There’s a lot of uncertainty, bad news and fear right now. This week I was thinking about our last trip to Italy and how much we loved it and wanted to share some of our experience.
I’m not an Italian-American but I love Italian food and do my best to cook it at home. I don’t hold a candle to Italian food cooked by Italians in Italy. It’s just not close. Gelato, pizza, pasta, it’s all so good. If you think you’ve had good pizza and real gelato, go to Italy and then tell me which is better. It’s just on a whole other level unlike other places I’ve been.
Few places in the world compete with Rome for heritage. I can’t get over grabbing a taxi from the Forum to Trevi Fountain passing the Colosseum along the way. Other places in the world have an excellent heritage too, but for me, Rome is special in that regard.
I loved a European History course I took in high school so when I am in the Eternal city it comes alive for me in a way that few others match. I love it so much that I am happy to share unflattering pictures of myself to prove the point. Lucy also loved the grandiosity of everything, even if she couldn’t truly appreciate the antiquity of it all.
Our Daughter Was Finally Old Enough to Really Enjoy It
When we last took our daughter to Italy, it was in Milan and she was too young to remember or appreciate it. But now that she is a little older (nearly six during our last trip), she really enjoyed it all. We took her to an Airbnb experience whereby she learned how to make pizza, live out her Audrey Hepburn dreams recreating scenes from Roman Holiday – it was her favorite trip in a long time. The chefs at Felicé made her an honorary sous chef which she loved.
We have heard since we started traveling with her that “she won’t remember anything” so why bother? But she loved this trip and talks about it all the time. She developed a passion for cooking following the pizza-making course and finds her way to the kitchen where we cook, mix and bake side-by-side. When we ask her about her favorite trips, she puts Rome at the top consistently and I do too.
This time at home with family has been good for reflection on where we’ve been and where we are now, and eventually, where we will be going. Despite recently visiting Italy, I have a feeling we will return there once this is all over, which, frankly, could be a very long time for both countries.
What do you think? What trips have you taken that are still on your mind? Where do you think you will go when this is all over?