I won’t spend too much time at all ranting here about how AMAZING Italy is because let’s face it…I haven’t actually gone yet! But I have had the absolute pleasure of spending some time while in Chicago with the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, who showed me the most incredible presentation — it wasn’t just about Italy either, but more specifically planning the most magical wedding in Puglia, italy!
I don’t know many people who have traveled to Italy as much as I know friends who’ve been to France, Portugal, and Spain quite a bit, but my boyfriend is half Italian so we’ve always dreamed of going. I personally haven’t been to Europe either so I’m due for an international adventure.
But while I went into this presentation with the simple vision of my boyfriend and I eloping somewhere on some faraway tropical beach with just a few family members, I left thinking of so many more interesting possibilities for a small wedding in Puglia! (Perhaps in a castle overlooking the sea…)
Without giving out too many spoilers about Puglia specifically — you’ll have to read the full blog! — I can definitely say it is now at the top of my list for places to visit in Italy (and all of Europe) very soon. So much that I’ve been bingeing on YouTube guides of Puglia and found this very convincing video, which shows the most breathtaking restaurant that sits almost inside a cave on a cliff and overlooks the sea!!! Just wow.
Also meeting so many of the local artisans at the informational session was enough to convince me! The people are truly so welcoming, so much fun, so passionate about their art, and hearing them speak actually makes you want to fall in love.
Though my language of choice in school was French, I’ve come to realize how similar Italian is to both French and Spanish, which my boyfriend happens to speak pretty well. So between the two of us, I’m quite confident we could make it around even the most obscure parts of Italy and do our best to translate! Anyway, jump right into the blog and stay tuned for when I’m able to get out to beautiful Italy!
P.S. until I do happen to actually visit, you might see a few blogs on here of the best Italian restaurants I’ve tried in Chicago so far (because there are quite a few and I’ve heard they’re some of the closest to the real deal).
Can’t wait to update this photo with one of myself and Aidan actually in Italy!