I am desperate for an extended vacation in Italy. Every August, imagining myself among the swathes of tanned beauties sun bathing on the Adriatic sea or Amalfi Coast makes me dizzy with pleasure. This is yet another on a long list of travel related fantasies that my unemployment stipend can’t cover right now. But I can still watch Italian movies and load up on my favorite products…it’s almost like being there.
Some of my Italian favorites include La Bello Lip balm (now that this is available online I don’t have to bribe friends traveling abroad to stock up for me), San Pellegrino Limonata, and a few must haves from Santa Maria Novella in Florence (also available State side at Lafco in Nolita): Iris Flower Soap (for combination skin), Armenia Papers (scent of Frankincense and Myrrh) and Ceramic Soap dishes (which can also be used for the burning papers.) The map is wrapping paper from Cavallini & Co.