good life and times in italy

italian pastaEnjoying la dolce vita, the good life, in Italy can be as decadent as lingering over a cappuccino in the coastal town of Levanto, or as simple as making new friends on a train bound for Venice, as Intrepid’s Karen Rastall experienced…

“One of my most memorable train journeys took place in Italy when I was travelling on a day train between Milan and Venice. A passenger joined me soon after departure and within a few minutes we were chatting. A few stops later and a few more passengers entered our compartment, and they too joined in our discussion. Soon after, our small compartment was full and conversation was flowing between all six of us.

My fellow passengers were all from different regions in Italy.  Each one eager to tell me about where they were from, about local life in Italy and about their views on life in general. They told their stories with such passion and gusto that their enthusiasm for their country was infectious and so exciting! They gave me an insight into a side of Italy that as a visitor I had never before seen, and they opened my eyes to their culture in a completely new way.

During that trip we talked and laughed so loud I’m sure the whole train could hear us – I found it amazing how six strangers could bond in such a short time. All too soon we reached our destination and after waving goodbye, we each disappeared into the crowded station. I often think back to that journey – it brings a smile to my face every time and remains to this day one of the most fun train journeys I’ve ever had.”

Tour Italy with Intrepid on trips like these great small group adventures:
La Dolce Vita – 15 days Rome to Venice
Essence of Italy – 21 days ex Rome

About the author

Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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