1) Name and what do you do at Select Italy?
Hi, my name is Alessandro. I am an Intern in the Operations department at Select Italy’s office in Chicago.
2) What’s your favorite Italian destination?
Since I’m from the south of Italy my favorite destinations are Naples and the Amalfi Coast. In particular I’m crazy about Positano, such a small and compact city, it is so beautiful in summer and you can have an awesome time there. Not too far from Positano there are other must-see places: Sorrento, Capri, and Ravello. As for Naples, it is a really chaotic city and you must be ready because is not a normal city. Naples has its problems, and the public transportation is not great, but if you spend the time to get to know it, you can understand why is so special and unique. The people, the street, the smells, and even the chaos, make this city culturally unique. What should you visit? Museo Archeologico, Teatro San Carlo, Piazza del Plebiscito and San Martino.
3) With whom would you go there?
Anyone who wants to enjoy some beautiful places and taste the best food in the world.
4) Which 3 things should never be missing from one’s luggage when traveling to Italy?
- An offline dictionary app because no one speaks English!
- Gym shoes because there is a lot of walking.
- Sunglasses, it is sunny over there!!!
5) What Italian food are you addicted to?
The best dish for me is, of course, pizza. Do you know the story about pizza Margherita? In the 18th century, the Royal Palace of Capodimonte commissioned to the Neapolitan pizzaiolo (pizza maker) Raffaele Esposito to create a pizza in honor of the visit of Queen Margherita. Of the three different pizzas he created, the Queen strongly preferred a pie decorated with in the colors of the Italian flag: red (tomato),white (mozzarella), and green (basil). Supposedly, this kind of pizza was then named after the Queen as “Pizza Margherita.”
Only in Naples can you eat “real” pizza but I suggest avoiding touristy places — instead go to the old center, where you can eat the best pizza for only €5.
6) Reveal one of your best-kept secrets about Italy…food, shopping, unique views, restaurants, or your favorite T4T!
I want to share with you two beautiful non-touristy things you can do in Naples if you are staying more than two days. First, in the summer there is a beautiful kayak tour that starts close to “La Gaiola.” This tour is lead by a guide who will tell you about Roman history, marine life, and nature. You can also do their snorkeling tour. My second suggestion is Villa (or Casina) Vanvitelliana, no one knows this place, as it is a bit far from Naples (about 30 mins by car) but it’s magic. I discovered it one day because Cuma was closed, so I decided to go there. I don’t want to say too much about Villa Vanvitelliana… Just look at the picture I took.