I think, if asked I would be able to sum our our recent trip to Italy nice and easily:
Pizza, wine, and (free to enter) churches.
The Pizza was almost always beautiful. In Italy if you want beautiful pizza, just go anywhere thats half decent… its amazing how little you need to pay for decent red wine… and those churches… I cant think of one Church that we wondered in that didn’t slow down the soul, and made the heart go wow.
There was this one Church near where we were staying in Venice (which didn’t make it into The Lonely Planet), which just seemed to blow me away with it grand architecture. walking
around there, I found myself pondering the love and motivation of the people that built the place. There was a definite feeling that hit as you walked in. Was I walking onto Holy Ground?
Richard Littledale has started collecting a map of locations around the world showing where people have experienced awe. Give his blog a read to find the story behind the map, or indeed click on the map and add your own “awe location”.