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The Perfect Italian Adventure 🛵

As we enter into the last months of the year, many of our members have now returned from abroad with wonderful memories of their European summer vacations. Our recent Wine Bar Conversations have been filled with travel stories they experienced while enjoying the summer up north. As it does each year during winter, Australian cities felt almost bare as our Instagram feeds were filled with loved ones abroad in Italy, Greece, Turkey and more, enjoying everything there is to offer overseas after a few years being unable to! We recently sat down with our Founder, Marlene, to discuss the highlights from her recent trip abroad, and why she loves Italy so much. We collected her tidbits and formed our own “hit list” of must sees and to dos when on your own Italian adventure!

#1 - Explore the Art and Architecture

Italy is a living museum with an astonishing array of art and architecture. From the magnificent Colosseum in Rome to the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, the architectural wonders here span centuries. However, it's not just about admiring these structures from afar; it's about delving into their history and significance. Connecting with locals can provide you with insights and stories that textbooks can't convey. Consider joining a guided tour led by a passionate local guide who can breathe life into these historical treasures.

#2 - Eat!

Italian cuisine is renowned worldwide for its simplicity and depth of flavors. While you can certainly enjoy pasta and pizza in Italy, the true magic lies in tasting regional dishes prepared by local chefs. Engaging with locals through food can lead to delightful conversations and a deeper understanding of Italian culture. Don't forget to visit local markets, ask for recommendations, and perhaps even take a cooking class to learn the art of making authentic Italian dishes.

#3 - Wander Through Charming Villages

Beyond the bustling cities, Italy is dotted with picturesque villages that seem frozen in time. Places like Cinque Terre, Positano, and Assisi offer a glimpse into a slower-paced way of life. Connecting with the residents of these villages can be an enriching experience. Strike up conversations in cafes, visit local artisans, and participate in community events to truly immerse yourself in the local culture.

#4 - Embrace the Local Traditions

Italy is a country steeped in tradition and customs. From the lively celebrations during Carnevale in Venice to the historical Palio horse race in Siena, there are numerous events that showcase the country's vibrant culture. Attending these festivities and engaging with locals during such occasions can provide you with a deeper appreciation for Italy's rich heritage.

#5 - Appreciate the Beauty of Nature

Italy's diverse landscapes range from the stunning Amalfi Coast to the serene lakes of northern Italy. The beauty of nature is all around, and often, locals are the best guides to hidden gems. Whether it's a peaceful hike in the Dolomites or a leisurely stroll through Tuscany's vineyards, connecting with locals can lead to unforgettable experiences in nature.

There truly is something for everyone in Italy, hence why it is always a top tourist attraction! However, the allure does not stop there. The Italian people are some of the most lovely and kindhearted people, always willing to provide a recommendation or help you immerse yourself in the culture. In doing so, you'll not only discover the best things to do in Italy but also the profound value of connecting with its welcoming and passionate locals.

Buon viaggio! (Safe travels!)


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