25 Things I Love About Italy

25 Things I Love About Italy

Italy has become an annual event for me.  I fell in love the very first moment that I came up from the metro station and saw the Coliseum in front of me.  Since then, no matter when in the country I am, or what I may be looking at, I still have that sense of wonderment.

Sunflowers, Tuscany 2009

Sunflowers, Tuscany 2009

In no particular order, here are some of the things that I’ve come to love about Italy, and why I’m looking forward to a return trip next year.

  1. Sunflowers
  2. Gelato – at least twice a day
  3. Lake Maggiore
  4. Isola Madre
  5. Isola Bella (and yes, I know it’s gaudy and over-the-top)
  6. Latte de Luna (with wild mushroom soup that’s to-die-for)
  7. Brunello wine
  8. Giuseppe and La Montalla
  9. Florence (so much beautiful art)
  10. Trevi Fountain in Rome (I threw in 3 coins, just to ensure my return)
  11. Vatican (history and art, religion and politics)
  12. Fashion and fashionably dressed men and women
  13. Cafes and cappuccino
  14. Hill towns in Tuscany
  15. Beautiful churches (every town has a dozen)
  16. Pecorino cheese
  17. Stopping the car to let sheep cross the road
  18. The beautiful language (that I must learn)
  19. Limoncello
  20. Fresh tomato and onion salad
  21. Wild boar pasta (actually, any kind of pasta at all!)
  22. Vineyards and olive orchards
  23. Cypress trees
  24. Internet access (yes, in the middle of a vineyard, there’s still wi-fi)
  25. History and a sense of how very young the U.S. is

What do you love about Italy?

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Israel, Stockholm, and a Baltic cruise.

7 Responses to “25 Things I Love About Italy”

  1. trudy December 6, 2009 at 2:45 am #

    I suggest to visit Tuscan Archipelago… Capraia island (not in summer) is my favorite.

    • Mary Jo Manzanares December 6, 2009 at 7:37 am #

      I’ll put that on my list for my return visit — which is in the planning stages righ tnow. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Brad Ritzenthaler January 14, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    I have several favorite things about Italy.
    1. Driving the Amalfi Coast.
    2. La Maddalena Archipelago located between Sardinia and Corsica.
    3. The friendly people of Napoli.
    4. Watching World Cup soccer in a public place.
    5. The charm of small mountain villages such as Obi.
    6. The ruins of Pompeii.
    7. The Italian Alps – especially driving through Brenner Pass.

    • Mary Jo Manzanares January 14, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

      @Brad Ritzenthaler,
      I didn’t actually drive the Amalfi Coast, it was scary enough in a bus, but the scenery is beautiful. And I was mesmerized by Pompeii. These are some great additions to the list!


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