Italy, Tuscany, la Maremma.
It began with a house. Then it was Italian food. And wine. After that it was books and discovering that even Mark Twain and D.H. Lawrence and Lord Byron had fallen for Italy. E.M. Forster was smitten too: Love and understand the Italians, for the people are more marvelous than the land.
What is it about Italy and Italians?
Italian movies immortalize the mystique. Fellini called it La Dolce Vita.