I know I have friends who don’t understand my “thing” with Italy. I try to explain it to them, but they get that glazed over look in their eyes after a few minutes. You know how it is hearing about someone else’s vacation. What I should say is “just go and you’ll see for yourself.”
Somedays I think “am I really crazy having such strong feelings about a place that is so far away?”. For a brief moment I think “I can live without it, without planning a trip, without dreaming about it, without stepping off the plane onto Italian soil.” That feeling lasts about 30 seconds and then I start doing more research, finding more places off the beaten path to explore.
So what is it?
Cappuccino-perfection in a cup.
Eating salami on a roll for breakfast.
The pasticceria-the most incredible variety of little bites, each more delectable than the last.
Style-I might not have it, but I can sure appreciate seeing it.
Cypress trees lining country roads.
An appreciation and respect for older people and a genuine love of little kids too.
Art everywhere, not only in the museums of the cities, but in just about every church in every town.
And what about church bells-there’s nothing like lying in bed and hearing them chime (except if it’s 1 am and there still ringing around!).
Gardens with vegetables growing on even the smallest patch of land.
Olive oil-need I say more?
And I suppose this is the perfect place to say “vino”!
Honest food made with the fresh, simple ingredients.
Can you say “formaggio”? Cheese-oh my God!
The architecture-centuries of it, still standing, still being lived in.
Shutters that you can close at night and make the room really dark.
Sagras-festivals celebrating just about every food product.
Gelato-on an every day basis.
The passeggiata-grab a loved one and stroll through town in the late afternoon/early evening.
Pizza in all its forms.
Truffles, if you’re lucky, and fresh porcini.
History around every corner.
The most romantic language-like music to your ears.
The Italian people-so gracious and full of emotion!
So much more, but I’m out of time. Go and see for yourself.