An Italian “Bucket List”: #47

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!

47. Go to Venice’s Carnevale.

Canaletto_-_The_Piazza_San_Marco_in_Venice_-_Google_Art_ProjectImagine Canaletto’s image of Piazza San Marco filled with haunting masks and elegant black capes – you won’t have to if you go to Venice’s Carnevale. I was there as a student, and the entire city transformed into a glorious stage as costumed Venetians celebrated this ancient religious festival.

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.