After a recent trip to Italy, my family and I were completely enthralled with the country. From the chaotic energy of Rome to the quiet countryside near the Italian Alps, Italy has a lot to offer any traveler.
With the popularity of Eat, Pray, Love many visitors are trying to live out the experiences of the author’s version of Italy. However, this quest for self actualization can be easily attained by these five tips that are underwritten lessons that follow you from the ancient ruins to the canals of Venice in this fascinating country.
1. Eat, but Eat Well- Italy is full of delicious treats and food. From gelatos to pasta, one can be completely in admiration of the Italians fine cuisine. It may be cliché, but as the American adage goes “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Italy makes sure every morsel of food is a work of art. However, the Italians make sure they balance their food. They ensure a good balance of healthy protein, fruits and vegetables. Olive oil is used in cooking instead of butter or margarine. Food is in abundance but consumed in moderation and slowly. This gives time for your stomach to realize it is full and send a message to you a lot faster then gorging. Eating is not only delicious, it is balanced and ones healthy diet is taken into consideration. Sugary snacks are eaten in moderation and Italians walk everywhere! This gives them time to work off their delicious snacks!
2. Be Proud of Who You Are- Italians take great pride in their heritage. Be proud of who you are and where you’re from. Attempt to learn the language and culture of your past; it will help you connect with your present. Pass on good traditions and values and learn about other cultures. We can learn about each other and learn more about ourselves.
3. Have Passion In Your Life- Italians live life, not just exist in it. They are passionate about political issues, the world, their people, and of course, their football. Whatever your passion is, embrace it. It is good to be excited, mad, enthralled, and inspired. The quench for learning should not be lost in chaotic work weeks. Keep your passion!
4. It’s the Simple Things that Matter- As I walked the alleyways of Florence, I watch as after supper many families, all ages go out and walk. Whether sitting in the Piazza with others and having a passionate conversation to taking endless strolls around the curving roads, family and friends is a staple in Italian society. Sure does beat sitting in front of the television for hours, doesn’t it?
5. We are All Family- We all, at least at one point in our lives, contemplate on where we came from and about our pasts. Many Italians can tell you without hesitation their past, with great pride. Be proud of yourself, your culture and where you came from. You are unique, and your past definitely has a story. Research your family history!
In conclusion, Italy can be everything you need. It is a culture epoch and yet, a relaxing stroll in the market. It can be mysterious, chaotic, or a place to find yourself again.