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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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