I flew into Marco Polo Airport located in Venice, the famous city that requires a boat or a gondola to travel within the city, but I had no interest in going into some polluted, over-crowded city full of tourists there. Well, actually, the airport is west of the famed canal city as modernization took over the surrounding areas to build it up to accommodate the advances in technology such as roadways, airports, trains, etc. So instead of going east into actual Venice itself from the airport, I headed west, kind of like United States’s westward expansion all the way to the Pacific coast. Except, this one trip involved more a traveler’s mindset with no intent to settle it for permanent reasons. Nah, better to leave it as I found it and at least eat some Italian cuisine during my time there in Northern Italy and avoid the tourist blobs of Venice.
Unlike some of the cities in Germany that were heavily bombed such as Dortmund, Frankfurt, Leipzig, etc., the country of Italy didn’t get blasted to hell. Sure, Italy did see its fair share of fighting and bombing during World War II, but for some reason the Italian cities were not as war ravaged and some of the citizens living there viewed the Allies as liberators because their viewpoint of Benito Mussolini, Italian’s Prime Minister (or also regarded dictator at that time) was not of good fortune nor reputation. Instead, the Italian citizens viewed the dictator in disgust due to all the damage and destruction that he brought the country to by getting involved in such nasty politics and eventual participation into war. Some might even say that Mussolini had too much influence on the King of Italy to help direct the country towards war which later led to the Italian monarchy to be abolished. Just imagine if there were still a king and queen in Italy! However, I think by the end of World War II, most citizens were just tired of monarchies and royalty unless you’re in the UK.
Due to unrest throughout Italy during the later years of World War II, Mussolini’s closeness to Hitler and the Nazis, country-wide shortage of food, the war not going well as the fighting was right on their doorstep and even in their homes – all of these things made it easier for the Italian residents to simply wave the white flag and welcome the Allied Forces. This helped limit the destruction to a minimum and propped the Northern Italian region for more immediate economic revival and success upon after the war. I think the Americans coming in actually helped the Italian economy as Americans likely interchanged with the locals on many different things especially on the food scene. That’s probably another reason why Italian food is regarded as one of the best in the world. And Italian food is so much better in Italy, but you must be outside of the tourist zone to get it!
Tip: Make sure you eat the gelato! It’s basically ice cream, but Italian-style ice cream. It’s quite good actually and some gelato is really clean meaning no chemicals can be tasted.
Tip: Driving around in this part of Italy requires having a car so likely you will have to rent one. Just note that the driving rules are very different over here – not only are there speed cameras and toll booths but there are certain areas in Italy where only the locals are allowed to drive there. Not tourists. Saying that you are a tourist will not get you out of any possible fines. One person told me that he accidentally went into part of old town and got 7 tickets in return. So make sure you know where you are going!