How Often Do You Daydream About Traveling to Italy?
About dipping your toes in the sparkly waters along the Amalfi coast, wine tasting in Tuscany, exploring ancient ruins in Rome, or indulging in one-too-many scoops of gelato? If you’re like us, the answer to that question is probably “often”.
So, I gathered together a few must “to do”when visiting Italy:
The best Italian dish to try is… Ragù (basically meat sauce). It is made a bit differently in all parts of the country. You will find northern versions are more minced while whole cuts of meat are used in the south.
One thing people don’t know about Italian culture is… Italians are crazy – but in the best possible way!
The most important Italian word to know how to say is… Well grazie (thank you), of course.
When in Rome
One dish travelers must try in Rome is… Cacio e Pepe at Da Enzo – a wonderful pasta dish.
The best thing to photograph in Rome is… a shot of St. Peter’s Basilica through the keyhole on Aventine Hill.
One monument not to miss in Rome is… Well that has to be the Trevi Fountain because you never want to tempt fate by not throwing in coins, ensuring your return to the Eternal City.
One thing people don’t know about Rome is… Rome actually has more than its famed seven hills.
When in Florence
The best time of day to explore Florence is… Sunset – my goodness, sunset. Walk along the Arno, watch from the Ponte Vecchio, walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo. The colors over Florence are amazing.
A must to do in Florence… Walk around the gardens – Boboli, Villa Bardini, Giardino delle Rose.
One dish travelers must try in Florence is… Ribollita (a bread and vegetable soup) at L’Osteria di Giovanni.
One thing people don’t know about Florence is… It was the first city in Europe to have paved streets (as of 1339).
When in Venice
A must to do in Venice is… Learn how to row the voga alla veneta with Row Venice.
The most romantic spot to visit in Venice is… Every place in Venice is romantic so it is hard to choose just one! So schedule a few extra days!
A favorite treat to eat in Venice is… the fried eel at Antico Pizzo is buttery and delicious.
One thing people don’t know about Venice is… Scientists are working on innovative ways to stop Venice from sinking.