Forty Things I’ve Learned in Italy

After reading Diana Baur’s post entitled, Forty Things I’ve Learned in Italy, I couldn’t help but be inspired to write my own.

You see, Italy has this way about her. Those of us that have fallen under her spell have a certain understanding of each other. Perhaps, you have fallen too.

San Gimignano Air

1. There is no real need for a clothes dryer.

2. It is possible to have a full-body culinary experience.

3. You can never have too many vowels.

4. There is no need for processed foods.

Fresh food in the market

5. A raised voice does not necessarily mean yelling.

6. Italian art history is absolutely fascinating.

7. Medieval urban planners were brilliant.Volterra, Tuscany

8. What ever the question, the answer is simplicity.

9. Going up to a stranger that doesn’t speak your language isn’t really that hard after all.

10. Walking through a 700 year old village with your groceries, is pure bliss.Walking home from the market

11. Walking everywhere is far too underrated.

12. Italians have something they “say” for every single situation imaginable.

13. Children love history- when you tell them the right way and put them in the middle of it.

Kids in Vatican City

14. It is possible to experience what it would feel like to drive through the inside of a painting.

15. Children can appreciate good food.

16. An 86 year old Nona that has been making pasta her entire life would probably beat me in a game of arm wrestling.

Nona making pasta

17. Blending yourself into an Italian family takes love, gaining a few pounds, and lots of patience.

18. There is something to be said about generations of families growing up in the same small village.

19. A village will stop everything for a lost or injured dog. I’ve seen it happen many times.

Dogs in Italy

20. Wasting resources is unacceptable.

21. A big house is a big waste.

22. Children deserve the same respect as adults.Italian children in Siena

23. Grandparents caring for their grandchildren is a privilege, not a burden.

24. There is no smell more intoxicating than walking past an open kitchen window where an Italian is cooking.

25. Sitting at a coffee bar with a cappuccino, while people watching in a piazza, is wonderful.

People watching

26. Sharing a meal can be a religious experience.

27. It is possible to live an extraordinary life.

28. Walking around a castle village at night is about as romantic as it gets.Castles by night

29. We know absolutely nothing about bureaucracy in the US.

30. It is better to own 3 high-quality pairs of shoes, than way too many cheap ones.

31. A tiny island village will give up everything they have and risk their own lives to save the lives of over 4,200 others that wash up on their shore.Luca- Costa Concordia

32. You do not need many of today’s modern conveniences.

33. Everyone should experience the passion of Italian culture.

34. A bicycle is a respected form of transportation.

San Gimignano bicycle

35. The weightless fluid environment of free diving is far more meditative than any yoga practice I have done.

36. You can conquer your fears of swimming with sea life by petting a jellyfish.

37. Wine.

Gualandi Wine

38. You can fit more people than you think into a fiat 500.

Fiat 500

39. In Italy, Catholicism is a culture- a way to live; where in the states, it is a religion.

Abbey of Sant'Antimo

40. Fields of sunflowers are magical.

Sunflowers in Tuscany Grazie mille, Diana.

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19 Responses to Forty Things I’ve Learned in Italy

  1. Heidi (@WagonersAbroad) November 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM #

    Oh, I just love this. Especially 14 and 16. So many of these are true for us in Spain as well. Your photos are gorgeous too.

  2. Renee - RambleCrunch November 19, 2013 at 7:27 PM #

    This brought a smile to my face. We camped through Italy two years ago and I miss it every single day. Wonderful list, great photos. Cheers!

  3. Allison November 19, 2013 at 8:52 PM #

    Lots of good things to learn here, and I always love your photos. I like #13 and #30.

  4. wanderingeducators November 19, 2013 at 9:08 PM #

    Oh, 31. and 22. well, all of them, really. Brava. Love this!

  5. Manfred @ Renegade Travels November 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM #

    Italy is on our list of countries to visit when we go to Europe next year, so your list was an interesting read. Also, some really great photos.

  6. Andrew November 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM #

    I wanna go back to Italy! :) I loved our two weeks there, but it certainly wasn’t enough.

  7. Erin Bender (Travel With Bender) November 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM #

    Beautiful, I love to hear lessons learnt.

  8. Jodi @ Family Travel Magazine November 21, 2013 at 12:46 AM #

    Stunning images! I’ve never been to Italy, but I so want to go. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Alyson November 21, 2013 at 11:31 AM #

    Beautiful photos Laurel, and I totally agree with the Italians!

  10. Melanie Murrish November 21, 2013 at 1:48 PM #

    The same is true for Spain and I adore both countries. The first time we visited Italy we loved it so much we returned to get married there!

  11. Donna November 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM #

    Brings back great memories of our trip with you. That ride int the fiat 500 was so much fun. Makes me want to go back!

  12. Jenna November 21, 2013 at 9:09 PM #

    Well, you know that I agree with you on these, but I just wish I could spend more time in Italy to experience these lessons more. Soon :) Wonderful photos as usual–I especially like the one of the Fiat!

  13. Katie November 23, 2013 at 5:11 AM #

    Love this. #37 and #4 and, well, all the rest of them I agree!

  14. Colleen Lanin December 9, 2013 at 5:44 AM #

    Oh. Now I have to move to Italy.

  15. Barbara December 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM #

    I read this with a smile on my face and a warm feeling in heart for Italy. We love Italy and are looking forward for our next visit there. Thank you for reminding us of the many wonderful things we can look forward to with our next visit. I love #17 and #18!

  16. Susan Nelson February 21, 2014 at 5:38 AM #

    Wonderful post…you totally excel at creating awesome lists. Love it!!

  17. caridad isabel barragan March 4, 2014 at 7:39 AM #

    You say it so well!

  18. Brianna March 26, 2014 at 12:47 AM #

    This list and pictures make me want to book a plane ticket right now!

  19. Patricia April 28, 2014 at 7:32 AM #

    So true and so nicely written with the pictures. Thank you!

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