City Guide

Maremma – Toscana

Maremma is a large area in southern Tuscany. It is a perfect microcosm that stretches between the provinces of Livorno and Grosseto. Maremma is unique because of the variety of its territory: blue sea, long beaches, black rock, hills covered with woods, marshes and flat lands, green hills and natural thermal baths.

It’s a timeless region with ancient roots. Here the Etruscans and then the Romans flourished for centuries leaving behind important traces in the Etruscan cities.

What to visit:

Southern Maremma and its Ports

This area borders Lazio and is maybe the most representative area of the whole region. Here stands the “Silver Coast” (Costa D’Argento) with the Argentario peninsula overlooking the last part of Tuscan sea and the Natural Park of Maremma or Uccellina Park. Orbetello bound by its lagoon, Talamone with its castle and ancient center, Capalbio and the Tarot Garden, the Argentatio peninsula known for its rocks and clear sea with charming Porto Ercole and Porto S. Stefano are just a few of the beautiful places in this part of the Maremma. The inner area is famous for its tuforock and its Etruscan roots, as attested by the towns of PitiglianoSorano and Sovana. Nearby are the famous thermal baths of Saturnia. And also to not forget, Magliano, Montemerano and the beautiful island of Giglio.

What to eat:

Maremma certainly deserves a visit because it is unique. It isn’t just culture and breathtaking panoramas, but wine tasting and typical products as well. The food in Maremma is simple and traditional made out of local, seasonal products to be eaten with a good glass of wine, such as Morellino or the white wine from Pitigliano. The most representative dish is acquacotta, a dish that has fed the people of the Maremma for generations and a symbol of making a virtue out of necessity. In fact, there isn’t just one recipe of this traditional dish because every housewife had their own and used seasonal products from their garden and cheese from their own flock. The must-have ingredient for all recipes is the extra virgin olive oil from Maremma.

FOR EXCURSIONS

-Monte Amiata

-Argentario http://www.monteargentario.info/trekking.htm

-Monte Verro

-Parco della Maremma http://www.parco-maremma.it/

-Vulci

-Giardino dei Tarocchi

-Taquinia e Cerveteri (Lazio)

-Tuscania

-Viterbo (Lazio)

Going to the Beache:

-Macchiatonda

-La Torba

-Ansedonia (rent a bike and go over all the pineta)

-Chiarone

In summer the region is full of sagre

The sagre are organized and celebrated by the local people so the tourists can feel the real atmosphere of the countryside feast.

The sagra, or local food festivals in Tuscany,  is often dedicated to some specific local food, and the name of the sagra includes that food. For example, you can find a Sagra della Rana (frog), a Sagra della Cipolla (onion), a Sagra della Cozza (mussel), a Sagra del Cinghiale (wild boar) and so on. Usually it is organized in the outdoor, like the stadium or the square. The food is cooked by the local people on site.

How do the local food festivals in Tuscany work? When on site, first you need to take a menu and write down you order (put the quantity next to the dish name), then go to the cash to order and to pay. You will get a number which will be called when your food is ready (so first the water, wine and dishes, take a sit and wait :)).

 

Annunci

Japan General Tour

Japan is a beautiful country, here some tips:

A good site to check is http://www.japan-guide.com/

First of all if you intend to move I strongly advise you to buy the Japan rail pass https://www.japan-rail-pass.fr/(210 one week) it will allow you to visit all Areas very quickly and in relation to the prices of the trains it is really economic.

I advise you to stay at least 8 days because the jet lag is quite strong.

What to visit?

– My advise is to land in TOKYO to visit the city 1 or two days https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1045489349#.WVojEg9cmP8.link and if you have the pass start going south. If you start a Monday with the pass you have until Sunday after. From Tokyo there are different excursions to do: NIKKO, KAMAKURA and the FIVE LAKES (HAKONE easily reachable with a JR pass)

here some hikes:

Nikko dam hike https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1570629053#.WVoizAhfTgA.link

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1570629002#.WVojEi7Mjtc.link

Lake Chezunji https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1570628975#.WVojEkPf4xQ.link

Regarding Tokyo you can have a look here https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2164.html

KYOTO two days, one day surely to visit the city (imperial palace and poets’ road) https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1045489336#.WVojEgAybX8.link another day to visit NARA. And if you have time I would also go to  KURAMA https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1570628946#.WVojEnWa6ME.link and ARASHIYAMA.

-From Osaka or Nagoya you can visit ISE SHIMA. Ise, one of the most famous sacred places in Japan, is surrounded by rich nature and is home to the Ise-jingu Shrine.

HIROSHIMA two days, one day or less to visit the Hiroshima Peace Park. One day in MIYAJIMA (40 minutes) with also hiking to climb up the mountain (easy hiking but there is also the funicular) https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1045489316#.WVojEmDPBYs.link.

– From hiroshima you can go up to Tokyo by stopping at HIMEJI.

If you go through the magnificent Kyushu is the KIRISHIMA NATIONAL PARK https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1570628923#.WVojEnwASEM.link and the SAKURAJIMA volcano https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1570628882#.WVojEr5-AXc.link

For the rest Japan is not expensive, of course there are some chic restaurants but generally you eat for 20-25 € for two, without beer or sake even less.

The hotels also have fairly good prices, generally I recommend taking them or near the train station or in the center (especially if you move a lot).

I have never tried it but we also recommend to experience sleeping in a ryokan (probably more expensive but apparently it is worth it).

If you have time the other possibilities are to visit Takayama (mountains). Kanazawa and Koyasan (very spiritual place with possibility of hiking)  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1045489328#.WVojEh-4DTc.link

FR VERSION

Un  bon site à regarder est http://www.japan-guide.com/

Tout d’abord si vous avez l’intention de bouger je vous conseille fortement d’acheter le Japan rail pass https://www.japan-rail-pass.fr/(210€ une semaine) ça vous permettra de visiter toutes les zones très rapidement et par rapport aux prix des trains c’est vraiment économique.

Je vous conseille de rester au moins 8 jours parce que le jet lag est assez fort.

Quoi visiter ?

–          Je vous conseille d’atterrir à TOKYO de visiter la ville 1  ou deux jours et si vous avez le pass commencer à aller vers le sud. Si vous commencez un lundi avec le pass vous avez jusqu’au dimanche d’après. De Tokyo il y a différentes excursions à faire : NIKKO, KAMAKURA et les FIVE LAKES (HAKONE facilement rejoinable avec un JR pass)

– KYOTO deux jours, un jour surement pour visiter la ville (palais impériale et la route des poètes) un autre jour pour visiter NARA. Et encore KURAMA et ARASHIYAMA

– HIROSHIMA deux jours, un jour ou moins pour visiter le Hiroshima Peace Park. Un jour  à MIYAJIMA (40 minutes) avec aussi hiking pour monter en haut de la montagne (hiking facile mais il y a aussi le funiculaire)

– De hiroshima vous pouvez remonter vers Tokyo en vous arrêtant à HIMEJI.

Si vous passez par le Kyushu magnifique est le KIRISHIMA NATIONAL PARC et le volcan SAKURAJIMA

Pour le reste le japon n’est pas cher, bien sûr il’ y a des restos chic mais en général vous mangez pour 20-25 € à deux, sans bière ou saké encore moins.

Les hôtels aussi sont assez bien de prix, en général je conseille de les prendre ou près de la gare ou en plein centre (surtout si vous bougez beaucoup).

Je ne l’ai jamais essayé mais on conseille aussi de faire l’expérience de dormir dans un ryokan (surement plus cher mais apparemment ça vaut la peine)-

Si vous avez le temps des autres possibilités sont de visiter Takayama (montagnes). Kanazawa et Koyasan (lieu très spirituel avec possibilité de hikes).

Puglia

TO VISIT:

BARI

Explore the labyrinthine old town and the Basilica di San Nicola.

TRANI is dominated by a glorious, bleached-out Romanesque cathedral.

ALBEROBELLO Only here have trulli strayed from country to town. In the quartieri known as Monti and Aia Piccola there are whole streets of them, rising in neat terraces. The fabric of the trulli is now protected by UNESCO.

CASTEL DEL MONTE Under Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, between 1220 and 1250, the region became a crossroads between the Roman Catholic Byzantine and Arab worlds. The emperor himself was a poet, a philosopher, and the author of a treatise on falconry. During his reign, castles were built, or repaired, all over southern Italy to defend the Kingdom of Sicily from its many enemies. But Castel del Monte, the most memorable and iconic, was not built to defend anything. Nobody ever lived here and there is no town or strategic crossroads nearby.

LECCE Lecce has been called the ‘Florence of the baroque’, more than 40 churches and at least as many noble palazzi were built or renovated here between the middle of the 17th century and the end of the 18th to create one of the most unified urban landscapes in Italy. It is a relaxed place; the locals sit outside bars such as Pasticceria Alvino in piazza Sant’Oronzo, sipping iced coffee with almond syrup (latte di mandorla, an eminently southern soft drink), or they window-shop along corso Vittorio Emanuele.

OTRANTO The cathedral has a 12th-century mosaic floor of the ‘tree of life’, intertwining Norman, Greek and Byzantine ideas of fate.

OSTUNI Ostuni is also called the White City because of the low houses and narrow streets characterized by limestone rocks. The narrow streets and staircases of the old town are filled in history but also full of local and shops that enliven the nightlife. Ostuni and its countryside house also several Masserias, ancient farmhouses typical in Southern Italy. Many were abandoned in the late 19th or 20th century, but luckily a lot of them have been snapped up, restored, and turned into wonderful accommodations.

LOCOROTONDO This circular, whitewashed town has views over the trulli-peppered Valle d’Itria, and excellent wines.

There are also beautiful places like Troia, Lucera.

TYPICAL FOOD FROM PUGLIA

Here are some Salentine delicacies to look for:

Frisella: A crunchy, dry bread baked in a stone oven with a drop of olive oil. Friselle are one of Puglia’s most famous, and practical, foods: They’ve been around for centuries, since the fact that they can be stored for many months made them perfect for long journeys. Dip this versatile bread in salt water for a more distinct taste and a softer consistency!

Taralli: Think of them as Italy’s answer to the pretzel. Small and circular, these crackers make for a wonderful snack… especially alongside a glass of Pugliese wine! Try them savory—made with flavors like fennel, black peppercorns or poppy seeds—or sweet, with white wine and sugar.

Pizzette: Miniature pizzas topped with fresh cherry tomatoes, pizzette are a delicious snack to enjoy from a gorgeous beach in Puglia.

Puccia: A sandwich made of pizza dough stuffed with meats, cheeses, and/or vegetables, this is another traditional on-the-go snack in Puglia.

Orecchiette: Literally meaning “small ears” in Italian, this homemade, ear-shaped pasta is usually served with cime di rapa (broccoli rabe) and garlic, or fresh tomatoes and ricotta cheese. The shape is ideal for soaking up any delicious sauce!

Sagne ‘ncannulate: long, spiraled pasta that resembles the twisting and swirling architecture in Lecce—especially when it’s served up, as per tradition, with a tomato and cheese sauce.

Baccalà alla salentina: This traditional dish of Puglia and the Salento takes dried and salted cod to the next level. It’s sprinkled with breadcrumbs, pecorino cheese and fresh tomato, then baked in the oven with potatoes to a golden crisp.

Sott’olio: “Sott’olio” describes a particularly Pugliese method for preserving produce. Local vegetables like eggplant, artichokes, onions and peppers are jarred with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar, letting them keep for months at a time… and making for the perfect appetizer when they are ready!

Pasticciotto: The outside of this dessert may just look like a flaky crust. But take a bite for the surprise: a creamy custard filling, made even sweeter with black cherries!

Zeppole: Also known as “St. Joseph’s pastries, this sweet Salentine treat is served on Father’s Day throughout Italy. You can personalize your zeppole by choosing between fried, or baked, sugar-coated pastry dough… and then filling it with cream, chocolate, or even both!

Vinello: In Salento, wine isn’t just a drink served with dinner… it’s something to be celebrated! Every year on November 11, the peninsula comes together to taste the fruits of their labor for this harvest’s wine (vino novello)—and to open bottles from the previous year in honor of Saint Martin.

WINES FROM PUGLIA

  • Vino Aleatico di Puglia

  • Vino Alezio

  • Vino Brindisi

  • Cacc’è mmitte di Lucera

  • Vino Castel del Monte

  • Vino di Copertino

  • Vino Gioia del Colle

  • Vino Gravina

  • Vino di Leverano

  • Vino di Lizzano

  • Vino di Locorotondo

  • Vino di Martina Franca

  • Vino di Matino

  • Vino Moscato di Trani

  • Vino di Nardò

  • Vino di Ostuni

  • Vino Primitivo di Manduria

  • Vino Rosso di Barletta

  • Vino Rosso di Canosa

  • Vino di Galatina

  • Vino di Squinzano

  • Vino Rosso di Cerignola

  • Vino Salice Salentino

  • Vino di San Severo

  • Vino di Ortanova

Grand Canyon and Sedona

Grand Canyon

For your stay I recommend Tusayan at the entrance to the south side of the Grand Canyon or if you want something less touristy Williams (about 60km) from the south entrance. Tusayan is comfortable because it is very close to the entrance and the beginning of the trails, but it is a small touristic factory. Williams is the typical American village (on route 66), nothing in the middle … but typical of the area. In Williams you can find the best “cinammon rolls” in the US.
There are all kinds of excursions. Not to be missed is the Kaibab trail, wanting to get to the Colorado River and back up to the North Side. It is not advisable to do it on a day especially in the summer (we did it but we are very experienced trail runners). If you want to get to Colorado you should either have a sleeping bag, book a backpacking permit to sleep in the canyon and go back in the morning, or book at the Phantom Ranch. The other trail not to miss is the “hermit trail”, initially does not look spectacular but then …
The most popular and attended, at least in the first part, is the “Bright Angel Trail”, if you have time you can do this, you will not be disappointed.
Returning to Vegas, you can go to Page, disturbing town with sunny streets, but with at least three things to see: the Glen Dam, Horseshoe Bend, and the Antelope Canyon. For Antelope Canyon there are guided tours and you can do the three things in one day.
I recommend you to bring as much water while hiking! It’s very important!!!

Sedona

To eat
Http://oakcreekbrew.com/ excellent beers and local food
http://www.elotecafe.com/ very good Mexican
Http://coffeepotsedona.com/menu.htm great for a breakfast before a hike (they have more than 100 types of omelettes)
Hiking:
For any info on hiking go to the hike house, the boy is very kind and explains everything. Let’s say, however, that the level of the hike is quite affordable if not easy and in general it tends to frighten people, I think to prevent inexperienced people from getting hurt.
http://thehikehouse.com/
We did the bear mountain trail (the most demanding) and the oak creek canyon (a nice walk) but there are a lot of them !!!

 

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Grand Canyon

Per il soggiornoconsiglio Tusayan alle porte dell’entrata del lato sud del Grand Canyon oppure se volete qualcosa di meno turistico Williams (a circa 60 km) dall’entrata sud. Tusayan è comodo perché è molto vicino all’entrata e all’inizio dei percorsi, ma è una piccola fabbrica per turisti. Invece Williams è il tipico paesino americano (sulla route 66), il niente in mezzo al niente… Ma tipico della zona. A Williams fanno i più buoni “cinammon rolls” degli USA.
Per quanto riguarda le escursioni ce ne sono di tutti i tipi. Da non perdere sono il Kaibab trail, volendo si può arrivare al fiume Colorado e risalire per il lato Nord. Sconsigliatissimo da fare in un giorno soprattutto d’estate. Nel caso voleste arrivare fino al Colorado dovreste o dotarvi di sacco a pelo, prenotare un backpacking permission per dormire nel canyon  e risalire la mattina, oppure prenotare al Phantom Ranch. L’altro trail da non perdere è l’ “hermit trail”, inizialmente non sembra spettacolare ma poi…
Il più conosciuto e frequentato, almeno nella prima parte, è il “Bright Angel Trail”, se avete tempo potete fare pure questo, sicuramente non resterete delusi.
Rientrando a Vegas, potete passare per Page, cittadina inquietante con strade di sole chiese, ma con almeno tre cose da vedere: la Glen Dam, Horseshoe Bend e l’Antelope Canyon. Per l’Antelope Canyon ci sono dei tours guidati e potete fare le tre cose in una giornata.
Mi raccomando portate tanta tanta acqua durante le escursioni!!! È veramente importante!!!
Sedona 
Per mangiare
http://oakcreekbrew.com/ ottime le birre e il cibo locale
http://www.elotecafe.com/ buonissimo messicano
http://coffeepotsedona.com/menu.htm ottimo per una colazione prima di un hike (hanno piu di 100 tipi di omellettes)
Hiking:
Per qualsiasi info sugli hiking andate alla hike house, il ragazzo ‘e gentilissimo e vi spieghera tutto. Diciamo pero che il livello delle camminate e’ abbastanza abbordabile se non facile e lui in generale tende un po a impaurire le persone, penso per evitare che persone inesperte si facciano male.
http://thehikehouse.com/

Noi abbiamo fatto il bear mountain trail (piu esigente) e l oak creek canyon (una bella passeggiata), ma ce ne sono moltissimi!!!

Karlsruhe

Here some tips we you are around Karlsruhe for sometime

What to visit

-ZKM

-Staatliche Kunsthalle

-ZOO

-State Museum of Natural History

-Schloss garten with Karl Palace

-Marktplatz

-Hoepfener Burghof http://www.hoepfner-burghof.de/en/

BAR /Restaurant
Stadtwiki has more or less all the bars http://ka.stadtwiki.net/Kneipe

My advice:

http://ka.stadtwiki.net/Alte_Bank
Brasil
Café Bleu
Café Emaille
Café Zero
Kap
Litfaß
Multi Kulti
Stövchen
Titanic
Vogelbräu
Wirtshaus Wolfbräu

hoepfener Burghof REALLY NICE
http://www.hoepfner-burghof.de/cms/iwebs/default.aspx

http://www.seilerei-ka.de/

http://www.brauhaus-kuehler-krug.de/index.php?menuid=21

http://www.gasthaus-gutenberg.de/index_gutenberg.html

also
Pfälzer Weinhäusle‎

Dancing

Die Stadtmitte

To search for concerts:
http://www.inka-magazin.de/kalender-veranstaltungen.html?day=20110610
or
http://klappeauf.de/

Swimming
http://www.ka-europabad.de/
http://www.karlsruhe.de/fb7/baeder/hallenbaeder/weiherhofbad
http://www.ssc-karlsruhe.de/cms/iwebs/default.aspx?mmid=7884&smid=16419 (50m)
http://www.ka-baeder.de/496/
2 swimming pool near KIT campus nord
http://www.egg-leo.de/wDeutsch/freizeit/baeder.php
http://www.stutensee.de/freizeit/baeder/index.html

Theatre
http://www.staatstheater.karlsruhe.de/start/
http://www.kulturzentrum-tempel.de/
http://www.jazzclub.de/showtermin.php?terminid=473
http://www.tollhaus.de/
http://www.karlsruhe-klassik.de/index.php?option=com_awcalendar&Itemid=18
http://www.messe-karlsruhe.de/messe_karlsruhe/veranstaltungen/events/index.php
http://www.birdland59.de/  jazz club in ettlingen
http://www.hemingwaylounge.de/index.php/startseite.html

TERMAL Bath
http://ka.stadtwiki.net/Thermalbad
http://www.siebentaelertherme.de/

Napoli

What to visit 

-Via dei Tribunali

-Decumano maggiore (San Gregorio Armeno)

-Santa Chiara

-Via dei Tribunali (chiesa delle 7 opere della misericordia (Caravaggio) )

-Castel sant ELMO

-Castel dell OVO

-Pzza Plebiscito

-Maschio Angioino

-Mergellina, Parco letterario Virgilio and Leopardi

-CAPODIMONTE (collezione farnese)

-Via Toledo (shopping)

-Via San Gregorio Armeno (If you want to see really all about the Neapolitan Crib, the “presepe”, you should definitely visit this street, you can find here also a lot of souvenirs)

-Via Chiaia

-Galleria Umberto I

-Napoli sotterranea http://www.napolisotterranea.org/?lang=en

-Museo archeologico

 

Alternative tour

Piedigrotta, Donna regina, San Domenico Maggiore, le sette opere della misericordia, napoli sotterranea, Rione sanità with the catacombe Basilica di Santa Maria della Sanità

for eating
da Michele http://www.damichele.net/ (pizza napoletana) or da CIRO in front
al 53 (pzza dante) http://www.ristorantealcinquantatre.com/
ANTICA PASTICCERIA NAPOLETANA corso novara

Gran Caffe Gambrinus historical cafe http://grancaffegambrinus.com/

and then absolutely
GO

CAPRI- ANACAPRI (i have a lot of hiking tour) http://www.capri.net/en/itineraries
ERCOLANO
POMPEI

http://www.napolibandb.it/blog/2013/05/25/cosa-fare-e-non-fare-a-napoli

Paris

What to visit

I won’t put the general places that you can easily find in a map, but more alternative parcours

Never the less

-The 8th and 7th arrondissements

-Montmartre (go from rue des Abbesses)

-Park of the Luxembourg

Alternative visit

-The Marais district

-Place des Vosges https://maps.google.es/maps?q=Place+des+Vosges+|+4th+arrondissement,&ll=48.855482,2.366395&spn=0.007723,0.021136&hnear=Place+des+Vosges,+75004+Paris,+France&gl = es & t = m & z = 16

-Canal St Martin

-The 19th arrondissement (Butte Bergeyre, Buttes Chaumont, Mouzaïa district)

-Montparnasse tower

GOOD TIPS

 

To ask water : Ask for a caraffe of water

Alcol: always look at the price of beer (this is generally at the entrance marked on a menu or blackboard)

Look to eat the page: http://www.lafourchette.com/ville/paris/415144

To eat typical french food:

croque Monsieur

croque Madame

Hachis Parmentier

Choucroute

Omelette

macaron

The meat in general is very good

And all that is quiche, croissant too

Restaurant

check the web

ES VERSION

A ver

VISITA ALTERNATIVA

Le quartier du Marais

Place des Vosges

https://maps.google.es/maps?q=Place+des+Vosges+|+4th+arrondissement,&ll=48.855482,2.366395&spn=0.007723,0.021136&hnear=Place+des+Vosges,+75004+Paris,+France&gl=es&t=m&z=16

Canal St Martin

Le 19ème arrondissement (la Butte Bergeyre, Buttes Chaumont, quartier de la Mouzaïa)

La Tour Montparnasse

VISITA USUAL

Les 8ème et 7èmes arrondissements

Montmartre (ir desde Abbesses)

Parc du Luxembourg

Para pedir Agua: Une caraffe d’eau

alcol: mirar siempre el precio de la cerveza (esta en general a la entrada marcado en una tabla)

mirar para comer la pagina: http://www.lafourchette.com/ville/paris/415144

A comer:

croque Monsieur

croque Madame

Hachis Parmentier

Choucroute

Omelette

la carne en general esta muy buena

macaron

y todo lo que es quiche, croissant tambien

 

Restaurant

http://www.resto-de-paris.com/chez-mamane-couscous-butte-aux-cailles/restaurant/paris

Sicilia

If you go to sicily the best thing to do is renting a car

What to visit
PALERMO ***
ERICE**

CEFALU***
SIRACUSA ***
AGRIGENTO ***
RAGUSA **
ENNA **
NOTO
TAORMINA **
MOTHIA
SELINUNTE
SEGESTA **

ETNA*** if you want to hike from north front go with Etna walking great organization http://www.escursioneetna.it/
SCALA DEI TURCHI
CAVAGRANDE DEL CASSIBILE
but honestly sicily is so beautiful that it s a shame putting stars

 

TRAPANI

here u can find all the information
http://www.provinciatrapani.com/eng/luoghi.asp
without car
I recomend to visit ERICE
and taking a boat to FAVIGNANA or one of the other island (levanzo and marettimo)

for eating
i recommend trattoria da felice
http://www.provinciatrapani.com/eng/ristorantischeda.asp?id=101
where they make a fantastic couscous (patrizia and mario are very nice and maybe they still remember us)

and for the pizza this is an amazing restaurant
http://www.provinciatrapani.com/ristorantischeda.asp?id=100

in Palermo
in Agrigento L’ambasciata di sicilia http://www.ristorantelambasciatadisicilia.it/
lido zabbara in selinunte

http://www.tripadvisor.es/Restaurant_Review-g616189-d1887294-Reviews-Lido_Zabbara-Marinella_di_Selinunte_Castelvetrano_Province_of_Trapani_Sicily.html

WHAT TO EAT?
Sicily is one the best region to eat in Italy, food is simply awesome.
Here some advice on what to order
– Parmigiana di Melanzane
– Pasta con le sarde
– Pasta all Norma
– Caponata
– Cannolo siciliano
– Cassata
– granita al gelso
– Arancino
– Pasta con i ricci
– Granita con brioche
– Paste di mandorle
– Sarde a beccafico
– Cous cous alla trapanese
A good explanation in english

Venezia

WHAT TO VISIT

A part the normal spots here some recommendations

Here is a good webpage  i think http://apassportaffair.com/2014/03/16/visiting-venice-italy/

The Ghetto of venice really deserve a stop (is the most ancient ghetto in the world)

If you dont want to spend a fortune with the GONDOLA for a few euro you can take a traghetto ferries (gondola style boat), more info here http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/traghetto.htm, http://venice-tourism.com/en/transport/gondola-traghetto

IMPORTANT

In italy if you take a coffee and you seat they are going to charge you more (generally italian are taking cappuccino and coffee standing at the bar)

 In venice particularly is a tourist trap, there are a lot of places where you can go and are really cheap, but others where they really try to steal your money.

APERITIVO

  • BACARETO DA LELE
  • CAVATAPPI (baccalà mantecato and frittura di verdure)
  • Cantinone Già Schiavi (pesce crudo, panini con soppressata, polpette, baccalà mantecato, sarde in saor)
  • Cantina Do’ Mori (order a spritz and a “Francobollo”, homemade sandwitch with affettato (cold cuts), gorgonzola e radicchio; carciofi al sale e le melanzane alla parmigiana)
  • ALLA VEDOVA (polpette di carne)
  • CANTINA VECIA CARBONERA

FOOD

what to eat in venezia

  • Baccalà mantecato

  • Bigoli in salsa

  • Sarde in saor

  • Spaghetti con vongole

  • Nero di seppia

  • Fritto misto

  • Fegato alla Veneziana

  • Risi e bisi

 

PADOVA

If you want to go to Padova here is a link to visit the city in one day http://tangoitalia.com/venice/padua-in-one-day/

enjoy and if you have any problem just call me!

Verona

VERONA

Important to know 🙂

In the north of Italy people are doing the APERITIVO (especially in veneto region) which mean that you can go in a bar where you generally pay a drink 5 euro and you can eat as much as you can (its similar to tapas concept in Spain).

In summer you can reserve a ticket to the opera to have a nice time inside the arena di Verona.

FOR THE APERITIVO

  • Osteria del Bugiardo. Corso Porta Borsari 17. Aperitivo veronese per eccellenza con tanti prodotti tipici.

  • Locandina Cappello. Via Cappello 16. Semplicemente romantico.

  • SignorVino. Corso Porta Nuova 2. Ricercato (in senso buono, ovviamente).

  • Osteria Caffè Monte Baldo. Via Rosa 12. Molto molto goloso.

  • Casa Mazzanti Caffè. Piazza delle Erbe. Un aperitivo nel salotto buono della città.

  • Via Roma 33 Cafe. Via Roma 33. Aperitivo con vista su Castelvecchio.

  • Il Banco. Via Ponte Nuovo 7. Sorprendentemente alternativo.

  • Tapasotto. Galleria Pellicciai. Prodotti locali e tapas.

  • Cappa Cafe. Piazzetta Bra Molinari. Belli l’ambiente e l’atmosfera.

  • Caffe Barbarani

RESTAURANTS

FOOD

what to eat in verona:

  • risotto al tastasal (risotto with sausage dressing) or risotto with radicchio (risotto with a typical salad of Treviso often eaten here as well),

  • pastisada de caval (horse meat pasticcio),

  • polenta (sort of thick porridge made with maize flour) with cheese or mushrooms on the top, and different lake fish.

  • As sweets they have: baci di Giulietta (Juliet’s kisses), Pandoro of Verona (type of sponge cake eaten at Christmas), zaletti (biscuits), and castagnaccio (made of chestnut flour).

WHAT TO VISIT

I think this webpage in english has interesting itineraries

http://www.tourism.verona.it/en/itineraries