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Italia, my beloved Italia….. I was in Italy quite often as a kid (Adriatic sea, Roma, Napoli, Capri, and all these typical touristy places). Later I lost sight of it because I wanted to “conquer the planet” (travel to all the exotic countries and regions like Patagonia, Colombia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc). But in 2007 I came back to my senses and have decided to explore more of my own continent Europe. Now Italy wasn’t that far away anymore.
Apart from several hiking trips in Italy’s alps, my first “grown up” travel was to Venezia in May 2007. I fell in love and deeply regret that I didn’t speak enough Italian (if any) to talk to the people and to learn more about the city and her secrets. Some of these secrets I discovered though, at least I think so. Well, Venezia has planted this desire to come back to Italy and this is what I did in April 2008. My original plan was to travel through Emilia-Romagna, but during planning I realised that I wanted to see more of the regions south of it, namely Umbria and Marche. However since I had booked a flight to Bologna and rented a car, I was able to travel at least to the Adriatic Coast and visit the region where I had spent several holidays as kid. The rest of the days I drove through Marche and Umbria and it was one of the most enchanting trips. It deepened my love for Italia and I could not wait to get back. Luckily I found a perfect teacher for my language lessons. She lives and teaches Italian in one of the most magic cities, Gubbio and I already look forward to my next lessons and all the lessons to come.
So what can you expect here on my Italia pages? Not Roma, not Napoli, not Toscana, not Amalfi coast. These are the places where almost everything is being said and written, at least for the major cities and sights. I was once in Firenze, but will most probably never return there. What I have listed in the to-do section are villages and cities which are very much overlooked by the travellers who want to visit Italy. But by adding them to Italy’s to-do section I want to add a bit of a different colour to the Roma-Napoli-Amalfi-Firenze-Pisa-Siena bulk. However, in case you look for the best written piece about Firenze, look at Brenda's page. At least I have added a bit of Venezia.
Since May 2007 I have been in Italy at least twice a year. It seems that I hardly spend my holiday/vacation time anywhere else but in Italy. Umbria, Marche, Emilia Romagna so far. I have only begun to discover hidden secrets in these parts and will continue to do so. My next destinations will hopefully be Abruzzo, Lazio (province of Rieti), Campania (Cilento) and Molise.
If I ever manage to tear myself away from Umbria and Marche.....
My next trip to Italia will be May 2012, Gubbio of course and surroundings :-)
Welcome to Bella Italia – it has more to offer than the typical touristic sights.
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Oh, and in this context I found the most magic and special website about "small town Italy": Family Life s.r.l., a company with seat in Atella, Basilicata, has made more than 600 videos about the small towns in Italy. I could sit and watch for hours and found already many many villages I must visit.
Thank you guys, from the bottom of my heart!
Another interesting project is Meraviglia Italiana. It is directed to the Italian youth and means not to forget the wonders of Italy, apart from the famous cities.
Enough material for me to fall in love with too :-) It is about the historical events, the special celebrations, the saints, the people, the values.
May 24, 2012, the winner will be announced :-)
And to get you into the mood, I have picked some typical songs from youtube. First of all, the most famous of all, unfortunately not sung by Adriano Celentano but by Squadra Azzurra: Azzuro.
Eros Ramazotti, Ti amo,
Umberto Tozzi, Tu,
Angelo Branduardi, La pulce d'acqua,
Gianna Nannini, Bello e impossibile,
Al Bano & Romina Power, Felicità
Just to name a few .-)
One other song now does not get out of my head, although it is old and has a sad historica background. But... it is gorgeous, and the lyrics as well:
One more, especially for those who want to return again and again and again: Tornerò (in the version of Pupo).
Oh, and very famous, very emotional with a specific meaning for me is Andrea Bocelli - Con Te Partirò. When I leave the planet one day, I want this to be played while my ashes are scattered on the slopes of Mte. Ingino :-)
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- Pros:Heaven on earth: the people, the food, the landscape, the culture, the art, the atmosphere: history and traditions alive :-)
- Cons:The tourist magnets like Roma, Venezia, Firenze get more and more crowded. And Italy can't be reduced to these only.
- In a nutshell:Heaven - I will live here one day :-)
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