20 Regions in 2 Years
An Italian Odyssey
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Welcome to the 20 Regions in 2 Years Project - The wild honeymoon idea of two Rome based newlyweds who share a lifelong passion for Italy, her past and present. But what is Italy in 2018? How do the Italians of today live, and how do they see their country? Join us in a Grand Tour of Italy, from the Alps to the Adriatic, from verdant Veneto to barren Basilicata, and from cicchetti to bistecche!
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18th December 2020 - Reunited at last!
It was by sheer coincidence that Katrina and Edmund took off from Rome's Fiumicino airport in the early evening of the 9th March, 2020. But what was planned to be a two week flying visit to Australia was transformed by the ruthless spread of Coronavirus into a nine month enforced separation, forcing us to face the pandemic from the opposite ends of the world. As a result, when it was safe to do so, James embarked upon the closing chapters of our expedition alone, to explore the last gaps on our Italian map, and see the devastation wrought by the first wave of the virus, from the cities to the smallest hamlets of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Marche and Sicily. On the 13th December, our quest came to a mask-clad end at the Feast of Santa Lucia in Palermo, celebrated with copious quantities of arancine! Five days later, we were at last reunited in the United Kingdom, our family whole and our adventure complete!
7th December 2020 - The Hills of Corleone!
As the expedition phase of the adventure comes to an end, two years on, there is time for one last adventure, in the heartlands of Sicily. Speak the name of Corleone, and many non Italians will think of the fictional Mafia of Mario Puzo's The Godfather, while many Italians will think of the real Sicilian Mafia. Yet Corleone's violent recent history does ill justice to the beauty of this inland town, surrounded by some of the island's most dramatic and windswept landscape. Then just beyond, an enchanted forest, and the swansong of the House of Bourbon...
Follow our account of our Grand Tour, as we head to the extreme north of Italy, the Alpine region of Trentino-Alto Adige, the historic South Tyrol! Thank goodness Katrina speaks German!