Although there are many places in continental Europe worth a visit, few are as alluring as Italy.

This southern European nation is among the most diverse and thrilling locations in the world, from the mountainous and green heights of the north to the sun-kissed shores of the south. This creates an array of beautiful and scenic locations, which make their presence felt in amongst some of the continents’ most historically relevant sites.

In addition to these incredible sights are locations, you must also consider the sounds of Italy when travelling this stunning island nation. The diverse nature of the country is reflected by a series of sounds and melodies that are synonymous with Italy, many of which create an atmospheric backdrop against which friends and families can create life-long memories.

So, before you pack your bags and travel overseas to your chosen destination in Italy, you may want to consider some of these sounds and learn more about them. Here are four of the best and most iconic examples:

Opera

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Italy was the birth place of Opera, an art form in which singers and musicians perform combining libretto and musical score. Opera has always been synonymous with Italy, and it can be found in the most cities across Italy such as Venice. Opera is typically performed in an opera house, accompanied by an orchestra or smaller musical ensemble. One of Italy’s most famous Opera Houses is La Fenice Theatre in Venice,famous Opera singers that have performed there include Enrico Caruso, Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli.

Water and Ocean

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Italy is famous for its Venetian waterways and beautiful coastline, which is why people flock to its sandy (and rocky) beaches in the warm months. Italy’s best beaches include Cala Pulcino on Lampedusa island, Cala Goloritzè in Sardinia, Monterosso al Mare in Cinque Terre, Bibione in the Venice Province, and Calla Marinera in Sicily. To sweeten the deal, there are several hotels throughout Italy to suit every budget, from the modern 4-star Hotel San Marco Bibioneto the opulent palazzo Danieli Hotel in Venice.

The Language and Accent

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Perhaps the sound most synonymous with Italy is the accent, and the pleasant and descriptive language that underpins it. The Italian language has an innate sense of passion and fire, while its delicious sounds and inflections are also inherently romantic. If you are spending time relaxing at an Italian café, you could well find yourself becoming distracted by the sounds of conversations and whispers going on around you.