3 reasons I keep going back to Italy

BY ONEIKA RAYMOND

3 reasons I travel to Italy again and again.

So if you read my recent post about my spring and summer travels, you’ll know that not only am I heading to Italy next week, I’m super excited about it.  I’ll be visiting Venice, and it’ll be my 7th time in the country.

Yep, you read that correctly, my SEVENTH time in Italy.

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You see, I’m a bit of a “repeat offender” when it comes to travelling.  As much as I enjoy discovering new countries, I take great pleasure in revisiting old favourites.

With certain places, there’s a level of familiarity and comfortability that makes me return again and again.

However, some connections are more obvious than others.  Take France and Germany, two countries I’ve been to so many times I’ve lost count (maybe 35+ total visits over the years?!?) I used to live in France and and we go to see Liebling’s family in Germany often, so naturally I’m predisposed to feeling at home in both.

But I have no such affiliation to Italy– I really just love the place! Here are three reasons I keep going back:

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It’s so darn beautiful

Italy has ornate architecture and cobblestone streets.   The landscapes are breathtaking and the colours vibrant.  Even without trying, Italy is a feast for the eyes, the cities living, breathing museums that cost nothing to walk through.  I mean, I’m a sucker for stunning visuals and the country has them in spades!

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One of my fave spots for gorgeous vistas is the island of Capri, which I’ve been to twice.  Between the Blue Grotto, the Faraglioni rock formation, and scenic chair lift ride up to the summit of Monte Solaro, my camera didn’t leave my hands…

There’s so much to see and explore

Even though I’ve been to Italy six times before I’ve barely scratched the surface–  the 20 regions that make up “The Boot” basically feel like different countries due to the nuances in their art, food, history, and language.  Case in point,  the towns along the Amalfi Coast feel and look totally different from Rome, despite only being a few hours away by car: Positano has a more “tropical” feel due to its colourful houses perched precariously on the steep, craggy shores of the Mediterranean.  And while I’ve been to Rome, Naples, Milan, the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Bologna, I still haven’t made it to other well-known cities like Venice (though I’ll finally be able to check it off next week!) or Florence.

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Florence, in particular, is a HUGE travel oversight of mine, especially because I love beautiful cities and it’s said to have the most eye candy in all the country.  And of course, seeing Michelangelo’s David in all his glory is a motivator, too… 😉  When I finally make it over, I’ll be sure to lay my head at the newly renovated Hotel Lungarno, which was closed for six months but is reopening at the beginning of June. Steps from the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery, this refurbished property has spacious rooms (a number of which have killer views of the River Arno and Ponte Vecchio), private terraces, and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Its amazing location makes it a great base from which to explore this historic city!

The language is sexy as heck

Full disclosure: I’m kind of a language nerd.  I speak four of them with varying fluency (English, French, Spanish, and German) and know key words and phrases in a smattering of others, like Chinese (chalk it up to living in Hong Kong for five years).  Given this, when I travel I pay particular attention to the way locals talk and attempt to use the target language in social settings– it’s so much fun!

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But I digress.  What I really wanted to say is that the Italian language is sexy. I love the cadence and the easy way it rolls off the tongue.  I love its melody and the way Italians use their hands when they talk.  And moreover, from a non-native speaker standpoint, I love that Italian is fairly easy to pronounce and spell (there are no silent letters like in French!) It’s no coincidence that Italian is part of Romance languages because it’s definitely romantic!

Very excited to head back to Italy for the SEVENTH time and already thinking about where I’ll go for my 8th visit!

Have you ever been to Italy?  What’s your favourite part?

This post was written in collaboration with the Lugarno Collection.

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65 Comments

  • Florence is magnificent! I really don’t need to go to Rome again but I enjoyed the sites. I want to go to Venice and the Amalfi Coast.

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  • I love your blog? . I went to Madrid a few years ago. My wish is to ho back with my husband to visit Florence, Venice, Rome, Capri and other less known places.

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  • I haven’t even been to Italy yet, and I know I’d repeat it too! The only place I’ve been multiple time so far is Portugal. And it’s for very similar reasons. Portuguese buildings are tiled and colorful and happy lol. I like the Portuguese language and have picked up some words, but I’d like to learn more. And the beaches are amazing! Plus, I don’t stand out as much as I did in Vietnam (my other favorite place), so I can move around without always having all eyes on me.

    Enjoy Italy! I’ll be waiting for the pics. 🙂

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  • I went on a solo trip a few years ago to Europe. I fell madly in love with Europe. I visited France, Spain and the UK. You were my inspiration for doing the solo trip. Europe feels like this magical place full of so much beauty and tranquility. I could truly see myself living there someday in the future. I have plans to visit Italy in 2018 and I’m very ecstatic. Thank you for your blog posts. They have definitely been very helpful to me during my travels.

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  • Cool post! I’ve been to Italy just once, but I’ve been dying to go back! The food is out of thia world and I agree 100% that the language is sexy!! The cities I visited were Rome, Florence, and Milan. Florence was my favorite!

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  • Hey. So I have been most places only once. I went to Italy for 3 weeks in August for my honeymoon. We did Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome, Amalfi, Capri, and Sicily. Milan was my favorite for fashion and night life. Florence was my favorite for food and it was very romantic. I’m working on planning a girls trip to Milan and returning with my husband to Florence, Amalfi and Sicily. I definitely fell in love with Italy.

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  • THE FOOD!!! How could that not make your top three? Although, I agree with yours too. 🙂 Florence has been my favorite Italian city so far, but I still have a lot to explore myself.

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  • I love Italy! I’ve been to Rome and Naples (+ the Amalfi coast) twice and Puglia once and wanted to go to Bologna this year, but couldn’t find any good deals. Next year maybe. 🙂

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  • I live in Sicily now and I wish I was as excited about Italy as you are, but after two years, I’m still kinda “meh” about the place. Granted Sicily is a whole lot different than mainland Italy. Venice is beautiful though. I hope you have a great time.

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  • I have been to Italy multiple times, nearly every area except Abruzzo and Le Marche. A few weeks ago, I returned to one of my favorites, Venice. Since I had been there several times, I spent most of my time wandering non-touristy areas, which I highly recommend. It is a magical place. Even if you think you are lost, you can always find arrows pointing to various destinations on the walls.

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  • Italy is absolutely beautiful! I have been there 5x in the past 5 years. But there are still so many places left to explore. My favorite place of all times is Cinque Terre! Everything there is just perfect. I am slightly biased since we got engaged there. But the food is delicious, the people are super friendly and the view is just absolutely unreal! 🙂 You just have to go!

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  • As a person that spent a year teaching English in Rome, I can understand and appreciate your love of this amazing country and I had the pleasure of living on a street right at the Colosseum and to see that iconic structure everyday – words can’t begin to describe. My last trip was in 2014 and this time I added the Almafi Coast and Sicily and if you haven’t been to either of them – go see it.

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  • Italy is definitely one of the best places in Europe. My favourite being Venice.
    A lovely place to visit two hours from Venice is the Dolomites. Gorgeous mountains.

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