I’ve been to a couple of countries until now, and I plan to see more places in the future. I love travelling and all the places I’ve seen have something special, but I do have some favourite spots and none of them is similar to the others. Is that weird?

For example, I love Israel for the multitude of strange feelings it gave me, I love some of the United States for the possibilities they offer, and I love Spain for being as Spanish as Salvador Dali.

But today I am going to express my true feelings towards Italy, the place that captured my soul.

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Travel Is the Only Thing You Buy that Makes You Richer

People in my country go to Italy to work. So, the thoughts brought back are far from being close to the reality I found when I visited Bella Italia.

Why? Because nobody talked about the beauty of the places, the happiness of the people or the incredible “feeling of history” you get on every corner. I am not judgemental because it is understandable: the more worries you have, the more you forget to enjoy life.

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Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy – Bertrand Russell

This is why I feel fortunate for having the chance to experience  Italy, the place that truly tingled my heart in every possible way.

Reading about places, or listening to people talking about them never gives you the right impression.

My thoughts can give people an idea about the place, but everybody will definitely see it, or parts of it, different.

Personally, I found the food amazing and the people full of life, also known as loud but I love that. It is absolutely impossible not to notice an Italian in a group of other nations, shouting “Eh, ( Ragazzi )!”.

And of course, the architecture and the never-ending culture that covers the whole country blew my mind. Oh, and the coffee made me hate Costa and Starbucks for the rest my your life.

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Buongiorno Italia con caffè ristretto

Many years ago, I visited Naples, but I strongly disagree with “Vedi Napoli e poi muori”, since the whole country deserves to be seen.

So, I also travelled to Rome ( where I want to go back because I was too young to “feel it”), Venice, Florence, the small towns of Lake Como and the incredible Cinque Terre where I decided I could ” live happily ever after”.

I travelled by car, so I got to see plenty of places between my destinations. This is why, I would advise people who plan to go to Italy to drive through the country because it is absolutely fantastic.

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Buongiorno Italia con i tuoi artisti

Everybody who knows how to hold a book should be aware of the Italian history, if not all of it, at least they know about the Roman Empire, right? If not, I guess some people have a problem and the only medicine is: “educate yourself, please!”

In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance – Orson Welles

Also, I am pretty sure that there are many who, if not know their work, at least heard about Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raffaello, ( and NO, I am not talking about the Ninja Turtles), Botticelli, Caravaggio, Dante, Manzoni, Machiavelli and many others.

What I am trying to say is that travelling to Italy offers a small part of everything and everybody ( who’s been there, of course) who accomplished greatness.

To be honest, I didn’t know all I wanted to, but my trip to Italy offered me not only a lot of fun with my closest friends, great food, wine and coffee, but also A LOT of valuable information.

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The Creator made Italy from Designs by Michaelangelo – Mark Twain

Except for the multitude of things to see and do in Italy, the experience of visiting this country gave me a feeling of happiness, relaxation, and freedom.

Yes, I want to go back and every time I listen to an Italian song I just feel like smiling even if London is cloudy and it rains, and I had a horrible day.

Why? Because I fell in love with the Italian history, culture, food and lifestyle.

 

 

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