Buongiorno from the beautiful Italian region of Le Marche. This is an area I have not yet explored much of so I have been discovering new sites, drinking the wine and relaxing after a busy two weeks in the USA. My time there was a whirlwind of packing, shopping, and driving from Colorado to Memphis to move my daughter to college. My son is also now settled at his school in Colorado so I have returned to once again being an “empty-nester”.
As we traveled across the country we visited the homes of author Laura Ingalls Wilder, a childhood favorite of mine, and I reflected back on the places I have visited based on historical feminine figures that I have read and studied about. In visiting the places they called home you can truly picture them; what they saw, how they felt, what they experienced. In planning itineraries around one’s interests, including history, it creates an even more dynamic experience.
I credit Laura Ingalls Wilder with sparking that interest when I began reading her books as a young girl. As an “Air Force Brat” we moved a lot and I would find comfort in reading, losing myself in the adventure and stories of women who left their mark on history.
Overtime I devoured historical non-fiction from all time periods and from across the world. As an adult I have planned vacations to walk in the footsteps of those I read about to discover what their life was truly like.
Just outside Salzburg you can visit the Villa Trapp where Maria met and married Baron Georg Freiherr von Trapp. Here they raised his six children from a previous marriage and two children with Maria. They lived here until 1938 when they escaped the Nazi’s to move to Vermont. The house was then occupied by the Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, as his summer residence.
The great cities of Rome, Florence and Venice offer treasures untold, but there is so much more to be discovered in this beautiful country. Let this guide inspire you to travel off the beaten path to discover the soul of Italy.