Italy

When, Where, Why:

My first venture off the North American continent took me first to Venice in the summer of 2007 for a high school humanities course. Certainly we visited every landmark in four prominent cities (Venice, Rome, Pisa, Florence) that dealt with visual, dramatic, and musical arts. I delivered a presentation on Gian Lorenzo Bernini at the foot of the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in Rome.

In under 50 words:

Gondolas, cobblestone, archways, masks, pickpockets and celebration. Throw in some real Italian pasta or pizza and you essentially have the dream.

Experience:

Art and art and Vatican City and more art. So much history contained in a single place, with old and new jutting against one another in perfect harmony. It’s important to see the glass blowers, leather workers, and perhaps a football match if you’re able. La dolce vita.

Food & Drink:

An italian cookbook could likely give more insight than my week in Italy, but as can be assumed pasta and gelato are worlds better when prepared fresh. If possible, eat on a flight of centuries-old steps at dusk.

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