We’ve all most likely been there, we visit a country and find ourselves visiting the most tourist cities in said country. There isn’t anything wrong with this and it is a bit expected. “Do you mean to tell me that you visited Italy but did not visit Rome?!?” My first visit to Italy in 2013 had me hitting all the tourist hot spots; Milan, Florence, Venice, Pisa, Vatican City and of course, Rome. It was an amazing trip, I met friends who later on in my travels I found reconnecting with. All in all to say, it was worth it.
Returning to Italy though, gave me an opportunity that many of us don’t find ourselves in because we choose not to return to a place we have visited. Again, not wrong at all when this world is very big and there are so many places to visit. Returning to Italy meant I was able to visit Italy for its real wonders and experience Italy like an Italian. Discover small towns/villages not usually found in guide books, spend my days eating pasta and gelato while partaking in early evening aperitivos without worrying that I was missing seeing a site. That is what makes visiting a place and experiencing a place the difference.
Consider returning to a country you have visited and enjoyed. You will be surprised how much more you can fall in love with said place. Check out my “Travel Guides” HERE to re-inspire your next visit to a place and get the best travel tips for each country.
A special thanks goes out to the Fraternali family for not only hosting me but more importantly making this visit feel like I was visiting my own family. For allowing the avid travel planner that I am to leave this holiday in their trustworthy local hands and reminding me once again how important a sprinkle of local guidance can be when visiting a country.
And without further ado…
Check out this Northern Italy Guide! Use this 8-day itinerary to plan your local inspired Italian holiday and discover the best places to go, the best places to eat and the best things to do to maximize your trip.
Download the guide HERE.