I love Italy. I go there as often as I can and always dream of the next opportunity to return. But there are some things that are constant reminders of my love for the country. Here are five of them: a person, a place, an event, a brand and a product.

1. Giuseppe Verdi

I hear his Requiem constantly and it amazes me every time. It’s got that Italian flair that puts me inside any church in Rome.

2. S. Pellegrino

Whenever I get the chance I drink a bottle and think I’m in a Sicilian trattoria.

3. Pitti Uomo Fair

It happens in Firenze twice a year and it’s the main menswear fashion/style event of the globe.

4. Italia Independent

One of my favorite brands, from one of my style icons.

5. Galleria Borghese

Not just because of Caravaggio’s paintings. A beautiful building and an overwhelming park in the heart of Vila Borghese.

I wish I could be there right now. I’ll keep on dreaming.