English essayist Samuel Johnson famously said that: "A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority."
Two centuries later German novelist Thomas Mann was struck by the "flattering and suspect beauty" of the city of Venice.
Whether it's the people, the food, the fashion or the architecture, Italy has created a lasting impression on many of its famous visitors from overseas.
Here are ten of the best quotes about the country. Can you think of any more to add? Let us know in the comments section below.