What struck me most about this country was the compulsion I always felt to visit the big sights. Rome’s Pantheon, Venice’s St Marc’s Square and Florence’s Duomo to name a fantastic few.
However, some of my favourite moments were spent experiencing the tiny details – the daily occurrences that make up the full fabric of a place. It was sometimes hard to remember that despite all its must-sees and the historical importance of its ancient Roman Empire, Italy was just another country where people and visitors enjoyed living.
Leaving Italy, for now at least, here are a few of my favourite images from my journey: The normalities of everyday life, the people who I passed but never met and the snapshots that reminded me of a real country that exists behind the famous tourist destinations.