The Italian Experience – An Insider’s Guide
Curious Traveller gives you an insider’s guide to a minestrone of tour operators, hotels, architectural feats …
Exploring Italy: A Traveler’s Delight
Italy, the land of enchantment, where history, culture, and culinary delights intertwine, has been my beloved destination for decades. With a heritage rooted in Palermo and a web of connections spanning from Milan to Sorrento, I’ve had the privilege of immersing myself in the best Italy has to offer. Join me on an insider’s journey through Italy, from bustling city streets to serene coastal towns.
Roman Adventures: Shop, Sip, and Savor
In the heart of Rome, let’s start our adventure by shopping like a local. Stroll down Via Nazionale, Via Cola De Rienzo, and Via Del Corso, where you’ll discover delightful boutiques and shoe shops. A must-stop is Piazza Della República, a circular piazza at the top of Via Nazionale, housing one of Rome’s best gelato shops, The GELATIST. For a Vatican visit, take the 64 bus, but don’t forget to book your Vatican tour in advance to avoid the crowds.
Renaissance Wonders and the Domus Aurea
In the heart of Rome, we explore architectural marvels like Parioli and Trastevere. Don’t miss the charming Taverna Trilusa for a taste of authentic Roman cuisine. For a romantic experience, Otello alla Concordia near the Spanish Steps is a favorite. The lesser-known Palazzo Zuccari near the Spanish Steps hides unique secrets, just like the Domus Aurea, Nero’s opulent palace.
Foodie’s Paradise: Milan, Bologna, Venice, and More
Italy’s gastronomic treasures are a traveler’s delight. In Milan, visit Eataly and explore eight floors of Italian culinary delights. Bologna’s Mercato Albani offers culinary gems. In Venice, indulge in delicious local fare, including the freshest seafood in Palermo’s Capo food and clothing market. Explore the small markets, sample Sicilian sandwiches, and don’t miss Pasticceria Il Boccione.
Peaceful Assisi and the Marvelous Florence
Take a serene journey to Assisi, the tranquil home of St. Francis. Explore the Church of St. Francis and witness Italy’s greatest relic. Florence beckons with an antique silk factory and Tre Pini restaurant. Don’t forget to visit EATILY for a culinary adventure. In Bologna, Mercato il Capo offers diverse flavors, while Majani Chocolate shop tempts with chocolates dating back to 1796.
Discovering Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast
En route to Sorrento from Naples, a visit to Pompeii’s House of the Vettii, known as Pompeii’s Sistine Chapel, is a must. Enjoy the sardines in Palermo’s Capo food and clothing market and explore the quaint streets lined with clothing stalls and aromatic food kiosks. Experience the unique markets of Rome, including Mercato Trionfale, Campo de Fiori, Mercato Testaccio, and Biomercato Alla Città del Altro Economia.
Unveiling Venice’s Secrets and Palermo’s Treasures
Venice, a city of enchantment, with its winding streets, art galleries, and shoe shops, is a world of its own. Visit the museum of Salvador Dali’s work and enjoy the cuisine at Al Graspo de Ua. Sample the delights of Palermo’s Capo market and embrace the local markets, like Mercato il Capo and Mercato San Cosimato. Explore the hidden gems and unusual finds, savoring every moment of your Italian adventure.
Embrace the magic of Italy, from its vibrant cities to its tranquil towns, as you embark on a journey rich in history, culture, and the flavors of authentic Italian cuisine. Let the beauty of Italy captivate your senses and create memories to cherish forever.