October 14, 2010
Learning about the different dialects and cuisine that are based upon local history and tradition...It is the topography of Italy that has forged so many different regions that Italy is almost like 100 countries in one long boot!
I have lived in Italy for 17 years and my children still live there in Crema. I go to Italy 4 to 6 times a year, usually as part of my work with Italy Revealed www.walkertravels.com.
It depends on my mood. When I want art, I love Florence, when I want vibrancy and frenetic activity, Rome is my favorite. When I want quiet and time to think, I love Umbria or the Abruzzo. When I want to explore, you can find me in Calabria or Basilicata. When I am passing a moment of yearning to seek more Greek or medieval history, I am in Sicily....and when I want la dolce vita, I am in Sorrento or Capri! When I think business, I am in Milan....when I want to think about wines...I am everywhere in Italy! It is hard to answer this question!
I have had the good fortune to have seen every place that I have wanted to see in Italy. I would like to go back to Matera in the Basilicata region though...and learn more about its foundation stemming from an early medieval rift of an iconoclastic nature in the Byzantine Empire (Easter Roman Empire).
Great conversation with fellow lovers of Italy. Eventually, I would lead a group to Italy to show an Italy that cannot be found easily...
I am a lover of Italian history and culture! I love to help people plan their trips to Italy and for certain groups, act as a guide as well. I have lived in Italy for 17 years and worked in Italy going on 24 years now.
Love it, but then again, I am biased lol.