It’s 1PM on a Wednesday in Florence, and you’re on your way to pick up ingredients for lunch. Warm cobblestones under your feet. The smell of fresh espresso in the air. You feel like you’re truly living la dolce vita.
But your newly discovered deli, run by a charming couple in their 50s, has pulled down the blinds and hung up a new sign on their door: Chiuso.
Some frantic thoughts racing through your mind might include:
“Oh my god. How inconvenient.”
“What will I do now?”
There are some talented humans in the world. Some of them make short films shot in Italy.
Below is a collection of a few of our faves.
Consider them the tapas menu of travel movies: a small bite of this and a taste of that.
They’re just a few minutes long and deliver you the “beam me up Scotty” feeling… the kind that transports you to another planet. Luckily, sans the lycra bodysuit.
So kick back and do some armchair traveling with me.
Here’s what I want to know:
How can one of the most unbelievably gorgeous parts of Italy also be one of the most underrated?
Sicily is a holiday destination that picky Italians and European travelers choose time and again. But it’s a region that is so often overlooked by the rest of the world.
And that’s a crime.
Because while you’re waiting in line for three hours to climb the Duomo in Florence, you could be in an equally stunning Sicilian city, and have the place almost entirely to yourself!
Also, almost everything is cheaper in Sicily — especially meals. The food is outstanding, but you’ll often pay much less for a five-course meal at a top restaurant there than you would on the mainland.
As you can tell, I adore Sicily.