I have to say that my love for Italy comes from a feeling, a feeling that began the first time I visited Italy in 2007. I felt at home here. I experienced the friendliness of the local Italian people. and that feeling has only grown since then. It is why I always want to return, no matter how much time I spend here.
I think this may be difficult for someone to understand if he or she has never been here. Italy is special to me every time I hear an Italian say “Prego” with a warm smile. Prego is one of my favorite words because it can mean many things. Usually, it means “You’re welcome” but it can mean “Don’t mention it” and other phrases as well.
Every time I hear church bells ringing, see flower boxes on windowsills of ancient buildings, smell cheese inside a restaurant, feel soft hand-crafted leather from Firenze, and taste fresh home-made pasta I know why I love Italy.
Besides these reasons and the architecture, the history, the culture, the beauty, the fashion, the food, and the diversity of the landscape, from the sea to the mountains, I appreciate a conversation with a local Italian.
I value interacting with the Italian people more than anything.
Why is Italy special for you? Please leave a comment. Grazie mille!