Italy is awesome! Or so, my boys have proclaimed. Seriously, what is not to appreciate about a country that has so much to offer a boy’s sensibility – especially from a Teen/Pre-teen boy perspective. Please, allow me to explain:
1. You get to learn about crazy people.
The Pieta (The Pity) Statue by Michelangelo, Vatican City. Yeah, yeah, this statue is beautiful, impressive, stunning, etc. But, did you know it is encased in a plastic protector because in the 1970s, a “mad geologist attacked the statue with a hammer.”? (say what??) Right, well, apparently, any way you slice it this story was clearly cool enough to spawn a steady laughter invoking exchange for the remainder of our trip such as the following:
“I am a geologist and I am really MAD…GET ME A HAMMER!!!!“
ok, it still makes me laugh…
2. You get to throw stuff
Trevi Fountain, Rome. Let’s face it – any opportunity to throw stuff…legally… is well worth a long plane ride. But take note – don’t even waste coin after coin after coin trying to nail the Trevi seagulls, they are way, way too saavy to be caught by such an assault (and I suspect, have had to learn the hard way!).
3. You get a drink, for free, anytime you want.
Random fountain in Rome. Just pray, the water isn’t as ancient as the fountain…
4. You get to play in the dirt
The Colosseum , Rome. Sure, the whole Colosseum thing is crazily impressive and all,
But even better is collecting some ancient Colosseum dirt to bring home. Just be warned – apparently a bag of dirt in ones backpack is cause for suspicion and, if you hazard the attempt to bring home said souvenir, you will be detained at every single security checkpoint along the way.
5. You get randomly photo bombed.
Navona Piazza Street Performer, Rome. Anytime, anyplace, anywhere – you never know exactly when it is happening. It won’t be until viewing pictures at some later date you will realize you were, yet again, photo-bombed by a statue’s bare butt (or other random, bare body parts) making for endless amounts of humor opportunities. Ah well, you know, when in Rome…
6. You get to spit on stuff.
Venice, Italy. What better attribute does a hotel have to offer than the ability of customers to be able stick their head out of their very own hotel window and spit right into a not so clean canal of water that can’t be hurt by a few dribbles of spit, anyway. Pure genius, I say.
7. You get to handle wild animals.
Venice, Italy – some piazza somewhere. From a boys perspective, never underestimate the entertainment value of handling a rodent with wings (i.e. pigeons).
8. You get to eat good food.
Venice, Italy. Pizza for breakfast, Pizza for lunch, Pizza for dinner, Pizza with french fries…need I say more?
9. And some things, are just plain cool – graffiti and all!
The Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy.