Luca’s Top Five Vacation Destinations by Luca Domani – Guest Blog


Long and Short Reviews welcomes Luca Domani who is celebrating the recent release of An American in Venice.

Luca’s Top Five Vacation Destinations (in no particular order)

1) Venice, Italy – Venice had to be on this list, for obvious reasons. I think everyone should visit Venice at least once in their lives. It’s one of those places that is both familiar and exotic. We have a preconception of the city from movies and books. The first time you see it, it’s like a fairy tale come to life. The lack of cars adds to the magic: to get around, you either walk or take a boat. It is one of the most romantic places in the world. Despite it being a bit of a tourist trap, I do recommend taking a gondola ride at least once. Just make sure you haggle about the price!

2) Nantucket, Massachusetts – If you are from in Massachusetts like myself, chances are you have summered on the cape. I love Cape Cod, but Nantucket has a special place in my heart. It’s a tiny island, with limited commercial development. You won’t find any big box stores here, and there is only one town, which is quaint and full of cobblestones. I find Nantucket to be one of the most peaceful places in the world. With its bounty of beautiful beaches, it’s possible to find your own piece of sand and surf, even during the busiest times in summer. The sunsets are picture perfect and not to be missed. Even the ferry ride from Hyannis is part of the experience. You don’t have to bring your car (the car ferry books up months in advance), since there is an extensive bike path system and a bus that goes around the island. Perhaps it’s only downside is how expensive it is to live there – the median price of a home on Nantucket is a million dollars!

3) Maui, Hawaii – There’s a theme to this list apparently. I am drawn to peaceful places with water. Maui is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations, for good reason. The beaches are gorgeous, and the sunsets are magnificent. The flora and fauna are spectacular, and rainbows are a daily occurrence. I also recommend going to Mount Haleakala for the sunrise – many companies offer a biking tour including a van ride up the volcano in the morning and then a downhill bike ride on the way down. The Road to Hana, which is a drive around the island via the Hana highway, is also a must do. Just be sure to wear your SPF 50, the sun is much stronger at this latitude!

4) Disney World, Orlando, Florida – This might seem like an incongruous choice compared to the other places on this list, but I am a kid at heart. I will always come back to Disney, and the Magic Kingdom will always be my favorite. I like to stay on campus when I visit, at one of the hotels on the monorail. Disney requires a lot of walking, so always remember your sneakers and lots of water. Make time to relax and enjoy the hotel pool, so you don’t get burnt out from all the fun you’re having!

5) Napa Valley, California – Gorgeous scenery, amazing wine and delicious food – I don’t think I need to say much more to recommend Napa. Some of my favorite wineries include Duckhorn, Benessere and St. Supery. I also suggest starting with Robert Mondavi winery if you are a newbie, they have a fun and unpretentious class that teaches you how to taste wine. There are also so many great restaurants in the area and two of my favorites are Bouchon and Zuzu. Alas I haven’t yet had the chance to go to The French Laundry, which is considered one to be one of the best restaurants in the world, but it’s on my bucket list!

Tom has always been steady and predictable—a formula he’s sure will lead him to success in his career. When his method fails him and he loses his job, he throws caution to the wind for the first time in his life and books a European holiday.

Maybe Tom shouldn’t be surprised that Cupid’s arrow finds him in one of the most romantic cities in the world: Venice, Italy. When he encounters Giovanni working in the family pizzeria, it’s lust at first sight. Their time together touring the city is so magical it feels like a dream. But Tom is shy while Giovanni is charming and flirtatious. Tom has a newfound freedom with his unemployment, while family burdens weigh heavily on Giovanni. Add culture differences and miscommunication into the mix, and their brief romance might fade as quickly as the beautiful dream it resembles.

About the Author: Luca Domani has been writing stories since childhood. Although he has a doctorate in engineering, he has never given up on his dream of being a writer. He adores science fiction and is partial to postapocalyptic epics with zombie hordes, but at heart, he is a hopeless romantic. Luca is married to his high school sweetheart, who is his muse and the love of his life. They reside in Massachusetts with their dog and cat. An American in Venice is his second publication outside of a technical journal.

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