It’s the city I was most excited to visit and pretty much as soon as I arrived, it was my favourite. I smiled for no particular reason while strolling through the walkable city. The tell-tale sign for me that I really love a place: leaving with a longing to return.
Here are the top 10 things I love about Italy. It encompasses everything that my 3 month stay was all about. Few places in the world will have this much to offer. Its an overload of the best kind. It also answers the mind boggling question I am sometimes asked: “Why Italy?”
If Bologna is the red city, Bergamo is the green one. Lesser frequented by tourists, it is a paradoxical city that is filled with touches of the greenery that surround it. Known for its food, it also goes down in my books as having among the most fashionably dressed in Italy.
While I can’t be sure if Roscoe was referring to this city when he said “I be goin’ ham, shawty upgrade from bologna” in No Hands, this is what I do know: Bologna is a city known for its food, fast cars and university life. The walls are tinted orange and the streets are lined with tall archways. The smell of good food lingers everywhere and the streets are busy with movement.
Bellissima, an intensified form for the word ‘bella,’ translates to very beautiful in English. It’s a word that, after visiting the city, I’m sure is synonymous with Venezia (the Italian name for Venice).
The very best of Venice, from the places you need to see to the iconic landmarks, islands and churches.