- Future travel to Italy
- I will be going back to Italy … someday
- Why are we looking forward to going back to Italy someday?
- I Left My Heart in Asolo
- Shame-less Matera: A Cultural Rebirth
- Highlights of Mantua, Italian Capital of Culture
- The Art of Pietrasanta: A Tuscany Highlight
- A Day in the Heart of Chianti
- Rome in a Day: The Grandeur
- Small Bites of Venice on a Walking Tour
- Part of the Family in Portico di Romagna
- Beautiful Ostuni: A feast for the Eyes
- So … what place are you yearning to visit again? Will you be going back to Italy?
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Future travel to Italy
I will be going back to Italy … someday
Kerwin McKenzie, avid traveler and commercial aviation enthusiast of Passrider.com, asked bloggers to share favorite places they hope to revisit when travel opportunities are again widely available and safe post-COVID. There are many places that I’m yearning to revisit, but when Kerwin asked me to participate in this project, I quickly responded that Italy is a place that keeps calling me back.
Why are we looking forward to going back to Italy someday?
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know how much Mr. TWS and I love Italy. We’ve had extraordinary experiences there immersing in the culture, getting to know the people, savoring amazing food, staying in lovely accommodations, walking in the footsteps of history, and feeling romantic.
In the articles previously posted on Traveling with Sweeney previewed below, I hope you’ll find some inspiration for your future travel to Italy. Look around the blog and you’ll find many more relevant posts about Italy.
I often think of Asolo. Since our visit to this town in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, I’ve thought back fondly to many moments of our stay there. The picture-perfect hilltop town exudes romance with its winding lanes, beautiful villas, galleries, cafes, and fabulous views from its lofty position. In part, this explains why great writers and artists have loved the town and found inspiration here.
Imagine the cities of biblical times and you’ll probably come close to a vision resembling much of Matera in the Basilicata region of Italy. It’s not surprising that the city has been chosen as a location for a number of biblical movies, including The Gospel According to St. Matthew, King David, The Nativity Story, and the 2016 remake of Ben-Hur. In fact, I first heard of Matera because it was the location for key scenes in Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of Christ.
The historic city center of Mantua along with nearby town of Sabbioneta was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Mantua also has the distinction of being designated as the “2016 Italian Capital of Culture”, the first city in Italy to be awarded this honor. And no wonder — music, history, art, and regional food and wine specialties were all part of our stay.
Of the many highlights that Mr. TWS and I enjoyed during our stay in Tuscany, one of our favorites was learning about the rich art culture of Pietrasanta, a town near the Versilian coast (Tuscany’s Riviera) in the foothills of the Apuan Alps.
It’s not a secret that Mr. TWS and I were smitten with Tuscany on our first visit to the region. Each day brought new experiences in the hilltop villages, historic towns, and countryside. On this day with the promise of more tasty and interesting activities ahead, Mr. TWS and I were driving along Tuscany’s country roads among the vineyards and olive groves enjoying the burst of colorful spring blooms on the wooded hillsides.
As we walked around Rome viewing dramatic scenes of ancient ruins and famous landmarks, the old cliché that “Rome wasn’t built in a day” really hit home. Remnants of Rome’s grandeur remain in the many ruins of the city. There are the well-known sites and there are also those that appear unexpectedly — bits of façade or columns exposed in excavations, some of which are quite recent as new archaeological finds continue.
Venice is an amazing, magical city made for long, meandering walks that get you lost in the maze of alleys and bridges. To enhance our walking experiences in the city and capture a sense of Venetian history and culture, Mr. TWS and I took a remarkable Venice food tour offered by Walks of Italy.
In the beautiful hilltop city of Ostuni, we indulged in stunning and compelling sights at almost every turn. Whitewashed buildings, winding staircases, narrow alleys, and vistas of the sea created many photo opportunities for us.