Italy–A Country That Inflames Your Senses
“When You Leave a Beautiful Place, you carry it with you wherever you go” Alexandra Stoddard
I am sure Alexandra Stoddard was talking about Italy when she said; “When You Leave a Beautiful Place, you carry it with you wherever you go”
To be cut and dry Italy or Italia as the Italians proudly call it, is a country in Southern Europe acknowledged by the world as the birthplace of western culture. A country so old it houses the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A place most popular for its cuisines and good looking men with tight buns and accents so exotic they make women swoon.
However stay longer, look deeper and you will find a country of contrast; the old and new blending together to create the modern. You will see masterpieces created by the greats like Bernini and Rafael at every corner, architecture so old and yet so contemporary like the Pantheon; whose architects taught the world the art of drainage through architecture. Get to know the people who are warm, happy, caring and passionate and you will find a country that awakes your passion and inflames your senses, it did mine.
Italy greeted us with perfect weather, in late October it was cool crisp and sunny; this is how it stayed most of the trip – except when it drizzled, a bit. Detailed weather report for each city to follow in the series. Packing for the trip is easy, lots of jeans, sweatshirts and sweaters, depending on your agenda some formal wear.
Since this is about my trip, let me share a secret with you – Italy helped me lose weight – something I was working on before I left, but Italy helped without me working at it. No, it wasn’t the food, we did eat and eat a lot (our favorite places to eat will follow in the series), but, because we not only walked a lot but we climbed a lot. I think every major city competes with the other in which city makes you climb more stairs. Let me explain; in Florence the must see is The Duomo and to get to the top of the Duomo via a spiral stone staircase is 463 steps. My recommendation – Totally worth it! Then we went to The Leaning Tower of Pisa which has 296 steps to get to the top to the bell, once you are there the view will definitely take your breath away – if the climbing does not! And there is Positano on the Amalfi Coast, which I think takes the prize for making a person climb, the stairs keep going and going; just when you think this is the last flight; nope; there is one more; that is until you reach the top and you are awe struck by the vistas.