Month: March 2021

Top 10 Bucket List Experiences in Italy from an Expert

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Italy tops the bucket lists of Americans each year, consistently ranking one of the most visited countries in the world. Known for its beloved pizza and pasta, historic architecture, and picturesque small towns, it is no surprise that millions of people flock there each year to lay on the beaches of the Amalfi Coast or drink wine in the Tuscan vineyards.

As travel restrictions continue, travelers are looking further ahead to plan big trips when the Europe/U.S. borders do open. There’s no better place to get revenge on lost vacation time than a dreamy trip to Italy when travel resumes.

That’s why I spoke with Steve Perillo, President & CEO of Perillo Tours, America’s leading tour operator to Italy and an expert on travel to the country. Not only is he the third generation-owner of the 76-year-old tour company, but also a music composer, founder of the virtual reality travel start-up PerilloTravelVR, and most recognizably known as the spokesperson for Perillo Tours’ legendary commercials.

Steve shared a comprehensive list of the ten must-do experiences in Italy, along with some photos. Whether you’re a foodie, history lover, or Italophile yourself, get ready to make some additions to your bucket list.

#1: Take a Lemon Tour in Amalfi

Today, limoncello is available for purchase just about anywhere in Italy. If you want to try the original, you’ll need to head to the Amalfi Coast where the shops are devoted to everything lemon, including lemon salts, citrus soaps, and limoncello.

On a lemon tour, travelers can walk through lemon groves, discover the secrets of making limoncello and, of course, buy a few bottles to bring back home.

#2: Order Pizza in Naples

Legend has it that in 1889, Raffaele Esposito created the Pizza Margherita for Queen Margherita of Savoy. He topped it with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil to resemble the Italian flag. Whether you love pizza or not, eating a Pizza Margherita in Naples is a must do.

The top three suggestions for the best pizza in this area are Antica Pizzeria Da Michele, Pizzeria Sorbillo, and Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, which is widely believed to be the world’s first pizzeria.

#3: Explore Ancient Cave Homes in Matera

Matera in the Basilicata Region is one of the most unique places in Italy for its ancient town, the Sassi di Matera, where Mel Gibson filmed The Passion of the Christ.

The Sassi originated in a prehistoric settlement, and these dwellings are thought to be among the first human settlements in Europe. The natural caves and grottoes were adapted to modern homes over the centuries and still stand today.

#4: Feast in Italy’s Gastronomic Capital, Bologna

Though it is often overlooked by the average traveler, Bologna should be on every food lover’s list. Try their world-famous tagliatelle al ragù, authentic Bolognese sauce, green lasagna & tortellini in brodo. Bologna is the capitol of the region of Emiglia Romagna, which is famous for its Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, Balsamic Vinegar, Mortadella, and White Truffles.

#5: Breathe in the Salty Coastal Air at Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is comprised of five small towns (hence the name, which translates to “Five Lands”) on the western coast of Italy in the region of Liguria.

This ruggedly beautiful stretch of coastline is spotted with tiny fishing villages perched along the Italian Riviera. Life is simple here and unspoiled without cars. Breathe in the salt air and enjoy the beauty of it all.

#6: Visit the Knights of Malta Keyhole in Rome

The keyhole of the Knights of Malta is one of the city’s most intriguing off-the-beaten-path sights in Rome. A door leads into the Priority of the Knights of Malta and when looking through its mysterious keyhole, you will see a perfect miniature view of The Dome of St. Peter’s.

It is still unclear to this day if the keyhole was deliberately placed there to frame St. Peter’s Dome or whether it was an accident.

#7: Dine Local in Castelli Romani

Castelli Romani is home to a beautiful collection of wine-producing hill towns just southeast of Rome. It’s a perfect under-the-radar stop, where you might be the only tourists in town. The region produces some of Italy’s most popular white wines.

It is packed with “fraschette,” also known as modest restaurants, where locals enjoy great food, wine and spectacular views of Rome on the weekends. Each fraschette offers dozens of specialties, including cheeses, breads, cold cuts, salami, Roman pasta dishes and the local roasted pork dish of “porchetta.”

#8: Shop the Trulli-Lined Streets in Alberobello

Alberobello, a small town in the region of Puglia, is famous for their Trulli, which are traditional homes made of limestone with conical roofs. These expertly crafted beehive structures have been in Puglia since the 4th century. Shopping the trulli-lined streets is something out of a fairytale.

#9: Visit the Colorful Town of Burano

A short vaporetto ride away from Venice is one of the most colorful towns you’ll ever visit, called Burano. This picturesque town is known for its brightly colored houses (hot pink, bright blue, yellow, and more!) and its casual eateries serving delicious seafood from the lagoon. Spend a few hours here wandering the canals and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch.

#10: Take a Winery Tour and Truffle Hunt in Tuscany

Tuscany is filled with many wineries surrounded by the beautiful Tuscan countryside of rolling hills and vineyards. Many create their own wine and serve delicious meals made with ingredients from their own land.

Tuscany is one of the most important regions in Italy for truffle production. Going on a truffle hunt and watching the Portuguese water dog sniff around for these delicacies is an unforgettable experience.

Ready to start planning your next trip to Italy? Book a Complimentary online travel planning session with Sue to choose an itinerary that will best fit your travel style.

Is Italy a country you would like to see? Which particular attractions/areas are on your bucket list? Have you visited any and what do you remember of the experience? Please share with the community!

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Kylie Jenner’s Bob Is My Favorite Hairstyle On Her Ever

After a year of laying low with everyone else, Kylie Jenner is out and about showing off new hairstyles and out-there ‘fits. Monday night, she hit up Nobu Malibu with her sister Kendall, wearing a space-like catsuit that looked to almost glow in the dark. It seems she also said goodbye to her ultra-long extensions as Jenner was rocking a chic new bob. It’s the shortest style we’ve seen from her in a long time and it might just be a favorite.

The youngest Jenner wore a Pierre-Louis Auvray catsuit with a matching trench coat, paired with a tiny pink Alexandre Vauthier pumps and an Hermès Kelly bag for her night out in Malibu. For those who aren’t in LA, Nobu is a spot where celebs go to be noticed. They know they will be photographed, which is why Jenner looks so chic for a sushi dinner. And that hair! It’s glossy and black in a cute cropped cut.

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Back in 2020, Jenner had said she was focusing on hair health while at home during quarantine. Still, she’s been rocking ultra-long extensions and even played around with 2003-era blonde highlights. As much as we loved the bronze hue, there’s something very Kardashian-Jenner about black hair—especially in a bob style. This cut is even shorter than even Kim Kardashian wears when she goes for a bob. It ends right below her ears so she can tuck strands behind them in a flirty way.

The length feels fresh and new for 2021 and we’re hoping she keeps it around for a while. But knowing Kylie Jenner, she’ll be back to waist-length extensions before we can double-tap her photo. A bob is perfect for the wild new ‘fits she’s been wearing. You can’t hide those behind inches! Kylie Jenner is back at it and nature is healing, everyone.

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My Favorite Matte Sunscreens For Oily & Blemish-Prone Skin

Sunscreen is arguably the non-negotiable skincare product that pretty much every dermatologist will tell you is an absolute must. Aside from SPF’s beauty benefits (it protects your skin from the sun’s wrinkle-inducing rays and offers defense against free radical damage), you probably already know just how important it is for the purpose of preventing life-threatening forms of skin cancer as well. Unfortunately, finding a matte sunscreen for oily skin types isn’t exactly an easy feat.

While I recognize that a good sunscreen is paramount when it comes to preventative skincare and my overall health, I also happen to have very oily skin that tends to react rather poorly (a.k.a. looks like an absolute oil slick) with many sunscreen formulas — both mineral and chemical. However, just like it’s important to moisturize even the oiliest of skin types, it’s equally — if not more — vital to protecting shine-prone skin with SPF, regardless of what season it happens to be. On that note, yes, you can even get a sunburn even when it’s grey and gloomy out, so there’s no excuse to skip this step based on the weather.

I’ve tested out a number of different sunscreens, and I’ve found that even some of the formulas dubbed “oil-free” can leave me feeling greasy, with extra-clogged pores and a breakout to boot. So, after years of trial and error, I’ve found a few oily-girl-approved products that work for me, and will likely work for those with blemish-prone skin as well. Not only are these matte formulas great for keeping excess shine under control throughout the day, but I also find that they sit so much better under my foundation, and don’t cause it to pill up or leave me with a slip-and-slide situation after application.

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Vitamin C skin sensitivity is fairly common, despite the lauded antioxidant’s reputation as the reigning champion in free radical defense and anti-aging superpowers. It’s one of the most effective anti-aging skincare actives you can use, whether you’re looking to fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation, improve firmness, soften fine lines, or brighten up a dull, sallow tone. Not only does Vitamin C help reverse the signs of aging, but it also functions as a barrier, shielding the skin from environmental aggressors like smoke and pollution, thereby helping to prevent photoaging.

However, while it may be one of the most transformative topical antioxidants available, it’s also one of the most high maintenance. Allergic reactions to C-infused skincare products are fairly common, often resulting in red bumps and itchy skin after application, and it’s also one of the more difficult ingredients to tolerate if you suffer from rosacea or simply have highly reactive, sensitive skin. Vitamin C is also notoriously difficult to stabilize and can be impacted a wide range of variables that can render your serum virtually useless without even knowing it.

Because of its less-than-stellar shelf life, many Vitamin C products are suspended in silicone bases, which is a common culprit for triggering breakouts and clogged pores. Fortunately, there are plenty of formulas capable of brightening, smoothing and fading, but are far less aggressive than their conventional counterparts.

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Regardless of how loyal you are to your multi-step day and night skincare routines, if you’re like many people, you probably often forget to bring your products down to your neck. The skin on our necks is ultra-thin and fragile, which means it’s also more susceptible to forming lines, sunspots, sagging, and all of the other glorious signs of premature aging. The neck is also particularly prone to loss of elasticity and loss of firmness—even more so than the face.

Unless you plan to sport a turtle neck for the rest of your life, if you want to keep the skin on your neck looking as healthy and youthful as the skin on your face, investing in an effective neck firming cream (in addition to a strong SPF lotion, of course) is absolutely essential. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best firming neck creams to defy gravity and combat fine lines.

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