La Vita Bella - My Family Travels

For the past 17 years of my life, I have traveled back and forth to Italy almost every year. My mother is Italian and all of our family is located in the southern peninsula. For two months we would usually stay in our small town and not venturing out to other cities, but this all changed two years ago. We took a trip to Italy, but it consisted of touring the beautiful country from the south of Naples to the north of Florence. Everyday I woke up knowing I was going to see something new, and learn something interesting.

The landscape was impeccable — either you were surrounded by beautiful mountains, or clean blue ocean. This always left a new place to visit and more people to see. I became engulfed in the history of Italia.

I was in the Coliseum, where gladiators fought to their deaths, and then in the Sistine Chapel where Michelangelo painted his masterpiece. I walked up the Spanish steps where so many films took place and threw coins in The Trevi Fountain with the millions of coins from other countries. The vehicle-free city of Venice took me by surprise with its overwhelming, yet narrow streets — a city literally surrounded completely by water.

My next favorite part was the food. Simply thinking about the cuisine has my mouth watering. The food tasted so organic and fresh, a definite change from the fast food in the States. Fresh herbs and tomatoes almost in every meal left you full and at the same time, wanting more.

I was already fond of the European life, but by experiencing the Italian culture I fell in love with everything about the marvelous country.

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