I have not yet had the good fortune to travel to any of the islands off of Italy. This virtual tour, “Italy’s Islands of Refuge,” was my introduction to Lampedusa, Ustica and Ventotene. I had read once of an island where certain Roman emperors’ exiled problematic women in their lives, but now I know much more about Ventotene – which, ironically, sounds like today it is a slice of heaven for those who love books and reading. Hearing about the migrants on Lampedusa was a reminder of how international policy and politics can impact even the smallest places. This virtual tour was a really fun hour, filled with so much information and beautiful photography. I especially appreciated how thoughtful Anne is in describing the many locals she has come to know; and seeing the blue waters of the Mediterranean made my heart sing.