The Lust List: Italian Vacay
I’m off to Italy later this year, so among all my daydreaming about gelato and wine, I thought I’d let you in on my my dream itinerary, and my inspiration for visiting each location.
Three words – Duomo di Milano. I love Gothic architecture. I don’t know a lot about it, other than the fact that I just think it’s beautiful. The intricacies, the detail, often the symmetry – it’s honestly such a marvel. The patience required to build such incredible buildings is also unbelievable – it took nearly six centuries to complete the Duomo di Milano.
Milan has also mastered the art of the aperitivo – the pre-dinner cocktail or cheeky vino, designed to whet the appetite and prepare the digestive system for the delicious Italian dinner to follow. It’s often accompanied by small plates of food, similar to tapas. Again, just to ‘warm up’ for dinner.
This was actually Brodie’s top ‘must do’ for this trip. Portofino is a colourful fishing village tucked into a bay on a peninsula in the Liguria region. It’s a bit of a playground for the rich and famous, and the port often plays host to a flotilla of luxury yachts. Other than drooling over the yachts that I dream of living on, I’m keen to just spend time relaxing while we’re here. I also want to eat my weight in seafood and pesto Genovese.
The Cradle of the Renaissance. I want to be immersed in the history and culture here. There’s just a lot going on, and right now in the planning stage I’m a bit overwhelmed by what to commit to. Seeing the cathedral (as if you could miss it), is high on my list. Florence is said to be a very walkable city, and I would love to just enjoy a passeggiata and get lost wandering among the piazzas, museums and galleries
Wine and olives! That’s what I’m here for. Just image this – late afternoon, sitting in the shade of cypress trees, a gentle breeze rustling the leaves, a bowl of olives, some pane Toscano drizzled with fresh olive oil and a pinch of salt, and a bottle of chianti – that’s my idea of heaven on Earth.
While wine and olives is my main Tuscan motivation, I’ve always felt that the medieval towns of Siena and San Gimignano are some of the most picturesque places I’ve ever had the pleasure of scrolling through Shutterstock looking at. I really want to see them in real life – I’m confident they’re going to be as dreamy as I expect.
I don’t think you can not make a stop in the historic capital of Italy. There’s just so many ‘big name’ monuments – The Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Villa Borghese. I’m 100% down for putting on my tourist pants and seeing them all.
Trastevere, a neighbourhood of Rome, is another must-visit on my list. It’s narrow, cobblestoned-streets, vine-covered buildings, and wide piazzas seem so Rome-antic. A directionless amble through the streets like those of Trastevere is all I want in a European city.
Rome’s food scene is also something I’m keen to indulge in. Gelato is pretty quintessential, and I think also essential if travelling in summer. The Jewish Quarter gives you access to amazing foods such as fried artichokes and Jewish pastries. And I think a cooking class would be one of the best experiences, beyond just eating the food.
I literally want to go here because of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. It’s a story of heartbreak, love and renovations (physical, and emotional) in the Italian countryside. This movie contributes to my desire to go to Tuscany as well (or you know, just casually buy a fixer-upper there). However, there is a scene where the dazzling Diane Lane ends up in Positano, and it looks so beautiful. The buildings seem to just cascade down the mountain to the sea with what looks like reckless abandon and Italian nonchalance. My knees hurt thinking about the stairs, but I want to drink limoncello on a high-up balcony, sea breeze in my hair and love in my soul.
Anyway, this is the Italian Lust List – I’ll have to see how much of it ends up on the Love List!
Rome Cover Photo by Braden Collum on Unsplash
Duomo di Milano Shutterstock 700247896
Aperitivo Photo by Olena Sergienko on Unsplash
Portofino Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash
Florence Cityscape Photo by Heidi Kaden on Unsplash
Tuscan Sunset Photo by Luca Micheli on Unsplash
San Gimignano Shutterstock 216473461
Roman Forum Shutterstock 1575914092
Trastevere Shuttertock 609045608
Positano Shutterstock 1142745173