04/11/2014 02:01 pm ET Updated Jun 11, 2014

Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: Verona, Padua, and Ravenna

I've been giddier than usual this week as I'm finalizing my travel plans for 2014. I've got an amazing itinerary promising four months of fun and learning, and there'll be lots of great new information to share. I'll be vigorously posting almost daily from some of my favorite corners of Europe. And for the next week or so until I fly away, we're running video clips to get us all in the mood.

This May I'll meet my TV crew in north Italy to shoot new shows on the great cities near Venice--Verona, Padua (a.k.a. Padova), and Ravenna. Here is a clip illustrating why I love Padua so much.