Wanderlust Wednesday combines my love of books with my love of/desire to travel. I've had a wicked case of wanderlust lately, and I've been reading a lot of travel books, so I thought a new blog feature that combines travel and books would be fun! This is going to be a weekly feature; if anyone would like to join in, let me know and I'll set up a Linky so we can visit each other's posts.
Last week, we traveled to Paris with Anna and the French Kiss, and this week we're traveling to Italy with Pippa and Wish You Were Italian.
I honestly didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. It sounded cute and fluffy, and it was, but it was also so much more than that. Kristin Rae did an amazing job of making me feel like I was right there with Pippa on her Italian adventure. I could see everything clearly, taste the gelato, feel Pippa's awe and excitement as she saw the Colosseum for the first time.
I've always had a passing interest in Italy. Whenever I watch a movie or TV show set there, I swoon over the sights and think how nice it would be to visit there one day, but it's never been high on my list. After reading Wish You Were Italian, it got bumped up a bit on my bucket list. Then, a couple weeks ago, my childhood best friend and I talked about doing some traveling together next year, and her top two places are Greece and Rome. Ever since then, I've been thinking more and more about it. Even though it's not high on my list, I still want to go, and I think an epic adventure with a friend would be amazing. We haven't decided yet where we're going or what we're doing, but the more I think about it, the more Rome appeals to me. The Trevi Fountain...the Colosseum...the Spanish Steps...the Pantheon...St. Peter's Basillica. Plus, pizza, pasta, and gelato, oh my! All those elegant people, all the gorgeous scenery, all that history, and all that food? Yeah, it's definitely moving up my list. ;-)
For now, I will continue to gush about Wish You Were Italian, and watch movies set in Italy, like When in Rome, Sabrina Goes to Rome (does anyone remember that movie? It was a TV movie spin off of Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Letters to Juliet, and Under the Tuscan Sun. Also, I think I need to see Roman Holiday? I've been wanting to watch some classic movies, and this would kill two birds with one stone. Any other movie recommendations? I'm okay with living vicariously until I get to have adventures myself.
Have you read Wish You Were Italian? Have you ever been to Rome, or anywhere else in Italy? Have you read any books set in Italy that are must reads?