I’m not a fan of tours to Italy (or anywhere else for that matter) where everyday is programmed ahead. My life doesn’t work like that at home when I’m trying to run a business and a child and get to the shops every other day. So it’s the last thing I’m looking for when I’m taking time out. But neither am I happy anymore to roam without a plan of sorts. I like the idea of achieving something when I travel but leaving plenty of space for serendipity too. My best times in Italy have happened when plans just take a turn for the better and I end up doing something I would never have guessed. Sound familiar?
So, I’m giving myself till the end of November to design my first in the ‘live like a local in Italy’ real life travel experience collection. I’m thinking a collection of small unique ‘everyday adventures’ you can string together like beads in whatever order you want. Like learning to make torta al testo or strangozzi (another Umbrian specialty albeit one with a rather violent backstory involving shoelaces…) in a typical home kitchen. Or getting your hands dirty harvesting olives and tasting the spoils. Or wine appreciation in a small cantina where the winemaker runs the show. Then there are the Sagre. I love these! Local festivals celebrating a theme or a local delicacy like truffles or chestnuts. Nothing extravagant, everything in tune with the seasons. Something locals do all the time. Experiences remarkable more for how real and ordinary and part of the fabric of life they are than anything else.
But this is where I need your input. If you’re reading this, chances are you know Italy too. So, whether you’re a curious novice or a seasoned traveller, your response to the question ‘what’s the main thing you’re looking to get out of your time in Italy’ is priceless to me. It might be about art, food, people, learning something new, finding inspiration, trying a destination hotel you’ve read about. I’ve got a thousand ideas but I would love to hear about yours. Just leave me a comment.