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SPEAKING IN TONGUES Lane has been to Italy often since her childhood (once performing at the Spoleto Festival "when I had no front teeth") and was in Positano recently filming scenes for the movie adaptation of Frances Mayes's Under the Tuscan Sun, opening this month.
IN THE BAG "I always travel with flip-flops, moisturizer, my new digital cell phone (during long flights, I shut off the phone and scroll through the images of my daughter), and my passport (I scored on my picture—I look strangely healthy and rested). I'm a heavy packer, but I'm getting better about needing less—except when it comes to toiletries."
THAT'S ITALIAN "At Donna Rosa [97-99 Via Montepertuso; 39-089/811-806; dinner for two $100], Mom's in the kitchen and the daughter waits on the tables. I loved their hospitality, that abbondanza—that feeling of everyone getting together."
SIREN SONG "I stayed at Le Sirenuse [30 Via Cristoforo Colombo; 39-089/875-066; www.sirenuse.it; doubles from $414], which is done to the nines. Hand-painted Italian tiles and mermaids were all over—that's where the hotel gets its name—from the keys to the plates and silverware. I'm a little girl at heart. I still believe in mermaids."
—David A. Keeps