Having just returned from our seventh Italian adventure in ten years, with our eighth planned for the not too distant future, I think it is evident that we love Italy. I’m sure everyone has their own favourite country and whenever they think of it, they drift off into a daydream, I know for a fact we do. We love it that much, we have even contemplated moving there and experiencing the Italian way of life permanently – THE DREAM! So what’s the obsession with ‘The Boot’? Well, there are so many but here are our 5 reasons why Italy is our favourite country.
ALL the Food & Wine
Getting straight to the point – FOOD. Italian food is simply the best in the world for us – we LOVE it. Pizza, pasta, and gelato – what’s not to love, well if you’re not gluten or dairy free of course? If I had to eat only one type of food for the rest of my life it would definitely be Italian, there is nothing I don’t like about it. Usually made with super fresh ingredients, it is hearty and delicious (and yes carbolicious but when on holiday, right?). And let’s not forget about the wine, a carafe of Pinot Grigio in the mid-afternoon Italian sunshine – yes, please!
Art, History & Culture
A lot of Italy is just an open-air museum, just look at Rome, for example, around every corner there is something of historical significance from the Roman Fortress to the Collesseum, not to mention the many churches and the Vatican itself. Add into the mix actual museums and art gallies which house some of the most famous pieces in the world such as Michelangelo’s David in the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence and da Vinci’s The Last Supper in the Convent of Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence
The birthplace of many famous artists, Italy is so unique, there really is nowhere else on earth quite like it. Did you know that Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites than any other country? Each city, town and village has something to offer that is different to the next, whether that be food, landmark, attraction etc. Therefore it is vital that you travel around Italy or at least visit more than once to see it for yourself. Also just look at Venice, an entire city where cars are not permitted – that gets a big thumbs up from me.
A Place for all Seasons
Italy has somewhere to visit regardless of the season. Many people may assume it is a ‘hot’ country all year round because of its location. However, if skiing is your thing then there are plenty of slopes in the Alps in the north of the country, making it a perfect winter getaway. Places like Sorrento and a number of the Italian Islands like Capri, Elba and Sardinia are perfect summer sun destinations and for the rest of the year the major cities are where you should head, they can become too cold in winter and too stifling hot in the summer months. Therefore we would recommend Spring and Autumn for hardcore sightseeing.
The more we visit Italy, the more happy memories we create. 3 weeks after meeting we headed to Florence on our first ‘date’, they say you don’t really know someone until you travel with them. Well, here we are 11 and a half years later still going on strong. We even returned to Florence for our first wedding anniversary because it’s where the love affair first started. Oh, and did I mention Mr ESLT proposed in Venice and I’ve celebrated a birthday in Milan and more recently Turin? Italy really is our happy place.
I know it’s a tough choice, choosing your favourite country, but if you could narrow it down to just one, what would yours be?
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