My love affair with Italy began in the early 1990’s. I think it started the moment I had my first meal at a cozy trattoria in Florence. The food was absolutely divine. Simple, fresh and cooked with a passion that was almost tangible. There are so many reasons to love Italy: its food, wines, language, architecture, design, people, history, landscapes, beaches… the list is endless.
Since that first trip, I’ve explored Italy from the far north in the Alps and the Dolomites, to the islands of Sardinia and Sicily; covered large swathes of Veneto, Lombardy, Tuscany and Umbria by car, foot and public transport; driven along the stunning coasts of the Amalfi and the Cinque Terre; strolled through cities and towns like Rome, Venice, Verona, Naples, Florence, Siena, Assisi and Bologna; and yet, there’s so much more to see and do, so many more culinary secrets to discover and countless wines to taste! Yes, I love Italy! I always feel happy when I visit Italy. The food, wines and sights never fail to excite my senses. The whole country is simply one big Velvet Escape! 🙂
Back to my love: Italy!
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I’m really excited as I finally have the opportunity to meet one of my dearest Twitter friends, Simon @1step2theleft. I’ll hire a car in Milan and make my way down to the Ligurian coast to places like Camogli and Portofino along the Italian Riviera. From there, I’ll head further south along the Cinque Terre to the heart of Tuscany. I’ll be staying at the vacation home of another close Twitter friend, Gloria @casinadirosa near the town of Siena for several days. The drive through the Tuscan countryside that Gloria recommends is certainly on the cards. I’ll gradually make my way further down the coast to the airport in Rome for my flight back to Amsterdam.