My Italian Dream List


When I was a child, I created my Christmas wish list by circling all my wished for items in a Sears catalog. The ones I really wanted had more circles around them, lined by huge stars. Well, some things never change, and I have mentally been dreaming about my Italian wish list for the last few weeks. Although I don’t have a catalog, I do have my photos that bring back amazing memories and put a smile on my face every time I look at them.

If I could have my Italian wish list, this is what it would be…

1. The assurance that every year I could make my mask in Venice and attend Carnevale. My mask would have gigantic, attention-getting plumes and jewels…

2. Heaping plates of pasta with a good local wine…

3. Drinks and lively chatter overlooking a gorgeous ocean view…
4. Stunning sunsets that leave me spellbound…
Venice Maritime Power in Europe
5. My own gondola with personable gondolier who sings old Italian love songs while paddling me around the canals of Venice…

Trulli in Alberobello, Puglia

6. Who says Vespas are only for the young and daring? I might not be so young, but I can’t resist the daring. Santa, please, my own little Vespa to putt through the little white villages of Puglia, manhandling those winding alleyways with expertise…

7. The Archangel Michael to stay by my side and slay all opponents

Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta

8. A week of walking the beaches of Camogli on the Riviera followed by peaceful meditation inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, bedecked with numerous tinkling chandeliers.

Surrounded by the Squinzano piazza men's club

9. Occasional moments of good times and laughter with the guys groups in the piazzi.

11. Warm evening strolls through golden hued streets of Italian villages with a loved one.

12. My own little Fiat 500! I am so in love with these snazzy little cars…and, I’ve discovered you can get an unbelievable number of people inside of them. But it helps to have the sunroof open…

13. Is my own private boat too much to ask? Imagine carting friends and family back and forth between the mainland and islands to experience another day in paradise…

Our young waiter introduced a bottle of locally produced limoncello

14. I know it’s a frill, definitely, but my own wine steward to introduce and pour my daily glass of wine. Especially if he is cute like this one 🙂

15. This spot outside the Le Sirenuse Restaurant in Positano to enjoy my wine while taking in the astounding view…

16. Dinner in a cozy little piazza with my friends every night after passeggiata…

17. Surrounded by walls with creeping vines of luscious flowers…

18. Picnics and dancing in the olive groves of Puglia…

19. Plates of delicious grilled Mediterranean vegetables…

20. Baby goats sleeping in the shade by old pots…there’s just something about this that delights me.

21. Endless opportunities to meander all these little medieval villages with plenty of money and some to spare…

Very tall dancer walking the medieval streets at night

22. Ever since I ran into this tall lady in Terracina, I’ve dreamed of learning to be a stilt walker dressed in colorful array. This way, my bright colors won’t scare people when I come around the corner!

23. A luxurious rooftop table with a view….of Rome. I would love to entertain here…

lunch at Orsin Farm
24. Lunch down on the farm in the Umbrian countryside with locals and an intoxicating view of fields and lakes…

Umbria Action L. Trasimeno
25. Hiking in the countryside with a guide who knows all the folklore of the area…

26. Exploring old olive mills…those still in use, not abandoned with spiders…

Torre Argentina

27. Volunteer in the Cat Sanctuary at Torre Argentina in Rome…

Lady of the house looking through her open window
28. Chatting with the locals, especially ladies like these. They are so proud of their adorable little houses.

Well, there you have it. I made myself stop here. My list is endless…and with each trip I make, it grows again. But if Santa would grant me this wish list, it would be the closest thing to heaven on earth that I could ever imagine.

Buon Natale…may all your Italian dreams come true!

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