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Thanks for dropping by 🙂 I’m Ishita and I’m passionate about Italy & everything Italian. I chose the name “Italophilia” for my blog because it defines me completely!!

But what is Italophilia??

Italophilia is a quite simply the admiration and emulation of Italian lifestyle, culture and people.

What’s my story:

In 2013, I traveled to Italy for the first time and completely fell in love with it’s culture and people! Since then I have been reading, writing and traveling to Italy every chance I get. Over the years, I also decided to learn Italian to feel closer to the Italian culture. With a heart and soul connection to Italy, I often feel I was an Italian in some past life of mine. (Who knows!) But honestly I have no Italian blood or connection. Still, I eat, live and breathe Italy.

Over these past few years, I’m even very fortunate to have traveled in Italy and even made many Italian friends both online and offline.

In India, where a meager percentage of the population know Italy or Italian, I am honored to be able to bring two cultures close together. I am also very thrilled to be sharing this adventure with you all! Thanks to you and your support, today, Italophilia is the Biggest and ONLY Indian blog on Italy!

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    • cbholganza
      May 14, 2020 at 3:37 pm

      hello, friend! it’s a pleasant surprise to find someone with a passion for another country. As my dad would say, you are more Italian than the real Italian. that’s because you are an Italian by choice, not by accident of birth. so admire your work, ishita.

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      • Italophilia
        May 14, 2020 at 8:01 pm

        Hello there!! So thoughtful of you to message me. Grazie grazie grazie.
        Choices are wonderful, aren’t they?? Are you from Italy, Which part ??

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        • cbholganza
          May 15, 2020 at 6:42 am

          actually, i’m not. i’m from the philippines. been to rome, but other than that, haven’t been able to really roam around that fascinating country. which is why i am having such a grand time with your articles. keep it coming.

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          • Italophilia
            May 15, 2020 at 10:42 am

            You are so kind! Thank you so much ..Ive never seen your country, hopefully one day I’ll come and take tips from you. x

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            • cbholganza
              May 17, 2020 at 7:23 pm

              SuRe! It would be a pleasure for me to provide you tips on our many islands. You’re now based in italy? Or are you back in your country?

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              • Italophilia
                May 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm

                Thank you so much! I travel to Italy once a year. I am in India and in lockdown since March 23rd. How about you??

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                • cbholganza
                  May 18, 2020 at 8:26 pm

                  good to know. with the pandemic going wild in italy, it’s good you’re safe (i presume) at home. as for me, i am under house arrest here in manila right now. being a senior citizen, with countless medical deficiencies, my kids have sentenced me to prison. am barely coping. 🙁

                • Italophilia
                  May 18, 2020 at 8:47 pm

                  I’m sorry! I can imagine its hard, I’m doing the same to my parents. It definitely feels horrible but its the need of the hour. Stay safe!!

    • Jackie Lambert
      March 4, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      Ciao Bella!
      I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award for bringing positivity and creativity to the blogosphere.
      I love your blog. I love Italy. I feel like I have come home!
      https://worldwidewalkies.blog/2020/03/04/sunshine-blogger-award/

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      • Italophilia
        March 7, 2020 at 6:25 pm

        Ciao Jackie! How kind of you 🙂 Thank you!! So happy to bring the positivity come out here. Keep reading and sharing xx

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      • Italophilia
        March 7, 2020 at 6:31 pm

        Thank you so much Jackie!! 🙂 So happy I can bring positvity to the blogosphere. Much love to you.

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    • Jackie Lambert
      March 1, 2020 at 9:55 pm

      Ciao Bella!
      I feel like I have come home! For many years I have claimed that, although my birthplace was in the UK, at heart, I am a Born Again Italian!
      I am very much looking forward to following your blog and thank you for following mine. I hope you enjoy my posts about my travels in La Bella Italia and elsewhere in Europe.

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      • Italophilia
        March 3, 2020 at 8:40 am

        Ciao cara!! Grazie mille 🙂 So glad we found each other’s blogs. Loved your post on Ivrea! The world is small, isn’t it??

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      • Ishita
        May 9, 2018 at 11:21 am

        Thank you dear!! 🙂

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    • Simo & Paola
      November 26, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      Hello Ishita and thanks for stopping by our blog. You have many interesting posts that I will look into. Much good luck to you and we’ll be glad to see you next year in Chianti !.

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      • Ishita
        November 26, 2017 at 9:39 pm

        So nice to hear from you Simo and Paola! Thank you so much, it will be a pleasure to see you in Chianti sometime. Your classes look great xx

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    • sharingmyitaly
      November 20, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you for visiting my blog http://www.sharingmyitaly.blog and liking my post! I love that you love Italy so much 🙂

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      • Ishita
        November 20, 2017 at 9:35 pm

        Happy to read your post dear 🙂 Thank you!

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    • Sandy Wilson
      November 11, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      Hi Ishita. I love your love of Italy. I visited Italy in 1970 and recently wrote a memoir. It’s in two parts. This is the first: http://lifeaccordingtogramps.co.uk/italian-holiday-circa-1970-part-1-edinburgh-to-rome/ The second part is the next posting.
      I also bog as sandyscribbler.com and you recently liked my poem Twilight Star.

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      • Ishita
        November 11, 2017 at 5:17 pm

        Thanks so much Sandy! Wow so cool 🙂 I will check it out. Thank you for sharing

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    • ejsna
      August 28, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Greetings from The Netherlands! First of all, thank you for dropping by my site. If only we can all move to beautiful Italy :-). Love this picture of you with that Fiat! I posted one in my latest blog so I will always go back to view it again and again as a reminder that “little things mean a lot”. Keep writing!

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      • Ishita
        August 28, 2017 at 4:53 pm

        Ciao! happy to hear from you. Thanks for the picture. I got a photo shoot in Rome and can’t get enough of the pics. I will check your Fiat picture now. Loved the Gondolfo post. Must get there next time..

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        • ejsna
          August 28, 2017 at 5:04 pm

          Thanks, Ishita, for reading my stuff :-). If you’re still in India, I’ve been to Madras & Mahabalipuram in the south. I love the colourful sari’s the women wear! Wish I can go back again one day.

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          • Ishita
            August 28, 2017 at 5:07 pm

            Pleasure ! I am an Indian and I work in Delhi. It is a beautiful country but it is also very big. I have yet to see the side of Madras and Mahabalipuram 🙂 So glad you loved it.

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            • ejsna
              August 28, 2017 at 5:08 pm

              I’ve been to Kalka too and we rode a Toy train up to Shimla 🙂

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              • Ishita
                August 28, 2017 at 5:37 pm

                Omg that’s my home town! I am from Shimla .what an amazing coincidence.

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                • ejsna
                  August 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm

                  I love Shimla and we stayed at Eastbourne hotel something. I have to dig up my old photos and guess what, I came home with so much stuff from block-print bed covers to gold-embroidered fabrics that I even bought a wedding Sari without knowing it and wore it to a concert of Julio Iglesias. Me and my bright red dari sparkling with gold!😁

                • Ishita
                  August 28, 2017 at 10:40 pm

                  That is great, I have been to that hotel several times due to events and marriage ceremonies. Your sari sounds so pretty to me. I know the type you got.. Hoping to see pics someday.

                • ejsna
                  August 28, 2017 at 10:41 pm

                  So happy to meet you here. Will be in touch. Take care!

                • Ishita
                  August 28, 2017 at 10:42 pm

                  Me too …Thanks and ciao 🙂

                • ejsna
                  August 28, 2017 at 6:03 pm

                  I love Shimla! We stayed at the Eastbourne hotel. I have to dig up my old photos! I bought so much stuff including a sari I wore to a Julio Iglesias concert, unaware it was a wedding sari. There was me glowing in my deep red attire with golden embroidery!😂

    • Bellewether
      August 11, 2017 at 2:16 am

      Hey, I really enjoy your blog, so I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger award. You can see the nomination here: https://bellewether.me/2017/08/10/sunshine-blogger-award-nomination/

      Congrats 🙂

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    • surajpai88
      June 25, 2017 at 3:45 am

      Being a fan of Italy too, your blog is certainly going to be of use to me in my future travels ! Great stuff.. Cheers.!

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      • Ishita
        June 25, 2017 at 9:29 pm

        So nice to know. Surely. Cheers!!

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    • Anushree
      June 15, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      One of my favorite countries, everything about it is delightful! Great to see your love for the country 🙂
      PS: Thanks for visiting my blog!

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      • Ishita
        June 15, 2017 at 7:41 pm

        That’s so nice to hear Anushree 🙂 thank you!

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    • terminallylost
      June 5, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      I know the feeling and I have had this since i was a teen!! wanted my first stamp on the passport to say Italy! 😀

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    • Mystery Blogger Award – 2BlueEyes
      May 29, 2017 at 2:01 pm

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    • Image Earth Travel
      May 1, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      I love Italy so much that I moved here from Australia last July! It hasn’t been easy: https://imageearthtravel.com/2017/03/12/italian-citizenship/ 😉

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      • Ishita
        May 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm

        I can understand that! AMazing.. 🙂 Super cool and all the best

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      • Ishita
        May 1, 2017 at 8:05 pm

        Do you have Italian heritage??

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        • Image Earth Travel
          May 1, 2017 at 8:13 pm

          Yes, my father was from Parenti and the reason I chose Cosenza (Calabria).

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          • Ishita
            May 1, 2017 at 8:14 pm

            I have not been to that region yet someday maybe we can swap life stories and tips over a caffe.

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            • Image Earth Travel
              May 1, 2017 at 8:18 pm

              That would be great!
              It’s a beautiful part of Italy that foreign tourists bypass and are hell-bent on travelling to Sicily…a well-kept secret. 😉

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              • Ishita
                May 1, 2017 at 8:20 pm

                Well I Love Sicily so no comments there 😉 Are you there for another year? Hoping to come next yr then. This year is already planned and waiting to fly now

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                • Image Earth Travel
                  May 1, 2017 at 8:20 pm

                  I need to visit Sicily yet.
                  Yes, until mid-October 2018, so come and visit. 😉

                • Ishita
                  May 1, 2017 at 8:22 pm

                  Oh I am going to try for sure now. Fingers crossed.

                • Image Earth Travel
                  May 1, 2017 at 8:24 pm

                  See you soon then 😉

                • Ishita
                  May 1, 2017 at 8:25 pm

                  😉 Si

      • Ishita
        May 1, 2017 at 8:07 pm

        Just read your post!! Amazing but the effort :O

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        • Image Earth Travel
          May 1, 2017 at 8:12 pm

          Interesting how someone who’s father was born here and not asking for hand-outs is treated like this. But then others seem to waltz into this country feeling like they’re owed everything and expect nothing less. I see this daily here…

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          • Ishita
            May 1, 2017 at 8:13 pm

            I hear that a lot and the Italian bureaucracy is so famous. I know now what you mean. Hats off to you

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            • Image Earth Travel
              May 1, 2017 at 8:20 pm

              It’s ridiculously bad and rules are made up on a whim! Extremely difficult but now I don’t have to go to another office until later 2018. 😉

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    • sumt7
      March 24, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Ahh! Your blog has added few more things on my BucketList….!

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      • Ishita
        March 25, 2017 at 6:50 pm

        I’m so glad 🙂 which ones do you want to see particularly

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        • sumt7
          March 31, 2017 at 3:30 pm

          My apologies for the delayed reply. I’d like to see Muggia, Monopoli and Budapest someday.

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          • Ishita
            March 31, 2017 at 4:07 pm

            Sounds perfect. Muggia is lovely indeed and very offbeat.

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    • Dustin and Becky
      February 13, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      Hi Ishita! We just nominated you for the Liebster Award because we love your blog! Check it out and we hope you have time to participate! Thanks!

      https://changing-latitudes.com/2017/02/13/liebster-award-nomination/

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      • Ishita
        February 14, 2017 at 8:40 am

        Thanks so much guys!! 🙂

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    • viajando together
      February 2, 2017 at 3:53 am

      Hi, I’m Tacha from Viajando Together and I’m nominating you for the Sunshine Bloggers Award.

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      • Ishita
        February 2, 2017 at 9:18 am

        Thank you so much 🙂

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    • Himadri Negi
      January 31, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks for reading my blog on Dubai, since our last conversation and your advise, I wrote more 🙂

      Your posts are the best. I am so encouraged to visit Italy someday 🙂

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      • Ishita
        February 1, 2017 at 10:07 am

        Thanks so much and happy writing 🙂

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    • Shikha Kothari
      December 13, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      OMG Ishita, I feel like that about Italy too 🙂 I am so happy that you have actually given in to your Italy crush. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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      • Ishita
        December 14, 2016 at 10:26 am

        🙂 thanks Shikha. Haha its more than a crush for me. its for life! Thanks for stopping yourself 😀

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    • christinecrews
      November 29, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Always glad to read about another Italophile! It’s a complicated love at times, but Italy stole my heart forever. Looking forward to reading more! Best, Christine

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      • Ishita
        November 30, 2016 at 12:16 pm

        Ciao Christine! So lovely to hear from another Italophilie 🙂 Thanks for your words. Buona giornata.

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    • iamioana
      October 26, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Uuuu …such an Italy lover. I really enjoyed Italy also. But I am curious if you live in Italy…
      Kisses

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      • Ishita
        October 26, 2016 at 6:02 pm

        Thanks for stopping by, I really am :0 nope I don’t

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    • An Englishwoman in Italy
      October 4, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      Glad you liked my post, Ishita. Love the way you combine food (chocolate) and culture (Teatro Bibbiena) in your blog. Isn’t that what Italy’s all about?

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      • Ishita
        October 4, 2016 at 11:35 pm

        Aww, grazie cara. Yes absolutely! Love that about Italy. Hope we can meet someday in person.

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    • Thom Hickey
      September 21, 2016 at 11:04 am

      I very much enjoy my visits here. Grazie. Thom

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      • Ishita
        September 21, 2016 at 7:04 pm

        So nice to hear from you Tom. Thank you

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    • maerose007
      September 12, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Hi! Thank you for visiting and reading one of my posts about Rome. Love your blog and keep on writing about Italia, I share the same love for the country and wish to explore more! <3

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    • koolkosherkitchen
      September 4, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Italy is my love! I know how you feel because I feel the same way. Thank you for visiting my blog and for the like. I am looking forward to following your posts, recognizing familiar sites and enjoying new ones. Grazie Mille!

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      • Ishita
        September 4, 2016 at 9:14 am

        We are kindred spirits then 🙂 yay. Thank you for the follow. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

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    • helpingsoul
      September 1, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you for checking out my blog and giving me the opportunity to learn more about you. You have a great blog — what a find. I am fortunate to know of your blog and the next time I travel to Italy I will certainly use the wonderful tips and tricks. Bella!

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      • Ishita
        September 2, 2016 at 9:30 am

        thank you so much !! You made my morning 🙂 I’m glad you did. Keep me posted of your travels. Xo

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    • foodiesneakpeeks
      August 25, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      Tks, Ishita, for liking my write up on the Basque Coast!

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      • Ishita
        August 25, 2016 at 9:34 pm

        Always welcome. Really liked it.

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    • An Englishwoman in Italy
      August 24, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      Ciao Ishita, so glad you liked my post about I Tigli. Loved your new wordlist! Keep it up!

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      • Ishita
        August 25, 2016 at 9:22 am

        Ciao cara. Hope you are enjoying le marche and are safe. Great to see you here 🙂 xo mille grazie

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        • An Englishwoman in Italy
          August 26, 2016 at 2:00 am

          I am safe – was in England when the earth quaked – but very sad. Thank you for your concern. Un abbraccio.

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          • Ishita
            August 26, 2016 at 8:59 am

            I know sad indeed. Prego. Un grande abbraccio.. ciao.

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    • Dom
      July 7, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Touching how much you love my homeland. I have been hating it my whole life 🙁 Only now, as a 40 something “girl”, I have started appreciating it. Why? Simply because I have no other way, just see it through pink lenses, just like a tourist. So lately I began wandering and walking from town to town, even my own, sipping all the beauty of them. Not taking into consideration the struggles of the everyday life in a Country where bureaucracy and dishonesty are a steady constant habit. Unfortunately.

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      • Ishita
        July 7, 2016 at 5:06 pm

        Dearest Dom, its the same in my country too. Unfortunately there isn’t much left except to make the most of what you have. I know there is a lot behind what you have said and I understand it. But I am glad you are soaking in what you have because trust me, people will do anything to swap a day to live there. Italy is a beautiful country and most importantly has beautiful people.

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        • Dom
          July 7, 2016 at 5:14 pm

          Your words are so much appreciated. Thank you so much! I hope to come to India once in my life. And love it as much as you love my Country. Thank you again!

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          • Ishita
            July 7, 2016 at 5:31 pm

            I hope you can see the silver lining. Btw which region are you from? I love everything about Italy so its hard to argue with me 😉 Thank you. Please do visit my country! You won’t regret.

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            • Dom
              July 7, 2016 at 5:33 pm

              Friuli Venezia Giulia. The most undiscovered Italian region… and also the most beautiful! 😉 Come and see!

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              • Ishita
                July 8, 2016 at 10:20 am

                Yes I have been to Muggia and Trieste 🙂

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                • Dom
                  July 8, 2016 at 11:45 am

                  If you can go to Collio and then Pordenone. Not tourist routes. But the most beautiful! 🙂

                • Ishita
                  July 8, 2016 at 12:11 pm

                  Definitely noted these 🙂 I read about Pordenone but couldn’t make it that time.

    • CMKL
      July 5, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Ciao Italophilia, grazie for your ‘like’. Best wishes for a speedy return to you amata Italia 🙂

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      • Ishita
        July 6, 2016 at 8:02 am

        thank you so much. Im praying for it too 😉

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    • Valorie Grace Hallinan
      July 3, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      I love Italy too! Thanks for visiting me so that I could find this lovely blog.

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      • Ishita
        July 3, 2016 at 5:20 pm

        Thank you Valorie 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

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    • Sil
      July 1, 2016 at 6:16 am

      Thanks for liking my post. Enjoy your travels in Italy!

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      • Ishita
        July 1, 2016 at 9:48 am

        Thanks Sil. You too!

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    • afink2011
      June 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Ciao, Ishita! Thanks for reading my post about doing touristy things in Italy on My Dear Wonder. I’m brand new to blogging but I look forward to swapping more stories about the Bel Paese with you in the future. Take care!

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      • Ishita
        June 29, 2016 at 12:17 pm

        Ciao!! 🙂 Nice to see you here. Looking forward to it then. Ping me when you post 🙂 Happy blogging.

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    • foodiesneakpeeks
      June 9, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks, Ishita, for liking my recent post on Puglia. It’s a true compliment, coming from an Italy expert!

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      • Ishita
        June 9, 2016 at 1:53 pm

        Thanks so much for calling me an expert 🙂 Trying to do what I love in the best way!

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    • gonetravelling
      June 2, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog! 🙂 I am so pleased that you love my country and you write so much about it 🙂 All the best!

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      • Ishita
        June 2, 2016 at 10:55 pm

        Your country is so addictive I can’t get enough of it. Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂 Grazie

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        • gonetravelling
          June 3, 2016 at 1:14 pm

          It’s a pleasure! 🙂 Have a lovely day!

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          • Ishita
            June 3, 2016 at 8:56 pm

            Thank you. to you too 🙂

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    • parsonsmichaeld
      February 17, 2016 at 1:26 am

      I understand and share your love of Italy. I have blogged on Italy several times and look forward to a return visit. https://getmytravelingshoes.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/italy-i-love-you/

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      • Ishita
        February 17, 2016 at 8:17 am

        Thanks for understanding. There are so many italophilies like us! 🙂 I’m checking your blog now.

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    • StJohnMaximovitch
      February 13, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      I love you Italy!!!!! 🙂

      Italy of my heart…!

      http://italyofmyheart.wordpress.com

      Hiiii Ishita!! 🙂

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      • Ishita
        February 15, 2016 at 10:08 am

        Nice to meet a fellow Italophilie 🙂

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    • bhdandme
      February 8, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks for liking the blog…. I ‘did’ three amazing gardens around Rome last year…blew me away, as they say!

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      • Ishita
        February 8, 2016 at 2:50 pm

        Whoa. Must have! and welcome 🙂

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    • leggypeggy
      February 8, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Thanks so much for dropping by my travel blog. I haven’t been to Italy since 2000 and it’s time to go again soon. Your blog will help to inspire me.

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      • Ishita
        February 8, 2016 at 9:55 am

        So sweet 🙂 I am glad it is. Visit to Italy is compulsory every few years 😉

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    • travelrat
      February 1, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Nice blog! I, too, am a fan of ‘things Italian’ … Scuderia Ferrari, lasagne, Pavarotti, ice cream, Rossini, Sophia Loren, Fellini, one of the most rousing National Anthems I know and the lovely snuggly fleece top I bought in Venice. All these things more than forgive the Fiat Strada I once had, which was the biggest PoS I ever owned!

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      • Ishita
        February 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm

        Nice to hear that. I am drooling here now 😉 I love the Fiat too 😀 So cool you owned the Fiat Strada although I’m a fan of 500 😉

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        • travelrat
          February 1, 2016 at 9:32 pm

          My first car was an old ‘Topolino’; I’ve had a 128 and a 131; I just wasn’t keen on the Strada … it started to rust before it was a year old & I got rid as soon as I could. I’m driving a Renault at the moment, but casting eyes towards an Alfa Romeo. Need to convince the wife, though.

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          • Ishita
            February 2, 2016 at 9:36 am

            Haha good luck with that 😀

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    • customshouse
      January 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      thanks for visiting my blog. Italy is really a fascinating country.

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      • Ishita
        January 29, 2016 at 1:48 pm

        Thanks to you too. Yes one of a kind 🙂

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    • Mary Louise Tucker
      January 16, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks for liking my post on my day trip on the bus to Scanno. Glad to meet a fellow Italophile. I’m planning a 2016 trip back to the Bel Paese!

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    • DS Mai Thị Quý Thảo
      January 10, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Hi, thanks for your like on my post Empathy. I visited Italy last year, Venice and I love everything about it. I am actually thinking about learning Italian, too. 🙂 Happy writing.

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      • Ishita
        January 10, 2016 at 5:56 pm

        Oh lovely! Good luck. N prego 🙂

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    • Louise Watkiss Lucas
      January 10, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks for liking my post and great to discover your blog!

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      • Ishita
        January 10, 2016 at 2:44 pm

        Thanks Louise it was great discovering your post too 🙂

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    • pickledwings
      January 9, 2016 at 12:00 am

      Hello, Ishita;

      Thank you so much for stopping by and giving a like to my recent book review on my Beyond Prague blog.

      It’s great to find another blogger with a dedicated site to one country.

      I’ll be following you with interest. 🙂

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      • Ishita
        January 9, 2016 at 6:18 am

        Thank you for stopping by and for the appreciation. Hope you enjoy the journey!

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    • Sunil Unnikrishnan
      January 1, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      Hey Ishita,
      Thanks for the likes.. Your bog on Italy is amazing.. Happy new year. Take care.
      Regards,
      Sunil

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      • Ishita
        January 1, 2016 at 10:35 pm

        Happy new year, Sunil. Have a wonderful year and thanks for your appreciation ..means a lot!

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    • itsgoodtobecrazysometimes
      December 23, 2015 at 11:00 pm

      Hi

      Thank you for finding my blog and liking a post, hope you come back again soon

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    • Piyush Rawat
      December 21, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Ishita, thanks for liking my new post on Delhi (India)….
      So nice to find you here and looking forward to read more from u….

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      • Ishita
        December 21, 2015 at 4:43 pm

        Thanks Piyush 🙂 It was a great post. Cheers!

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    • Marica
      December 21, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Ciao Ishita,
      your page “Travel Tips-Italy” is amazing. I smiled a lot reading it (all the tips are very good!!!). It is fun to read about how your own country is perceived by foreigners!!

      “Pizza is not cut into slices in Italy” 😀 😀 😀

      Marica

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      • Ishita
        December 21, 2015 at 3:20 pm

        Ciao Marica 🙂 Haha 😀 Thank you. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Yay 😛 Are we friends on twitter?

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        • Marica
          December 21, 2015 at 3:28 pm

          I will read more for sure! No, I am not on twitter (for now)!

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          • Ishita
            December 21, 2015 at 3:30 pm

            Okay I may have confused you with some other Marica 🙂 When are you based in Italy? Would love a cup of coffee someday when I come. Ciao!

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            • Marica
              December 21, 2015 at 3:33 pm

              No prob 😉 I am based in Milan! Sure, let me know!
              Ciao
              Marica

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    • Kate Blalock
      December 20, 2015 at 9:47 am

      Great post! You have such a fresh idea for a blog, I know what it’s like to travel and fall in love with a country!

      Reply
      • Ishita
        December 21, 2015 at 3:21 pm

        Thank you Kate. You are too kind 🙂 I am glad we think alike!

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    • thegiramondo
      December 16, 2015 at 2:16 am

      Hi Ishita, thanks for liking my post about some of the major mistakes I made in Italy, I’m glad you found it entertaining! I really like your blog, it’s full of passion for this country! I’ll definetely stop by again in the future, would be happy to welcome you to my blog as well, there will be some more stories coming up about my current life in Tuscany 🙂 Safe travels and thanks a lot!

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      • Ishita
        December 16, 2015 at 12:45 pm

        Thanks so much for stopping by. So sweet I am stoked 🙂 I hope too. Travel safe. Travel light!

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    • Rashminotes
      December 15, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Great blog Ishita:) Look forward to reading many more posts, thanks for stopping by mine.

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      • Ishita
        December 15, 2015 at 12:25 pm

        Thanks so much 🙂 It was a pleasure!

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    • pamelaallegretto
      December 12, 2015 at 3:50 am

      Your blog is so entertaining and interesting! Thank you for putting my novel “Bridge of Sighs and Dreams” on your “to read” list on Goodreads! Tanti auguri!!!

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      • Ishita
        December 12, 2015 at 1:15 pm

        I am so stoked that you commented on my blog. Thank you!! I am looking forward to reading it 🙂

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    • JoHanna Massey
      December 9, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Such a beautiful website you have created. I too, love Italy. Looking forward to following your travels. You have already got me interested in several new places to explore. Thank you.

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      • Ishita
        December 9, 2015 at 9:35 pm

        Your comments made my day, Johanna. So sweet of you to say this. I hope you can explore more places soon.

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    • ceciliahallstrom
      December 4, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Just like you, I love Italy, so it was nice to get to know your blog. Oh, and thank you for taking a look at mine too! I will have stories from Italy too in the future. As you know, it is well
      worth writing about…

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      • Ishita
        December 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm

        How wonderful! Nice to know that Cecilia 🙂 Looking forward.

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    • delanoi2
      November 30, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Hi Ishita, thanks for liking our post from Siena!
      Although we are living in France we are visiting Italy often, as we did this fall during a road-trip in Tuscany. We love Italy too!

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      • Ishita
        November 30, 2015 at 8:38 pm

        You are lucky! N I loved that post 🙂 we are fellow italophilies then. Cheers!

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    • petrel41
      November 24, 2015 at 1:51 am

      Congratulations!

      I have nominated your blog for the Real Neat Blog Award.

      More about this nomination is at

      https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/real-neat-blog-award-congratulations-to-its-nominees/

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      • Ishita
        November 24, 2015 at 9:51 am

        Thank you so much 😀 Love this!

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        • petrel41
          November 24, 2015 at 4:59 pm

          Well deserved 🙂 Keep blogging!

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          • Ishita
            November 25, 2015 at 9:39 am

            🙂 You too!

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    • Saxon
      November 9, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Lovely site. Thanks for finding me so I could find you 🙂 Follow from me. Cheers

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    • danetigress
      November 5, 2015 at 2:23 am

      Thanks for liking my blog http://www.danetigress.wordpress.com, I love italy and traveling and your blog seems very nice, I’ll start stalking 🙂

      Reply
      • Ishita
        November 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

        Always welcome 🙂 haha, me too!

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    • Bhavna
      November 2, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks Ishita for checking out my blog. I am planning to visit Italy sometime, will definitely refer to your blog.

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      • Ishita
        November 2, 2015 at 7:34 pm

        Always welcome bhavna!

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    • ChroniclesIY
      November 2, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks for the like! I have to write my other parts for my Napoli trip! stay tuned!

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      • Ishita
        November 2, 2015 at 7:34 pm

        Looking forward 🙂

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    • hsnixon
      October 27, 2015 at 7:07 am

      Thanks for liking my posts! I also love Italy and have several more restaurants from this last trip to post and will collect some from Rome soon! I look forward to reading your posts.

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      • Ishita
        October 27, 2015 at 7:31 am

        Looking forward myself! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    • luna_n
      October 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Hi Ishita,

      Thank you for always liking my posts! I’ve started following you and I enjoy reading your posts. I’m glad you found my blog and that you also have an interest in Italy 🙂 If you ever come back to Italy I hope you’ll make it to Tuscany again as there are many wonderful places to see!

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      • Ishita
        October 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm

        Thanks for the follow Luna. Pleasure is all mine 🙂 I am glad we are kindred spirits 🙂 Hope too. Any good offbeat places you recommend?

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        • luna_n
          October 14, 2015 at 2:51 pm

          Yes, definitely. Near my town there are a few I’ve visited and I will be blogging about them. I also have my growing travel list of places I’d like to visit in Tuscany, which I could probably turn into a post! Thanks for the inspiration 😀

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          • Ishita
            October 14, 2015 at 2:53 pm

            Aww this is flattering. You are welcome. I am looking fwd to reading it!

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    • turinmamma
      October 13, 2015 at 12:12 am

      Just wanted to say thank you for visiting my site. Although my blog is about mostly Italian food, your country and its cuisine has always had a special place in my heart too.

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      • Ishita
        October 13, 2015 at 8:18 am

        You don’t have to say. I love everything Italian and yours gives the best peek into the lifestyle. Hope to visit turin someday. Maybe we could meet for a bicerin? 🙂 so nice to hear that you love my country. Kindred souls we are <3

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        • turinmamma
          October 13, 2015 at 8:10 pm

          Yes do let me know if you make it here to Turin one day. Would be great to meet up! 🙂

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          • Ishita
            October 13, 2015 at 8:14 pm

            I’m going to make it there and soon. It’s high on the list. Hope to see you too 🙂

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    • intrepidmuses
      October 6, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      Viva Italia!

      Reply
    • Riccardo Barcucci
      October 5, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Congrats for your nice site, Ishita. Thanks a lot for stopping by my portfolio blog. Cheers . riccardo

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      • Ishita
        October 5, 2015 at 8:03 pm

        Thank you, Riccardo. Same for yours 🙂 cheers!

        Reply
    • An Englishwoman in Italy
      September 28, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks again for the Likes, Ishita. I’m off to Le Marche in a couple of days and will have lots to blog about – including the forecast cyclone. I’m a bit nervous about what state I’ll find our house in – something else for the blog!

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      • Ishita
        September 28, 2015 at 8:42 pm

        How fun! I hope all’s well there. So exciting I’m looking forward to your stories. I love your blog it’s a pleasure. So much to learn from 🙂

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    • Kathy O'Brien
      September 28, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Ishita, thank you for the ‘like’ on my Monterosso post. And, thank you for introducing me to your blog. It is a lovely pleasure. Certainly, it is easy to fall in love with Italy!

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      • Ishita
        September 28, 2015 at 8:42 pm

        I ageee Kathy. It’s so easy to fall in love with Italy 🙂 thank you for stopping by. I love your posts.

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    • An Englishwoman in Italy
      September 21, 2015 at 5:29 am

      Thanks for the Like, Ishita. I’ll catch up with you soon.

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      • Ishita
        September 21, 2015 at 7:00 am

        Sure, cara!

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    • Billy
      September 16, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      What a great way for me to rekindle my love of La Stupida Italia, as I like to call it. It’s not difficult to find the beautiful in Italy, but it’s great that you share the love, Look forward to reading you 🙂

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      • Ishita
        September 16, 2015 at 8:06 pm

        Thank you Billy. I appreciate your comment. I wonder why you feel so though “stupida Italia” as you quote.

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        • Billy
          September 16, 2015 at 11:05 pm

          Because Italy is an incredible, beautiful country but most Italians don’t deserve it. I’m just a little bitter for not being able to live there in peace 🙂

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        • Ishita
          September 17, 2015 at 8:15 am

          I hope you get your peace soon 🙂

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    • shipra9
      September 15, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      nice blog

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      • Ishita
        September 16, 2015 at 9:19 am

        Thanks Shipra 🙂

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    • rumadak
      September 14, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks for the follow! I want to do a vacation in Europe soon! And Italy top the list, now I know where to look for information 🙂

      Reply
      • Ishita
        September 14, 2015 at 5:54 pm

        oh Yay! That would be great 🙂 I am making a concise post on things/places to see in 3-4 major cities of Italy. Hope that would be useful to you!

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      • Ishita
        September 14, 2015 at 5:54 pm

        I have recently moved from Blogger and loving WordPress. You may find lot of my earlier posts not in proper format due to blogger issues. Don’t mind!

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        • Ruma Dak
          September 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm

          Yeah! I am on blogger as well! but wordpress is much better!

          Reply
          • Ishita
            September 14, 2015 at 6:06 pm

            Yes! And I realized it quite late 😉 good I’m here now!

            Reply
    • Tanja
      September 10, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      because you chose Trieste as your fav? 😉 It’s a matter of personal preference, but seeing where you’ve travelled in Italy I’d guess you’d have picked another town

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      • Ishita
        September 10, 2015 at 1:58 pm

        Haha. I like your honesty 😀 Its so much fun chattign with you coz you understand Italy 😉 🙂 and yes coz Trieste is not typically Italian. It has hints of everything.

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        • Tanja
          September 10, 2015 at 2:17 pm

          Right?:) Trieste was very much under Austrian rule which is evident in its architecture but also I’d dare say in the mentality of the people. Did you know that Trieste is considered to be the oldest town in Italy by its population? A lot of retired ppl there

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          • Ishita
            September 10, 2015 at 2:26 pm

            Yes I did. In fact I read a post on it sometime. yep the Austrians are everywhere. Miramare, statues.. its a beautiful port town.

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          • Ishita
            September 10, 2015 at 2:27 pm

            Whats your fav part of the town?

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            • Tanja
              September 10, 2015 at 2:33 pm

              The main square, Piazza dell’Unita;) and I like the Miramare castle.

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              • Ishita
                September 10, 2015 at 3:07 pm

                Ditto 🙂 Lovely talking to you!

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              • Ishita
                September 10, 2015 at 3:08 pm

                I also love the historic cafes. Will post on Trieste soon.! Stay tuned!

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                • Tanja
                  September 10, 2015 at 4:02 pm

                  I will!:)

    • Tanja
      September 10, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      HI, How can I find your blog’s FB page? When I clicked on the link it said invalid

      Reply
    • nataliescarberry
      September 10, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Thank you for visiting my blog and for liking one of my posts. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

      Reply
      • Ishita
        September 10, 2015 at 11:42 am

        I enjoyed reading it 🙂 grazie for coming here!

        Reply
    • AnnaJ
      September 8, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      A blog only on Italy travels; that’s interesting! Looking for posts on Rome, Florence for my upcoming Italian vacation.

      Reply
    • Ken Deacon
      September 4, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      An interesting blog featuring some little known parts of Italy. Ever visited Mantova? That’s somewhere that I want to visit.

      Reply
      • Ishita
        September 4, 2015 at 5:43 pm

        Thank you Ken 🙂 Not YET but its been on my list since ages!

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    • christinalea
      September 4, 2015 at 5:58 am

      Hey there, thanks for checking out my Bergamo post! I highly recommend checking out Bergamo next time you get the chance.. It’s a stunning city. And beautiful blog! I can definitely appreciate your love for Italy haha. Ciao for now xx

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      • Ishita
        September 4, 2015 at 12:50 pm

        You are most welcome Christina, I loved it..haha yes 😀 Thank you so much!

        Reply
    • lindaravello
      September 3, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      If you woudl like to read/see a little more on France, then my posts on ‘Gateau au Yaourt and Lake Annecy’, Eggs Mimosa, Poulet a la Provencale and Saint Pal de Vence, and Grated Carrot Salad and Chateau de Monte Christo’ are good places to begin without trawling through lots of posts. There is also a section on the site -‘Paris on a Budget’ which is just about Paris, where I live – but I much prefer Sienna!

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      • Ishita
        September 3, 2015 at 9:14 pm

        Thank you, il definitely check them out! I am fascinated by Paris, will def see this! <3

        Reply
    • lindaravello
      September 3, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Ah I am SO glad that you stopped by my blog – I too LOVE Italy, but alas, I live in France, but maybe you might enjoy learning a little about France via my blog, which essentially ‘Franglais’ cooking, but often than not, includes photos and little cultural stories on my life in France. I am going to begin to follow you and we can be Italy ‘anoraks’ together………a bientot. Lindy x

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      • Ishita
        September 3, 2015 at 8:43 pm

        I am glad too, it was just by chance 🙂 Loved it! Have never been to France maybe next time. Thank you for the follow. Looking fwd to your stories 😀

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    • southernease
      September 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      I love your love of Italy! I went on a tour through Florence, Venice, Verona, Rome, and Assisi, with my parents during my high school senior year spring break, and your essays make me want to go back today! I can’t wait to see more of your work!

      P.S. Thank you so much for liking my Perfect-for-a-Party Popcorn Chicken piece! I hope I can do for you with the American South what you do for me with Italy!

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      • Ishita
        September 2, 2015 at 2:26 pm

        That is such a flattering message, I re-read it 3 times. It just made my DAY! <3 thank you, grazile mille like the Italians say 😉 I am glad I can give you instant wanderlust.. I am sure your pictures and essays will do the same for me for the American South 😀

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    • Sreejith Nair
      August 31, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      Hello Ishita,

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog and hope you enjoyed the posts.

      So nice to find you here and looking forward to read more from/on Italy…

      Have a great time 🙂

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      • Ishita
        September 1, 2015 at 1:21 pm

        I did Sreejith 🙂 Glad you enjoyed mine as well. Grazie mille 😀

        Reply
    • aradhanajagota
      August 31, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Ishita! your have a beautiful blog with amazing information about Italy. Would love to read more of your experiences. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      Reply
      • Ishita
        August 31, 2015 at 7:06 pm

        Thank you so much Aradhana 🙂 I am glad you are enjoying the posts. I love your blog too! Very nice pictures and experiences.

        Reply
    • Rati
      August 27, 2015 at 9:48 am

      Hi Ishita, thanks for liking my new post on IndianSpaghetti! 🙂

      Reply
      • Ishita
        August 27, 2015 at 1:51 pm

        Loved it 🙂 You are most welcome

        Reply
    • LunaGazelleBroadcast
      August 26, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      We really enjoy reading your blog posts on italy. There are still so many places in Italy we have yet to see and love seeing the different regions through your posts and photographs.

      Reply
      • Ishita
        August 26, 2015 at 6:49 pm

        Thank you Luna 🙂 I am so glad. I am now shifted to wordpress, its great if you could keep in touch here! Blogspot is a gone era 😉

        Reply
      • Ishita
        August 26, 2015 at 6:50 pm

        Thank you for FOLLOW 😀

        Reply
    • Susan And Wade
      August 18, 2015 at 5:02 am

      Thanks so much for the follow! Look forward to reading more of your blog. Take care and happy travels!

      Reply
      • Ishita
        August 18, 2015 at 3:47 pm

        Thank you so much guys! I am very new to WordPress and am still figuring how to transfer all my Blogger posts. Your wishes are appreciated 🙂

        Reply
      • ejsna
        August 28, 2017 at 5:51 pm

        Thank you, guys. Wishing you the same!

        Reply

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