Italy is the home of gelato. What is gelato? The italian-English dictionary translates it as ice cream but it is NOT ice cream. Gelato has less calories, more flavor, and is creamier. It is best served from a artisan gelateria where the owner has a passion for making great gelato. It is never made quickly, puffed up high with air. It should always be served in metal, not plastic, bins.
Watch the video below on my YouTube channel about gelato and hear what some Italians say about this great treat:
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We love the food and wine of Italy. It is unique in our world in that it is fresh, local and delicious.
Italy has different types of restaurants:
By knowing the differences, as explained in this video, you can eat well for not a lot of money.
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Title: Italy – Cicchetti in Venice
Countries: Venice, Italy
Watch our video on Cicchetti in Venice:
What is Cicchetti? Cicchetti is similar to Tapas in Spain. They are small plates served in bars and small restaurants around Venice. Sometimes the plates are free with the purchase of a drink. Most of the time there is a small charge of a few Euros for each plate. The food is fresh, homemade and cheap. Tired of the very expensive ristorate near Piazza San Marco? Wonder a bit or look up Ciccetti on your smart phone to find one near you.
Eating in Italy is about local food, freshness, taste and presentation not about cost! Locals eat Cicchetti. Do yourself a favor the next time you are in Venice and try Cicchetti. Bacari are wine bars that serve Cicchetti. Tray a glass of Ombro, the local wine.
I southern Italy an American concept of Happy Hour has taken over. You buy a drink and get food for free. Italians do not believe in drinking without food. Their purpose to drink is not to get drunk but to enjoy the flavors along with food.
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Breakfast is an important meal but Italians eat a light and sweet breakfast because they eat dinner so late. Hotels and B&Bs serve breakfasts of pastry, yogurt, meats and cheeses, rolls, and of course coffee or tea. If your hotel does not serve a free breakfast … DO NOT BUY ONE! go to the nearest bar and eat like all the other Italians. Order a coffee, espresso or cappuccino and a cornetto. Cornetti look like croissants but are softer. They come filled with cream, chocolate or jelly. Be an Italian while you are in Italy. I look forward to breakfast at a bar.
Some bars are PATISSERIES and have a huge selection of pastries and cakes. These are special experiences but can affect your waistline.
Join us in the YouTube video below as we show you the different breakfasts of Italy:
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Rome or Roma in Italian is a wonderful city to walk around. There is good and safe public transportation but if you enjoy walking, you can walk everywhere in Rome. The food and wine are first class. Of course you can find great pastas and pizzas but Rome has so much more to offer including great fish.
This is my second VLOG on Rome and brings the familiar places and some not so familiar. I hope you enjoy this video and get to experience Roma!
Come walk with us around this amazing capital city. Watch my YouTube video below and discover Rome and these sites:
- Spanish Steps
- Trevi Fountain,
- Temple of Hadrian
- Campo dei Fiori,
- Old Rome,
- Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verita),
- Aristo Campo Trattoria in Trastevere,
- Saint Peter’s Basilica,
- Vatican City Museum & Sistine Chapel,
- Arch of Constantine,
- Pizzaria San Marco,
- Villa Borghese and the Museum,
- Trolley ride in Rome.
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Venice is one of the most unusual and beautiful cities in the world. Imagine a city but on Trees. These trees support the city over the lagoon. Venice has many touristy sites in Piazza San Marco that should be seen at least once. After you have done the tourist thing, go to the back paths of Venice. Explore, get lost, find new areas and enjoy the real Venice. There are many bridges and many of them have steps but it is worth the effort. Discover hidden churches, bars, restaurants, islands and markets. This is where the Venetians live.
Many bars serve Cicchetti, which is a form of Spanish Tapas unique to Venice. Some bars will give you free small plates with the purchase of a drink. Others will charge a small fee. This is a way to try several Venetian dishes and discover new favorite ones. This way of eating is cheaper than in the restaurants especially around Piazza San Marco.
Come watch the YouTube video below and walk with Rory and I around the touristy and back areas of Venice. We also go to Murano to see glass blowing and the Lido to walk around and see the beach. We missed the Venice Film Fare by a week, which is held on the Lido Island.
You get to these Islands and the Train Station & Airport vis vaporetto (Water Taxis).
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Barcelona Spain is on the Mediterranean Sea and has a beach and sea port. This city is famous for its architecture, food and wine. It is well-known for its Gaudi architecture. The most famous one is his Sagrada Famila. It is not yet complete but you can tour it. This is the most beautiful and unique church in the world. It looks like it was made as a sand castle. You can tour the two towers, the outside and the inside of this church. Spend time here and take it all in. It is easy to get to on the Metro.
Come visit Barcelona and Sagrada Famila with us in the YouTube video below:
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wants good Italian food in Italy. Often you get trapped by tourist restaurants that serve American Italian food and not real Italian food. If you are looking for the real thing and want to experience real Roman food then go to Aristocampo restaurant in the Trastevere district of Rome, Italy.
Trastevere is a wonderful area to walk around. Great churches, architecture and restaurants. Aristocampo is in this wonderful old section of Rome. Sit inside or eat out on the street as we did. Watch my video below on this establishment:
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Next to airfare, hotels will be your biggest cost. If your staying for an extended period of time, they may be the biggest cost of the trip. You first have to decide on:
- Is it a special occasion like a honeymoon where you want an expensive hotel with nice amenities and views.
- Are you independently wealthy and the price is of no concern
- Are you visiting Italy to see the country, the people, etc. In this case you will only be sleeping in your hotel room. The small Italian hotels will work fine and give you more of a sense of being in Italy.
Hotels, like anywhere, change price seasonally and as they become more popular. Shop and see what the prices are. DO NOT PAY EXTRA for breakfast! Breakfast in Italy, as the Italians do it, is the cheapest and easiest meal. Go to the nearest bar (they are everywhere) and order an espresso, cappuccino, latte or coffee Americano and a sweet roll. This will cost you 2 Euros outside the big cities and maybe 5 Euros in the cities. Italians usually choose a cornetto. This is a small roll that can be plain, filled with chocolate, jam or cream.
What ever you choose, enjoy Italy. Do not try to do too much. Be an Italian while you are there. You do not need Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and eggs! Eat like the Italians which is so much more healthy for you.
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We recently went to Italy to spend a relaxing time at our condo in southern Campania. Normally we take an extra week and travel to some other area of Italy but this time we just wanted to relax at the beach and enjoy Italy. This is a story about our local area, the people and the food. It is also a story about how Hurricane Irma caused us to have the longest trip home ever.
Watch the video VLOG below and follow us through this interesting trip to the mezzogiorno:
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