This is my first blog post. Blank page, new adventure. Feels kinda scary, I have to say.
And I also have to confess that I put off writing this blog post for days now. I don’t know exactly why, but I kept on beginning the post and then deleting it as it never felt perfect. I didn’t know how to start, I didn’t know how to go on. This new site, this whole new concept has always felt a bit difficult to describe, for me. In my mind, my vision was clear and simple, but somehow I had a hard time putting it into words. I have been struggling with this a lot, until yesterday, when I got an email that changed things.
I am currently enrolled in the course Six Weeks to a More Passion-filled and Profitable Business, by the wonderful April Bowles Owlin. We do a lot of exercises, work hard on our business vision, and make a lot of powerful connections. One of the lovely ladies I met in the course group, Sharee, was kind enough to share with me her experience in Italy. She came to Italy with her husband for a couple of weeks and told me what she liked and what she didn’t. What struck me was her phrase: “I was disappointed in the restaurants”.
She expected to eat great food everywhere, but ended up being extremely disappointed. When I read it, I felt a pang of sadness as I think that restaurants and good food are one of the greatest experiences, here in Italy. You can taste so many different kinds of recipes, here; all of them incredibly savory. So I said to myself, “I don’t want this to happen again”.
I don’t want someone coming to Italy and being disappointed by something which could be so wonderful.
I want people to make the most of their experience and enjoy their holiday to its fullest. I want people to be happy here and take home good memories. I want them to see authentic Italy and experience it the Italian way – minus the bureaucracy and the crazy politics, let’s keep those for us Italian residents.
With this blog I want to take you to Italy with me. I want to take you by the hand and show you around, as if you were a friend visiting from abroad.
I’ll share the recipes of my family and take you on day trips with me. I’ll tell you about the restaurants I love, the hidden spots, the interesting books, the funny movies, the things you have to know to survive in this crazy yet adorable country. If you come to Italy, I want to provide you with the tools you need to enjoy your experience in the best possible way. If you do not plan on visiting but are interested in Italian culture, I want to give you authentic materials, funny stories and something nice to read.
I want to chat with you and get to know you better. I want this to be a place for sharing thoughts and enjoying our time together. I want Instantly Italy to be your place for relaxing, for reading something interesting while sipping a cup of coffee, or for learning something new. A nice pause in your daily routine. A lunch date with a friend. A walk around a new neighborhood to discover.