The diversity within Italy itself is reason enough to love it. It’s a country steeped in history and rich in culture and the arts. Not to mention, it’s culinary credentials are out-of-this world. I spent six years in junior high/high school learning Italian, so this country, its culture, and its people all hold a special place in my heart. I’ve grown attached to it, and unlike other European countries where I find myself lost in translation, there’s a comforting familiarity I experience when I find myself in the ample street markets and trattorias where the locals are shouting Italian all around.
While I explored many new-to-me countries during my time abroad, as in never-before-visited, I couldn’t possibly go to Europe without making a stop in Italy. This time around, my travels took me to Genoa, a port city situated on what’s known as the Italian Riviera. From stunning coastline views with water as blue as the eye could see, to enjoying the Italian tradition of pre-dinner aperitivo right along the shore, to savoring authentic Genovese pesto and Italian gelato, I had fallen head over heels for this charming town.
What I loved most about Genoa, compared to bigger Italian cities like Rome, Venice, or Milan, was that it was not overrun by tourists. Wandering through the streets of the different neighborhoods and the main piazza in town, it was refreshing to see local culture and tradition still very much on display.
Suffice it to say, the 2 days spent in Genoa were not nearly enough for this wanderlust-seeking, travel obsessed foodie. Until I get the chance to visit again, I’ll just have to live vicariously through these pictures.