Tuesday, October 29, 2013

When in Italy


MILAN

In a phrase: A stylish, luxurious, and strangely peaceful city.
Good for: Window shopping / Fine dining
Sleep at: Starhotels Ritz
Eat at: Osteria Mamma Rosa (superb, a bit of a splurge)
Great souvenir: Anything from COS

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FLORENCE

In a phrase: A stylish, historical city full to the brim with tourists.
Good for: Window shopping / Tourist sites
Sleep at: B&B Firenze Novoli (outside of the historic centre)
Eat atDante & Beatrice Caffe / Giubbe Rosse Caffe

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VENICE

In a phrase: Disneyland for adults.
Good for: Museums / Wandering / Food
Sleep at: Casa Martini
Eat at: Ristorante Carpaccio
See: The Venice Biennale (annual arts festival held every odd-numbered year in July)

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ROME

Good for: Tourist sites / Food
Eat at: All of the hole in the wall pizza joints that sell square shaped pizza slices by the pound. Try the rosemary and potato, I still crave it.

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SIRMIONE/LAKE GARDA

In a phrase: 
Good for: Wandering / Food / Lakes / Dogs / Families
Sleep at: Hotel Serenella
Eat at: Scaligeri (great pizza)
See: The Grotto of Cattalus / Scaliger Castle / The peninsula's shores

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MANTOVA/MANTUA

In a phrase: 
Good for: History / Food / Quiet weekends / Shopping
Sleep at: Residence Ca Delle Erbe (sublime)
Eat at: Osteria Pizzeria delle Erbe
SeeDucal Palace / Palazzo Te Museum / All of the piazzas

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