Date of trip: March 2007
How did you arrive in Italy: Airplane
Purpose of your trip: Pure pleasure
Your destination(s): Venezia, VinItaly, Padova, VinItaly, Trieste, VinItaly, Verona, VinItaly, Udine, VinItaly
Length of trip: 1.5 weeks
Your travel companion: wife
Sights worth seeing: Everything
One skippable or overrated place/monument/activity: Doesn't exist in Italy other than Corleone
Best meal: "Da Balan" - San Giorgio di Nogaro - This is the best meal I have had in my life inside or outside of Italy
Most forgettable meal: None
Your most overused Italian phrase(s): Ecco
Where your Italian failed you: Not a major issue
Close encounters: None
Hindsight: Stay 6 months longer
Notebook: Too many "good" addresses
Additional notes: To me Italy is the "small" things. Yes, you need to see all of the big things - Sistine, St. Marks, Duomo di Milano, etc. But to me, Italy is the "little" things...
The small piece of metal in Venice that holds open the shutters - no matter if the shutter is open or closed - there is a face of a person pointed toward you.
The ladders strategically attached and locked to the outside walls of houses in Venice, because it would be too difficult to move them by boat or over the bridges in an emergency.
The 20 meter tall "chair" in the middle of a field in the area of Friuli that is famous for making chairs.
A tour of the Spilimbergo mosaic school.
The anatomy theater in the Palazzo del Bo - Padova
The groves of poplar in Friuli, all perfectly planted in rows, ready for harvest after 20 years.
A conversation with an 80 year old Siciliana (right out of the Godfather) who had never seen a tourist, and who knew my wife's grandfather.
And on, and on, and on....
Una mucca dice all'altra "Hai letto della "mucca pazza"? L'altra dice "Sì, ho sentito. Che fortuna che io sono un pinguino!