๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น DEAR ITALY, A LOVE LETTER ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

(all pics mine)
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    Dear Italy,
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    When I arrived in Venice in August 2007, it was love at first sight. These are some of the innumerable reasons why.
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    Your people are so wonderful and friendly and kind
    Literally the best. The last time I went to Venice, the owner of my b&b gave me a locally made pendant as a present. And she sent me this email after I wrote a good review
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    Your people also helped me me realize that living a good life is more important than working too hard
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    Your food is the best of the best:
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    I still dream about this pizza
    Naples
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    And this focaccia
    El Focacciaro, Bari
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    And this gelato
    I've eaten a lot, and I mean a lot of gelato in Italy, and this is the best, most creamy, dreamy one. Piรน di un gelato, Torino www.piudiungelato.it
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    And this chicken drowning in a sea of butter
    Trattoria sostanza, Florence
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    And this bowl of cacio e pepe pasta
    Roma Sparita, Rome
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    And this WALL of cheese
    Parma
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    This incredible beverage
    It's 10 times better than San Pellegrino Limonata and I'll fight anyone who disagrees :)
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    I love that artisans still make their crafts by hand and with love
    Mauro Vianello, venice www.glasshandmade.com
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    Your sense of humor is so unique and adorable
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    Seriously
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    Can't decide what's the most beautiful, your sunsets....
    Sorrento
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    Or your sunrises
    Tuscany
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    Or your canals...i mean how is Venice even real? Sighs, indeed
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    Or your caves
    Castellana Grotte
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    Or your lakes
    Lake como
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    Or your cliffs
    Polignano a mare
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    Or your islands
    Capri
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    Or your countryside
    Tuscany
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    Or your squares/piazze
    Siena
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    I mean really, can you pick?
    I sure can't
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    Even your deadly volcanoes are gorgeous and majestic. Come on!
    Vesuvius
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    Your markets are so amazing I want to set up camp in a tent and live there and eat the amazing food forever and ever
    Torino
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    I love the way you park
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    And let's not forget about your architecture, from cool stone huts....
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    To absurdly incredible palaces...
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    Don't even get me started on the churches
    This gold-filled one in trastevere in Rome is one of my favorites, but this probably deserves a list on its own. The synagogues are equally as stunning, but sadly no photos are allowed.
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    I love that main streets close every evening so people can take their evening walks
    Even in Rome, and it makes even big cities feel small and communal
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    I love that people find the tax police scarier than the military
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    I love that it's considered rude to walk into a store without saying hello
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    I love that the safest way to cross the street is to follow a nun
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    I love that you put a McDonald's out of business
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    I love that there are no Starbucks
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    I love that there are rules for eating....
    No cappuccino after 11 am for you! Did you say you want eggs for breakfast? Good luck with that
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    And that there's a model of a tagliatelle noodle in the bologna city hall to denote the proper thickness to the millimeter
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    You've changed my life and I'll never be able to properly express my gratitude. So this will have to do
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    Maybe I'll even get to live there someday (anyone got a spare visa? ๐Ÿ˜›)
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    Love, Deb
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