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.
Door to a public garden in Torri del Benaco
Il Laccio leather sandals
House with staircase in Verona
Boats at Bardolino port
White cotton tank, TFR cropped jeans, Diesel scarf.
On a private beach in Riccione, sunbeds are aligned and ready for the next morning
My cone of “bacio” ice crem, at Gelateria Patagonia
Walking over the beautiful Castelvecchio bridge in Verona
Neoprene clutch (at Il Laccio Verona), Zara maxiskirt
Opera props stored in front of the Arena of Verona
Flavio Castellani jacket; Il Laccio high-heel sandals
Sunset on a private soccer field