A trip to Italy is for me like diving in a second life, where everything is familiar and doesn’t require much effort.
Every time I go back to my home country I seem to realise something new – which confirms the theory that you need to distance yourself from something to really see it.
Lessons I’ve learnt this time include:
Italians really are a bit crazy and unpredictable behind the wheel – including those grandmas driving at 25km per hour no matter what, and the younger ones who don’t see any problem in overtaking 3 cars at a time;
Italian families are so close together that everyone gets a say on any topic – whether your latest purchase was worth the money, where you should go for dinner and where you should park your car before going to the theatre;
something must have seriously changed in my style if some Italian shop assistants spoke to me in English as I entered their shops.
My holiday in Italy also implies meeting friends for dinner and drinks, catching up with local culture and music, and enjoying the beautiful urban landscape that I miss so much: villas, castles, Roman monuments, and all the ancient details that make such a gorgeous scenery.
And, of course, there’s the fashion, and the shopping opportunities I make sure I don’t miss.
Here’s what inspired me this year, and what I bought.