1. Name and What do you do at Select Italy?
My name is Anthony, or as I like to say when in Italy – which is never often enough…io mi chiamo Antonio. Because everything sounds better in Italian, I also sometimes just say this around the house. I write on Italian travel topics for Select Italy and have also done media outreach for Select Italy.
2. What’s your favorite Italian destination?
The only correct response to this question, other than Italy as a whole, is Venice. You’ve got sea, sky, history, contemporary culture too, and everything is endlessly flowing into everything else. It may be the most clichéd city in the world and yet the most complex as well. I have been to Venice many times, and no two trips are ever quite alike. In fact, I would venture to say that each trip has been completely different, and this is not possible in very many places.
3. Whom would you go there with?
Lady Gaga, obviously. I know my way around Venice, I’m not afraid to say, and I feel that with Gaga by my side, every step around the city would be like Carnival, a sort of magnification of all that is already magnificent about Venice.
4. Which 3 things should never be missing from one’s luggage when traveling to Italy?
This poses an interesting and perhaps not so easily answered question. But I will put forward the following: one Italian linen shirt, possibly purchased in Positano on a previous trip, a pair of Prada sneakers, possibly purchased on sale at an outlet store near Mantova – everyone says bring good walking shoes when you travel and I don’t argue that, but we’re talking about Italy here – have to look good for those sashays down the Via Tornabuoni! And the third thing? A multipack of Pocket Coffee (it’s an Italian candy) to dissipate the jetlag after arriving in Italy and also once home. Not to mention a practical treat when traveling in speeding cabs or wobbly trains.
5. What Italian food are you addicted to?
Reveal to us a secret about Italy! Food, shop, unique view, restaurant, your favorite T4T…Whatever, we are really curious!
Easy and tough. Author Erica Jong once said that whenever she takes a vacation somewhere other than Italy she feels as if she’s making a mistake. And she’s right! For example, why make a separate trip to Greece when you have the stupendous, Grecian-inflected Aeolian Islands? Active volcanoes, secluded coves – it’s a secret mostly only Italians know about. The views from Vulcano across the channel to Lipari are almost unreal. A true dreamscape off the coast of Sicily, and really no more than a hop and a skip from Rome.
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