The first time I saw Italy, at the tender age of 20, it seemed so familiar. I had never been there before, and yet I recognized so much.
Then I realized what was going on.
Italy, though it may be small geographically, has had a huge influence on the world—and my own country. Italian sculptors, painters and artisans have defined the standards of art, while the roots of the Christian church were planted centuries ago in Rome. Those long-ago Romans forged new roads and paths that still affect the way we do things. And today, Italian fashions are in huge demand, while the country’s cuisine has become a staple in many nations.
This month, Go World Travel celebrates Italy, a land of 58 million people, with our in-depth special section. We party in Rome with a local and then take a rare detour into the underworld of Naples. We reveal the hidden side of Florence and give you the inside scoop on shopping etiquette in Italy.
From there, Jamie Strachan takes us biking through Holland, while Tara McClellan McAndrew confesses her tale of the strange hostel host. Jason Stevenson heads to Cameroon to research volunteer vacations, and Aussie journalist Susan Miles treks up Mt. Fuji with hundreds of Japanese pilgrims.
And, in a piece that sums up our thoughts exactly, Nancy Pellegrini muses over the real freedom and wealth that a passport can bring.