I traveled to Italy with a friend in 2013 and completely fell in love with the country, people, language and culture. I barely had any understanding of the Italian culture back then and my knowledge was unfortunately limited to pizza and pasta.
After returning from my first travel to Italy, I felt as if there was something missing from my life. There was an urge to return to Italy every few months. I felt a connection with this country so deep that it was almost difficult to explain, it sometimes made me restless. So from 2013, every year I vowed to return and in 2015, I started learning Italian language. Read more here.
I continued traveling to Italy for the love of people and the land.
RosySeptember 1, 2022 at 12:23 pm
Brava! Che meraviglioso blog.
Italy is a beautiful and wonderful place. It is a peace of heaven on earth. Don’t listen to the nay sayers. It’s their loss and they don’t know what they are missing. Not everybody gets it. At least from personal experience, I can say that being in Italy does something inexplicable for me; it feeds my soul. It is a connection I haven’t felt in any other country that I have been to.
Keep doing what you do; your blog is great!
ItalophiliaSeptember 10, 2022 at 1:06 pm
Grazie Rosy. Thank you for your thoughtful comments on this post. You are right, I dpn’t really care anymore. This is an old post but being ME is the best thing that Italy taught me 😉
Un abbraccio xx
m ravi.July 27, 2022 at 7:40 am
” MANY PEOPLE NEED MORE KNOWLEDGE AND LESS JUDGEMENT “.
Chanced upon your site accidentally going to devour it here on. Wishing you many more Happy and Safe travels.
” BE YOURSELF EVERYONE ELSE IS ALREADY TAKEN – ocsar wilde “
ItalophiliaAugust 4, 2022 at 5:23 pm
Thanks so much!! I really appreciate it
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Belinda selbyNovember 9, 2019 at 9:31 am
I also go to Italy often and get so many similar comments…so annoying!
ItalophiliaNovember 9, 2019 at 10:51 pm
It is true! Learning to ignore them and by now I hardly ccare 😉
Divya PandaNovember 7, 2019 at 9:36 pm
Your blog makes me want to travel to Italy each time.
ItalophiliaNovember 9, 2019 at 1:06 am
So kind of you, thank you for following along 🙂
AkankshaNovember 5, 2019 at 11:30 pm
Perfectly put! I think most of us regular travellers face these idiotic questions every now and then! Kudos to you for following your heart, and not giving a second thought to those pesky comments and snide remarks!
Cheers to many more travel stories from Italy and beyond!
ItalophiliaNovember 9, 2019 at 1:06 am
Thanks for sticking around for so many years Akanksha!! Means a lot. AND cheers to you too 🙂
LaurieNovember 5, 2019 at 7:28 am
I love love love Italy and hope to live there some day. I know there are people who won’t understand this but frankly I don’t live for them so I don’t care. Italy is something you have to experience for yourself. Not everyone can open their heart to it like a lot of us have done. Obviously you have made going to Italy a priority. Often I do think there is a fair amount of jealousy. You go on doing what fills you with happiness. Stay true to yourself.
ItalophiliaNovember 5, 2019 at 8:01 pm
I really appreciate your comment Laurie 💕 thank you for stopping by on this post. We are kindred spirits🙌 that’s why not many understand our love for Italy. I have made it a priority and I don’t think Italy loving will stop. Like you said, iT could be jealousy or it could be intrusiveness but let’s keep doing what we want to xx
Ann PetricolaJuly 6, 2019 at 9:29 pm
Looking forward to reading more about your travels through Italy!!
ItalophiliaJuly 6, 2019 at 10:14 pm
Thanks so much Ann 🙂
DebiFebruary 25, 2019 at 8:46 am
I traveled to Italy the first time in 1988 and have returned often with different people. It is always new and exciting! I cannot wait to see what I had to my “kitchen” collection on my trip to Umbria in May.
ItalophiliaMarch 3, 2019 at 1:59 pm
I couldn’t agree more. Every experience is different, Every trip is different nx
Joseph T MadawelaOctober 5, 2018 at 4:02 am
that was a great blog and I like the fact that you do your own thing regardless of what others say, I am from Sri Lanka and luckily I live in NY and have been here for about 50 years and it is easier for me to be free of peer pressure but many times I cave but you are strong! veryy admirable!
ItalophiliaOctober 5, 2018 at 9:20 am
That’s very kind of you to say Joseph. I too have found this courage over the years 😊 thank you
pritiAugust 27, 2018 at 3:16 pm
I enjoyed reading the post ! Just do what you enjoy who cares about anyone has to say !!
ItalophiliaAugust 27, 2018 at 4:44 pm
Thanks so much for the faith 🙂
GabrielAugust 12, 2018 at 9:45 pm
I really like this post 🙂 I get a lot of the same questions every day. While not specific to Italy they’re still very assuming questions that don’t take into account everything about having a passion, or interest beyond what you’re used to. Thanks!
ItalophiliaAugust 12, 2018 at 10:08 pm
Thank you dear! I know what you mean, people are judgmental. Thanks for stopping by x
boosdietAugust 9, 2018 at 1:14 am
Trieste is nice to
Debra KolkkaJuly 13, 2018 at 3:17 am
We chose Italy when we decided to buy a place overseas. I like the language, the people, the food and I think Italy has more beautiful things per square inch than anywhere else. We do use it as a base to travel to other countries, but there is so much to see and do in Italy that it keeps us busy for several months every year. Buying a house in Italy is the best thing we have ever done, it has opened up a whole other world for us.
ItalophiliaJuly 13, 2018 at 11:16 am
Very true. Your decision was the best ever. I’d love to see your town one day. Maybe next year??
Greg SpeckJuly 10, 2018 at 4:42 pm
I certainly agree.I am returning in the fall for my 16th visit to Italy. I can never get enough. Love your blog.
ItalophiliaJuly 10, 2018 at 7:04 pm
Thank you Greg. It means so much!! 🙂 Happy travel planning
fkasaraJuly 4, 2018 at 12:56 pm
“You are wasting your money by going to the same place every year!”
If you go just once in a location, people tell you that you know “too little” to write about it. If you go more than once, they tell you that you’re wasting your money. Lol, people are never happy, seriously! They have always to complain about something!
I won’t comment on that thing about the partner “allowing” the woman to travel…so sad, really, that according to people a woman has still to ask “for permission” in 2018.
Keep doing what you are doing, Ishita! 💪
ItalophiliaJuly 4, 2018 at 1:40 pm
Exactly. You are so right!! They are never happy and always judgmental and I know a lot of us who write about Italy face it, because we go to Italy every year. It seems we aren’t opening our mind but closing it even more… Thank you cara.
livechicandwellJuly 3, 2018 at 7:13 pm
People make such ignorant comments. They just don’t know what they are missing!
I totally get you on the Italophilia- since my first visit aged 18 when I worked as an au pair for 7 months, I’ve returned many times to different parts as it’s such a diverse country.
I’m even writing a book right now about the style and beauty of Italian women as I found them so influential 😊
ItalophiliaJuly 3, 2018 at 9:00 pm
Seriously. It’s about judging all the time. I am excited to hear more about your book 🙂 They are very influential.
DilyanaJuly 3, 2018 at 12:16 am
I really like your point of view! And I like how you don’t get affected by what you hear, continue to do so!
ItalophiliaJuly 3, 2018 at 12:23 pm
Thanks so much dear!!
emanuelaJuly 1, 2018 at 9:41 pm
It just happens that a place steal our heart more than other ones. Many times we don’t know why. I can only say that I’m happy you found all the beauty in my country. And…keep on searching!
ItalophiliaJuly 2, 2018 at 10:14 pm
So true!! Italy does steal mine 🙂
ItalophiliaJuly 4, 2018 at 11:24 am
I wholeheartedly agree!
foodinbooksJuly 1, 2018 at 7:39 pm
Part of why I love your blog so much is because your love of Italy shines through in every post. I love Italy as much as you, and plan to return. Yes, there are other places I could go, and I’ve been fortunate to have visited many others, but Italy calls to my soul. It does your too, it would seem. So stick with Italy and ignore the naysayers.
ItalophiliaJuly 1, 2018 at 9:41 pm
Absolutely 🙂 thank you for saying those beautiful words 🤗 I’m grateful for people like you .. !
brilliantviewpointJuly 1, 2018 at 5:18 pm
So many negative comments… sometimes people are envious that another person seems fearless and not a creature of comfort, so they make these kind of comments. That is when it is time for a new set of friends who have similar interests. Also, I would say, “Here’s the good thing about Life, we can all do what makes us HAPPY! You can stay home and I’ll continue to explore Italy!”…. Then say, “MORE COFFEE?” with a HUGE SMILE.
ItalophiliaJuly 1, 2018 at 9:40 pm
Absolutely. But they aren’t only my friends! Acquaintances family are more troublesome. Agree 😊😂
TanjaJuly 1, 2018 at 4:58 pm
The same thing with me and London:) why do you need to visit it so many times, how can you afford it, why does your husband let you go alone… And I say.. A love is a love.. No need to explain myself to anyone.. 😉
ItalophiliaJuly 1, 2018 at 4:58 pm
Haha absolutely. I wonder if people will stop! But let’s keep doing our thing
TanjaJuly 1, 2018 at 5:01 pm
Lynette d'Arty-CrossJuly 1, 2018 at 7:37 am
You love Italy. Keep loving Italy. 😀
ItalophiliaJuly 1, 2018 at 4:05 pm
Thank you dear!
Lyn DouglasJuly 1, 2018 at 1:02 am
I totally get it Ishita and I am sure so many of us do. So, keep on loving Italy and doing what you do.
ItalophiliaJuly 1, 2018 at 4:05 pm
Thank you Lyn. Did you like the new blog design??
Lyn DouglasJuly 2, 2018 at 1:55 am
Yes, it looks fabulous. Well done. Have a great week. Lyn
ItalophiliaJuly 2, 2018 at 12:32 pm
Grazie cara 😍
Lyn DouglasJuly 2, 2018 at 1:56 am
Yes, it looks fabulous. Have a great week Ishita. Lyn
ItalophiliaJuly 2, 2018 at 10:26 pm
Thanks a lot 🙂 You too!!