Rome has a glorious monumentality that it wears without reverence. Milan is the engine room of the country’s economy and home of its stock exchange, yet it isn’t driven by tourism. Naples is a rumbling mass of contradictions. Extremes are something Naples does impressively well. Sardinia is the Mediterranean second largest island, "lost between Europe and Africa and belonging to nowhere" in the words of D. H. Lawrence. Sicily will reward you with an intense bittersweet experience rather than anything lightweight and frothy. In Sicily it seems as though the sun shines brighter, the shadows are darker, and life is lived full on and for the moment. Venice defies description. Many have tried, from Goethe to Brodsky, but it has to be seen, felt and wandered through to be believed, and even then you may have trouble thinking it is real.

 

 

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