1. Name and What do you do at Select Italy?
Martina. I am a Client Care Specialist.
2. What’s your favorite Italian destination?
This is really difficult for me because I love all of Italy! My favorite city to live in is Rome, because the people are so friendly and good-natured, and there is always something to see and do! My two favorite destination cities are completely opposite from each other on the map: Taormina in Siciliy and Bolzano in northern Alto Adige region. Taormina is a gorgeous, ancient town, built into the cliff and written about by romantics and poets worldwide – it also has amazing seafood, such as pasta ai ricci (sea urchin pasta) for the adventurous or zuppa di pesce (seafood soup). Bolzano is situated in the northernmost region of Italy near Austria, and has breathtaking views of the Dolomites. In addition, as an officially German-Italian bilingual province, it offers a unique experience of a mix of Austrian and Italian cultures.
3. Whom would you go there with?
My family, who have the same passion for travel, discovery, and enogastronomy as I do!
4. Which 3 things should never be missing from one’s luggage when traveling to Italy?
A good camera – for all of the priceless photos. You never know when you will see something you want to catch on film!
An extra suitcase or duffel bag for all of your purchases. This is something I did not do the first time I went and regretted it for years. The next time I went, I packed a duffel bag at the bottom of my suitcase and was able to fill and check it on the way back.
A willingness to learn about the culture and people. So many people travel to Italy with the goal of seeing a monument or ruin, taking a picture, and leaving. But those who really try to connect with the people and learn about Italians and Italy, even if they do not speak the language, are the ones that achieve the complete, unforgettable experience.
5. What Italian food are you addicted to?
Nutella – and not the American kind. I discovered Italian Nutella during my first experience in Italy when I was studying abroad in Rome during the Fall of 2006. It was amazing, and came in collectable jars that you can reuse as little bicchiere, or drink glasses, which we as students were very grateful for! I loved the Nutella so much that it was impossible for me not to eat the entire jar in one sitting. I eventually had to give it up for a month or two because it would give me stomach aches the next day! However, after a few months I learned to tame my addiction and took Nutella back up immediately. I highly recommend Italian Nutella to all that travel to the country!
Reveal to us a secret about Italy! Food, shop, unique view, restaurant, your favorite T4T…Whatever, we are really curious!
Take the time to see places Off the Beaten Path, whether you have the time to travel to the small towns that rarely see tourists, or only visit the major cities. Even in tourist hubs there are less-visited spots. In Rome, take half a day to wander around Trastevere district, which has a unique local flavor with several shops, restaurants, and friendly people. In Venice, cross the Accademia bridge to discover the sestiere Dorsoduro, which houses the Accademia Gallery as well as Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and many native Venetians.
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