in case that other story is way too long for you, here is something much shorter with a similar "oh, italy" effect:
From a Tuscan travel brochure.
Spending a holiday by Mazzocchi-Marilli's like to find the hospitality of old friends. Beside you can feel an atmosphere of thoughtlessness and light-heartedness, which only a Tuscan farm can offer.
--from the Jan. 26, 2004 New Yorker