Several years ago I was fortunate enough to tag along with a nice couple to Italy while posing as a stuffed animal. Fortunately, I’m so adorable nobody was the wiser.
Italy was truly amazing. I got to walk around the ruins of Rome, including a secret tour of the Coliseum. We strolled through the halls of the Vatican and stared up at the Sistine Chapel ceiling. We puttered through the canals of Venice and meandered through a centuries old garden in Florence.
We were there a week and I feel like I could have spent the entire summer living there taking everything in and still not had enough. My thoughts often drift back to Italy and how wonderful it was and how I really can’t wait to go back someday.
Once I’m able to travel again I think I’ll move Italy right up to the top of my bucket list. Even though I’ve technically been there, I’ve only scratched the surface of the diverse and cultured regions and beauty that Italy has to offer. When I go back I’d like to visit Tuscany and see the leaning tower of Pisa. I’d like to ride in a convertible with my fur blowing in the wind down the Amalfi coast. I’d like to take in the views at Lake Como and maybe do some shopping in Milan.
Yes, there’s still much for me to see and do in Italy. The Italians have been hit particularly hard by this virus, but if history has taught us anything, Italians are strong. Italians create and live and overcome. Italians are passionate and persistent. They, like many of us, will weather this storm and come to love life even more when it has passed.
Italy, I can’t wait to see you again. Soon. Ciao!
“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.”
– Anna Akhmatova
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