It’s hard to believe nearly three years have come and gone since my family and I moved to Italy. We’ve just over a year left and though I’m excited for our next adventure there is a very big part of me that will be sad to say “Arrivaderci” when the time comes. Over the next year, I will be sharing all the little things I love about living in Italy (and perhaps some of the things I don’t.) because living in a foreign country as opposed to visiting one on vacation allows one a rather unique perspective.
In years to come, when I think of Italy, I’ll think of their amazing coffee. It truly is a major part of the makeup of this land. Coffee bars, cafes, and even vending machines can all provide a delicious cup of caffeinated dreaminess.
The quintessential cappuccino, sprinkled generously with unsweetened chocolate or as it’s often referred to “cacao” Is one of my most favorite things about Italy.
I don’t think I’ve traveled, or toured, or simply experienced any place more aware of art. Everywhere you go, even in the most humble of places there is some form of art, or at the very least a beautiful natural landscape. Italians enjoy beauty, and even when they don’t mean to, they make things beautiful. From the way they package gifts you buy, or box sweets from a bakery, or go for a picnic. Which isn’t how you or I would. No, these can be large affairs full of multiple course meals, and of course wine and things to beautify a picnic table…
I encountered this simple flower bouquet at a park one summer afternoon, a previous visitor, had left it to be enjoyed by the next person to dine.
I’d be remiss if I were mentioning coffee, to not remark about gelato. Gelato is delightful any time of year, but especially in the summer months. When I visit my local gelateria, I may, take home one of these other – non “ice cream” deserts. My favorite – the meregata. If you’ve ever the chance to try this desert. Go for it! It’s meringue, whipped cream, and a fruit, usually a berry. Yum!
Italian deserts, aren’t they pretty?
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Nicole Olea’s love language is communication. She does this best using her keyboard as a freelance copywriter and editor. Creative and resilient with high-level experience in social media management, content creation, and eCommerce marketing, Nicole Olea was a professional volunteer, sharing her skills with various non-profit organizations who paid her in hugs. For the last 20 years, she’s lived a quasi-nomadic life, moving across the country and the Atlantic with her active-duty husband and their three kids. She’s awkwardly stumbling toward her goal of becoming a saint. She’s got God-sized dreams and wants you to have them too!