Photo Essay: The Lakes, Mountains, and Villages of Northern Italy

I just returned from Italy a few weeks ago and my trip reminded me of an important belief that is central to our little community. And that belief is simple: happy and healthy people have a better chance to improve the world than anyone else.

During my trip, I was hit with the worst case of food poisoning that the rolling hills of Italy have ever seen. (Possibly an exaggeration, but it was ugly.)

I write a lot about health — and don’t get me wrong, I love exercising, eating tasty food, and mastering my mental and physical habits — but at the end of the day, being healthy isn’t the end goal of life. Rather, being healthy allows you to participate in life.

I spent a few days shivering in bed on this trip, but once I recovered, I was twice as happy to hike the mountains, walk the streets, and sail the waters of Northern Italy. And that experience reminded me that it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, if you don’t have your health and happiness, then it’s difficult to create meaningful work, help others, or merely sit back and enjoy a vacation.

My hope is that as time rolls on, both you and I can maximize our health and happiness, not merely to because “it’s good to be healthy,” but because it provides us with the opportunity to participate in life, create things of value, and make the world a happier place.

And with that said, the images in this photo essay are from Northern Italy. As always, all photos are my own.

Northern Italy Photos

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A couple overlooks Verona from the top of Torre dei Lamberti. (Verona, Italy)

 

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A man leaves the Como Cathedral and walks across Piazza Duomo. (Como, Italy)

 

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Two children play in front of the Palazzo Forti. (Verona, Italy)

 

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Water flows beneath Ponte Pietra, the famous bridge in Verona. (Verona, Italy)

 

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The sun sets behind the famous lakeside mansion, Villa Balbianello. (Lago di Como, Italy)

 

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The afternoon sun lights up the small village of Lezzeno. (Lezzeno, Italy)

 

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A young boy rides his bike back home for the evening. (Santa Maddalena, Italy)

 

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A storm brews behind the Dolomites. (Santa Maddalena, Italy)

 

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A woman pauses to look down into the valley. (Santa Maddalena, Italy)

 

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An older man rides his bike through the alley. (Como, Italy)