Eat delicious meals
Throw that diet away while you’re in Italy and instead truly taste and enjoy the food. If you’d like to really learn about food and specifically how to cook, take a cooking holiday in Tuscany and learn about some of the most popular dishes Italy has to offer. Experience not just the taste and nourishment of your food, but also the fellowship that surrounds you. If you’re traveling alone, make some Italian friends and meet them over meals. Or, just simply observe the fellowship and conversations happening around you.
Slow down and snap a few photos
Plan out only a few days of your vacation to hit some of the sites that you’ve wanted to see. On the other days, take your time. Stay in a nice hotel and sleep in every morning. Eat a leisurely breakfast whenever you feel led, and walk to the close destinations you want to see, so you can experience the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and things that Italian culture makes you feel. Listen to the people around you and observe them. Snap a few pictures, but make sure you’re not so wrapped up in capturing a moment that you’re not actually living in it. Take a break from social media and completely immerse yourself in the here and now.
Express yourself in a creative way
Creativity helps the brain process the moments that you experience. Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, draw, write, or paint some of your experiences. Snap a few photos that capture the beauty. You don’t have to show your artwork to anyone – save it as a commemorative homage to your personal thoughts while in Italy. Just take some time to truly absorb the beauty of that place, even if it’s just making a simple list of the feelings you’ve had or the sites you’ve seen. Take some time each night before you go to bed to capture some of these things, so you’ll never forget.