1. Name and What do you do at Select Italy?
My name is Marianna and I’m an intern in the Production and Marketing department at the Select Italy New York City office.
2. What’s your favorite Italian destination?
I have plenty of favorite destinations but there are two that I prefer the most: the first one is Milan, a city in which I lived during my initial university studies. Most people might not like Milan as a city to put on their travel wish list; however, I can ensure you that Milan has an impressive hidden potential and charm.
My second favorite destination is the Lake Garda, located in the north of Italy, between Lombardia and Veneto regions. It is a strategic position to relax, sunbathe, surf or escape to nearby Verona to watch an opera at the Arena and take in the romantic atmosphere.
3. Whom would you go there with?
If I’m going to Milan, I would definitely go with my friends to do some shopping in Via Torino, have an aperitivo at Navigli and then be ready to live the Milan night life, which I can tell you is great! On the other hand, if I’m going to Lake Garda, I would go with all my family members.
4. Which 3 things should never be missing from one’s luggage when traveling to Italy?
The first thing you shouldn’t forget is a good camera, so you can be prepared when a impressive sunset or a hidden tiny street surprises you in the middle of your exploratory walk.
A pair of sunglasses, which is a fashion statement in Italy.
Unfortunately the extra space in your luggage won’t be enough to fit all the amazing Italian specialties that you tried and want to bring back home or all the Italian design clothes and shoes that you are willing to buy. So, bring luggage… just in case.
5. What Italian food are you addicted to?
Well, it’s really hard to choose within my extremely long food addiction list… however I cannot resist my grandmother trofie al pesto and her tiramisu (which is made with a secret ingredient she cannot, of course, reveal to anyone!!!).
6. Reveal to us a secret about Italy! Food, shop, unique view, restaurant, your favorite T4T… Whatever, we are really curious!
If you decide to follow my advice and travel to Milan, there are a few things you cannot miss: first of all, after the compulsory visit to the Duomo, you have to go to Luini, a small bakery in the nearby and try their incredible panzerotto, a gastronomical specialty from Puglia. Go for the classical one, stuffed with mozzarella cheese, tomato and a little bit of oregano.
I would suggest as well to attend a theater performance at Piccolo Teatro. The theater is located in the artists’ neighborhood of Brera, a place of bohemian and historical atmosphere (it is where you can find the Art Academy and the Pinacoteca as well).
The best way to enjoy the end of the day in Milan? Have a Spritz or a Negroni Sbagliato in one of the different aperitivo-bars on Navigli (I would recommend “Spritz”) or go to Notthingam Forest, an incredible cocktail bar and have a cloud, a cocktail made of ginger or pink grapefruit alcoholic clouds!
My last piece of advice is to fill the extra luggage I would suggest to go to Peck, an excellent quality food temple of gastronomy!
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