If I had to pick one country to live in based solely on the locals’ approach to life, it would be Italy. It has everything I love in excess: culture, cycling, history, culinary delights and Italians, who, in my opinion, have mastered the art of chilling. I love visiting the small towns with ancient buildings, quaint stores and narrow streets. There’s also uniformity to the architecture which I find calming. Italy also has a complete lack of visual pollution. No signs, no billboards, no sale signs … in fact no advertising at all. This summer my wife and I decided to take on the Dolomites, riding some of the Giro d’Italia’s (Italy’s Tour de France) infamous climbs, including Stelvio, Mororola and Fedia. In the end, it’s 50,000 vertical feet in six days. The whole country is a cyclist’s dream destination.