Between those two poles is a liminal space of self-aware awe, a belief that Italy - despite its flaws, its crowds, its growing familiarity with each new visit - is still and always magical, inspirational and exciting, far beyond what should be possible.
One of my most gratifying experiences is introducing others to this magic, opening the doorways so travelers or readers can experience their own adventures in this lovely country that is so dear to my heart.
Traveling with TLC Cultural Writing Tours and TLC-Bellissima Tours allows you to immerse yourself in Italy's history and art and lovely ancient ruins, its tastes, its sights and sounds and people, and its enduring and awe-inspiring beauty - in all its forms.
Come with us. Share with us the magic.