Do you plan to travel to Italy in the future? Is it just a dream of yours?
It doesn’t matter. Instagram is a perfect tool to satisfy both needs. If you have been following me for a while now, you may already know that I am a super fan of Instagram. It is my favorite social media – I only betray it sometimes with Pinterest when I need to further fuel my addiction to lovely houses and amazing outdoors – and I spend a lot of time there.
I love Instagram because it is a place where I find a lot of inspiration, be it regarding traveling, books, food or other things I like. Every time I open the application, I feel as if I am opening a window to the world and breathe a lot of fresh air.
I follow all kinds of different accounts: beautiful couples who live in a van, fashion bloggers who have a closet full of awesome clothes, cute ladies who live in the countryside and have all the animals I dream of keeping, some occasional famous people who have inspiring accounts, and then dogs, illustrators, food bloggers, and many, many more.
As I said, Instagram is a perfect place to find inspiration regarding many different things and it is an amazing tool when it comes to traveling. I have to admit that quite a few trips I did in the past have been inspired by someone sharing their own trips on Instagram – and I don’t regret a thing about it.
What is cool about Instagram is that, when it has to do with traveling, you get to see places as they really are, through the eyes of people who have been there and experienced them or, even better, of people who live there and give you an insider view of the places you only dream of.
Instagram is a perfect place to be inspired but also a tool where you can gather lots of information about what to do, where to stay, what the best places to eat are, where to go to catch that perfect sunset and or to spot all the trendy people and basically whatever else you need to know.
This is why I selected a few amazing Instagram profiles which can be really useful if you want to travel to Italy.
I’ve tried to make a varied selection, including accounts by Italians, by expats who made Italy their home and by people who are passionate about Italy and travel here often. In this way, I try to give you different ways to look at my country and be inspired.
Moreover, hopping from one account to another is one of the best activities on Instagram, so hopefully, my selection will give you the opportunity of finding other accounts and Instagramers I haven’t mentioned.
But let’s dive into Instagram and virtually travel to Italy now.
Giulia Scarpaleggia is one of my favorite Italian food bloggers – you may already know her because she is quite famous and maybe because I mentioned her in a post about Italian food blogs. In her Instagram account, you’ll find a lot of great and genuine food photos and some shots of her area (she lives in the Tuscan countryside).
If you have an Instagram account and are passionate about Italy, I am sure you already know Alexandra Korey. However, in case you don’t, I am sharing her profile with you. She is from Canada but has been living in Italy since 1999, where she fell in love with the culture and a nice Italian guy. Her account shows her great love for Italian art – she holds a Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance art history.
Italophilia is the Instagram account of Ishita, a lovely Indian lady who has a sincere, deep love for Italy. She is based in Delhi but she travels to Italy quite often, every time she can, and her account is filled with amazing photos taken everywhere in Italy. She gets to see a lot of places in my country – way more than I do – and posts about them in a way that truly shows her passion for Italy.
Sandra is a lovely Italian lady living in Florence, from where she shares shots of her daily life. Obviously, since she lives in Florence and has a great talent for photography, all these shots are truly enchanting. In her profile, you’ll also find lots of cappuccinos, pizza, and daily markets – what Italian life is made of, basically.
Girl in Florence
As you may guess from the profile name, here’s another girl living in Florence, this time from Texas. Girl in Florence is the account of Georgette Jupe, who is undoubtedly one of the most popular Italian Instagramers and you can see why since her shots of Florence makes you want to pack your bags and move to the city immediately.
An American in Rome
Let’s now move to Rome. Another expat, another amazing city. This profile is managed by Natalie Kennedy, a Californian lady who has been living in Italy since 2010 and who also has a great blog about Rome and Italy in general, which is packed with information for expats and tourist (and lovers of Italy in general). Needless to say, she takes awesome pictures.
Cucina Digitale is probably the first expat profile I started following and the one I am still most fond of. The lady behind the camera – or the phone – is Nicolee Drake, an American photographer based in Rome. She travels a lot, so you’ll find pictures of other countries in her profile also, but I can say that her photos of Rome have somehow of an iconic style (every time I see a red Fiat 500, I think of her!).
Elena Braghieri is a photographer living in Milan, who has a great passion for fashion, food, and travels. In her gallery, you’ll find pictures of her outfits but also great shots of the locations around Italy she gets the opportunity of visiting. She has a thing for Favignana and the Eolie Islands, if you scroll her gallery you’ll find lots of pictures of those stunning places.
Like Ishita, Kelly is madly in love with Italy and tries to visit the country any time she can. In her account, you’ll find a lot of genuine photos of her travels up and down the boot. I love her photos because they show the huge love she has for Italy and the sheer interest in knowing more about the country and its culture and lifestyle.
The last profile I selected is not a personal one yet a community. I selected this one because there you can find photos from all over the country, shared by a wide variety of contributors. In this way, you get a general picture of Italy as a whole. Moreover, if you are interested in an area in particular, there’s always an Igers Community you can look for. By the way, I am quite partial to the one from Genoa.
Do you use Instagram? What is your favorite Instagram account about Italy? I’d love to know!
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