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Italian Life

Friday, 08 October 2010 14:55
Italy – a Holiday, a Love, a Life

Italy drags people to its shores every year. They go for the warm summers, for the wine that inflates the passions that are so typically Italian and for the centuries of history that stare down from the terraced villas and marble monuments.

A main attraction is the landscape, to watch an Italian sunset is a beautiful thing. To be full of wine and love with the sounds of opera in your ears and the summer breeze on your skin is a memory that stays forever. Italy is a place of feeling, a place of youth, a place of falling in love and falling out when the holiday draws to a close and we must head back to our homelands.

Places to Go and Things to Do

The most famous places are still once in a lifetime destinations that you must see. Forget your negative relatives who tell you that Venice smelled, Florence was old, and Rome was overflowing with tourists. In Italy the disappointed are few and the enchanted many.

Do not forget to see all of Italy. Often the best places are less well known. Travel to coastal towns like Livorno in the west of Italy. Tourists often overlook the place, which is a great thing in a world threatening to be swamped by travel groups. The people in Livorno are welcoming and fiercely proud of their own Tuscan dialect. Be sure to try the local fish chowder, caciucco, a tasty mix of seafood, peppers and tomato.

Travel to ancient Siena, a romantic hilltop city with beautiful architecture. See the heritage-protected city centre and, if you are there on July 2 or August 16, watch Palio di Siena the famous traditional horse race (recently featured in the James Bond film A Quantum of Solace), which draws spectators from all over Italy.

Head south to see Amalfi, which lies to the southeast of Naples. The town was a popular place for the upper class in the 20’s and 30’s, but now is open to all holidaymakers. The seafood is incredible, often served in large shells and moderately priced. Amalfi is a beautiful heritage protected site that is built into stunning seaside cliffs. Boat rides are available to explore the coast and caves that contain colourful crystal formations.


Food and Drink

Italy is rich in food and wine. The quality is almost always high, though it advisable to avoid restaurants next to the major tourist sites if you wish to keep a full wallet (prices can stretch to €20 for tomato soup in Venice).

Make sure to try some of the local wines in each region. Of particular note are the Valpolicella in Verona and the Chianti in Tuscany.

To visit Italy is a must for all travellers. Upon arrival you will feel the passions of the Italians begin to embrace you. The speed of life will slow; the thoughts of family and romance will deepen. You will leave with the tastes, the people and, very often, love in your memory.