Meet Select Italy Team: Lisa

Lisa in downtown Chicago

Lisa in downtown Chicago

Let’s meet Lisa:

1. Name and What do you do at Select Italy?

Lisa Zacchia, Senior Travel Consultant/Custom Trip Planning .

2. What’s your favorite Italian destination?

I love the small, charming, Italian borghi: Ferrara, Gubbio and Gradara are among my favorites. Also, it might sound bias but: Veneto. There’s a world outside Venice: Padova, Treviso, Verona, the Euganei Hills and the Valdobbiadene area: superb food tradition, great wine and unique architecture. A region that boasts a myriad of attractions and destinations rich in historical and artistic heritage.

3. Whom would you go there with?

I love traveling with my mum. You truly cannot get any more Italian than that, can you?

4. Which 3 things should never  be missing in one’s luggage when traveling to Italy?

Packing always makes me nervous but as my dad says: “once you have your passport and money, you are good to go.” So my best advice is a stress-free, light packing. It might be helpful  to write down a travel checklist for the essential items that you can reuse for every trip. If you are traveling in summer, my tip for the ladies is to bring a shawl to drape over your shoulders. Italy is dotted with many extraordinary churches, basilicas and cathedrals and to visit them you should always make sure your shoulders are covered and your shorts or skirts come to your knees: it’s not a law but more a sign of respect. And keep in mind that if you forget something, there’s no better place to shop than Italy!

5. What Italian food are you addicted to?

That’s an easy one: Piadina Romagnola. Italian traditional cuisine offers a huge variety of breads to choose from. The piadina is a particular flatbread made in the Romagna region, cooked on a griddle and unleavened. My favorite is the “classic” piadina, with stracchino cheese, rucola and pomodorini and folded in half: a fresh, genuine and healthy meal. For gourmands looking to satisfy sweet tooth cravings, try the piada with Nutella,  with the famous chocolate jam spread over half the surface and folded in half. Delizioso!

6. Reveal us a secret about Italy! Food, shop, unique view, restaurant, your favorite T4T…Whatever, we are really curious!

There is a very “well-kept secret” located in the Trentino Alto Adige Region: The Novacella Abbey. Not far from the lovely town of Bressanone, this unique location offers breathtaking, unobstructed views of snowy rocky mountains, green valleys, crystalline rivers. The surrounding natural landscape harmoniously combines with the unique architecture of the Abbey and its cloister. The site is famous also for hosting one of the oldest wineries in the world.  The cellars beneath the Abbey especially excel and shine in the production of incredible white wines from the Isarco Valley like the Sylvaner, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Trust me, if you include this stop in your itinerary, you won’t regret it!

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