Now you are ready for your trip. Where can you find a place to exercise in Italy? Italy does have gyms but you won’t need them. Just walk … walk … walk and climb those stairs. You don’t need machines in a gym. Use the environment of Italy and get your exercising in as you tour. While you walk look around you. Smell the smells of Italy. In piazza with flower shops smell the fresh flowers. At fruit or vegetable markets stop and smell the produce. You can actually smell the fruit and vegetables in Italy. They are so fresh. We are so used to produce that is picked before it is ripe and shipped to us that when we get it, there is nor smell or flavor.
The strawberries are red and juicy inside, not white and dry. The peaches are perfect and juicy nor mealy. Apples smell and taste like apples. The berries are so good you will not believe it. Buy some fruit and snack at a fountain or as you walk. Italy is all around you. Enjoy it to its fullest. The vegetables are so fresh and still have dirt on them. If you have an apartment with a kitchen, buy some and prepare them. This is a real treat.
We are vegetarians so we don’t eat meat but we eat some cheese and fish. In southern Italy the fish is so fresh and there is more of it than meat. The cheeses are so aromatic and fresh. Just a little with some of that great Italian bread. So good! Molto Buono!
Yes eat some pizza, pasta, gelato and wine. You deserve it. But eat fresh fruit and vegetables as well. Italians do not usually serve a vegetable with an entrée but you can order them extra. Italian families eat a lot of fruit and vegetables.
In small towns there are stairs everywhere. Take them. You will develop great looking calf calls and be fit by the end of your vacation. Some of the most interesting places are up or down a large set of stairs. Avoiding them will mean you miss so much. Cities like Positano are ALL Stairs! You really can not avoid them.
Stairs … Stairs … Stairs
We walk 6-8 miles a day and sometimes climb 30 or more stairs. By the time you come home, you won’t think twice about walking a few miles or climbing several flights of stairs. In Rome, walk to everything. The sites are within a few miles of each other. Don’t just take the metro. Walk and see the city! No gym will do that for you. Be healthy, live long, enjoy Italy as the Italians do.
George & Jo Anne