Today I am introducing you to an adventurous Indian girl who madly fell in love with Italy on her first visit to the “Bel Paese” (Beautiful Country) and has been writing about it ever since.
In her blog “Italophilia” (and the name says it all!) Ishita accurately documents her Italian travel experiences. I was amazed by how many places Ishita has visited in Italy and she has beautifully documented everything on her blog. Italophilia really is an interesting read if you are a lover of Italy.
Which part of India do you come from?
-I come from a small mountain town called Simla. Its in the North of India and was once the Summer Capital of the British.
-When did you visit Italy for the first time?
– I visited Italy for the first time in 2013 (hasn’t been very long I know)
-Which are the favourite places or cities you visited and why did you like them most?
– It is very hard to choose among my favorite cities but I would like to narrow them down to three: Florence, Trieste & Perugia. I loved all of them for different reasons; Florence because its so architecturally lovely and full of art; Trieste because of its Literary connections and calmness; Perugia because it was my first town that I traveled solo. It will always remain special to me.
-Did you find Italians helpful and friendly during your travels?
-I found Italians very friendly and helpful except for maybe one or two odd experiences where they stared (A LOT); the rest were always helpful whether it was helping at the train station or with the menu!
-Which aspects of the Italian culture do you like most?
-The aperitivo time when everyone comes and socializies. I absolutely love the Italian way of living and how a small passeggiata can lead to drinks and fun. I miss that time of the day and how it is spent in Italy.
-Which are your least favourite sides of the Italian culture?
Sometimes I feel closing the shops for lunch/siesta is a bit odd but I guess you can’t really complain if people are enjoying life! We must learn from the Italians.
– Favourite Italian food?
My favorite Italian food has to be black truffles on pasta. I love them!!
-Any particular special memories of your travels?
I was traveling from Orvieto to Perugia when someone at the train station tried to get a hold of my bag. There was a middle aged Italian couple who didn’t know English but I explained to them through gestures that I was scared. They understood and protected me from that man. Not only that, they gave me the numbers of a taxi firm and the police in case I had any problems reaching Perugia.
We boarded the same train and they made sure I sat with them. They were by my side till I changed my train in Cortona. Thankfully I never saw that man again but that couple (who were from Florence) stayed in my heart forever. I regret not taking their email or a contact number to thank them.
-Can you find any similarities between the Indian and the Italian culture?
-A lot of them. But the ones that truly stand out are how both Indians and Italians are such food lovers and totally family oriented. I love that about both the cultures.
-Have you ever dreamed of moving to Italy?
-It would seem perfect to move there and have a life but everything has its pros and cons. I’d rather enjoy Italy by traveling there every year. Don’t think moving is on the cards for now 🙂 But who knows!