I spent the last 2 days on a road trip from Apulia, Southern Italy to Liguria, Northern Italy. I stopped in Tuscany for one night and finally I arrived to my destination. Long story short, I’m back home.
In order to reach Genova, my city, I had to cross 7 of the 20 Italian Regions: Apulia, Molise, Abruzzo, Lazio, Umbria, Tuscany and finally Liguria. A journey of pure beauty.
The trip started from Pugnochiuso, a beautiful bay on the Southern Adriatic Sea, where I spent the last 2 months working in a resort.
It was so interesting to see how the landscape changed, smoothly but quickly at the same time: from the steep and rocky coasts of Gargano to beautiful sunflower fields in the Pescara area. Then crossing the peninsula heading to Rome, the highway is right in between the high, green mountains of Abruzzo.
Passing next to L’Aquila I couldn’t stop thinking about the shocking earthquake of 2009. This happened every time I checked in a guest from that area too. I never dared asking if they experienced it, but my heart was kinda aching for them anyway.
Just before reaching Rome we had to turn right and head north.
At every stop for gas or coffee, it was fun to listen to the people’s accents: another smooth but quick change from the Apulian dialects, through central Italy’s ones with their funny cadence, and Roman accent: unmistakable!
Then up north to Umbria, and finally Tuscany: beautiful, breathtaking landscapes of the Siena area, where I had to stop for a job interview on the following morning.
I couldn’t help myself chuckling a bit when we asked for directions and a guy answered in pretty hardcore, typical aspired accent of Tuscany. I love it.
Tuscany. Yes, I can see why foreigners love it. I was in awe, and also wondering why I never saw all that before, being Tuscany so close to my region. Oh well, better late than never!
I found myself buying postcards in Siena. If they hire me I will spend about 1 year in this area, and even if I was planning to check out another continent, after I saw these landscapes I am sure I would enjoy it and shoot a million pictures all the time.
I must say this trip even if it took “just” two days opened my eyes a lot. But probably this wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t travel the world a bit before.
When you come from a country you tend to take things for granted. Then you see other places and start comparing, and you find yourself seeing things you didn’t notice before and find the right point of view on the good and the bad of your country.
Finally, after my 1 night stop in the Siena area, here I am in my city. It feels like home more than ever.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I still don’t know if I’ll take the job in Tuscany or not. I’ll keep you posted!