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Italy: eat, pray, love

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Like the beautiful Liz Gilbert began her journey in the movie to find the joy in her life, you should definitely visit Italy at least once in your lifetime too. There is plenty of information on what to do there and we even found some very interesting hints on eurocamp.co.uk. But if we play this game and follow some wise man’s advice that the journey of your life should touch these three magical words, eat-pray-love, than there it is!

Eat in Italy

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Boring, you’ll say. Pizza and pasta every day? You’ll be maybe surprised to find that Italy’s cuisine is not just about these two dishes, which have been adopted and adapted to local tastes by probably all countries in the words.

Stuffed sardines

If you want to really try things you would rarely have the chance to eat in another place, you could follow the advice from SBS and try out the stuffed sardines. You can find this dish by crossing the sea to Elba.

Arancine

Arancine

Remaining on the islands’ cuisine, but this time in Sicily, you should try out a food that originated there in the 10th century. This is a delicious mix of fried rice balls coated with breadcrumbs, filled with a special Bolognese sauce (called ragù), peas and mozzarella.

Chianti wine

You can enjoy Italy’s traditional wine, Chianti, right where the grapes grow in Tuscany region. Start your journey in Florence, go by car to the countryside and walk among the hills. Wine and walking might just make you feel that you have already found Liz Gilbert’s joy of life.

Spiritual Italy

Italy has been the centre of the Roman Empire and remained with a rich cultural heritage. Its spirituality is vibrant – not only in religious buildings, but also in its language, art, architecture and diversity.

Visit the Pope

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If you are looking for religious spirituality, where else could you rather go if not to Rome and Vatican? It’s enough to visit the gardens established during the Renaissance and Baroque era, and you’ll already feel a positive energy.

UNESCO world heritage sites

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It’s hard to choose what to visit in Italy. That’s why one time might not be enough for the country with the largest UNESCO heritage in the world. But if time is pressuring you, then visit at least Rome and Florence, cities with immense cultural and artistic history. In Rome, don’t miss the ancient Colosseum and Pantheon. Then throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and a wish might just come true. In Florence, go visit Galleria degli Uffizi and Galleria dell’Accademia, the museums that will bring in front of your eyes extremely famous pieces of art, which you can see otherwise only in books and on TV.

Love in Italy

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If you want love to find you (again), go visit the decadent Venice. Venice is a must see attraction on the Adriatic Sea. Maybe our grand-grand-grand sons and daughters will only see some cathedral peaks coming out of the water… But you can still wonder though St Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs and get a gondola with your beloved.

With itchy feet, an inquisitive nature and an ardent wanderlust, Emma Clair has always been a traveller at heart. Hailing from the Emerald Isle she calls a tiny coastal town near Dublin home, but has lived in a few countries including Saigon, Vietnam where she resided for over a year. She counts supping on Bloody Marys on a rooftop in Manhattan, downing Singapore slings at the Raffles Hotel, daring a paraglide on the Grand Cayman, spending an exotic Christmas in Malaysia and exploring the Angkor Wat Tomb Raider-style as her all time favourite travel moments. Although, she’ll always have a special place in her heart for the city where she makes her annual pilgrimages – Paris, her true city of lights.

3 Comments

  • Rebecca

    30 July, 2013 at 1:50 am

    The eating is a non stop love when it comes to Italy! i personally am happy to eat pasta and pizza everyday but omg don’t forget the breakfast sweets, the coffee, the seafood… Italy is amazing!

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  • Karen

    3 July, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Italy is a dream destination for me. I’m sure I share that dream with pretty much the rest of the world, but still. I mean, look at those canals in Venice!? How could you not want to just float around the city all day and see what there is to see?

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  • Tiana Kai

    2 July, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I die for arancine! They make papa rellena in Miami… fried potato stuffed with meat, so good, so arancine kind of reminds me of home.

    I thought that there was no way you could eat carbs every day and low and behold I do! It’s crazy… I don’t know why I am so shocked that I can’t loose those 8 lbs of carbs I loaded up on in the last year. Oh well, it’s been fun can’t complain. 🙂

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