Cook, Eat, Draw, Learn
In Rome, book a cooking class with my pal Elizabeth's daughter Sophie, a food tour with Eating Italy (you can eat with them in London, Amsterdam and other cities too) or a cooking class in Venice with my best Venetian pal Monica at Cook in Venice.
Sketch tour with Kelly Medford Amble around Rome with my favorite artist and learn how to see things in a new way. Kelly will teach you how to sketch and paint what you see.
VIP tour with Walks of Italy. I just took an in-depth visit of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. The very best part? Our private visit to the House of Livia, which houses spectacularly well preserved and restored Pompeii style frescos.
I know a book is a thing, but these two are worth it. (you could order the Kindle addition if you are really wedded to this no object line of thinking)
Dream of Venice is a gorgeous collection of photographs and essays about dreamy, mysterious, bewitching Venice.