My name is Dana, and I am an Italophile. This is not a bad thing. I just simply love Italy and all things Italian.
So how did I become an Italophile? It’s hard to say exactly when the process was put in motion. I studied art and art history as an undergrad (along with psychology), and Italian Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture were my favorites in that area. As a doctoral student I am planning a multi-discipline study involving Italian art history and social psychology (not sure yet if or when it will be finished).
At some point I had commented to a friend that when I completed my studies I planned to give myself a trip to Italy. Within a few months this friend informed me she was organizing a trip to Italy and that I should come. Ok, fine. I decided to go.
And the obsession began! I was hooked. I like to research a little about the places I visit and things I’m considering, and I became more and more enthralled as I read about Italy. The quest to learn a few Italian terms has turned into a quest to learn the language fluently. The plan to learn a little about the places I would visit on that first trip became an obsession to learn all the Italian history I could (art history and otherwise). I read any book I could get my hands on by people who had lived in Italy or are still living in Italy. I pay attention when Italy is mentioned on news stations, and I actually listen for people speaking Italian anywhere I’m at. I have always loved Italian food, but now I wanted to know where in my area I could find authentic Italian food (nearly nowhere as it turns out).
There was no turning back after that first trip. I got off the plane feeling like I had come home, and cried twelve days later when I had to get on the plane for the trip back to the US.
That was 3 years ago, and I have returned twice since. This blog was started with the third trip to keep everyone who’s interested updated on my Italian adventures in the country, with the language, and with all things Italian. Enjoy!