People often ask us why they should travel to Italy? Why not the UK, France, Thailand or Florida? This is the answer I give them...
Italy is not a vacation. Well, not in the traditional sense anyway.
Yes, you come to Italy for a vacation and then something occurs. As long as you don't make the mistake some tourists make, a mistake I spoke about a little while ago, then it will happen to you too.
It doesn't happen overnight, the first few days you are your usual frenetic self.
However, if you don't move around too much and base yourself in a quieter, smaller town or village (we can help you find the perfect one for you) you will begin to feel a change come over you.
Slowly at first, hardly noticeable. The longer you spend in Italy the more you change.
Almost like watching a flower slowly open. A deep feeling of peace and contentment.
It is hard to put into words. Maybe a story will help explain it better?
I remember, as a child, being sent on a summer camp.
It was okay. The food was nothing like my mamma's cooking.
My fondest memory though is when I came home.
I still remember walking through the door to the delicious aromas of mamma's lasagne, the usual chaos and happy laughter, a huge hug from mamma and the rest of the family.
They made me feel like my being away was a huge emptiness in their lives. An indescribable feeling of happiness overwhelmed me. I knew I was home. I knew where I belonged.
It is this feeling you get in Italy.
Take your time, savor every moment. Especially in the south of Italy you will feel it. It is as if you have returned to family. As if their lives were not complete without you.
The happiness, the sincerity of people. The sense of belonging. It is overwhelming.
Your heart breaks every time you have to leave. Even my Anglo-Saxon husband has been known to shed a few tears.
So, don't come to Italy on vacation. Come because you are wanted. Come home.
Know that you will never be the same again. Don't blame me if you never want to leave ;-)