As an Italian, I’ve always found peculiar, special and at the same time strange our “Italianity”.
I’ve always been impressed and interested discovering the rich and surprising diversity that each Italian brings with himself, starting from the language. For example, did you know that Italians say Sink in five different ways: Lavandino, Acquaio, Lavabo, Lavello, Lavamano? Did you also know that each Italian uses just one of these five words, depending on the region they come from? Oh my goodness!! Please Italy, make it easy! This is only a place to wash your hand in!
Often this can be quite confusing for Italians so I can imagine that it could be the same for all non Italian enthusiastic visiting or living in Italy.
Now please, let me carry on with my questions: You are in Italy, what can you do when you are here?
You can start by visiting Naples and Rome and then you can go to Florence or you can stay a few days in Bologna. I can suggest visiting Milan and last but not least, don’t forget Venice.
During your journey, I’m sure you will be amazed by the many different languages (dialects), sounds, buildings and landscapes you will encounter in so few days and kilometers.
There are many reasons explaining how different we are and we will have time to talk about it, but in general this is due to our history and to our geographical position.
New kings, old queens, eternal popes, invasions, wars, forever changing laws, mountains, sun, seas, snow, rain all cohabited together in an enormous kaleidoscopic environment reflecting its power in art, literature, society and, as a consequence, in traditions and religion. Looking at the everyday life of Italians, such kaleidoscope expresses itself also through family and friends too. Regional cooking, tastes and products are different and unique in each part of the country. The flavors are as unique as all Italian regions, a combination of recipes, inventions and genious!!.
Each food/product is a little tale about the story of its region or its town. It tells all about the product that grew on a particular land, on the ingredient that a family could afford, on the techniques used to keep and store food.
Thousands of tales passed on by aunts and grandmothers have become Italy’s outstanding regional cuisine.
How exciting it will be to discover all those precious recipes and the story they unravel!
“Buon viaggio “