“Do you want help with that?” and Italian man asked me when I was trying to push three suitcases at the same time over a threshold at the airport. “Non, merci” I said and smiled. “I mean no, thank you. Or no, I mean no, grazie!”.
I don’t know if it was adjusting to people actually asking me if I wanted help or if it was the language that confused me the most when I arrived in Italy from Paris. But let’s just say that I adapted to both the language and the kindness quite quickly.
Almost every summer since I have been old enough to stand (and even before that) my family travels to Italy — to Terracina to be a little bit more precise. We go for the warm weather, the delicious food and the laid-back lifestyle. Terracina is located about an hour and a half south of Rome, which makes this little town a perfect escape for many Romans during summertime as well.
After a few days on the beach, a couple of morning swims in the pool at Hotel Poseidon, way too many pizzas at my favorite pizzeria Antico Forno, one or two gelatos from Bar Pupo, a steady stream of cappuccinos from the nearest beach bar and a daytrip to the breathtaking Ponza islands (where you can either stroll around the little town that winds up the gorgeous mountains or rent your own little motorboat and explore the beaches around the island on your own — of course I can’t resist the latter), we are all revived enough to face the rentrée with a good dose of Italian joie de vivre.
- How do you dress for a summer in Italy? USA Today shares a few tips on how to fit in with the stylish Italian women
- Stephanie, of Artfully Adored, just visited Florence and fell in love. How could you not? Read more about her trip here
- If you want to know what’s going on in Italy this summer I suggest checking out this article by Italy Magazine
Written by Carin Olsson for the HiP Paris Blog. All photos by Carin Olsson. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.