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Italy was not on my bucket list

Italy was not on my bucket list

Growing up, Italy was not on my bucket list of places to see before I die. I haven’t watched it in many years, but my earliest childhood recollections of a place called Rome was from the 1960’s movie, Spartacus.

When I first learned about the Slow Food Terra Madre Salone del Gusto that was to be held in Turin, Italy, I immediately started planning my trip. My cousins were shocked when I said that I had no plans to visit the other cities in Italy, and invited me to dinner with their friend from Verona (the setting of Romeo and Juliet). She insisted that I could not visit Italy without visiting the major cities at least and I started revising my travel plans.

With her advice in mind, I started planning my itinerary for my trip to Italy in reverse. I plotted the dates of the conference in Turin on my calendar, then worked back three nights in every city between Rome and Turin. The timing appeared fortuitous as the departure coincided with a 3 day holiday in Dubai.

I was not even particularly fond of Italian food, and days before my trip I was still contemplating how on earth I could spend nearly three weeks in a place where they ate copious amounts of pasta, rice and pizza… all foods that I am unable to enjoy very often knowing that it will make me lethargic and aggravate the inflammatory response of my Rheumatoid Arthritis.

I embarked on my longest solo vacation, to Italy, and it turned out to be a voyage of discovery and it was a turning point in more ways than one…

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After nearly a year of planning and anticipation, I finally arrived in Rome on a beautiful sunny day, and ended up spending two hours waiting in line like cattle to get through immigration.

I realized soon after being told to collect my Omnia and Roma pass from the Vatican office of a travel company, that I had bought the wrong pass! Again! So off I went on a quick tour of the Vatican’s cobble streets and another hour long queue for a pass that I underutilized in the extreme. I was so exhausted by the time I arrived at my apartment near the Spanish steps that I fell asleep after a hot shower, and missed my Friday night Vatican tour.

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It turns out that 3 nights is not nearly enough to enjoy the essence of the most culturally and historically rich and visually appealing cities I have had the privilege to visit. Every city that I explored was unique in it’s own way and stole my heart with it’s quirks.

In addition to falling in love with tall doors, high ceilings and narrow alleys, I rediscovered the joy of eating. Not only eating, but savouring the taste and flavour of sun ripened fruit and vegetables and freshly caught seafood.

Stay tuned for posts of the Food tours in Rome, Florence, and Venice. Until then I leave you with a glimpse into my days in each city.

Rome

In Rome I fell in love with the doors…. yes doors and their jambs! Tall and commanding, they catch your eye as you walk past and pull you closer for a second look or maybe a third.

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Sunday at leisure in #Rome #Italy with no cares in the world. After breakfast I strolled down to the Trevi Fountain where the beauty has been restored by a Fendi funded restoration project. Next was a visit to the Pantheon, the best preserved of ancient Roman buildings and continually in use throughout it's history. Of course there was breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea to keep me going throughout my wandering a 😉 Do you like visiting ancient and historical sites, museums ruins? Let me know what you enjoy seeing in the comments. __________________________________________________ . . . #instapassport #fromwhereyoudratherbe #stayandwander #traveldeeper #thefeedfeed #welltravelled #LoveTheWorld #tasteintravel #igtravel #wanderlust #thatsdarling #travelandlife #welltravelled #nothingisordinary #foodwalks #luxurytravel #natgeoafrica #lonelyplanet #bbctravel #cntraveler #instarome #vscorome #bbcfood #feedfeed #passionpassport #solotraveller #trevifountain #pantheon @cntraveler @lonelyplanet @bbctravel @natgeopeopleasia @huffposttravel #adoremycupoftea

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Florence

In Florence, I was at first aghast at the beigeness of the city, where every building appeared to be a variation of the same earthy yellowy beige color. By the time I left, I had navigated it’s narrow streets on both sides of the Arno and fallen in love with the relaxed pace of life and the passion with which they produced the best of everything.

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Wednesday in #Florence #Italy on a bright and early tour of Galleria Degli Uffizi. The renovations and closure of some areas did not present a major obstacle. Thereafter a little morning coffee before passing by Il Duomo and Galleria dell' Accademia. The queues were 1-2 hours or more waiting time for entry to either, so I decided to continue to the Mercato Centrale. The street market is lined with shops and stalls selling leather handbags, clothing, shawls and curios. Inside the Central market is a mecca of fresh produce, artisanal pastas and cured meats and cheeses. Lunch was a delicious plate of mixed seafood. What is your favorite street market purchase? Let me know what you enjoy the most in the comments. _______________________________________________ #instapassport #fromwhereyoudratherbe #stayandwander #traveldeeper #thefeedfeed #welltravelled #LoveTheWorld #tasteintravel #igtravel #wanderlust #thatsdarling #travelandlife #welltravelled #nothingisordinary #travelpics #foodwalks #luxurytravel #natgeoafrica #lonelyplanet #bbctravel #cntraveler #instaflorence #vscoflorence #bbcfood #feedfeed #passionpassport #solotraveller #flyingsolo #coffeelover @cntraveler @lonelyplanet @bbctravel @natgeopeopleasia @huffposttravel

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Venice

In Venice, the moody skies and beautiful islands of Murano and Burano had me wishing I could stay longer to explore and get to know the nooks and crannies of this complicated city; reliant on tourism yet hating what it had done to the soul of La Serenissima.

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Thursday night in #Venice #Italy after having late lunch / dinner at Trattoria Povoledo. The Cicchetti Misti was a very generous starter and the Raviolini Gorgonzola was deliciously creamy with a light crunch of chopped walnuts. Dessert was a pastry from pasticeria that I picked up on my walk back. Have you been to Venice? Let me know what you enjoyed the most in the comments. __________________________________________________ #instapassport #fromwhereyoudratherbe #stayandwander #traveldeeper #thefeedfeed #welltravelled #LoveTheWorld #tasteintravel #igtravel #wanderlust #thatsdarling #travelandlife #welltravelled #nothingisordinary #travelpics #foodwalks #luxurytravel #natgeoafrica #lonelyplanet #bbctravel #cntraveler #instavenice #vscovenice #bbcfood #feedfeed #passionpassport #solotraveller #flyingsolo #coffeelover @cntraveler @lonelyplanet @bbctravel @natgeopeopleasia @huffposttravel

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Milan

In Milan I fell in love with the beauty and elegance of the city and it’s people. In Venice and Florence I had been warned that I would hate Milan because it was fast paced, industrial and full of concrete. And yet, if I could live anywhere else in the world, it would be in Brera neighbourhood of Milan with it’s elegant apartment buildings and chic cafes.

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Sunday in #Milan looks like a pretty bleak affair. I had been warned by numerous Italians in other cities that Milan was all grey and concrete, and was not sure what to expect. It's not as unattractive as I imagined and there is a stark industrial beauty that I find rather reassuring… Like I'm back in the real world now! I found a little oasis opposite the hotel where between us we managed to figure out what I could eat from the available menu. The quiche brocolini was one of the best I've ever had. In the evening I managed to get down for dinner to the restaurant attached to the hotel and had Seared squid and Crema Nonna for dessert. Have you been to Milan? Let me know what is your favorite things to do or places to see in the comments…. Not breakfast! ______________________________________________ __________________________________________________ #instapassport #fromwhereyoudratherbe #stayandwander #traveldeeper #thefeedfeed #welltravelled #LoveTheWorld #tasteintravel #igtravel #wanderlust #thatsdarling #travelandlife #welltravelled #nothingisordinary #travelpics #foodwalks #luxurytravel #natgeoafrica #lonelyplanet #bbctravel #cntraveler #instaMilan #vscoMilan #bbcfood #feedfeed #passionpassport #solotraveller #flyingsolo #coffeelover @cntraveler @lonelyplanet @bbctravel @natgeopeopleasia @huffposttravel

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Monday in #Milan #Italy on a beautiful day started with a leisurely walk to the Brera neighborhood…. where unexpectedly, I fell in love with Milan and it's beautiful architecture. I visited the street market in Via San Marco that is held on Mondays and Thursdays only, from 8am-2pm. The market has stalls selling well priced shoes and clothing (including cashmere bargains), accessories, fresh produce, meat and seafood, household items, flowers etc. After the market I strolled to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, where I stopped at the new branch of Pasticceria Marchesi for a quick mid-morning tea break. As I walked around the city streets I realised how much it reminds me of Cape Town and how much less tourist centric it is than the other Italian cities I have visited on this trip. Finally I stopped for lunch at a Halaal cafe that I found via the @zabihah app. My first chicken meal in more than a week was delicious, Alhamdulillah 👌 What is your favorite street market purchase? Let me know what you enjoy the comments. ______________________________________________ __________________________________________________ #instapassport #fromwhereyoudratherbe #stayandwander #traveldeeper #thefeedfeed #welltravelled #LoveTheWorld #tasteintravel #igtravel #wanderlust #thatsdarling #travelandlife #welltravelled #nothingisordinary #travelpics #foodwalks #luxurytravel #natgeoafrica #lonelyplanet #bbctravel #cntraveler #instaMilan #vscoMilan #bbcfood #feedfeed #passionpassport #solotraveller #flyingsolo #coffeelover @cntraveler @lonelyplanet @bbctravel @natgeopeopleasia @huffposttravel

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Tuesday in #Milan #Italy started on a cloudy day with a metro ride to the Brera neighborhood to visit the Castello Sforzesco or the Castle of Milan. The castle has seen various changes in use over the centuries but now serves as the hub for various museums and collections. After the castle I visited the Navigli district which is often referred to as the Little Venice of Milan due to the series of canals built to facilitate the transport of marble for the rebuilding of the Duomo. The area is supposedly a hub for creatives, but all I saw were closed shop windows and ugly graffiti here and there around the dirty canals. I stopped for a mussels and French fries lunch at one of the cafes along the Navigli grande. The area is rather quiet during the day and I suspect many of the restaurants and bars are only open for apperitivo and dinner late into the night. For my last dinner in Milan I decided to go back to Le Vrai, the French Brasserie where I had my first meal on Sunday when I arrived. The set menu of French Onion soup, Seafood and vegetables casserole and Nuttella crepe were followed by a complimentary Strawberry and chantilly cream dessert from the chef. He came to check for whom the staff had requested the white wine to be left out of the seafood dish. He said the person who placed the order indicated the customer was wearing hijab. I hadn't even realised that there was white wine in the dish on the menu but really appreciated their vigilance and concern. Have you ever eaten a foreign cuisine in a city you were visiting? Was it better or worse than the local and regional specialities? ______________________________________________ __________________________________________________ #instapassport #fromwhereyoudratherbe #stayandwander #traveldeeper #thefeedfeed #welltravelled #LoveTheWorld #tasteintravel #igtravel #wanderlust #thatsdarling #travelandlife #welltravelled #nothingisordinary #travelpics #foodwalks #luxurytravel #natgeoafrica #lonelyplanet #bbctravel #cntraveler #instaMilan #vscoMilan #bbcfood #feedfeed #passionpassport #solotraveller #flyingsolo #coffeelover @cntraveler @lonelyplanet @bbctravel @natgeopeopleasia @huffposttravel

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Turin

My least favourite city was Turin. It was noisy and for the first time I smelled petrol fumes when I walked in the streets. It has a beautiful wide boulevards and parks, is the centre of the Slow Food movement, and they make the most delicious chocolate drinks… but that is not enough for me to want to go back there.

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I arrived in #Turin #Italy today for the Slow Food Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, with rain clouds hovering ominously over the city. In my mind's eye I imagined wide boulevards, elegant piazzas and stately buildings. What I found was a very modern train station that was immaculately clean, sitting in what appears to be a very rough neighborhood. There were groups of men loitering on practically every street corner and most places in between on the three block walk to my hotel apartment. I must confess it's the first time I've felt unsafe since arriving in Italy 12 days ago. The apartment thankfully is like a little oasis in this graffiti scarred area. I went out for a stroll after settling in and it confirmed my initial thoughts. The city is loud, noisy, busy and very rough around the edges. It's as if someone is trying to hide the beauty under grime and graffiti. On a happier note, I found a few Halaal eating places close by with the @zabihah app. I tried out the one and was very happy to be eating fresh fried chicken. For all of 20 mins, until the fast food headache kicked in! Alhamdulillah it was a satisfying meal 😍 Have you ever travelled to a place where you felt unsafe? If you have any special precautions or advice please let me know in the comments, thank you🙂 ______________________________________________ __________________________________________________ #instapassport #fromwhereyoudratherbe #stayandwander #traveldeeper #thefeedfeed #welltravelled #LoveTheWorld #tasteintravel #igtravel #wanderlust #thatsdarling #travelandlife #welltravelled #nothingisordinary #travelpics #foodwalks #luxurytravel #natgeoafrica #lonelyplanet #bbctravel #cntraveler #instaTurin #vscoTurin #bbcfood #feedfeed #passionpassport #solotraveller #flyingsolo #coffeelover @cntraveler @lonelyplanet @bbctravel @natgeopeopleasia @huffposttravel

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Thursday in #Turin #Italy and it's the first day of the Slow Food Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, an international event bringing together food producers, chefs, gastronomy experts and the public in a program of taste workshops, conferences and forums, educational activities, cooking schools and dinner dates that will encourage loving the earth and her bounty in diverse ways. Castello Valentino is a beauty to behold and is set in the grounds of Parco Del Valentino. After queing for an hour we finally received our press passes for the 5 day event. While waiting in line I became acquainted with two American journalists and an Italian food blogger. The highlight of the day was the Sweets of Turin tour with two Masters students from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. The speciality of Turin is hazelnut and chocolate and we sampled two variations of a similar drink / dessert. Lastly we stopped at the Slow food presidia for gelato. I had two flavors of Apple gelato which were so fresh tasting and delicious! If you have any thoughts on the Slow Food movement please share in the comments, thank you🙂 ______________________________________________ __________________________________________________ #instapassport #fromwhereyoudratherbe #stayandwander #traveldeeper #thefeedfeed #welltravelled #LoveTheWorld #tasteintravel #igtravel #wanderlust #thatsdarling #travelandlife #welltravelled #nothingisordinary #travelpics #foodwalks #luxurytravel #natgeoafrica #lonelyplanet #bbctravel #cntraveler #instaTurin #vscoTurin #bbcfood #feedfeed #passionpassport #solotraveller #flyingsolo #coffeelover @cntraveler @lonelyplanet @bbc_travel @natgeopeopleasia @slowfood_international @slowfooddubai

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Friday in #Turin #Italy and I attended my first Taste Workshop of the Slow Food Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2016. 'Tierra! Origins: Stories of sustainability, through the aromas of different coffee blends' showcases the producer, supplier and baristas involved from seed to cup. Somehow the starting time of 2pm ran nearly an hour later, with no announcement from the organizers regarding the delay. Perhaps the moderator and speakers were stuck in traffic 🤔 Rui Marx (excuse the spelling) from Brazil is involved with a Lavazza assisted project empowering small scale coffee farmers and building sustainability experiences that was started in 2010. Coffee is grown in the highlands in Brazil between 900-1,300 m above sea level which gives a very particular flavor. The growth cycle is 15 yrs from first seed planting and the farmers are faced with many different issues during this cycle. The focus of the project is on how to improve the living conditions of the families cultivating coffee. There were two coffee making demos by an Italian (no English translation of his talk) and Greek Barista. The Greek is a Trainer /QC for Coffee Republic and mentioned that a maximum of 5-6.5 grams ground coffee is used per 100 grams of water. Blooming the coffee gets rid of all the CO2. The entire process takes 2-3 minutes and with easy to use equipment. If you have any thoughts on coffee culture, please share them in the comments. __________________________________________________ #instapassport #stayandwander #traveldeeper #thefeedfeed #welltravelled #LoveTheWorld #tasteintravel #igtravel #wanderlust #thatsdarling #travelandlife #instaTurin #vscoTurin #bbcfood #feedfeed #passionpassport #solotraveller #flyingsolo #coffeelover #theartofslowliving #yahoofood #huffposttaste #f52grams #vscofood #foodgawker #buzzfeast #sustainability #realfood @cntraveler @lonelyplanet @bbc_travel @natgeopeopleasia @huffpostfood @slowfood_international @slowfooddubai

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Saturday in #Turin #Italy was spent at the Slow Food Travel forum. Good, clean, fair principles of Slow Food combined with the principles of sustainable tourism has given rise to the Slow Food Travel ethos. More than just accommodation or food, it actively contributes to job creation and economic development by exposing travelers to gastronomic experiences that capture the authenticity of local culture. By linking small local producers to the community and cultural tourism they are able to give value to goods produced and experience a destination authentically through its food. On my way back I found the South African stall with not very much on display aside from a few jars of pickled vegetables and a plate of boerewors that they didn't appear to be offering to the public for tasting. A great disappointment to be honest. The San Salvario emporium is a street market that I passed by yesterday on my way to Parco Valentino, where locals have set up stalls to sell their handmade items ranging from custom clothing, pottery and ceramics to leather goods and handicrafts. Today I saw the most incredible food photography! If you have any thoughts on Slow Food Travel, please share them in the comments __________________________________________________ #instapassport #stayandwander #traveldeeper #thefeedfeed #welltravelled #LoveTheWorld #tasteintravel #igtravel #wanderlust #thatsdarling #travelandlife #bbcfood #feedfeed #passionpassport #solotraveller #flyingsolo #slowfoodtravel #theartofslowliving #yahoofood #huffposttaste #f52grams #vscofood #foodgawker #buzzfeast #sustainability #iwillbrb #IAmaTraveler #realfood @cntraveler @lonelyplanet @bbc_travel @natgeopeopleasia @huffpostfood @slowfoodhq @slowfooddubai

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Sunday in #Turin #Italy was spent at leisure, mostly 😁 I decided to visit the market I passed through a few days ago on the way back from the Sweets of Turin food walk. There was dairy and cheese; Salumi and cured meats; honey; olive oil; fresh fruit and vegetables and fresh baked goods including bread, cookies and cakes all from the Campania region. I bought honey that tasted like menthol and appeared to be good for colds as well as one good for anti-inflammatory use. In the evening I attended #SoupforSyria, an event dedicated to Syria, the refugees and the communities of Rojava, an autonomous Kurdish-majority region in northern Syria, who are attempting to establish a society based on direct democratic confederalism and principles of gender equality and sustainability. There was no translation for the Italian speakers but Barbara Massaad, the author of Soup for Syria explained the origins and concept of her book. Another speaker, Yahya Manla, a Syrian refugee currently seeking asylum in Italy, spoke Arabic. I understood enough from his impassioned words and my sketchy grasp of the language to be brought to tears. The other two speakers were from the Kurdish majority region of Rojava and one was the Italian cartoonist and author of Kobane calling where he documented the daily struggles, courage and resilience of the people of Kobane. If you have any thoughts on the Syrian conflict and the refugee crisis, please share them in the comments. __________________________________________________ #instapassport #stayandwander #traveldeeper #thefeedfeed #welltravelled #LoveTheWorld #tasteintravel #igtravel #wanderlust #thatsdarling #travelandlife #bbcfood #feedfeed #passionpassport #solotraveller #flyingsolo #slowfood #theartofslowliving #yahoofood #huffposttaste #f52grams #vscofood #buzzfeast #sustainability #iwillbrb #IAmaTraveler #realfood @cntraveler @lonelyplanet @bbc_travel @natgeopeopleasia @huffpostfood @slowfoodhq @slowfooddubai

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Monday in #Turin #Italy was spent stocking up on Slow food products 😁 I decided to have a relaxing morning and enjoyed a home made breakfast of ricotta omelette, toasted bread and coffee. Later I paid a final visit to Parco Valentino to stock up on some of the delicious products that have caught my eye and taste buds over the past few days at #TerraMadre. My first stop was for the most delicious olive oil I've tasted. Smooth and with a fiery back hit that quickly subsides. Next I bought some figs and fig molasses from a stall I had not seen previously but where I tasted the most wonderfully flavorful figs wrapped in fig leaves. I stopped at another olive oil stall and bought 3 flavored olive oils this time. I bought Torrone or nougat from two stalls next to each other. The first was pre-wrapped and at the other they chopped it off a block for me. Last but not least, I passed a fresh cheese stall where they had Buratta lunch plates and I couldn't resist. When I finally sat down to eat I couldn't believe how good it tasted but considered that I was probably overdosing on Buratta 😁 On the way back from the park I made a mandatory tea stop at a small eatery that I've passed every day. All in all it was a lovely end to a very wonderful trip. If you have any favorite sweets that you have attempted to make yourself, please share them in the comments. __________________________________________________ #instapassport #stayandwander #traveldeeper #thefeedfeed #welltravelled #LoveTheWorld #tasteintravel #igtravel #wanderlust #thatsdarling #travelandlife #bbcfood #feedfeed #passionpassport #solotraveller #flyingsolo #slowfood #theartofslowliving #yahoofood #huffposttaste #f52grams #vscofood #buzzfeast #sustainability #iwillbrb #IAmaTraveler #realfood @cntraveler @lonelyplanet @bbc_travel @natgeopeopleasia @huffpostfood @slowfoodhq @slowfooddubai

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    suchi
    March 26, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Your post just made me wanna go back to Italy!! lovely post

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      Razena Schroeder
      March 27, 2018 at 8:44 am

      Thank you Suchi! I hope to go back for another visit too.

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    Well Worn Suitcase
    March 24, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    I completely get you! Spain was not on my bucket list, and I just spent 10 amazing weeks there. Sometimes the right trip just finds us! This post is filled with awesome info, thanks for sharing.

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      Razena Schroeder
      March 27, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Spain definitely was on my bucket list and I have visited with my mum twice. I absolutely loved it and would love to see more of the country, especially smaller towns.

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    emman damian
    March 24, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    To be honest, Italy was one of my travel bucket list. I was in Rome last year and I fell in love with it. I also went to Vatican City.

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      Razena Schroeder
      March 27, 2018 at 8:46 am

      I feel like I could spend a year in Rome and not see every wonderful thing there is to see. Sadly I only spent 3 nights there and that was woefully inadequate.

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    Akamatra
    March 24, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Italy was my first trip ever and we go there regularly. I’ve been all over and I love it!

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      Razena Schroeder
      March 27, 2018 at 8:47 am

      It’s been nearly two years but I hope to go back late this year. It is one of my favorite countries to visit.

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    Nicole Anderson
    March 24, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Italy looks amazing, and I have always wanted to go. I am not really a “foodie” as such, but being able to visit and see how the locals do things, is something that interests me. Who not love a great Pasta dish!

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      Razena Schroeder
      March 27, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Italy is definitely the place to see how locals do it. One of the food tours I went on included a visit to shop that specialized in making cantuccini… or as the rest of the world calls it, biscotti. We got to see the retired owner make a batch from scratch and since I have loved it since childhood, that was one of the highlights for me.

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    Erica
    March 29, 2017 at 5:24 am

    You just made me want to go to Italy. It is for sure on my husband’s bucket list. But I’ve never given it much thought. I think it is great that you saw so much in so little time.

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      Razena Schroeder
      March 29, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      I think of it as a sampler platter… a taste of everything so that I can pick the place I really love… except in this case I loved nearly every place so I have an excuse to go back often 🙂

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    Jenny
    March 29, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Razena, this post reminds me of my trip to Rome. I didn’t plan on staying there but due to a long layover on my way to Turkey, I extended my stay. I was extremely unimpressed with the food in the touristy places. I had to go into the back alleys of the city to find good seafood restaurants to eat at. Going back, I wish I could have extended my stay longer to visit other areas of Italy. I found great gems in Rome, but they definitely weren’t in the main tourist areas. I hope to one day go to Florence, Venice and definitely the Southern parts of Italy.

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      Razena Schroeder
      March 29, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      I must confess that Rome was a bit too touristy for my liking even at the end of Summer. When I heard the itinerary of some of the participants on the food tour I took, it was absolutely manic… back to back tours to see as much as possible in the shortest time possible, before they moved on to the next city. I wish I had more time to explore the area of Trastevere which also is more local than the areas around the museums and monuments. Testaccio was a lovely area, completely local with very few tourists hanging about and the bonus, authentic Italian food.

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    Kayla King
    March 29, 2017 at 3:20 am

    I’m so jealous! I was studying abroad in Paris last semester & I so, SO wanted to visit Italy ( but didn’t have the time ). Thanks for sharing, love!

    xx, Kayla // thesummerlover.com

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      Razena Schroeder
      March 29, 2017 at 11:31 pm

      Hopefully you will have some luck and get a cheap fare to go back for a visit… If I had to choose one place to go to it would be Venice. Venice is breathtakingly beautiful when the tourists don’t block the view, and it’s the best place to eat cake for breakfast 🙂

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    Jolina
    March 29, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Hi Razena! Come to think of it, Italy is not REALLY on our bucket list either but wow I didn’t realize just how many cities you can visit. And the food! Of course we’re going for the food 🙂 Now I want to go to Italy too haha!

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      Razena Schroeder
      March 29, 2017 at 12:11 am

      Hi Jolina… The food in touristy places is mostly overpriced and yuck… but on the food tours I went to the residential neighbourhoods with locals who took pride in everything they grew or made from scratch. When you come back from Italy you will see food and fresh produce with new eyes. My food tour posts are coming soon.

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    Michelle
    March 28, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Sounds like a great trip

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      Razena Schroeder
      March 28, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      It turned out so much better than I could have hoped for and I regret not going there sooner.

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    Karen M Peterson
    March 28, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I just know I would eat my way through Italy. What an awesome trip!

    Also, I have never been on a high speed train and I really want to!

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      Razena Schroeder
      March 28, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      Despite my misgivings I enjoyed the fresh produce and seafood and really had a wonderful time doing so. Those high speed trains come with standard, premium, business and executive class. In business they served refreshments on each journey 🙂

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