A Year in Italy Video Giveaway

A Year in Italy DVD by Steven McCurdyWhen I’m not visiting Italy or writing about Italy I really enjoy watching travel shows about Italy. The Travel Channel, PBS, BBC, and other outlets all show Italy travelogues from time to time and I love them. I’ll almost always pause to watch aerial views of Capri or listen to historical details about the Colosseum. But many of these videos leave me wanting more: more views of real life and real people in Italy.

Enter “A Year in Italy,” a new video by travel journalist Steven McCurdy. This video love letter to Italy begins with a montage of video clips from Italy trips from the 1960s and continues with gorgeous, modern-day shots of famous and not-so-famous spots from all around Italy, from fountains to gelato stands and from village markets to bustling ports. McCurdy introduces his film by answering the question he is often asked, “What is your favorite place in Italy?”

“It depends. It depends on whether I’m talking about art, or history, or sheer beauty. It depends on whether I’m talking about the people, the piazzas, the pizza. It depends on the time of year and time of day. It depends because I like so many different places for so many different reasons.

“The real answer may be that I try not to have favorite places. I try to have memorable places. I have so many memorable places I would hate to list them as favorites for fear that a new discovery would upset the whole balance. After all, I still have so many places yet to explore.”

I think all of us who have had the opportunity to see Italy on more than one occasion can certainly agree with McCurdy’s sentiment. I feel like I have so many more places in Italy to discover and I have discovered some new ones with “A Year in Italy.” Some of the less-visited corners featured on the 4-hour, 2-disc set are Sardinia, Procida, Gubbio, and Matera, and McCurdy also goes to hidden spots in Rome, Naples, and Venice. The titles on each of the discs are “My Private Italy,” “Bringing Home Sardinia,” “Postcards from Italy, ” and bonus features “Every time I come to Rome” and “Montage of Venice.” Here is a little sample of type of lovely film-making you’ll see on “A Year in Italy”:

Steve McCurdy’s Venice

McCurdy really does cover the whole of the boot. If you want to know more about this and other travel videos, visit the website for Questar Entertainment.

It has been a pleasure to watch “A Year in Italy,” so I wanted to give Italofile readers a chance to enjoy this lovely video set with my first giveaway!!

Here are the details of the contest:

  • To enter the “A Year in Italy Video Giveaway” contest, leave a comment below answering the question, “How would you spend a year in Italy?” Be as concise or as elaborate as you want.
  • Anyone can enter. Please note, however, that this DVD is NTSC Region “0″ and will not play on all DVD players. See these DVD format guidelines for additional information.
  • If you want to write a whole tome on how you’d spend a year in Italy, you can write a post on your blog and have two chances to win! Blog entries, please link to this post (http://www.italofile.com/2010/05/12/a-year-in-italy-video-giveaway/) and comment below with a link to your post.
  • Winner will be selected at random from all entries. There will be no extra points for creativity, though I may re-tweet the best blog entries on Twitter. :-)
  • Contest deadline is 11:59pm EDT on Thursday, May 20, 2010.

Good luck and spread the word!

Full disclosure: Questar provided this video for my review and for the giveaway.

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26 Responses to A Year in Italy Video Giveaway

  1. Leah May 12, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    A whole year in Italy?! I would love that! First I would visit all of my wonderful Italian friends scattered all over the country. Then I would try to see some of the places I haven’t been able to get to yet. Like Bologna, Capri, Torino, and Sicily. Then I would re-visit all of my favorite haunts, before settling down in a small Tuscan town to just be. To become fluent in the language, to paint the landscapes and to pretend I’m Italian. Ah bliss. How soon can I leave?
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..Join us in beautiful Tuscany! =-.

  2. Rose in Cali May 12, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    I would spend a year in Italy studying the Italian language and learning to cook authentic Italian meals. I would also try to meet all the expat-in-Italy bloggers I’ve come to admire. :-) I would continue to work in my virtual office and wonder why I hadn’t done this any sooner. Magari!

  3. Anne May 12, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    It’s not a whole year, but this summer I’m moving to Rome for 7 months. I cannot wait! I’d love the DVD to get a taste of what’s to come.

    But how would I spend a year there? Learning to speak the language, visiting every museum I could find, sampling the cuisine of every region, standing in the places the ancients stood, wearing fabulous Italian clothes and shoes, and loving every minute of it.

  4. food lover kathy May 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    I would eat my way through Italy…one month in each of these regions…Piemonte, Emiglia-Romagna, Veneto, Liguria, Puglia, Sardegna, Sicily, Lazio/Rome, Umbria, Campania, Tuscany. I really need 21 months to cover each region, (I’m not greedy or anything), but I would start with these twelve—searching out specialties of each region.
    .-= food lover kathy´s last blog ..Slow Cooked Meat Ragu to Honor Mom =-.

  5. Camila F. May 13, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    OMG, a year in Italy! What a dream! I guess I would spend a few months in Tuscany learning all the great italian recipes and drinking lots of amazing wines. Next: Rome and Venice!
    .-= Camila F.´s last blog ..United Feathered Friends =-.

  6. peach May 18, 2010 at 4:00 am #

    I would probably take some classes, spend the year studying! I’d probably try to plan a summer/spring/winter/fall quarters in different cities. I’ve never been to Europe before, but I’m crossing my fingers for next year. :)

  7. micala b May 19, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    I’d love to live in Italy for a year!! As a historian from an Italian family – I’d be exploring everything – my family roots, historically significant cities, the museums, the architectue, the countryside – learning the language and trying to learn some good cooking skills!!

  8. Ellen Hunt May 20, 2010 at 2:56 am #

    I do believe I would spend the year hiking and taking pictures of all the other things that Italy may offer. Everyone knows of the top 10 cities to visit and the top 20 things to do and see but how many know of all the other things that are actually there? You do not know of a place until you embed yourself within. Learn the language, meet the people, get hands on with those that are the make of the country, hear of the trials and tribulations and document these in photos and writing. It wouldn’t be worth the time if I can’t share it.

  9. Martine May 20, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    I would spend my whole year in Rome,wandering in the sun, through the ancient ruins, visiting all the tiny churches and eating in the small family restaurants.

  10. erin :: the olive notes May 20, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    This sounds like a fabulous video. I spend a lot of time reading and watching things about Italy as well. Since my husband and I did get to spend a year in Italy…we ended up taking extensive language schooling during that time, lived in Florence, took lots of train trips, and ate lots of gelato among many other adventures.
    …But if I could spend another year there…I’d probably live further south near Rome, try to start collaborating with my network of connections there in the travel industry, to help organize unique tours for other people interested in Italy, art, food, and farming!

  11. Scintilla May 20, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    A whole year in Italy? I thiunk that I’d like to stay put on the Amalfi Coast taking long walks in the mountains and visiting those inaccessiblke villages with extrordinary views far from the tourist crowds.

    In Summer I’d allow myself time for a trip to Calabria to search out my roots and all those wonderful people who insist that I vist :)
    .-= Scintilla´s last blog ..‘100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go’ CONTEST!!!! =-.

  12. Mindy May 20, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    First, I’d find out how to bring my cats along! then, I would also want to immerse myself in the language and feel confident speaking! I would spend time in Piemonte, Alba and Torino. 2 months minimum in Florence!!

    I’d head down to Naples for a few weeks and spend a month or so in Sicily…and also on the island of Ischia. By this time I will have met a fabulously romantic and sexy Italian and would end up staying in Italy forever!

  13. Lisa at Wanderlust Women May 20, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    A year in Italy would only begin to scratch the surface. I would start in the hills outside Siena and inhale the scent of jasmine that just fills the air unlike any other. Then when the warm light of Tuscany has coddled my soul for a few weeks, I would slowly head south. I would stop at each small town along the Via Cassia and eventually turn back to the Autostrada, where the compass would only point south toward Amalfi, Calabria and Sicily. Oh sure, there would be some museum-stopping and archaeological digging along the way, maybe even a spa day or two, but Italy is nothing if not it’s people and it would give me an entire year to not only get closer to my roots but become fluent in the language I dream in.
    .-= Lisa at Wanderlust Women´s last blog ..Wanderlust Women and You making a difference one journey at a time =-.

  14. Vanessa May 20, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    A whole year in Italy would really be a dream come true for me. I will be visiting this summer, but only for two weeks- just a drop in the bucket compared to a whole year!

    If I had the chance to stay for 365 beautiful days in il bel paese, I would take Italian language courses to (finally) learn to speak fluently, visit all of the historic places I have studied so much about, and visit the town where all of my grandparents grew up. The Italian heritage is deeply rooted in my family, and having the opportunity to live in the country where it all began would be the opportunity of a lifetime.
    .-= Vanessa´s last blog ..Power of Community =-.

  15. RENATO CASTILLETTI May 20, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    A YEAR IN ITALY
    First, I would start in Sicily. Visit Palermo, Trapani, Vita, Salemi, Comiso, Siracusa, Taormina, etc.
    I would sketch and paint all the beauty Sicily has to offer.
    I would look for distant relatives in Ragusa.
    I would spend some time sailing to Lipari, and other islands.
    Then after a few months, I would head north to Naples, (the Amalfi Coast) and Capri and Pompei.
    Paint some more in Naples and Capri.
    I would also spend some time painting in Sandinia.
    North to Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Pisa, Carrara, Sienna, Genova, and Venice.
    All along the journey, I would sketch, paint and take photographs of the scenary.
    A great opportunity to become fluent in Italian. Along the way, I would visit all the museums. Everywhere I’d travel, I would dine at a trattoria and taste the exquisite food each region is known for. I would also visit the vineyards.

  16. RENATO CASTILLETTI May 20, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    A YEAR IN ITALY
    First, I would start in Sicily. Visit Palermo, Trapani, Vita, Salemi, Comiso, Siracusa, Taormina, etc.
    I would sketch and paint all the beauty Sicily has to offer.
    I would look for distant relatives in Ragusa.
    I would spend some time sailing to Lipari, and other islands.
    Then after a few months, I would head north to Naples, (the Amalfi Coast) and Capri and Pompei.
    Paint some more in Naples and Capri.
    I would also spend some time painting in Sardinia.
    North to Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Pisa, Carrara, Sienna, Genova, and Venice.
    All along the journey, I would sketch, paint and take photographs of the scenary.
    A great opportunity to become fluent in Italian. Along the way, I would visit all the museums. Everywhere I’d travel, I would dine at a trattoria and taste the exquisite food each region is known for. I would also visit the vineyards.

  17. Laureen May 20, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    My husband and children are all dual Italian-American citizens, and I’m applying shortly. What could I do with a year in Italy? Here’s my blog post: http://theexcellentadventure.com/elementalmom/2010/05/20/a-year-in-italy/
    .-= Laureen´s last blog ..A Year in Italy =-.

  18. Melissa Muldoon May 20, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    Ciao Melanie! I would spend a year in Italy immersing myself in the language! I would talk my way through Italy, traveling & visiting with friends and kind strangers, with always the keen intention to improve my language skills. I would also drink in the art, culture, food and wine. I would hop on trains with no apparent destination and I would jump of those trains
    to wander around piazzas and hillside towns discovering sites and sounds and making new friends. I would love a year just to wander and explore and hear the language every day!

    …so when do we leave?
    .-= Melissa Muldoon´s last blog ..• festeggiamo la primavera! =-.

  19. Susan May 20, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    Hmmm. I wrote something sorta funny but it wouldn’t go through. So I’ll tame smartypants remark (it wasn’t bad, really!)…I’d finish research & book of poems & travel essays. (On Italy)…yeah, I go the bestseller route – always. Gah.

    ciao-meow!
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Verba volant, scripta manent =-.

  20. Heather May 20, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    I would spend the year eating, mastering Italian, and traveling. I’d improve my photography skills with pictures of Roman ruins, Tuscan sunsets, and Sicilian seaside escapes. I’d please my palate with fresh herbs, perfectly al dente pastas, and the world’s best table wines. I’d introduce my daughter to some of the most beautiful art the world has to offer.
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Walking Tall =-.

  21. elbdeern May 20, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    I would spend a year in italy studying the wonderful language and adopting the italian way of life. And preparing to stay longer :-)

  22. :D'anne May 20, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    I would eat my way through Italy for a year. Learning, eating, drinking, learning and then eating again. I would, of course, also be walking almost everywhere in a desperate attempt to counteract the eating and continue to fit an airplane seat for my trip home.

  23. Kristen May 20, 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    Come si passerebbe un anno in Italia?

    Mi immergerò nel linguaggio e non ritornerò finché potrei parlarlo!

    Anche mangerò gelato ogni giorno.

    http://ktheologus.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/non-ho-mai-vinto-nulla/
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..non ho mai vinto nulla =-.

  24. Kristen May 20, 2010 at 11:26 pm #

    Mannaggia! I missed the deadline because I was creating a post in my blog!

    http://ktheologus.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/non-ho-mai-vinto-nulla/
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..non ho mai vinto nulla =-.

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