atmosphere that the eternal city holds, it is a travel opportunity worth taking.


Famously known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region of Tuscany is best known for its rich artistic treasures and influence on culture. Not to mention, it holds some of Italy’s most famous sights: Michelangelo’s David, the Duomo Basilica, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Tuscany’s unique character is evident from the moment you arrive; it’s tasteful wine, art, leather markets, and local staples make the region a must see for anyone visiting Italy.


The last region I have been fortunate enough to visit is Sicily, specifically its capital, Palermo. Sicily is just off the “boot” of Italy and is filled with beautiful ocean scenery, street markets, and welcoming people that create such an authentic Italian experience. Not to mention, the cuisine is to die for: delicious street food, fresh seafood, and the Sicilian-originated cannoli.

Taking the time to explore the different pieces that make up Italy is definitely the biggest recommendation I can give from the short time I’ve spent traveling. Discovering the different architecture, art, culture, and specific staples found all throughout the country overall enhance the time spent exploring Italy.

The world awaits…discover it.

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