1. Name and what you do at Select Italy?
Hi everyone! I am Laura, Operations intern at Select Italy. Basically, I process the orders that come from the clients by interacting online or via phone with the museum box offices. I also respond to customers’ emails and work on some projects from time to time.
2. What is your favorite Italian destination?
It really depends on the season and on what I feel like doing. However, if I really have to pick one, then it’s Venice (by night!), because of its uniqueness. There is no other place on earth like Venice, not even one that resembles it. I studied in Venice for two years and I was able to explore the best sides of it. Venice is magic not only because of St. Mark’s square or the Bridge of Sighs. I fell in love with it for its silent calli (streets) and unpopular canals. Please, do not fall into the trap of walking around the most popular places during rush hour. Sleep during the day and start wandering the city at dawn: you will experience its incredible charm in its entirety.
3. Whom would you go there with?
Alone, obviously. And not because I am single (nope, not lying!), but because the echoing of your footsteps while walking in those pretty little alleys and the calming sound of the water in the canals are truly priceless!
4. Which three things should never be missing from one’s luggage when traveling to Italy?
1) Mosquito Repellent: Venice, Milan, Florence…you will want to hug me for this tip!
2) Patience: If it does not fit in your luggage, go ahead and put it in your handbag.
3) Paper Map: WiFi is still not popular in all cities and you won’t find it in the beautiful countryside, for sure.
5. What Italian food are you addicted to?
This is easily one of the hardest questions I have ever been asked, college level statistics questions included. My dilemma is: pasta or pizza. It took me days of thought but I ended up going for pizza. After a few weeks abroad, no matter how broke I am or how far I have to walk or drive, I must go to the most authentic pizza place in the city and eat as much as I can. Pizza with mozzarella (the real one!), Porcini mushrooms, black truffles, walnuts and speck (go Google it!) make my day, or month, rather.
6. Reveal to us a secret about Italy! Food, shop, unique view, restaurant, your favorite T4T… Whatever we are really curious!
Here are the places I always go to every time I am in town. Ok, I will be honest with you: it occurred, a few times, that I went to the cities just to stop by these food gems. Rome: gelateria Giolitti. Find a better ice cream anywhere on earth and I will pay for your dinner. It is located right next to Montecitorio Square. Naples: Pizzeria da Michele. Long line, best (and cheapest) authentic pizza I have ever had. Venice: stop by Bacareto da Lele, close to Piazzale Roma. This place, extremely popular among locals, has great sandwiches, good wine from the Veneto region, and, last but not least, you can easily get full for less than 5 euros. Sorry though, no tables or chairs. Enjoy your meal on the stairs of the Tolentini church. Views: you can’t miss the scene from Punta della Dogana, at sunset. My favorite Campo (square): San Giacomo da l’Orio (Do not miss La Zucca, a Trattoria close by that makes delicious veggie dishes and sides). Last, go to Tonolo, my (and many other people’s) favorite pastry shop in the city. Grab what most appeals to you enjoy the food. You will love it, guaranteed.