A Day in Manarola Best Gelateria in Town and (almost) Vertical Wine Making.

Manarola is the second smallest of the Cinque Terre towns that attract visitors from all corners of the world. It’s famous for the pastel-hued buildings, calm aquamarine waters, and rugged vineyard cliffs. But one thing that makes this place somewhat heroic is winemaking. Here is everything you should know about this magical place.

The best way to get to Manarola is by train

Best Way to get to Manarola is by train.

Regardless of how long you plan to visit Manarola, the best way to get there is by train. On average, there are 15 trains a day from Florence to Manarola. But because the town is tiny, you won’t find direct trains. All trains to Manarola must pass through La Sprezia. Other trains have two changes – usually the first in Pisa, the next one is Campo di Marte and then La Spezia. And depending on the route you take, the trip can take up to 3.5 hours.

For instance, you can start from Genoa to Spezia and then towards your destination. You should note how many changes you need to make. As you transverse the five villages in Cinque Terre, you can also choose the express train. It runs every 20 minutes from March to November.

If you’re passing through La Spezia, you may want to sit on the left side of the train to explore the magical views. Keep in mind that the train service is offered a few times during the weekends and holidays. So, be sure to check the schedules in advance. Once you get to Manarola, you can use the eco-friendly buses on the walking paths.

More info about getting to Cinque Terra please see here.

Manarola walking down from the car park

Best Gelato in Manarola Gelateria Cinque Terre.

Best gelateria in Manarola

A tour to the wineries works up an appetite for gelato. But all Gelateria in Manarola is not equal. If you want to enjoy the ice cream joint, then the Gelateria 5Terre will exceed your expectations. This is the most famous Gelateria that makes amazing pastries and popsicles for the delight of locals and visitors alike.

The main characterisct of their gelato is that everything edible, It is served in a biscuit container with an edible spoon. The standout flavor here is Loveria. It consists of a mixture of chocolate, vanilla, and pistachio. If you have some dietary restrictions, you’ll find some lactose and gluten-free options. If you want to put your taste buds to the test, you can try the refreshing combination of lemon and licorice.

Gelateria 5Terre is a delight for people with food intolerances all their icecreams are gluten free. No wonder this place appears as an icon to many tourists’ pictures, especially those that come to Manarola. It also offers a real welcome break during those sweltering summer days.

Since Manarola is a small charming town, this is a must-stop on your next visit. You’ll love the great service and friendly staff. Most visitors find it a generous spot, and that’s why they give a good rating. While the Gelateria can be busy at times, it’s certainly worth the wait.

Please see here the reviews of this gelateria.

Sciachetrà and acrobaitc winemaking.

Manarola is known for making the signature Sciacchetrà wine. It comes from special grapes carefully chosen to bring out the unique taste. Plus, you can pair it with cheese and desserts.

Given the topography of the area, grapes are the only crop of choice. It’s primarily a white grape territory. Some of the varieties you’ll see are albarola, Bosco, and Vermentino – you’ve probably heard of the latter.

The Bosco variety accounts for 40% of the blend, while the other percentage contains other varieties permitted. To bring out the sweet taste, the grapes are not pressed and fermented immediately after harvest. After the grapes arrive at the winery, they are allowed to dry naturally until the sugar content reaches higher level, it can be considered a passito wine such as the tuscan vinsanto.

Sciacchetrà wines feature golden-yellow colors that turn to amber over the years. In addition, they offer aromas of white blossoms, honey, and hints of citrus. The secret with this unique wine is that it must be aged before commercial release.

One signature wine is the Sciacchetrà from Cantina Cinque Terre. It’s a white wine produced by a company that pays attention to the manufacturing process. It comes in a 37.5 cl bottle and is distinguished from the rest by the hint of apricot and honey.

Sciacchetrà wine can be the perfect accompaniment to substantial and spicy cheeses. Being a rare wine, it’s best served at 16 degrees centigrade in transparent crystal goblets. One feature that makes this wine unique is its excellent capacity to improve with age. If you preserve it well, it has an average conservation period of 25 years. To preserve the taste, the bottles should be placed horizontally in a cool, dry place.

For more info about the production area please see here.

More information about how sciachetrà is made please see here.

The lanscape of wines yard in Manarola

winemaking in Manarola the old way.

Manarola from far

Manarola is all about wine .

Where to Find the Cheapest Properties in Tuscany

Lunigiana in the northern part of Tuscany is where you can find the cheapest properties to buy probably in the whole of Italy. It is a hidden gem tucked away in the mountain ranges of the Apuan Alps. One of the best things about this region is its location which is only 35 minutes away from Cinque Terre. It is also in close proximity to Pisa and Parma airports which are only less than an hour’s travel.

The stunning landscape, serene atmosphere, sumptuous food, flavorful wine, and immaculate air are just among the few reasons why tourists are mesmerized by the beauty of Tuscany. Once you visit this beguiling place, you will always find a way to return time and time again. This is the reason why many tourists prefer to purchase a property in Tuscany so that they can enjoy the convenience of their own vacation home every time they visit. It is a viable solution even for foreigners who don’t necessarily need to reside in Italy in order to acquire a property. On top of that, there are a lot of amazing homes in Lunigiana particularly in Pontremoli that are being sold at a very cheap price. Here are three (3) of the best homes for sale in Pontremoli, Tuscany.

Own a Stone 3-Story House for Only 100k Euros in Pontremoli

Coming home to this charming 3-story stone house will fulfill your yearning for the good old days when life was simpler and slow-going. As you approach the 210 square meter property, you will be welcomed by the thick stone exterior walls of the home’s facade that beautifully blends into its natural surroundings. Then you will know, you have returned to your own beautiful farmhouse in the enchanting Tuscan countryside. With its six (6) bedrooms, there is definitely enough space for your whole family and even some guests. The farmhouse has seen better days and is a standing witness to the colorful history of Pontremoli. It has stood the test of time and is the reason why it is so full of character that you can’t help but be proud of this property. The farmhouse features five (5) cellar spaces that are located on the ground floor with a wood-burning oven in one of its spaces. Three (3) of the bedrooms are located on the first floor with one communal bathroom and the rest of the rooms are on the second floor. The main entrance will also lead you to the second floor where you can find the living room, dining area, kitchen, and a large bathroom. It also features a porch where you can relax and see the serene view outside the farmhouse while enjoying the fresh Tuscan air. Aside from the rolling hills, you can also enjoy a fun-filled day at the beach while in this property since the coast is only 40 kilometers away.

Majestic Period House with Frescoes in Pontremoli for Under 120k Euros

If you’re willing to pay a little extra for the view, then this majestic period house with frescoes in Pontremoli is a great option for you. It is composed of two (2) houses that are joined together to form a delightful double-fronted stone house in a 346 square meter property. The ground floor of this house features an entrance hall, kitchen, and a dining area that stretches out to a piazza with a gorgeous view. Throwing memorable parties is an absolute guarantee with the intimate ambiance of the piazza. Its five (5) spacious bedrooms with three (3) bathrooms are situated on the second floor and it all opens out to a large hall with a balcony to enjoy that beautiful backdrop of the rolling hills. On the top floor is a large attic for extra storage but it also holds a lot of possibilities such as an extra room or another living area where your family can enjoy. There is also a large space outside the house where you can build a pool, plant a garden, or install any recreational facility for your family and guests. With just a few updates, you can have a spacious vacation home with beautifully frescoed ceilings and amazing views of the mountains. As you slowly create a home out of this majestic house, you will gradually restore it to its former glory and you will fall in love with it even more. The house is a work of art in itself and adding your personal touch will make it, “your very own masterpiece.”

Fairy Tale Stone House in Pontremoli for Only 50K Euros

Who would have thought that for only 50,000 euros, you can own a home that seems to have been magically taken out of a storybook and installed in Pontremoli to bask under the Tuscan sun? The whimsy style of this fairy tale stone house is comparable to a movie set or a magical theme park that will not fail to invoke your imagination. Fortunately, this is not a fictional home but a real house that you can dwell or live in. This fairy tale home stands on a 95 square meter property surrounded by the beauty of nature. With its three (3) floors, it is spacious enough for your whole family, and considering its low price tag, this home just sounds too good to be true. It features two (2) bedrooms, two (2) bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining area, and a rustic style living area that boasts a traditional wood-burning fireplace. The living area will definitely give you that rustic vibe with its exposed wood beams, thick stone walls, and a multi-functional fireplace that can also be used for cooking. The existing interior style in this storybook home will make it extremely easy for you to furnish and decorate the place. With the abundance of natural materials outdoors, you can always opt to repurpose and recycle raw materials such as wood to create functional pieces to add to your new home. Living in this home will allow you to celebrate life in its simplest yet satisfying form.

La Spezia Food Walking Tour Cinque Terre

Emilia Delizia is proud to offer a food walking tour to explore the food of La Spezia and Cinque Terre on foot. In 2 hours you will be taken around the historical centre of La Spezia and taste all its world’s famous food. You will try Sgabei (fried dough), Testaroli and Panigacci, frittura mista (mix fried fish), farinata (chickpea pies) and ice cream.

In this food centered experience we will walk through the allies of La Spezia. This sea front town just next to the Cinque Terre has a lot of amazing food to offer. Try the world famous mix fried fish, anchovies and mussels along with some of the most amazing chickpea pies called farinata.

How long does it last: approx 2 hours
Where is the meeting point: La Spezia main train station
What time: we meet at 10.00 am.
How many people: We take very small groups around, you need to book for at least 2 people.
What will I eat: We will try to include as much local specialties as possible: such as on.
How do we get around: The tour is almost entirely on food. Just some light walking so wear your best shoes.
Who is taking me around: To give you the best experience these tours are only lead by locals with deep knowledge of the local area.

Unexplored Northen Tuscany along the via Francigena.

Explosting hidden towns and villages along Via Francigena in Northen Tuscany

Even though it is the home to a lot of people, the northern part of Tuscany remains less explored by tourists. This part of Italy includes spectacular monuments and mouth-watering food but what stands out the most is the Renaissance art and architecture, which consists of world-renowned art pieces, galleries, and museums. With that said, there are many surprises and hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered by walkers and backpackers that are in the area of Via Francigena. Here is more information on Via Francigena and all of its best-kept secrets:

The cIsa Pass on the via Francigena a leg between Parma and Pontremoli.


Via Francigena is a pilgrimage route that runs from Canterbury, through different points of France, Italy, and Switzerland. It dates back to the Middle Ages when it was considered the most important pilgrimage route from the north to Rome. Even to this date, there are pilgrims that follow the ancient footsteps of Sigeric the Serious and travel either on foot, with bicycles, or on horseback.

The ancient road that covers four countries covers 354 kilometres and 16 legs (like Cisa Pass – Pontremolli, Massa – Camaiore, and Altopascio – San Miniato) all of which touch various villages and towns. For the visitors on the road, accommodation is also available as there are many hostels in the area run by confraternities and parish churches. Also, among some of the must-see sights from Via Francigena are Monteriggioni, the forgotten villages in the Apuan Alps, the towers of San Gimignano, and the Cypress tree avenues based in Val d’Orcia.


Considered one of the main towns of Lunigiana, Pontremoli is one of the most fascinating destinations in northern Tuscany. This small and picturesque Italian city can easily astonish its visitors with the combination of intriguing accents, culinary traditions, and mesmerizing nature. Pontremoli, which is believed to have been named after the words Pons Tremulus (translating to trembling bridge), has been through a lot of history that goes back to the Middle Ages and Roman Era.

Among some of the foods that you must try while you are in Pontremoli are Amor wafer cakes, Bianco oro aperitivo, Testaroli, Torta d’erbe, and Procini mushrooms. In addition to these, there are more savory herb pies than you can thing of and Sgabei (fried dough) that can leave you speechless. As for things to do, Pontremoli is famous for the acclaimed Stele Statue Museum, and many other landmarks such as Castello del Piagnaro, Pieve di Sorano, and Ponte Della Cresa are some of the many gems of Pontremoli that are worth the visit.

Pontremoli a must do stop on Via Francigena


Down along the Via Francigena you can find Sarzana. It is the home to a little over 20,000 Italians. Popular among the locals for its cathedrals, citadels, fortresses, and diverse monuments from different eras (especially from the Roman Era), this commune is situated in the eastern part of the Province of La Spezia in Liguria. Established around the year 1000 a.d., this place was once a small medieval village that was fortified with multiple bastions and ramparts.

Throughout the years, mainly because of its location next to the regions Emilia, Liguria, and Tuscany, Sarzana slowly became an important hub and tourist destination. Presently, this quiet and spectacular town is the place where landmarks such as the Fortress de Sarzanello, Fortezza Firmafede, Sarzana Cathedral, and Lido di Lerici can be found. Here, you can also try some of the best Fritto misto di mare, Linguine ai frutti di mare, and Pappardelle with sugo di lepre in the entire country.

Sarzana during one of the many events during the summer
Sarzana pretty street


Another underrated small town in northern Tuscany is Carrara near the via Francigena. Just like Sarzana, this place is both a city and commune and it is believed to have been inhabited for the first time back in the 9th century BC. Notable for its blue-grey and white marble that is quarried here, Carrara is approximately two hours away from Bologna and Florence, which makes it the perfect getaway from the dynamic atmosphere in the big cities.

Speaking of which, there are not only many attractions (such as CARMI, Monte Sagro, and Piazza Alberica) but plenty of delicious meals that can be found in Carrara. The most famous food product is Lardo di colonnata (used as an appetizer and in various dishes) but other foods that are worth trying are Calda-Calda (also called farinata or cecina a chickpea pie), Marinated cod-fish, biscotti ai pinoli (pinenuts cookies), and Pasta and beans.

Around Marina di Carrara
Carrara has sand, sea and parasols!

Massimo Bottura Opens The Cavallino Ferrari Restaurant in Maranello.


Massimo Bottura began his culinary career in 1986 by assuming control of the Trattoria del Campazzo, a restaurant situated just a few kilometers away from the center of Modena. This was, for him, a “reeducation center”, the place where he shaped his gastronomical identity, often crafting recipes that combined regional dishes with light brushes of French cuisine, through techniques he learned from renowned chef Georges Coigny. In 1995, he opened the OSTERIA FRANCESCANA, which in 2011 was awarded 3 Michelin stars, and achieved 1st place in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2016 and 2018.

Bottura is also a FERRARI lover and has recently become a loyal ambassador for the brand, assuming the helm of the newly-opened “Ristorante Cavallino” in collaboration with French designer India Mahdavi, who was in charge of reinterpreting the restaurant’s original design in a modern light, while retaining the most distinguishing features from its glorious past.


The Cavallino _has a history that is deeply linked with the history of Ferrari itself and, consequently, plays an important role in the annals of the whole Emilia-Romagna region. It was originally a farmhouse that served as the company’s “canteen” from the moment Enzo Ferrari purchased the land that now serves as Ferrari’s main manufacturing complex. In 1950, it became the “Ristorante Cavallino”_, evoking the prancing horse emblem that always identified the Ferrari label.

The historic complex has served as the main venue for Scuderia Ferrari’s celebrations and other memorable events organized by the company. Distinguished members of royalty, such as Princess Liliana de Rèthy and Prince Bernardo of Holland have graced this facility with their presence in the past. Enzi Ferrari himself used to eat there twice a day until he passed away in 1988. 21 years later, the Cavallino would have to close its doors and would not operate until its grand reopening on July 13th, an event in which various F1 champions and legendary personalities gathered.


In the NEWLY-IMAGINED CAVALLINO, tradition blends in perfect harmony with the standards of today’s design language in order to enhance its outdoor and interior architecture, as well as its overall Italian identity. All in an attempt to provide consumers with a visual value proposal that matches the ristorante’s culinary excellence.

The complex’s new red façade is meant to signify Cavallin0’s historical bonds with Ferrari, and its decorations and furniture scream “traditional Italian trattoria”. As you enter the restaurant, you’re introduced to a series of arches that connect its different areas. The tiles are placed in a chequerboard pattern layout of dark and light terracotta. The furniture is also themed with Ferrari’s color code, while the walls display posters, photographs, memorabilia, and other maxi-print images that are both decorative and informative, providing guests with a “bite” of Ferrari’s sporting and industrial trajectory.

Ferrari’s _”Cavallino” _or Prancing Horse logo is also a prominent feature shown in most areas inside and outside the restaurant. It introduces itself visually to guests from the moment they enter the building, and it’s also imprinted on many of the surfaces, on the restaurant’s wallpaper, and stamped on the frosted film applied to windows and glass doors.

Marco Bay was in charge of reshaping the garden or patio area. It has the feeling of an open-air dining room with a pergola and various plants enclosing the entire space. On the rooftop, guests have access to two private lounges, as well as a privileged view of the main entrance of the Ferrari factory.

The Grill Room is an indoor area that graces guests with amazing views of the Mediterranean-styled outdoor patio and a system of grilles installed on the walls, allowing customers to supervise the preparation of dishes.


Cavallino’s GASTRONOMIC PROPOSAL takes the more traditional Modenese cuisine and adds some modern touches and foreign twists, complementing the restaurant’s personal signature. In the words of Bottura (paraphrasing): Every dish has a story behind it, and it’s cooking that is impossible to say no to.

Among the menu’s main highlights, you can find the trademarked Tartare Cavallino, consisting of beef tartare seasoned with red fruit powder and dressed in Béarnaise sauce for a French finish. Another original in the Cavallino menu is the Cotechino Alla Rossini, a version of the more traditional Filetto Alla Rossini but topped with black truffle shards and sour cherries to sweeten the sausage. Their take on the classic tortellini carries a more SOCIAL MESSAGE, being handmade by the Tortellante training project (directed towards people with autism), in Modena’s redzore (housewives) tradition. Other delicacies include the Gnocco Fritto e Salumi, the_Baccalà _and the _Gelato Alla Crema_with traditional Villa Manodori balsamic vinegar.

Siena Is Still There For You After Covid, Here Something Not To Miss.

Last year, images of Siena could make us all weep. Normally, this old city is brimming with life and happiness, so empty streets seemed simply wrong.

Luckily, Italy is opening up, and Siena shines like a proper jewel of Tuscany again. If you’re a repeat visitor, you know what amazing sights and foods await you. If this is your first time, here are the places that you must not miss.

Piazza del Campo, perhaps the most beautiful piazza in Italy?

Where: Smack dab in the center of Siena, can’t miss it.

When: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, as long as you don’t patronize any establishments.

Budget: Free, unless you start shopping around, get hungry, or decide to up the Torre del Mangia.

If you have only one day to spend in Siena, this is your must-go-to location. Pretty much, even if you don’t move more than a mile from that spot, you will get to experience the lifestyle, people watch, visit a few sightseeing hotspots, and have some delicious food.

Even without moving an inch, the piazza is a sight to behold. It’s frozen in time, all the way to the pre-Renaissance times. There have been a few additions over the centuries here and there, but it’s mostly left looking untouched. And fortunately for all of us, the people of Siena love their piazza and they have all preserved it for us over the centuries so we can admire its beauty.

Once you find yourself standing there, you would not get surprised if you were to see someone in a historical costume – what’s more, a sight like that could even fool you into thinking you have gone back through time.

This is also the place where everything happens. If the city is holding a public fair, celebration, or festival, it will happen there. So, if you plan your trip anywhere around those big dates on the calendar (both secular and religious), you are in for a treat.

Try La Prosciutteria in Siena.

Where: Via Pantaneto 89, near Piazza del Campo

When: Every day from 10 AM to midnight.

Budget: Price s range from 4 to 25 Euros per item.

Warning, this is not a restaurant! Okay, that was a bad April Fool’s joke since the Siena location is one of the few that offer in-house dining. Some other places? They just pry you with their delicious fare and send you on your mary way.

If you love your prosciutto (and other Italian deli goodies), you must come to La Prosciutteria. You’ll be welcomed with a perfect combination of fine and casual dining – fine in terms of some of the finest food that will ever grace your mouth, and casual in terms of atmosphere.

On the menu are cutting boards, cold cuts, and different types of Tuscan wines. Sometimes they host special events and tasting parties. However, you may need a reservation to enjoy all of this these days (reservations at +39 577 42026 and siena@laprosciutteria.com). They also offer delivery through UberEats or if you give them a call (if you are not able to secure a table during your visit).

And if you loved what you had for your lunch/dinner/special tasting, you can buy and bring most of those delicious morsels back home with you.

Well Try Pretto in Siena too.


Where: Via dei Termini4, between Piazza del Campo and Piazza Tolomei

When: Every day, from noon to 9 PM

Budget: The cheapest item is about 3 and the most expensive one is about 25 Euros.

Okay, definitely another not-vegan-friendly recommendation, but what’s there else to say? Siena has quite a few awesome prosciuterrias.

However, that is very much not advised. The entire place is bathed in amazing aromas – even the most disciplined would break their diet and/or their budget if they stay for too long. Pick up your food and sit as far away if you want to stay safe!

If you still want to risk it, call them at +39 0577 289089 or send them an e-mail at prettosiena@gmail.com for a booking.

All joking aside, come at least for their prized Lampredotto sandwich or Tuscan focaccia. They are also very well known for their Pinsa Romana: a delightful taste of Italy that will change your view of pizza forever.

Then Visit Palazzo Pubblico and Torre Del Mangia

Where: Right across Piazza del Campo

When: Palazzo Publico is opened from 10 AM to 7 PM. Torre del Mangia is closed between 1:45 to and 2:30 PM for sanitation.

Budget: Individual ticket is 10 Euros, the family ticket is 22 and 25 respectively. Free access for children under 11 and reduced tickets are available. Note that you need to get separate tickets for each location, or get a combined ticket for 15 Euros (valid 2 days).

Palazzo Pubblico serves as mucipal offices of Siena. However, if you are not interested in getting a building permit or conquering the city from within, you may be interested in the Civic Museum.

The museum is located on the first floor of the palazzo and it’s a must-see for any history buff. Even if you take a moment just to take a peek at the 13th and 14th-century frescoes, it will be more than worth it. But if you want to get your money’s worth, use this visit as your time-travel portal through Siena’s history.

Then climb up the Torre del Mangia. This tower is the highest secular structure, and only the 3rd tallest in Italy (from this time period). If you are willing to make a climb of 280+ feet, you will be rewarded with the most beautiful view of the whole of Siena.

Keep in mind that, due to the current restrictions, only groups of 12 can go up the Torre del Mangia every 45 minutes. You can call ahead (+39 0577 292342) to make sure you can grab a spot. Also, both the Palazzo and the Torre are closed down or close early during public holidays, so check your travel dates and plan accordingly.

Important Information

Before you leave for Italy, check out http://www.italia.it/en/useful-info/covid-19-updates-information-for-tourists.html for all up to date information for tourists. Please, also be respectful of each establishment’s guidelines and restrictions.

Travel safe, and have fun.

Florence Reopens after Covid, Here 6 Evegreen Recommendations.

Aren’t the words “Italy is open again” some of the most beautiful words an avid traveler can hear? Finally, your wish to visit Florence can come true.

There’s a lot of prep before the trip, so let’s make this part of your travel plans as painless as possible. These 5 evergreen spots are perfect for both first-time and return visitors. Let’s check out what to see and, of course, what to eat first.

Have a Fat Panini at Antico Vinaio.

Where: Via dei Neri 65, 74, 76, and 78, close to Piazza San Remigio and Piazza della Signoria

When: Every day from 10 AM to 10:30 PM

Budget: The most expensive item is 13 Euros, but you can still enjoy a great sandwich at half that price.

If you were lucky enough to check them out in LA, just imagine what’s waiting for you in Florence. We are talking amazing Hulk-sized sandwiches loaded with local salami, prosciutto, cheeses, and other goodies on fresh artisanal bread. Plus, you can follow them up with a glass or two of good Tuscan wine.

Make sure you’re wearing comfy shoes. Even without restrictions, the place is known for its long waiting lines. Or give them a ring at +39 055 23 82 723 for a reservation.

Antico Vinaio Florence

Get into Science at the Galileo Museum.


Where: Piazza dei Guidici, near Pallazo Vecchio

When: 9:30 AM to 6 PM all days but Tuesday. On Tuesdays, the museum closes at 1 PM

Budget: Tickets for adults are 10 Euros, for minors 6 Euros. Or you can get a 13 Euro ticket that allows you to skip the lines.

Formerly known as Museo di Storia della Scienza, it’s housed in an 11th-century building. It’s home to artifacts from the Medici collections, Galileo’s belongings, and other numerous pieces of evidence of Tuscany and Italy’s contributions to science.

It’s not all about old objects, but old books as well! A lot of historical scientific papers are housed in the museum’s library, right next to one of the most extensive collections of contemporary materials.

The museum also puts on temporary exhibitions. Numerous events are on schedule often, including anything between debates and lectures, to fun historical reenactments. Check out their website to see what will be available during your visit.

Galileo Museum in Florence
Galileo Museum in Florence

Have Lunch Like a Local – Trattoria Mario Florence.


Where: Via Rosina 2r, right next to Mercato Centrale.

When: Takeaway and table service from noon to 3 PM.

Budget: No item on the menu goes over 20 Euros.

Every city in Italy has numerous restaurants that are decked out in Michellin stars, but still many can’t compare to Trattoria Mario. In 1953, Rome and Amelia opened this restaurant and named it after their son. Since then, the place has been a favorite for both the locals and visitors alike.

The menu changes every day. You can either check their page to check for hints of what’s cooking. That being said, no matter the time of the year, you’ll always be able to get a Florentine-style steak, Ribolita, or their signature slow-cooked Ragu.

Keep in mind that, due to restrictions, reservations are mandatory. Feel free to reach out to the workers and the family via email and social media, or call them once you’re in Italy (the number is +39 055 218550).

In Florence you must have a t bone steak fiorentina.
Cantucci and Vin santo it’s a typical dessert in Florence

When: The food court on the 1st floor is open from Monday to Sunday, 10 AM to midnight. The fresh market is open from Monday to Saturday, from 7 AM to 2 PM.

Budget: The food court can get very pricey, but the items at the fresh market are reasonably priced.

You can’t call yourself a proper foodie unless you make a stop here. The market halls are open since 1874 and have since been the best place to have a taste of Italy.

You can enjoy different produce, pasta, oils, truffles, and numerous artisanal products on the ground floor. Outside you’ll encounter numerous stalls that sell souvenirs, clothes, and other miscellaneous knick-knacks. However, be a smart shopper and watch for high prices: if they seem to be higher than what you’ve encountered at other parts of Florence, some is looking to scan some tourists.

The food court features numerous small restaurants, tasting rooms, and wine bars. Here you can enjoy both traditional Italian dishes as well as other amazing food made by master chefs. Make sure to visit the website and see if they are planning something special for the days you’ll be visiting.

Another pro tip: if you’re on a tight budget, make a trip to the second floor. You’ll still get to enjoy some amazing pizzas and snacks while causing less pain to your wallet.

Mercato Centrale in Florence is the ideal destination for foodies.

Get Lost in Giardino Boboli.


Where: Piazza de Pitti

When: From Monday to Sunday, from 8:15 AM to sunset (closing times change by season, so check the website for the exact time)

Budget: Single ticket is 10 Euros, but you may qualify for a free or a reduced price ticket as well.


Designed for the Medicis and inspired numerous court gardens all across Europe, these beautiful gardens are open to the public since 1766. A perfect place to get lost, wander, and feel like you’ve traveled through time. Enjoy a stroll through Cerchiate Piccole or take a peek at the statues of mythical creatures near the Fountain of Neptune.

Plant lovers must also stop by the Botanica Superiore, aka the Pineapple garden, and enjoy its hundreds of species of tropical, subtropical, and aquatic plants. And if that was not enough for you, Museo della Moda e del Costume and Museo delle porcellane are right next door. The same goes for the Forte di Belvedere and Porta Romana (the city gate from the 13th century).

No worries if you choose to visit in the spur of the moment. The entire complex is accessible to people with disabilities and family-friendly for a hassle-free experience

Boboli Garden in Florence

Tuscan Best Beaches You Should Visit North of Pisa

aperitivo on the beach in Tuscany

Tuscany is an Italian region well known for its rich culture, beautiful art, and history. For many, the first image that comes to mind when thinking about Tuscany have is picturesque and important cities such as Florence and Pisa, which have made history. But Tuscany isn’t only that. It is also a region with a beautiful coast and stunning beaches that should be enjoyed just as much as the rich culture that characterizes Tuscany. Indeed, if you are visiting Pisa or Florence or even Siena, you should consider combining a city tour full of history and art with a beach day. Not only you’ll be able to soak in the sun and relax for a while, but you’ll also be astonished by the wonderful panorama you’ll be in front of.

But what are the best beaches you should be visiting when in Tuscany? To help you make up your mind, we prepared a small guide about the top 3 beach towns in this beautiful town.


Viareggio is also called the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea and with good reasons. The view is stunning: on one side you can appreciate the beautiful sea and to the white marble peaks of Massa Carrara. Even if not as famous as other Tuscan cities, Viareggio is the second-largest city in the province of Lucca and it is not only popular during the summer season but also for its famous carnival.

The coast is small but worth visiting: with around 10 km of sandy beaches, Viareggio is an awesome town to stop by for a while to relax under the sun and eat delicious food by the beach. Also, if looking for something “more active” to do, you can stroll around the popular “La Passeggiata” a 3 km long road running parallel to the beach scattered with several gelaterias, cafes, restaurants along the way. If you get tired or if you want to enjoy your gelato sitting down with a view of the sea, you can sit down on one of the many benches along the road, decorated in the traditional liberty style.

Additionally, if you are looking for some good shopping, Viareggio might be the right place for you.

Choose from one of the several “Bagni” or simply go to a “Spiaggia Libera”, or free beach and enjoy everything that Viareggio offers!

Forte Dei Marmi

Forte Dei Marmi is much better known compared to Viareggio, but only because it is a slightly posher destination, popular among many celebrities. This exclusive beach town is worth visiting because of its astonishing panorama, with the elegant villas hidden behind the lush vegetation of the pineta (pine tree forest) and the stunning view of the Alpi Apuane. But Forte Dei Marmi is also fine dining and luxurious shopping. If you love the sea but also fashion, Forte Dei Marmi is the place to go as it is the chicest place of all Tuscany. It is the ideal destination for everyone looking to experience some luxury, with plenty of posh beach resorts offering more privacy and comfort than other “simpler beaches”. Of course, this also translated in higher prices, both when it comes to stay somewhere or to eat at a restaurant. But if you are not afraid to spend a little bit more for a luxurious experience, even if only for a couple of days, you should consider visiting Forte Dei Marmi.

Also, keep in mind that even if Forte Dei Marmi is mainly remembered for its luxurious villas and high-end restaurants and beach resorts, this beach town also has an interesting history and traditions hidden behind the beautiful mountains of the Alpi Apuane. When you are looking for a break from the beach, Forte Dei Marmi has plenty to offer to its visitors. You can visit the inside parts of the city and discover a place that is very different from the “chic” beach town you though Forte Dei Marmi would be.

For this reason, if you can, try to include a couple of days in this picturesque and famous Tuscan beach town and try to explore more of the town than the beaches and the city center: you won’t be disappointed!

Marina Di Carrara

Massa di Carrara is famous around the world for its beautiful white marble used throughout the century to build churches or even wonderful villas and for decoration. The caves can still be visited and have an important historical meaning: they were used by the Roman for their sculptures and during the Renaissance by artists such as Michelangelo. What many do not know is that in the small Carrara, you’ll also find a little sea town, Marina di Carrara. If you want to mix a visit to the famous Carrara with some relaxing time at the beach, consider visiting Carrara. With its several resorts and restaurants, but also the beautiful coast, Marina di Carrara is gaining traction as a tourist destination in Tuscany. The nightlife is particularly lively in this small town, meaning that if you are looking to fully relax, this might not be your ideal destination. But if you are looking for some life even during the night, you should experience Marina di Carrara. Also, if you are looking for some shopping, you’ll find good deals in local shops.

The Bottom Line

Tuscany is an excellent Italian destination that can suit everyone’s taste: from good food to rich history and culture, but also wonderful landscapes, everybody will be able to enjoy this wonderful Italian region. Tuscany is also a great destination if you are looking to enjoy the sun and the beach. With so many things to do, it might be hard to choose what to do and where to go. If you want to combine history, art, and culture with stunning beaches, consider including at least one of the destinations we proposed in this short guide for you. The destinations we proposed you here are all different and unique, and possibly suited for different people’s taste, but without a doubt, you’ll find the panorama stunning!

Covid Fase 2: What Can You Do In Italy After 4th May 2020

The novel Coronavirus outbreak has affected all countries of the world, some more than others, with the result of a general slowdown in the global economy. One of the countries most hit by the outbreak, Italy, after almost 3 months of harsh quarantine, is slowly opening up.

Italy has a strong touristic industry which during these months has dropped significantly, Many business owners are pushing to open, but reopening will not be possible unless the right measures are taken.

The Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, has announced the last 26th of April, the beginning of the so-called “Fase 2”, which is operative starting from the 4th of May and that involves the opening of some businesses (including restaurants and cafes), public parks, and some open-air sportive activities. But essentially, the lockdown will be still active and single citizens will not have much freedom of movement even after the 4th of May. But what exactly can you do in Italy starting from the 4th of May? Keep reading to learn more about the not so clear Italian “Fase 2”.

Some Museums Will Open But Everything “With Distance”

Italy is a country rich in culture, art, and museums. While during the quarantine, all museums stayed closed and some organized online tours to some interested visitors, from early May it will be possible to visit some archeological sites and museums. Not all museums will reopen at the same time and what is very clear is that even if the museums will open, social distancing and COVID safety measures will be imposed.

For example, the number of visitors allowed to enter will be limited, everyone will need to wear face masks and respect the distance of 1.5 meters from other people. Museums are currently working on organizing new ways of offering a visit in all safety and without going against the measures for the novel Coronavirus outbreak. All the underground archeological sites will remain closed and some museums will implement strict measures at the entrance, even those open-air museums like Pompei, for example.

Virtual Reality tours (with the use of the special glasses), as well as audio guides, will not be allowed unless the museums will be able to guarantee the correct disinfestation of the apparate.

Take-Aways, Including Gelaterie Will Start To Reopen From The 4th Of May

Sorbetteria Castiglione
Sorbetteria Castiglione

The new decree is set to slowly re-start the small and medium restoration, a sector that has been strongly hit by this epidemic outbreak. From the 4th of May, all of those restaurants that remained closed during the quarantine, bars, gelaterie, and pastry shops are allowed to open, all with the addition of takeaway services. Indeed, while restaurants will not be allowed to deliver food and drinks directly to their clients’ houses, clients in all Italy will be allowed to order from home and take the food directly at the restaurant, bar, or gelateria. r. The Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, had emphasized the importance of not gathering outside restaurants or bars and to eat inside one’s home.

However, each region might take a stricter approach to Fase 2 and impose safety measures and the need for constant disinfestation to each restaurant or bar.

What Happens After 18th Of May?

Officially, Italians will be on total lockdown until the 18th of May. Starting from this date, the museums, libraries, and some parks are allowed to reopen.

What seems more clear is that starting from the 1st of June (which conveniently falls right before a public holiday, the 2nd of June), the Government is planning to implement the reopening of bars, restaurants, hairdressers, and estheticians. On how this will happen, the Government has not yet established any measure, with the promise of communicating them later on.

What About Beaches? Will They Reopen?

Soon beaches to reopen, right now you can walk, swim or exercise, no sunbathing

In most parts of Italy, beaches are not restricted to lay down under the sun and swim in the sea. Restoration is involved in most establishments, which means that strict measures will need to be followed for the reopening of beaches.

Each region is adopting different measures to guarantee safety on the beach. For example, in Veneto, there will be blocks of 50 square meters per family to enjoy the beach, Sicily will impose the check of everybody’s temperature at the entrance with the appropriate scanners, while Sardegna will only allow access to a limited number of people.

So, beaches will open, but the restrictions will be significant. Most people will need to book their place at the beach online or through a phone call, to limit queuing at the entrance. In the Lazio Region, sat the beach will need to download an app to book their spot at the beach and all beaches will allow the entrance to a limited number of people and the guarantee of social distancing on the sand as well as at the restaurants and bars, with measures imposing a distance of at least 2 meters in the restaurants and 4 meters on the beach (with some regions imposing even up to 10 meters distancing). To guarantee safety, it will be essential to disinfect chairs, beach umbrellas, and cots, as well as showers and toilets.

The Bottomline

As you can see, Fase 2 doesn’t mean that everything will come back to normal. Indeed, this summer will be probably a strange one, with new rules and new safety measures to follow which might make it more difficult to feel at ease. Certainly, most restaurants, small businesses, and bars have an urge to open and to restart their operations. With the right measures, you’ll still be able to visit museums and to enjoy yourself at the beach, as well as eat from a restaurant. In such hard and uncertain times, it is normal to feel lost and possibly fed up with the situation, but the good news is that the Italian government and the businesses involved are doing their best to slowly start the economy and to go back to normal life. Of course, all within the limits that this new coronavirus outbreak imposes.

Follow Stirling Moss Heritage in Modena Italy

Maserati at Panini collection in Modena.

When it comes to luxury cars, the first ones you might come into your mind are the famous and beautiful Ferrari and Maserati models. And who doesn’t like seeing them run, for example in F1 races? Well, one of the Formula 1 drivers that made the difference in history is Stirling Moss. Unfortunately, he recently passed away. And if you don’t know much about him or if you simply want to learn more about this important figure in the world of Formula 1, keep reading this article we put together for you.

Who Was Stirling Moss?

Maserari Eldorado driven by Stirling Moss.

Stirling Moss was a British Formula 1 racing whose fame started to scale in the 1950s. Indeed, it was in 1951 when he made his debut in car races at the Swiss Grand Prix. His results grabbed the attention of the powerful Enzo Ferrari, who decided to have him as a driver of one of his cars in the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Bari, Southern Italy. However, at Sterling’s arrival in Bari, the driver found out that his car had been given to another driver instead. Since then, he swore to himself that he would never drive for Ferrari again.

He did drive for other important teams. including Lotus, Maserati, Mercedes, and Cooper. An interesting fact is that, despite Moss being described as one of the best drivers in the world, he never won the Formula 1 World Championship, while he came third tree times. Moss was hugely popular, not only as a drive but also as a commenter for a long time. The world of motor racing was struck by his death and lost one popular legend that is still remembered and praised today.

Stirling Moss and 1961 Modena Grand Prix.

Modena is one of the most important cities in the world when it comes to sports cars. Not only it is home to some of the most famous car companies, but it is also the location of some important Grand Prix.

The 1961 Modena Grand Prix Race was one that saw Stirling Moss winning a gold medal on a Lotus. The race was run over 100 laps of the circuit and was dominated by the British driver. This race was a significantly good one for Moss, who took pole position, got the fastest lap and won the game, finishing a few seconds before the Porsche driven by Jo Bonnier. Even if Moss was already pretty popular by then, this Modena race contributed to making him one of the best drivers in the world.

Consider Taking a Look To Maserati Eldorado At Umberto Panini Collection

Maserati Eldorado at the Casa Enzo Ferrari Museum.

If you are a fan of Formula 1 races, you might be interested in having a look at the iconic Maserati Eldorado in Modena.

On the other hand, you might not know much about the Maserati Eldorado, a car that became famous in 1958 as the first single-seater car in Europe. This car was the protagonist of the first sponsored single-racing car that took place in Monza, with Stirling Moss behind the wheel. Eldorado was an ice cream manufacturer who decided to sponsor the car, despite not being linked to the industry of motorsport. This is regarded as the first example of modern sponsorship and the whole issue was revolutionary.

Maserati was commissioned to build the car by Gino Zanetti, the entrepreneur who owned the ice-cream company and who saw the opportunity to promote his brand internationally. The choice of having Stirling Moss behind the wheels for the race was a strategic one: because of the driver’s popularity and skills, both Zanetti and Maserati were hoping to impress the public. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned as Moss slammed into the guard-rail in the final lap, finishing the race seventh. Fortunately, both the driver and the car did not suffer from any great damage, which proved the value of the solid structure of the car.

The car was then modified during the year, but the Eldorado sponsorship remained.

Today, you can admire a perfect restoration of the Maserati Eldorado in its original white livery in the famous Panini Collection, housed in Modena. Go and check it out!

The Maserati Showroom at Factory Tours

For those willing to learn more about the world of one of the most famous luxury and sport car brands, having a Maserati factory tour in Modena might be one interesting activity to do when in this part of Northern Italy.

With a factory tour, you’ll be able to learn more about the skills and processes involved in producing these prestigious sports cars. You’ll have the opportunity to walk around the plant and get a historical background of the car company while visiting the recently renovated showrooms and the interesting powertrain department. The tour lasts about one hour and you, of course, get the opportunity to also have a look at the Maserati store and at the car models showcased in the showroom. Keep in mind that you can also choose to make a shorter tour, lasting about 40 minutes with a briefer presentation over the heritage of Maserati.

Reserving the tour is pretty simple: you simply have to contact Maserati and book a tour through the email provided on the company’s website, under the section of “tours”. Don’t worry if you don’t speak Italian, the tour can be provided in English, German, French, and Spanish if you need so! The factory tours can be booked Monday to Friday from 9 AM until 3.30 PM and reservation is mandatory. Also, keep in mind that due to security policy, children under the age of 18 are not allowed to access the plant.

That said, if you have a passion for sports cars or if you are simply curious to learn more about this great company and see first hand how these prestigious cars are made, getting a tour at Maserati would be a wonderful way to get more information about the world of sports cars. And mind you we are not talking about simple sports cars, but one of the best brands in the world! Even if cars are not your thing, consider visiting the Maserati plant once in Modena. It is a great way to get a good insight not only into the current situation of this industry but also to learn more about the interesting and rich history of sports racing cars and their evolution throughout the years.