Tomorrow, I return to Italy. Unsurprisingly, you can hear the titillating excitement in my copy.
I’m bidding a short ‘adieu’ to grey London and embracing all the colours and flavours of Italy head on.
For anyone that monitors (ha how self-entitled I sound!) my travel log, you’ll come to recognise that my year is punctuated with trips to bella Italia.
Why? Practicality and emotionality are intertwined here.
Truly, Italy runs within my veins. May be not physically, but its nuances and culture have left a marked impact on me. Naturally, I long to return whenever I can.
Logistically, my partner is Italian. I lived in Italy when I was 18. Friends and family are the umbilical cord that always (willingly) pushes us back.
I’m a journalist by trade and I find that Italy is a creative hotpot, a place oozing in rich discourse, stories, history and nuance – no wonder the creative inside of me comes alive every time I return there.
Wherever you go in Italy it’s guaranteed to be diverse and different from the last. No two places in this country are the same, right down to the food and the wine.
Fluidity and consistency is evidently not an Italian trait.
Do your research and you’ll discover that this goes hand-in-hand with their history – it was a country divided until 1871, meaning that every major European powerhouse had a slice.
The result? A diverse melting pot of a country that’s only united by the thinly veiled but highly patriotic guise of being ‘Italian’.
Either way, catch a boat, plane, train or drive – but make sure Italy is somewhere on your travel radar for 2018.
I can guarantee it won’t disappoint.
In the meantime, watch this space for more Italian updates, as I’ll be travelling back and forth quite a bit in the coming weeks.