We are in love with Bellissima Italia, after visiting Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Liguria, Tuscany, Abruzzo, and Umbria over 4 weeks. We travelled by train at 300km/h, and crossed the Central Apennines by car – reaching its peak at 2,476m,.
We traveled on the Italian autostrade by bus through endless series of high bridges and tunnels – some longer than 9,000m. and in regional buses exceeding speed limits on winding country roads barely wide-enough for a bicycle.
Climbed countless stairs up narrow streets of medieval towns hanging off the cliff face of hills. Reached the top of a leaning tower higher than Pisa’s. Listened to Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in the world’s oldest covered theatre, Teatro Olimpico. Admired timeless architecture in cities crowded with tourists and in small villages preserving their unique character till today. Went to huge busy markets that appear in the morning and are gone by lunchtime – streets clean and empty like it’s never been.
Took hundreds of photos of amazing views across mountains, the beautiful Ligurian Sea and the endless beaches of the Adriatic Sea, the splendid Tuscan hills with their picturesque vineyards and olive groves and cypresses, the romantic sunsets of Lake Trasimeno, and the charming medieval towns and their imposing cathedrals and castles.
Every evening we enjoyed a different Italian wine – the amazing Chianti Classico of Tuscany, loved the Vermentino of Cinque Terre, the Pecorino of Abruzzo, and the natural wines that we tried in Vineria Tirabusciò in Siena.
One of the best red wines we drank was a house wine with no label (made from Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes) – a “welcome” present from our wonderful hosts in Nereto, a small town on the Adriatic Sea.
We come home full of so many unforgettable impressions. Thank you, Italy, we’ll be back!
Here is the album from our trip – we’d love to share it with you!