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 if you have Italian roots, a trip to Italy takes on a special charm: it is a way to get in touch with the country of your ancestors. The journey then takes particular expectations: as “special” tourists you feel like you are coming back to your homeland. While you are planning the trip, you imagine your time there and you hope to see with your own eyes what your ancestors have seen. You want to experience something of your fathers’ life.
In order not to become disappointed , there are things you have to consider in order to make the most of your Italian time. First of all, tours where you travel in groups by bus, without any chance to stop and choose what to see, will not fully meet your expectations. For a more fulfilling trip, you need a "slow travel" journey, where you would have all the time you need to feel every single step as a little adventure. Then you 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) .
Where are those things told by grandpa ? Those places described so many times with such precision? Those tasty dishes? Those funny words in 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 your once in a lifetime journey: this is THE journey. Don't waste this opportunity! Part 2 - Back to your ancestral village