Join A Secret Italy

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR FREE ezine & Get YOUR FREE PDF VINTAGE ITALIAN RECIPE BOOK. VALUED AT $11.95.

The Best Time to Visit Italy is....

People often ask me when is the best time to visit Italy. My answer is always "as soon as possible!"

Why?

Well, the story below, written by my husband, answers that... 

I still remember that  first time I visited Italy. It changed my life forever

I'd traveled a lot before I reached Italy, visited so many countries. For some crazy reason Italy never appealed to the younger me. 

Only in my early twenties did I finally visit Italy. 

Arriving  late at night, I dozed on the way in from the airport and arrived at a little Italian bed and breakfast in the centre of an ancient town. 

Still half asleep, I went straight to my room and slept.

Until first light ... when the musical sounds of Italian, the aromas of Italian coffee and a cacophony of other noises awoke me. The sun peeped through the slats, a bright light patterned the room.

I went to the window and threw open the wooden shutters. 

In came Italy! 

Under a  bright Italian sun, the theatre of market day in an Italian piazza played out before me. I watched spellbound, enchanted.

From that very moment, I understood that Italy should have been my first destination. I was overcome with emotion, felt a lump rising in my throat. 

I was home.

Elsewhere, around the globe, I'd seen incredible sights: gazed at wondrous spectacles of nature, hiked through forests and across endless savannas, seen cities that rose from desert plains while reaching for the skies. I'd met incredibly friendly people and seen the Southern Cross in the night skies of Africa.

It was all awesome, inspiring, fun. It wasn't anything like the feeling I experienced in Italy.

Italy felt like I'd come home. I can't explain it. I am not of Italian descent and yet this was where I felt I belonged.

I remember, stepping into a little church, all alone. I fell to my knees and cried for the first time in maybe a decade. I couldn't stop.

I still travel a lot, I visit beautiful places. Yet, despite what my family tree might say, or my country of birth, it is in Italy that I feel as if I have come home.

So, when people ask me what nationality I am I no longer answer based on a piece of paper. I answer based on what my heart and soul tells me....

Io sono Italiano... I am Italian.

Cat, window, Italy
Taormina

You'll Enjoy These...

Please Book with Us...

Maria here, if you enjoy my site and Facebook page I'd love your support.

Simply book your next trip anywhere (not only to Italy) with the search box below or with any of the hotel links on the website.

I promise you'll get the best deal on accommodation available and the income we receive from HotelsCombined helps us to:

  • Stay independent and to keep bringing you the best of Italy.
  • Never have to accept money from hotels directly; that way we can share only those we genuinely love.

Recent Articles

  1. DO NOT TRAVEL UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL!

    I had to laugh at the latest New Zealand travel campaign asking tourists NOT TO TRAVEL UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL. Rather asking them to focus on the experience, on enjoying the moment. Not on posi…

    Read More

  2. Summer in Italy... and Christmas too?

    Give the gift of love straight from Italy - the land of amore. Have you experienced a summer or Christmas in Italy? We've a way to bring that joy and happiness home with you...

    Read More

  3. Dolomites Holidays - The Guide to this Region of Italy

    Dolomites Holidays features some of the most beautiful parts of the Dolomites. From great places to stay to special places to visit...

    Read More

  4. Italy Is NOT all Chaos, Tourists and Noise. There IS another Italy.

    Looking to escape the tourist madness of cities like Venice and Rome? Longing to spend time in a quieter Italy? We have EXACTLY what you need!

    Read More

  5. Welcome to Burano

    Read More

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.