One of ours!!Can I join?
I'm not Italian, but I grew up in the border to Italy, speak Italian, and go there as often as I can.
Where I grew up, I could ski across the border to the Val d'Aosta region, and I later went to school (doing my maturità with Italian as my main subject) in a Swiss town that was a 30 minute train journey from the Piemonte region.
These days, I try to go see a friend near Domodossola about once a month, and in the summer (when the mountain passes open) my wife and I sometimes drive across the mountains to Aosta. If we have a few days, we like to go to Milano, Torino or Genova, and during our holidays even further. Last year we saw Puglia and Toscana, it was great!