Travel Tales: Ode to Italia: Both Love and Travel Story

FlyAwayU | Travel Tales: Ode to Italia: Trevi, Umbria, Italy
Trevi, Umbri, Italy

HAHA.

I love travel stories.

The funny thing is, we share them while talking and storytelling but we rarely share them on our blogs anymore. Instead, travel blogs have become more about “how to.”

And while there’s nothing wrong with “how to” I miss the stories.

So, guess what we’re doing?

We’re sharing our travel stories!

The first one from me comes from in the form of this cute little piece. It’s a piece I wrote while riding the train from Rome to Trevi, Umbria, Italy in October 2015. I just happened to find it while doing a deep cleaning on my cloud drive.

It was our second visit to Rome. And boy was it completely different from our first one.

The first time was a 12 day vacation filled with a whirlwind of activities. The second started the beginning of our location independent lifestyle.

And without further ado, here is my “Ode to Italia,” part love story and part travel story.

FlyAwayU | Sunset over Trevi
Sunset over the hills and valley of Umbria, viewed from Trevi.

Ode to Italia

Wheels screech on the tarmac.

David and I look at each other, massive grins spreading across our faces.

We’re back!

Maybe there is something about tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain.

Roma. The energetic city that captured our hearts the first time around lays out before us. Excited, we climb abroad the shuttle bus ready for our overnight in Rome.

We’re not long in the city this trip. Tomorrow we’ll transfer to our home for a month, Trevi in Umbria, Italy. But for a moment we can take a breath and enjoy the hustle and bustle as we dash off to see the Colosseum in her cloak of nighttime.

Mornings bring cars, scooters, and buses zipping and darting, racing to their destinations. The Metro, looks like a clown car, as one more person wedges into the mass of twisted body parts. Bustling grey cobblestone sidewalks fill with talkative people.

We absorb the view while enjoying breakfast on the sidewalk, with steaming cups of cappuccino and tea and chocolate filled croissants. What a fantastic way to start the day.

All too soon, we’re joining the morning commute to catch our carriage ride to Trevi.

Soon Italia’s rolling green-hued hills dotted with the silver-grey of olive branches and white puffy sheep delight once again.

The warmth of the sun’s weak rays, filter through clouds, highlighting the adventures of the day.

A sheepherder and his dog push his sheep ahead, while a blue heron dips and glides above the emerald-green winding Tiber.

Lunch of prosciutto, cheese, and chewy golden bread washed down with heavenly sparkling mineral water as we ride the streaming silver ribbon cutting across the countryside towards, Trevi, Umbria, Italy, our home for a month.

We’re ready to settle for a bit. While seeing new places is a joy, sometimes the getting there is not, and for now, we have been getting there for far too long. It’s been a week of travel before our arrival in Italia.

Soon the beauty of Italy draws us in, and we’re once again captivated by her charm, her people, and her language.

And while we look forward to the journeys ahead, today…right now…we’re happy to be in Italy. Our hearts will miss her when it’s time to go, for soon Portugal and her mysteries will beckon.

Until then, we absorb, we love, and we hope the days slip slowly by while in Italy because in a hurry to go, we are not.

If you enjoyed our Ode to Italia and want more Travel Tales, check out David’s Our Walks with Moroccan Spirit Guide Dogs.

34 thoughts on “Travel Tales: Ode to Italia: Both Love and Travel Story

  • 14/02/2018 at 15:34
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    I have a lot of love for Italia, because I’m there a lot! I’ve only been to Perugia in Umbria, not yet Trevi, though it sounds beautiful. It’s a wonderful country, and I hope you return soon to see more of its beauty!

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  • 15/02/2018 at 08:24
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    Ah Bella Italia! Such a lovely Ode and I can totally agree. It is a magical place with so much diversity. The north different than the south and Rome again a complete world on it’s own. Umbria I don’t know so well yet, that’s why I was really curious about your impressions. What to say, your post makes me immediately want to be there again.

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    • 15/02/2018 at 14:02
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      Hendrik, We’ve spent 4 months total in Umbria and completely love it. It’s so close to the Tuscany region and yet mostly untouched by tourism at this point. It’s real Italy with mostly Italian, not much English. It has it’s own cuisine and the food is amazing. Perugia is the biggest city, a university town! We love it there and highly recommend visiting.

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  • 15/02/2018 at 08:49
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    Ode to Italy has remembered me of the time I lived there for almost one year. Italy is a great country, with lots of old medieval town that arise on top of a hill and you wonder who came to live here in the past. I like very much how you mixed the photos in a collage.

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    • 15/02/2018 at 13:56
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      It sounds like you having amazing memories of Italy as well. She does grab you by the heart like that 🙂

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  • 15/02/2018 at 09:50
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    When I read travel blogs I prefer when the writer write something more personal and not purely “how to”…for that I download a travel guide. But I know that many other prefer only guides and nothing personal in blogs. I hope that you will enjoy the rest of your stay in Italy, atleast you seems to enjoying her a lot for now! Looking forward reading about your stay in Trevi!

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    • 15/02/2018 at 13:51
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      Dada, I do think we forget to tell the stories because of the demand for how to and iteneraries. But we’re working to bring the stories back!

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  • 15/02/2018 at 10:56
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    Your post is so poetic and you have beautifully described Italy and its wonders. I loved Italy, though I have visited Northern and central Italy. Authentic Italian cuisine, rich historical ancient monuments, countryside, mountains, lively cities all from Italy are so inviting and even I also miss them a lot. You have taken beautiful pictures.

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    • 15/02/2018 at 13:48
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      We still have to fully get into Northern and Southern Italy. It’s truly an amazing place!

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  • 16/02/2018 at 00:22
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    I honestly enjoyed reading your ode to Italy. It’s light but heartwarming to read! It left me wanting to read more from your vacation. Wish I could visit Italy soon and get an intimate experience like yours!

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    • 16/02/2018 at 18:00
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      Hey Jen,
      I’m working on our stories for Italy and the other places we’ve been. But do highly recommend visiting Italy. It’s an amazing country.

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  • 16/02/2018 at 00:29
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    Ahhh love this! I agree, travel stories are the best! I’m hoping there really is something to the saying about throwing a coin in the trevi fountain! Dying to make it back!

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    • 16/02/2018 at 17:59
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      Well Chloe, I’ve been back four times to Rome so there must be something to it. Which means you’ll be going back as well.

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  • 16/02/2018 at 03:43
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    I really do enjoy reading more travel stories than “how-to” guides. They remind me so much of the personal journeys we all take, and how much we are all affected by travel. I get the sense of coming home with this story and it makes me so happy. I love the imagery of Italy drawing you in!

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  • 16/02/2018 at 04:10
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    I love reading travel stories. Italy sounds so charming especially with the green hills dotted, olive branches and sheep! Living by the countryside is always a good idea since you’re away from the crowds and tourists. Your trip sounds lovely.

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    • 16/02/2018 at 17:58
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      Thank you Samah, of course this is just one section of Italy. There’s so much to see and do there and it’s all different 🙂

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  • 16/02/2018 at 10:40
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    What a lovely way to showcase Italy…through a story. You are so write, we share so many travel stories in our daily lives when meeting up with friends or families….but it is not always so common to see these stories on blogs. I have to admit…I am a bit jealous you spent a whole month living in Umbria! But I like the way you described the energetic city of Rome, especially the metro being like a clown car! That one definitely caught my attention. I hope one day I will make my way back to Italy.

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    • 16/02/2018 at 17:57
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      Umbria is a special place. If only the internet was good enough there, i would be moving there 🙂 You’ll make it back to Italy!

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  • 16/02/2018 at 13:51
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    You have caught the essence of your trip beautifully with this ode. I feel the same way about Rome in specific. I wish I could go back for a lot is left unseen. Maybe one of these days!

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    • 16/02/2018 at 17:55
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      I’m not sure you can ever see all of Rome but multiple trips are necessary for sure 🙂 We’ve been four times and there’s still so much to discover!

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  • 17/02/2018 at 07:00
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    I have not heard much about Trevi before, but from your description, it sounds like a charming city! A month is a good period of time to really get to know a place well, to get past all those touristy spots. I am looking forward to reading more of your Trevi stories!

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  • 17/02/2018 at 13:29
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    Such evocative writing! I often think the same. Plenty of articles are focused on how and what to do, and very rarely about what one feel once traveling. I think that sharing our impressions and emotions could enrich the experience of the traveler who will come after us much more than a simple list. Thanks for sharing that

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  • 18/02/2018 at 10:34
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    Our blogging journey started with stories but we had to change our style for the informative posts worked better for traffic and SEO. Rome is a magical city with so much history and architecture. We love to read travel stories and we enjoyed reading your story.

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    • 18/02/2018 at 15:01
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      Yes, the SEO thing is why most of us do the informative posts, BUT I’m going to be slipping in the stories as well now. There’s been quite a request for them recently, so maybe things are changing 🙂

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  • 19/02/2018 at 04:25
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    Your story is so beautifully articulated 🙂 Italy is lovely, and I wish I could back to Rome as well. Lucky that you’re going to be living there for a while, I am sure it’s going to be a lovely experience.

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  • 19/02/2018 at 12:34
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    True, you said it right we have actually stopped telling stories but only ‘how to’ and ‘where to’. I prefer writing my personal stuff and maybe I compromise on the information part. Loved your travel story. Italia is gorgeous.

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    • 20/02/2018 at 04:01
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      Thanks Manjulika! It’s okay, we can bring back the stories as well and sprinkle them in 🙂

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  • 21/02/2018 at 15:50
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    Italy is an astonishing travel destination and probably one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, Heidi! I really enjoyed seeing your pictures!

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