Turning my obession wtih Italy into something I can pretend is constructive.

#Roma #Rome #italy #italia #wow #beautiful #bellezza #summer #instaitalia #photooftheday

#Roma #Rome #italy #italia #wow #beautiful #bellezza #summer #instaitalia #photooftheday

#davinci #quotes #instaitalia #quoteoftheday #italy #italia #italian #venice #venezia #photooftheday

#davinci #quotes #instaitalia #quoteoftheday #italy #italia #italian #venice #venezia #photooftheday

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." ~Leonardo da Vinci

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." ~Leonardo da Vinci

#MM / Elisa / E Scopro cos’é la felicità

As you know by now, I’m a huge fan of Tiziano Ferro, so when I saw that he had recorded a duet with Elisa on her latest album, “L’Anima Vola”, I couldn’t wait to hear it!  The duet, “E scopro cos’é la felicità” (And I discover what happiness is) doesn’t disappoint! Check out the lyrics (with English translation) below, and fall in love with it like I did!

Sarai felice, felice (You will be happy, happy)
Sarai la mia rosa che sfiderà il vento (You will be my rose who will challenge the wind)
E ti proteggerà da quel che sento (and it will protect you from what I feel)
E amerai, amerai (and you will love, will love)
Sarà per amore che vivrai in eterno (It will be for love that you will live in eternity)
E ogni timore avrà conforto (and every fear will have comfort)

C’è un oceano di motivi per essere felici (There is an ocean of reasons to be happy)
E se ti senti stanca dimmi “vai piano” (And if you feel tired, tell me to go slowly)
E andrò piano (and I will go slowly)
Tu sei l’attesa (You are the wait)
Sei la sorpresa (You are the surprise)
Tu sei una sfida (You are a challenge)
Sei arrivata per cambiare tutta una vita (You arrived to change a whole lifetime)
Sei la pazienza (You are patience)
La luce riflessa (the reflected light)
Sei la verità (You are the truth)
Quando sorridi scopro cos’è la felicità (When you smile, I discover what happiness is)

Vedrai e imparerai (You will see and you will learn)
Le più disparate (The most varied)
Le più disperate (The most desperate)
Ferma la vita se (stop life if…)
Avrai bisogno grida (…you need to, scream!)
Sì, tu grida (Yes, scream!)
Rompi il silenzio se ne avrai paura (Break the silence if you fear it)
Urlagli contro quel che hai dentro (Shout against it what you hold inside)

C’è un oceano di motivi per essere felici (There is an ocean of reasons to be happy)
E se ti senti stanca dimmi “vai piano” (And if you feel tired, tell me to go slowly)
E andrò piano  (And I will go slowly)
Tu sei l’attesa (You are the wait)
Sei la sorpresa (You are the surprise)
Tu sei una sfida (You are a challenge)
Sei arrivata per cambiare tutta una vita (You arrived to change a lifetime)
Sei la pazienza (You are patience)
La luce riflessa (The light reflected)
Sei la verità (You are the truth)
E mentre sorridi scopro cos’è la felicità (And while you smile, I discover what happiness is)

C’è un oceano di motivi per essere felici (There is an ocean of reasons to be happy)
E se ti senti stanca dimmi “vai piano” (And if you feel tired, tell me to go slowly)
E andrò piano  (And I will go slowly)
Tu sei l’attesa (You are the wait)
Sei la sorpresa (You are the surprise)
Tu sei una sfida (You are a challenge)
Sei arrivata per cambiare tutta una vita (You arrived to change a lifetime)
Tu sei la fine (You are the end)
Sei il principio (You are the beginning)
Tu sei lo spazio che mi separa da tutti i mali (You are the space that separates me from everything bad)
E ti ringrazio (And I thank you)
Ti ringrazio (I thank you)

Tu sei l’attesa (You are the wait)
Sei la sorpresa (You are the surprise)
Tu sei una sfida (You are a challenge)
Sei arrivata per cambiare tutta una vita (You arrived to change a lifetime)
Tu sei la fine (You are the end)
Tu sei il principio (You are the beginning)
Tu sei lo spazio che mi separa da tutti i mali (You are the space that separates me from all of the wickedness)
E ti ringrazio (And I thank you )
Ti ringrazio (I thank you)

Peeking through the #BridgeOfSighs in #venice ! #Venezia #Italy #bellezza #dreamvacation #wow

Peeking through the #BridgeOfSighs in #venice ! #Venezia #Italy #bellezza #dreamvacation #wow

Did you know that you can take a private tour of Venice’s famous clock tower in Piazza San Marco? The timekeeper LIVED IN IT with his family up until 1999!! I’m not sure how I’d feel about all the ringing, but what a great view from their “living room”, right?!
Read all about it and see all my pics: http://onedayinitaly.com/venice-torre-dorologio/
#venice #venezia #cool #fun #italy #italia

Did you know that you can take a private tour of Venice’s famous clock tower in Piazza San Marco? The timekeeper LIVED IN IT with his family up until 1999!! I’m not sure how I’d feel about all the ringing, but what a great view from their “living room”, right?!
Read all about it and see all my pics: http://onedayinitaly.com/venice-torre-dorologio/
#venice #venezia #cool #fun #italy #italia

A path outside of #Assisi #Umbria #Italy #Italia. #StFrancis #dawn #alba

A path outside of #Assisi #Umbria #Italy #Italia. #StFrancis #dawn #alba

Surviving Your Italian Summer Vacation

Traveling to Italy in the summer scares the crap out of me.  Images of a massive hoard of sweaty, smelly adults and screaming kids packed shoulder to shoulder in a museum, of pushing through crowds on the street as my gelato melts all over my hand and of waiting in line after line in the summer heat have kept me State-side for too many years.  After extensive fall, winter and spring traveling and having read up on all of my possible options, I think I’m finally ready to brave an Italian summer. 

If you’ve been longing to travel during high tourist season but these same images have been haunting your dreams, maybe these ten tips and tricks will give you the confidence to book your Italian summer vacation.  But hurry! Summer will be over before you know it! 

  1. Quality over quantity.  This is my first rule of travel, always (not just in the summer).  Nothing makes a vacation worse than feeling like you have to snap a quick picture of St. Peter’s Square before rushing over to snap a photo of the Coliseum and hurry through the Roman Forum without even really knowing what you’re looking at.  And in the summer crowds the frustration of slow moving will mount up to absolutely ruin your trip. Instead, pick the things that are most important to you and space them out, take your time, really enjoy the journey as well as the destination.  If you start to pull your hair out, have a cold glass of wine or coffee at a bar, take a deep breath and continue when you’re ready to appreciate where you are. Which leads me to…
  2. Take a break.  Breaks are essential, particularly in the heat.  In the hottest hours of the afternoon, sit back in a piazza and people-watch, plan a museum visit or take a quick jaunt back to the hotel to cool off and get your bearings.  No one says you have to push through the day like a tank – this is vacation! Take a load off.
  3. Cool off with a treat.  Italy in the summer comes stocked with all sorts of delights to imbibe and cool down your system (just don’t get a brain freeze!).  From gelato to granita (ice, sugar and water frozen and shaved to be like an ice-crystal gelato) to caffé shakerato (espresso, sugar and ice shaken vigorously and splashed into a martini glass), you can slurp something refreshing while sampling something purely Italian! 
  4. Stay hydrated. Don’t forget about all those public water fountains in Italy’s major cities! They’re all over Rome, Milan has over 400 of them – strategically positioned in piazzas and on street corners and waiting for you to splash water on your face or fill up your water bottle. 
  5. Splurge on AC. Most Americans are used to having AC in the summer (growing up in Florida, I know I couldn’t live without it!) so don’t try to save a few bucks by booking a hotel without it.  A lot of Italy’s older buildings may not have been retrofitted with central air, which is fine in the off-months, but in the peak of summer won’t be comfortable for anyone (even the Italians). Pay a little more and do yourself a favor: create your own, private, air-conditioned respite from the heat by renting a hotel room with AC. You won’t regret it.
  6. Book some things in advance.  A lot of lines can be avoided by either buying a City or Museum Pass for the cities you’re planning to visit or by booking entrances in advance.  Many of Italy’s most popular museums let you go online before your trip and pick a half-hour window in which to enter through a separate entrance (think Disney’s Fast-Pass).  Strapping yourself down to a schedule might not sound appealing, but it might be better than standing outside in the heat for two hours waiting to get into the Vatican Museums or Uffizi Gallery. 
  7. Eat a heavier lunch and sleep better at night.  Studies say that if you eat a lighter dinner you’ll sleep better on a hot night, which agrees with the pocketbook, too (lunches in a sit-down restaurant are generally less expensive than dinners).
  8. Plan a church day & bring layers.  You can’t enter churches in Italy with your knees or shoulders showing, so forget popping into St. Peter’s or St. Mark’s in your summer shorts and tank top.  Bring a pair of capris or a breezy skirt that covers your knees to enter churches, and carry a lightweight cardigan or summer scarf to wrap around your shoulders if you’re wearing a tank top.  If you’re a planner, you can also plan one day on which to wear your “church attire” and visit all those beautiful buildings then.
  9. Come prepared. Sunscreen, sunglasses and mosquito repellant are musts for visiting Italy in the summer.  Don’t take them for granted – use them and reapply!
  10. Small tours and private guides.  If you’re wanting to splurge a bit (other than on AC), consider booking some small tours or private guides during your vacation.  These can cut down considerably on the chaos of summer crowds and provide a lot of interesting information and unique experiences, too!
Sunset in #SanMarino #italy #italia #tramonto #sunset #beautiful

Sunset in #SanMarino #italy #italia #tramonto #sunset #beautiful

Creepy floating heads in Piazza #SantoStefano #Bologna #italy #italia #boo

Creepy floating heads in Piazza #SantoStefano #Bologna #italy #italia #boo

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