For our belated honeymoon/1st anniversary trip, we decided on Italy and couldn't have chosen a better place for us. We've traveled through Milan, Cinque Terre, Florence, Panzano, Siena and Rome and the food does not dissapoint. When they say Italy has the best food, they're not playin' around. If you want the best pasta, tomatoes, prosciutto, steak and cheese of your entire life, this is the place to go. Luckily, we learned early on to always try the local specialties and wine if you can, and YES, always yes to limoncello, olive oil cake, and truffles. We've had more wine and cappuccinos than we can keep track of, and eaten gelato everyday and don't even feel bad about it. Found a macadamia nut flavor on day 3 that I still can't stop thinking about. So yea, we're over-eating every single day.
Even though it's obvious we came for the food and wine, we got way more than we bargained for by seeing the most gorgeous art and architecture and learning about its fascinating history. Everywhere you look, there are ancient cathedrals, bell towers, statues, columns and arches; some built over the course of hundreds of years with the most unbelievable detail. At night, the mazes of little alleyways are lit up by antique iron lanterns and almost always up to a main street or piazza. Every city is magical and you can't look anywhere without being inspired.
As we get ready to head home, I'm so thankful to have gotten to see a little part of this huge world with my favorite person and for having my eyes opened to a million beautiful and new things. Not that we need to travel to remember what's important, but this trip was a great reminder that this world is SO big, and daily stresses are so small and don't need so much of my attention. Of course that's easy to say when I've been away from normal life for two weeks, but hoping to hold on to that one. Life is more pleasant when I slow down a little and take time to really be in the moment.
Trust me when I say that no meal in Italy is quick, and it's something I hope to bring back home, too. If it weren't for all the long meals, we would have missed out on meeting some really awesome people, hours of people-watching, learning about the craziness that is grappa (and digestifs in general), and that two desserts are better than one. Actually, I already knew that last one.