At least once
Typical tours for people who come to Italy include the visit of famous Italian cities of art.
Rome, the Eternal City, Florence and its Renaissance, Venice and the magic of one of the most unique cities in the world.
If you come on a cruise, there is a chance to see Naples and Sicily perhaps.
Often the journey ends there, after seeing breathtaking monuments for their beauty and elegance.
But for us with an Italian side, a trip to Italy takes on a special charm: it is a way to get in touch with the country of our ancestors.
The journey then takes particular expectations: as “special” tourists we feel like we are coming back to our real homeland.
While we are planning our trip, we imagine our time there and we hope to see with our own eyes what our ancestors have seen. We want to experience something of our fathers’ life.
In order not to become disappointed , there are things we have to consider in order to make the most of our Italian time.
First of all, tours where we travel in groups by bus, without any chance to stop and choose what to see, will not fully meet our expectations.
For a more fulfilling trip, we need a “slow travel” journey, where we would have all the time we need to feel every single step as a little adventure.
Then we also have to consider that those who left Italy a long time ago to go abroad did not live in those elegant cities, but often came from small towns, far from big centers.
It’s not a matter of big distance in miles, but it was a big difference in lifestyle.
Italy is a small country but every little town was like a small state, with traditions, recipes, even different languages! (dialect) .
So, if you want to feel really that old Italy that you heard in your parents’ wonderful stories, you must go to that small village your family is from.
This is THE journey.
This is your once in a lifetime journey .
Don’t waste this opportunity….