10 Things I Love About Italy

Besides my love for PR, photography and going on adventures in San Diego… I’m obsessed with day dreaming & pretending to plan my next trip to Europe, specifically Italy. Unfortunately, I don’t have the funds yet (but I’m saving!)…. to make matters worse though, I’m dealing with extreme jealousy since my sister is leaving for Milan this Saturday.

Never been to Europe? If you’re deciding on a country to visit, there’s no doubt in my mind that your first trip should be to Italy. After studying there for 4-5 months back in 2008, I keep telling myself that I’ll make plans to go back next year…which ends up being the next year… and then the next year after that. UGH. Much like my move to San Diego, I just have to extreme save for 3 months and spontaneously buy my ticket & hope it all just works out

Here’s 10 reasons why I’m seriously obsessed with Italia:

1. Europeans work to live, Americans live to work. But really though. Americans work 50% more than Germans, the French and Italians. NOT that I’m complaining about work… I love my job! But come on, who would ever turn down shorter work days?

2. Incredible wine that is dirt cheap. I wasn’t much of a wine fan before living in Italy. After seeing bottles of wine though for 2 euros (hey! I was living in the college life – surviving on a budget), I couldn’t pass it up. And there was no reason to… the wine was literally bottled down the road and of course, amazing. Best yet, one of the local farmers’ markets would fill your water bottle up with wine for a euro!

3. Fresh food. Not once did I eat anything in Italy that had crazy preservatives in them or added sugars. I ended up leaving in better shape than I went there in, all because I was actually eating real food. And yes, I still ate pizza almost every day.

4. COFFEE. Just read my ‘about’ [http://web.archive.org/web/20141129042225/http://robbinwatson.com/about/] page and you’ll understand why this is important to me.

5. The best backdrop for beautiful photos. My passion for photography started once I took a photo class in Rome. Every corner you turn & every alley you stumble across is so unique… making it easy to get stunning photos.

6. Easy access to other countries. The best part about traveling in Europe is how easy & cheap it is to hop around from city to city and country to country. Airlines like RyanAir have the best fare prices. But don’t forget to look into train schedules as well!

7. History. Rome, along with hundreds of other European cities are so historically preserved — I’m truly in awe by it.

8. The tourist sites — Yes, I said it! There’s normally always a crowd, but how could you give up going to check out The Coliseum, ride a gondola in Venice, touch Juliet’s boob in Verona for good luck, etc…

9. Handmade items. I couldn’t resist spending all my money on a brown leather wallet in Piazza Navona…or sandals from Anacapri… a journal from the local bookshop… or a rose-shaped ring from a nearby market vendor… all because they were handmade and one-of-a-kind. Plus, I love supporting local artists.

10. The artwork…which can be found in everything. The architecture, on walls in museums, statues and fountains in piazzas.

I could go on and on… but if I keep this going, I might just buy a ticket tonight!

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