September 28, 2011 - Posted by Erin in Food and wine, Travel, Travels in Europe

I’m not joking, either. My recent and sixth trip to the shoe-shaped country was Guido-filled. But not the way you’re thinking. I’m actually talking about my host – one of my best friends, who also happens to have a name with a certain fame in the US (I had the pleasure of breaking that news to him).

This latest trip brought me to Guido’s hometown of Cesena, a city near the Adriatic Sea and about 50 minutes southeast of Bologna.

Home to the Europe’s first public library and a hilltop castle, the town definitely met my charming Italian pueblo criteria. High-end fashion shops dominate the tiny streets of the affluent city, making for one painful window-shopping-only visit. And rather than tourists, the village teems with bikes as locals go from one place to another (I’m assuming from the pizzeria to the gelateria, as that only makes sense since they’re Italian and all).

From Cesena, we hit the Italian road. Our road-tripping was punctuated by me trying to convince Guido that I had “moves like Jagger” (because I do), me educating him on the key features of American bologna versus the Italian city (by singing the Oscar Mayer wiener song – yeah, that happened), and me interrogating him about the landscape and various crops. I’m almost certain he had an amazing time.

And then of course we ate. We devoured homemade pasta at least once a day made by his drop-dead gorgeous Italian mamma. We noshed on the regional pita-like bread called piadina. Then we drank the famous spritz – a mix of prosecco, bitter liqueur and carbonated water. Of course I also consumed cappuccinos and caffe shakeratos (shaken and iced espresso awesomeness) like it were my sixth and final trip to Italy – the smart thing to do, really.

Now don’t you worry – I’ve got more Italian goodness coming your way. Stay tuned for the rundown on our road-trip stops – minus my moves and the songs about American B.O.L.O.G.N.A.


8 Responses to “Getting to know Italy, Guido-style”

  1. Laura Says:

    Thanks for the quick mini-vacation. It was lovely—although, I’m suddenly very hungry.

  2. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures Says:

    Ummm homemade pasta! Love that 1st pic!!!

  3. Sarah Says:

    Mmm. I’ve never had caffe shakeratos, but they sound like they’d really hit the spot, especially on a beautiful, sunny autumn day in Italy.

  4. Erin Says:

    Even better – the caffe shakeratos are often served in a martini or wine glass! What’s not to love about that!?

  5. Sabrina Says:

    Haha! Poor guy! I bet he was thrilled to find out what his name stands for in the US 🙂

  6. Erin Says:

    As it is, I had to beg him to let me post this blog. He wasn’t too thrilled about it, but I mean, with a name like Guido, you’ve kind of got to embrace it!

  7. Erin Says:

    Love Italy 🙂
    “I’m almost certain he had an amazing time.” ha! No, you KNOW he had an amazing time. Any time spent with Erins is amazing! Everyone needs to know this…

  8. Erin Says:

    Yes, because time spent with Erins is so awesome it’s a given. You’re so right!

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