Tagged with Italy

Italy Makes Me Happy to Be Alive – Capri

Italy Makes Me Happy to Be Alive – Capri

Zooming around corners, crossing the non-existent median line, trying to stay standing on a packed bus after a bottle of wine with lunch, I had a major epiphany. I realised Italy makes me happy to be alive, for two reasons: 1) It is breathtakingly beautiful and 2) Sometimes there is so little regard for personal … Continue reading

Getting My Beach Fix — Sperlonga

Getting My Beach Fix — Sperlonga

Having grown up in a city surrounded by beaches, I get beach cravings if I go too long without seeing the sea. I had thought living in Rome would stop these cravings as it’s less than an hour from the coast so surely there must be some residual salt in the air. Not enough it … Continue reading

Tali vs Rome – Round 2

Tali vs Rome – Round 2

It was with great hesitation that Tali returned to Rome in early September. Still heavily affected by her defeat in June, she was nervous and unsure what to expect. Arriving with a job offer and being offered a second within days of her arrival helped to dispel her fears of this city. However, buoyed by … Continue reading

A Jewel in Italy’s Crown – Florence

A Jewel in Italy’s Crown – Florence

On a peaceful Sunday morning, while locals were in church and the tourists were nursing hangovers, I was wandering along the river. The proud home of ‘the Italian language’ (thanks to Dante), more art and art galleries than you could visit in your lifetime, large parks, statue filled fountains, good shopping and huge pieces of … Continue reading

La Bella Toscana

La Bella Toscana

It is a cliché: Tuscany is the most beautiful region of Italy, the one that everyone falls in love with, goes home and writes about – telling the world how marvelous Italy is and forgetting the difficulties of daily life in Italy in their portrayal of the beauty they found there. Italians hate this side … Continue reading

Milan – The “Non-Italian” Italian City

Milan – The “Non-Italian” Italian City

Italians love to hate Milan. Before we got there, they said “Oh no, don’t go to Milan, it’s not really like Italy.” “It’s definitely not Italian.” Once we had arrived there, the locals asked us “Why did you come here?” informing us where we could go to escape the city on weekends. And finally when … Continue reading

The Lakes of Lombardy

The Lakes of Lombardy

Ask any Milanese person what the best thing about living in Milan is, and they’ll say, “leaving on the weekend.” So that’s exactly what we did. Words do no justice to the beauty of the magificent Lago Maggiore and Lago di Como, so here are some photos. Add exquisite Italian food and wine with good … Continue reading