Planning a trip to Italy? Our insiders guide features designers’ recommendations on where to go in Italy and Italy travel tips, including places to eat, drink, visit, and shop in each city
After months of lockdown we can finally travel more freely again, and Italy has just won the European Football Championships!! What better time to hop on a plane, and visit the Bel Paese? 🇮🇹
There’s so much to do, see, and eat in Italy, that you might not know where to start. We have gathered some tips from our network of Italian insiders on places you should not miss when you visit Italy.
Where To Go In Italy First: Rome
In the words of Antonella Rizza, Roma is a large cosmopolitan city with an artistic, architectural, and cultural history that has influenced the whole world and dates back almost 3000 years. There are literally thousands of activities to do, monuments to visit, places to discover—a book would not be enough to tell them all.
She recommends a candlelit dinner at the Michelin star restaurant Aroma, in front of the Colosseum, for a dinner that will remain in your heart forever.
For luxury shopping enhanced by the setting of the city’s monuments you can’t miss Via Condotti, one of the most important shopping streets, which leads right to the foot of Trinità dei Monti, and the Spanish Steps.
MAHR’s designer Monia Furnari’s Italy travel tips: the best places to see are non-touristy spots.
She loves hanging out at bars in neighborhoods still inhabited by locals, like Ponte Milvio and Rione Monti, and recommends discovering this magic city by visiting its various neighborhoods: a walk in Garbatella, eating pizza behind the Colosseum at sunset, exploring Mercato Testaccio, and buying fresh produce at Mercato Esquilino.
South of Italy & Naples
According to Antonella Rizza, if you’re heading to southern Italy, you’ll be spoiled for choice: the beautiful Naples, the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, Puglia with its beautiful cities, such as Trani, Bari, Alberobello, Lecce, and Gallipoli.
And Calabria, with its fascinating contrasts, or Sicily, a small world of its own, made up of unmatched traditions, scents, unique flavors, unforgettable cuisine, extraordinary sweets, uncontaminated seas, beautiful islands, and millenary history—such as the valley of the temples of Agrigento, the Ancient Theater of Taormina, or the suggestive Ortigia Island in the heart of Syracuse.
Naples is known for its culinary delights, and, when Peninsula Swimwear’s founder Edoardo Pasolini goes there, he always does a typical “food tour”. First: sfogliatelle in Plebiscito Square, then a pizza margherita at the historical pizzeria L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele.
For aperitivo, he recommends heading to the Carracciolo seafront at sunset, and getting a drink at Nea, a modern art gallery in Piazza Bellini.
Neapolitan tailoring label Kiton recommends enjoying fresh fish at Da Dora, a restaurant located in the center of Naples. For aperitivo, don’t miss Il Pirata, a stunning restaurant in Sant’Angelo, a seaside village in the heart of Ischia, one of the islands of the Neapolitan archipelago.
Italy Travel Tips For Florence and Tuscany
Florence, the cradle of Italian art, is an obligatory stop when you’re visiting Italy. Antonella Rizza recommends visiting the Uffizi Museum, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and countless other artistic and historical beauties.
In Florence, luxury shopping is guaranteed—every label is present—and after you can enjoy a fancy aperitivo at Le Ménagère, and dinner at the panorama restaurant La Scaletta, where you can dine among the roofs of Florence.
The countless places overlooking the Arno River are also stunning, and you can sip on a glass of red Montalciano wine at sunset, enjoying the splendid panorama of the historic Florentine buildings.
DROMe’s creative director Marianna Rosati’s favorite district is Santo Spirito / San Frediano, where you can enjoy an aperitivo outside with a crowd of creative people (when allowed!), and find lots of lovely places to eat, all run by local people and curated with love.
Where To Go In Italy Second: Milan
Just an hour and forty minutes by fast train from Florence is Milan, the world capital of fashion and design. To Antonella Rizza, Milan is a real modern metropolis.
Headquarters of the Italian stock exchange, Milan is a financial center famous for its restaurants and exclusive shops. The Gothic-style Cathedral and the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, which houses the fresco “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci, testify to the artistic and cultural heritage of the city.
In Milan, the aperitivo is a ritual that is consumed every day and that unites professionals and bankers, designers and students, stylists and artists, in an endless number of places from the banks of the Navigli to the Isola district.Some of the most popular places are the trendy Ceresio 7 Pools & Restaurant and the Radio Rooftop Bar, a unique place with an international soul, though both are extremely elegant.
Milanese outerwear label Goosetech also recommends Fioraio Bianchi, The Botanical Club, and Deus Café. Eddy Monetti loves enjoying a glass of wine at Salumaio di Montenapoleone, housed in the historic Bagatti Valsecchi building.
For Italy’s oldest and most storied hat-maker Borsalino, Milan represents a sentimental web. Every corner is linked to a series of cherished memories.
A favorite of Borsalino is the Guastalla Gardens, one of Milan’s oldest parks, full of color and quaintness. Outside the city center, the Isola is definitely worth a visit: it’s a historical district that contrasts with the modernity of the Porta Nuova skyscrapers, and where you can enjoy a meal at the Ratanà restaurant, which offers classic yet contemporary Milanese cuisine.
Friuli Venezia Giulia
Where to go in Italy other than the usual spots? East of Milan in the Northeast corner of the country is Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Italian region that borders Austria and Slovenia.
According to Le Sûr, makers of traditional Friuliane luxury house slippers, the first stop in the region must be Castello di Buttrio. There you can indulge yourself with a wine tasting in Le Sûr’s cellars, enjoy a tour of the vineyards, and a bike ride across the hills surrounded by the most colorful sunsets. You can then spend the night in the Country House, right after a delicious and traditional meal at the Locanda, next door.
Around the region you can stroll in Cividale, a beautiful historical UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Don’t miss Trieste, one of the greatest Italian port cities of all times—let yourself be enchanted by the view of Piazza Unità d’Italia and a delicious pied dans l’eau meal at the Dama Bianca in Duino.
We hope you enjoy your time in Italy and find these Italy travel tips helpful.
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