The vivid Tyrrhenian waters, the brilliant sun and the rolling hills of Italian wine country have inspired artists for millennia. Jean and Steven Lester, the winners of Carlino’s romantic Italian vacation contest, clearly felt inspired to create some art themselves as they shared their photo album featuring images from their trip of a lifetime. During their romantic eight-day Italian getaway, the couple took snapshots of everything from colorful roadside stands and rustic country vistas to world-famous attractions such as Trevi Fountain, the Villa Borghese, the beautifully restored Sistine Chapel and the iconic Coliseum.
Throughout the album are pictures of the winning couple, smiling in the warm Mediterranean sun and clearly reveling in the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy. Only the Lesters know the meaning behind every frame, but the album describes a narrative of an unforgettable vacation.
From memorable shots of Jean Celebrating Steve’s birthday at a Roman dinner in a neighborhood restaurant to posed pictures of Steve preparing to zoom through the streets on a Segway tour, the pictures are as full of light and life as Italy itself. The pictures showcase the kaleidoscopic personality of a country that holds vast reserves of centuries-old priceless art alongside the most modern shops. Snapshots of sleek Italian cars roaring past silent marble monuments that have stood for thousands of years are a study in contrasts, the magnificent variety that Italy has in store for visitors. Eight days is hardly enough to see all that Italy has to offer, but the Lester’s fit as much in as they could, seeing all the highlights and discovering the place where Jean’s grandparents lived.
Carlo came up with the contest as a way to show his love for his native Italy with his guests. Steven and Jean Lester have generously shared their experiences of their romantic vacation with us at Carlino’s, and we thank them for the chance to see their once-in-a-lifetime trip through their eyes. The well-traveled Lester’s still visit the restaurant and have become local celebrities. If you ask, you may hear an anecdote or two about their fabulous vacation.
While he can’t take everyone to Italy, Carlo’s dream of bringing a taste of Italian life to Long Island comes true every day. Celebrate Italy’s rich contrasts and zest for life with the best in southern Italian cooking at Carlino’s.
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