It has been 6 years since I had the most incredible trip to Italy! It's almost inconceivable to imagine how beautiful the country is, but if you've had the pleasure of visiting this iconic country, you'll understand why it was the trip of a lifetime for me. I brushed up on my Italian before leaving western Canada so that in case I got separated from the group, I'd be able to intelligently communicate with the locals. That actually did happen and I was very glad that, although imperfectly, I was able to identify my needs. Also, when I became sick in Sicily, an Italian dottore interviewed me about the symptoms of my illness.
Briefly, I spent one month in Italy, 2 weeks touring from Rome north to the Italian Riviera as far as Portofino and then over to Tuscany to see Pisa, Florence, Siena, and small towns in the countryside which included San Gimignano where "Tea With Mussolini" was filmed. Then we went back to Rome and went south to Pompei and the Amalfi Coast where we took a day trip to the Isle of Capri. Finally, we spent a week in Sicily, which has an interesting connection to Greece.
I took hundreds of photographs with my now-old Samsung Digimax 700 and it was actually fun for me to go back and look at them anew. From them, I've chosen some in order to impart that feeling of inspiration and awe the country and people of Italy gave me. I'd return in an instant if money were no object! Salute Italia! Be sure to turn up the sound for the accompanying musica Italiana!
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