An Italian “Bucket List”: #48

I’m often asked what I think are the “must-dos” for lovers of Italy, so I’ll be counting down 50 items on an Italian “Bucket List” – please tell me what’s on yours!

48. Swim in Porto Venere.

Unknown-5A stunning coastal town in Liguria, Porto Venere is aptly named after Venus, the goddess of love. I went for a dip there a decade ago, and can still picture the impossibly gorgeous surroundings reflected onto the crystalline waters. Pack your swim gear – and be sure to check out Byron’s Grotto, named after the famous English Romantic poet who used to meditate there.

 

An Italian “Bucket List”: #49

I’m often asked what I think are the “must-dos” for lovers of Italy, so I’ll be counting down 50 items on an Italian “Bucket List” – please tell me what’s on yours!

49. Watch Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.

 

Unknown-4Where does that elegant “Made in Italy” look come from? You may find the answer in Fellini’s magnificent 1960 film La Dolce Vita, the story of a journalist (played by Marcello Mastroianni, frolicking here with Anita Ekberg) who loses his bearings – and his ideals – in the decadent “sweet life” of Roman high society. You’ll never look at the Trevi Fountain the same way again!

 

 

An Italian “Bucket List”: #50

I’m often asked what I think are the “must-dos” for lovers of Italy, so I’ll be counting down 50 items on an Italian “Bucket List” – please tell me what’s on yours!

50. See the Palio in Siena.

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Twice a year, in July and August, the breathtaking medieval Tuscan town Siena goes wild for its palio, an ancient horse race that each neighborhood (contrada) wants desperately to win. The whole city becomes a mix of fan frenzy and festive competition – I made it there once, in 2002, and will never forget the awesome pageantry.