Get some sunflowers
Go to Trader Joes and buy out the lot! Put them all over your house. Or maybe fill just one space-your Italian vacation room.
Have a listen
Crank this playlist and imagine you are in an Italian ristorante.
Take a sip
Make yourself a spritz. Pour a little Aperol and a lot of prosecco over some. Add a twist of orange. Snack on some potato chips.
Order a pizza. But a good one! In Boston, my favorite is the pepperoni from Venice Pizza. Have a lot of time? Make this Risotto (or better yet - have someone else make it for you.)
Lose yourself in a movie. Watch Diane Lane find herself in Under The Tuscan Sun. Meet a dapper sociopath in The Talented Mister Ripley. Go to Tuscany in Stealing Beauty. Enjoy (campy) family drama in House of Gucci.
Now go sit in the sun. Constantly cloudy? May I suggest cranking the heat and sitting in front of one of these?
I hope you enjoyed this imaginary vacation, sometimes these little moments can be the brief respite we need to inspire us.