Visiting Palo del Colle, my family’s Italian hometown, was like uncovering a hidden gem in the heart of Southern Italy. Wandering through its ancient streets, I was greeted by the charm of old-world architecture and the inviting smells of traditional cuisine. Each family home was a treasure trove of stories, where relatives welcomed me with open arms, eager to share our shared history. The sense of connection to a place where my family has lived for over 700 years was profound.