Is it summer yet?

 A late afternoon at the beach in Castellabate.

A late afternoon at the beach in Castellabate.

On a cold and dreary New York day like today, as I sit here and stare out the window, my mind can't help but wander to the prettier, more sunny, warmer days of summer. Days when you can wander around without a coat or umbrella; when there are tons of people out and about also enjoying the beautiful weather; when you can sit out at a sidewalk cafè and have a drink with friends.

Summer is great no matter where you are, but nobody does summer better than Italy! The baseline Italian laid back attitude, combined with the longer days of beautiful weather, are magical! A morning crema di caffè, an afternoon Aperitivo in a piazza, gelato while strolling down a cobblestone street, dinner overlooking the sea while seated under a flowering pergola...can you think of anything better?

I am counting down the days until my summer 2016 Italian adventure. I can't wait to be reunited with friends, family and amazing food and wine (maybe the food and wine more than the friends and family!).

What about you? It's not too late to plan an Italian summer getaway of your own. Maybe we can meet up and have a drink together!