#AtoZChallenge: “I” is for ITALY

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Day 9: April 10

ITALY!  I love everything about it:  The history, architecture, ambience, music, food, wine, and most of all, the people.  I even married an Italian.  ♥  If there is such a thing as reincarnation, then surely, I must have been one in a previous life.

map of italy

My first trip to Italy was in 1968 but the most memorable visit took place in 1990, for hubby’s 40th birthday. His family still lived there (in the Bari area) and we had a big party.

There were some major sightseeing tours as well, including Rome and Pompeii. Incredible experiences, all! The Colosseum and Roman Forum just blew my mind.  I wore everybody out, trying to see as much as possible in the time allotted.

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Roman Forum ©DDB
Colosseum, inside
Colosseum, inside ©DDB
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Hubby & Me, Spanish Steps ©DDB
At Pompeii ©DDB

In Sept. 2013, we travelled to Italy again, and stayed there in between trips to Germany and Greece.  This visit was all about family and friends, so not much sightseeing occurred.  It was nice to be back for a third time, nonetheless.  Hopefully, it won’t be the last!

The song in the video is “L’Italiano” by Toto Cutugno. ♥

Have you ever been to Italy or, would you like to go?

Looking forward to your comments!

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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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42 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: “I” is for ITALY

  1. My favorite part of Italy is the train ride between Rome and Chieti. Gorgeous! I used to go every September during college for the university excavations in San Potito. I spent a lot of time in Rome. I miss it so much! I\\\’ll have to go again soon 🙂 Cheers!

    1. Thank you Richa. Those photos were taken 24 years ago (where does the time go!), when I was 35. That was a great year. 😀 Italy is at the top of the list for many, along with Greece.

  2. Love it, Debbie. I felt like I was there with you. I went to Italy back in 1985 and remember how much I enjoyed it. I fell in love with Roman History in Latin Class in high school. I’d love to go back again. I get a kick out of your blogsite. Yesterday I tried to comment and it scolded me and it said I hadn’t spent enough time on the site yet. Sorry. *Quivers with fear*

    1. Hope you get to go back, Cat. I want to, as well. 🙂
      Sounds like you ran afoul of the anti-spambot cop. Anything less than 6 words and 40 seconds on site triggers a warning. It’s great and weeds out all that automated crap. Every once in awhile a live person falls victim to it. LOL Anyway, I cut it back to 30 seconds, so it doesn’t annoy too many people. 😉 Thanks for visiting.

  3. My mom is Italian, born in Italy – and I am dying to see her childhood village! My sister has been, but I haven’t had the opportunity to do so yet. Some day I will get there.

  4. Beautiful photos, as always, and nice post too. I dated an Italian once, but we were too young to even think about the altar. 🙂 I like the video, but for some reason I couldn’t turn the volume down in my headphones and it blasted me. (But a nice blast! Beautiful music.)

    1. I dated a few Italians; there’s just something about these Latin types! 😉 The volume adjuster works fine for me; must have been a glitch at your end. Glad you enjoyed the post, nonetheless. Thanks for visiting.

  5. Oh, man! I would love to be able to travel to this many places! I’m just going to make it a goal and then I’m going to try really, really hard to make it happen. One more place on my list. Italy. Because I needed another place. LOL!

    1. Italy is well worth a visit and appeals on so many levels. Not just the history, but the ambience, food, wine, music, everything! ♥ Thanks for visiting.

  6. I have never been to Italy but have dreamed of going there someday. I would be like you. I would run around trying to take in as much as possible in so little time. Our poor husbands. LOL!

  7. I want to visit Italy before going back home but there is very less time…I was thinking of Venice, Rome and Florence ..But due to shortage of time I have to decide on one..What’s your suggestion?

    1. Well, if you can only do one, then I would suggest Rome, but it will take several days, at least. 🙂 I could easily spend a year there! Venice and Florence are on my wish list for next time. Thanks for visiting.

  8. Yes, I’ve definitely been there. I love the country. I had thought of going back to live but the country that Garibaldi worked so hard to put together is being destroyed by the politicians. But, the people are so warm and the sights so beautiful. I miss it. Especially a certain blondish young woman…
    You can never get enough Italy.

    1. It is sad, what’s going on over there politically. Even worse in Greece! 🙁 I do find their whole way of life more languid and joyful. I’d like to go back; our last visit was so short. Hope you and the young woman will see each other again, soon. 🙂

  9. I have read a lot about Italy since childhood!!! Be it the Rome in Julius Caesar or the Italy in Dan Brown books!!! I am obsessed with the history of this place! I wish to visit here soon!

      1. Yes, can never get enough of Italy! 🙂 I’m just sorry we didn’t have more time for sightseeing during the last visit. Thanks for stopping by.