I went back to Italy for capodanno (New Year) 2019. For the majority of this trip, Luca and I went to Piemonte’s Langhe region and skiing around Courmayeur. About a year ago, I posted about my 5 top experiences during a summer trip to Italy. After the trip last winter, it only feels right to update the top 5!
It’s impossible to see all (or even most) of what Italy has to offer in just two weeks. That’s why typically, on a first trip to Italy, most Americans will stick to the basics and visit Rome, Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre, Positano, etc. While these cities have a lot to offer, they are very popular cities for sight-seeing which creates tourist crowds and rushes to see every old church and renaissance sculpture. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of sight-seeing. I much prefer to explore cities and cultures by eating and drinking in different spots and meandering around. I find that a lot of the “must sees” by other people’s standards are just not as enjoyable for me. For example, when we went to Florence, Luca and I didn’t feel pressured to go to the Uffizi. We knew we probably wouldn’t want to spend the time required to enjoy it, and were busy eating at aperitivo.
Italy stole my heart, and in a very aggressive manner. I went for the last two weeks of May, and pretty much everyday for a couple weeks after my return, I teared up a bit thinking about how much I wanted to go back. The experience was especially unique because I went with Luca, my boyfriend who is Italian and showed me around from a local’s perspective. We spent the two weeks touring the North and Tuscany, so I’ll definitely need at least another trip to see Southern Italy!
While there were many wonderful experiences, here are the five things that enjoyed the most from my trip (in no particular order).