I love this quote by E.M. Forester. . .
"Drop that awful tourist idea that Italy is only a museum of antiquities
and art. Love and
understand the people
for the people
are more marvelous
than the land."
Words to live by for anyone visiting Italy. There is as much to be said for experiencing Italy by living the Italian way as there is for checking the museums off your list. Spend an hour sipping wine in a sidewalk cafe and watch the people walking by, linger over a three course lunch, chat with the locals, the waiters, the baristas, the fruit vendors... you may choose to never return home.