I frequently get asked for recommendations on things to do and places to eat in various towns in Italy. So here are a few personal guides of the towns I have spent time in over the years and things I have enjoyed doing whilst there. They are by no means comprehensive guides and represent my personal views.
Before travelling to these towns (or other towns in Italy), I also check out what bloggers and foodies are doing. Here is a list of my favourites:
When searching for restaurants I always have my Osterie d’Italia (Slow Food) guide handy (or use an internet search tool with the words “slow food + name of town”).
I love Trieste. I feel so at home there, chatting to shop vendors in the dialect I grew up speaking. I visit it more than any other town in Italy. Here are a couple of my favourites:
Coffee and cake:
Antico Caffè San Marco, via Cesare Battisti 18
Gran Malabar, Piazza San Giovanni 6
Bar Barbacan, via San Michele 2
Antico Caffè Torinese, Corso Italia 2
Osteria ai Maestri, via della Sorgente 6
Osteria alla Valle, via Madonna del Mare 18
Buffet Marascutti, via Cesare Battisti 2
Places to see:
La Revoltella Museum, via Armando Diaz 27
Rome is eternally fascinating. I stay in different parts of the city each time I go – Trastevere, Monti, Pigneto, Ostiense, Campo de’ Fiori. My current favourite is Monti as it is conveniently wedged between the Termini train station and the Colosseum.
L’Angolo Divino, via dei Balestrari 12
Fafiuché, via della Madonna dei Monti 28
Sora Margherita, Piazza delle Cinque Scole 30
Pianostrada, via delle Zoccolette 22
Galleries and museums:
Palazzo Merluana, via Merluana 121
Centrale Montemartini, via Ostiense 106
OTHER PARTS OF ITALY
Here are links to blog posts of my travel through Italy that may be useful for prospective travellers.
ABRUZZO: (1) Abruzzo – traditions at Casale Centurione;(2) Welcome to Sulmona! ; (3) In the hills of Abruzzo there are bears, snow and wonderful food
FRIULI – VENEZIA GIULIA: (1) Prosciutto San Daniele (DOP); prosciuttificio Prolongo; (2) Traditional Friulian cooking at Mulino Ferrant; (3) Pordenone; port on the Noncello
NORTHERN ITALY: Italy North by Northwest
PUGLIA: (1) On tour in Southern Puglia; (2) A week in Puglia; (3) Two weeks in Puglia – part 1, the Salento; (4)Two weeks in Puglia – part 2, the Gargano
SICILY: (1) Masseria Mandrascate – Sicily’s beautiful and unspoilt centre; (2) The market in Ortigia, Sicily; (3) Palermo in December; (4) Salina; the sea, the capers and “il Postino”
UMBRIA: Umbria – the green heart of Italy
BOLOGNA: Bologna – la grassa
NAPLES: Napoli – the streets, the people, the food and the music