Throughout the years, those who have visited and lived in Italy have felt the same sentiments as Giuseppe Verdi. Italy is steep in culture and its contributions to society, beyond art and music, are many. I have been fortunate enough to visit this amazing country several times and every visit leaves me yearning for more.
As you delve into the many ruling families you realize that each of its 20 regions has its own story to tell, from Piedmont to Puglia and to Sicily. The beauty of Italy is not only found in the famous tourist sites, but in the wonderful little outlying areas where you can experience the diversity of its people, their cuisine, and more beauty than one could possibly imagine.
Certainly my curiosity stems in part from my Italian heritage, but I know now it is much deeper than that. It is the romantic language – considered to be the most romantic of all languages, the people who are proud and creative in ways that has come from endurance, tradition, an understanding of the beauty that surrounds them, and certainly their appreciation for all of us who come to experience a bit of La Dolce Vita.