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.
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.
- Gelato – at least twice a day
- Lake Maggiore
- Isola Madre
- Isola Bella (and yes, I know it’s gaudy and over-the-top)
- Latte de Luna (with wild mushroom soup that’s to-die-for)
- Brunello wine
- Giuseppe and La Montalla
- Florence (so much beautiful art)
- Trevi Fountain in Rome
- Vatican (history and art, religion and politics)
- Fashion and fashionably dressed men and women
- Cafes and cappuccino
- Hill towns in Tuscany
- Beautiful churches (every town has a dozen)
- Pecorino cheese
- Stopping the car to let sheep cross the road
- The beautiful language (that I must learn)
- Fresh tomato and onion salad
- Wild boar pasta (actually, any kind of pasta at all!) – Why not consider taking a cooking class in Italy?
- Vineyards and olive orchards
- Cypress trees
- Internet access (yes, in the middle of a vineyard, there’s still wi-fi)
- History and a sense of how very young the U.S. is
(I threw in 3 coins, just to ensure my return)
What do you love about Italy?
Photo credit: Mary Jo Manzanares