When I need
travel advice I go to the experts I meet online. For this
travel tip article I consulted with females (and one delightful
guy) on Twitter who have an Italian connection. It was a
treat to get to know these professionals and to find out
about their personal favorite places to stay, restaurants
to try, shops to spend euros in and much, much more. This
article is all about the best of the best (but not necessarily
the most expensive) from a local's point of view. Enjoy,
provided links so you can also connect with each expert
separately and see what their sites have to offer. Enjoy
a freelance writer and European travel consultant
specializing in France and Italy. I often travel to
Italy solo and would like to offer these tips to other
JourneyWomen thinking of doing the same. You'll love
need to pay particular attention to their attire when
visiting churches in Italy in the warmer months. Out
of respect, most churches won't allow you to enter
if shoulders, upper arms or thighs are showing. So
in the warmer weather, nix the shorts (which aren't
worn by Italian women anyway) and opt for a skirt
that at least grazes the knee. Carry a scarf with
you at all times to wrap around bare shoulders if
you happen to be wearing a tank top.
traveling solo, some women find the thought of dining
alone in a restaurant downright intimidating. For
those women, I'd recommend seeking out an Italian
wine bar, or Enoteca. They offer local delicious food
- ranging from light snacks to full meals, a large
assortment of Italian wines by the glass and a much
more relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Many have a
bar where you can sit alone and blend in. If you visit
during aperitif hour you might be lucky enough to
score free food with the purchase of your beverage.
of my favorite budget hotel gems in Florence is the
Abaco. It's in a prime location,
halfway between the train station and the Duomo and
is run by the friendly, accommodating and advice-giving,
Bruno. He will do a load of laundry for you, recommend
places to eat and make reservations for you too. Housed
on the 2nd floor of an old palazzo (no elevator),
each room is named after a Renaissance artist and
is decorated with antique pieces in the Barocco style.
Exposed beams, high ceilings, parquet floors, rich
jewel-toned fabrics and lots of gilt gold lend a luxurious
charm to the otherwise basic space. Rooms from 70€-90€
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is a Mecca for any kind of made in Italy shopping.
As a personal shopper I'd like to recommend the charming
where Julius Caesar grew up. It has an excellent choice
of boutiques, gourmet stores, home furnishings and
cozy enoteche you won't find anywhere else. The streets
to check are Via del Boschetto, Via dei Serpenti,
Via Leonina and Via Panisperna.
love browsing at Spazio
Artigiano, a treasure trove of hand-crafted
items, including a great selection of Sicilian ceramics
(vicolo dei Serpenti 13).
Gallinelleis a small boutique that
sells an intriguing mix of new and vintage clothing
and accessories (via del Boschetto 76, Monti). This
is well worth a stop.
the corner shop, 244
Via Panisperna (that’s the name
as well as the address), look for eclectic styling
in shoes along with made-to-measure clothing.
your pleasant shopping day in Rome tasting delicious
cassata, cannolo, granita, or gelato at the Sicilian
gelateria Ciuri Ciuri
located at via Leonina 18/19/20. That's
what Italian women do.
Stefania Troiani is a Travel
Consultant & Personal Shopper in Rome. Website:
drinking, playing in Rome...
an expat career and personal branding coach living
in Rome who helps fellow expats use their personal
brand to build a career that fits who they are and
their international lifestyle. I am happy to offer
a few tips to travelers to what I believe to be the
most beautiful city in the world!
are many accommodation options for visitors to Rome.
For those who want something inspiring and central,
I usually recommend the Hotel
Raphael. Near Piazza Navona and
decorated with art throughout, it has a roof-top terrace
with gorgeous views of Rome. However for the ethical
traveler on a budget, I recommend The
Beehive Hotel & Café.
It’s a stylish, contemporary, ecologically minded
budget hotel run by absolutely lovely people who will
make sure you are taken care of during your stay.
you must spend some time in a café if you are
in Rome, I usually recommend Antico
Caffe Greco, Rome’s oldest
café for those who want that classic Roman
café ambiance and don't mind other tourists.
However for the more artsy bunch, I recommend Salotto
42, full of high-backed velvet
chairs and books on art and design. I love Salotto
42’s cozy-chic and the fact I can get a smoothie
while looking out at a 1st century temple.
experience Rome from a local’s perspective,
I recommend contacting Italian aficionados, Alan and
Diane Epstein. Long time resident and entertaining
speaker, Alan is the author of the bestselling book,
As The Romans Do.
Armed with a PhD in history and a passion for storytelling,
Alan gives fascinating walking tours that make the
grandeur of Rome come alive. Diane is a well-known
photographer and creative cook whose photo explorations
and culinary adventures offer a view of the city through
an artist’s eye and a taste of its local flavors.
Her photographic journeys will lead you through the
city’s markets, piazzas, ancient monuments and
the daily life of Rome. They’re lovely people
who will make Rome feel like home. www.AsTheRomansDo.com
Megan Fitzgerald's website is at www.careerbychoice.com
She also shares tips for how to build a successful
career or business abroad at www.careerbychoiceblog.com.
Her twitter address is: twitter.com/expatcoachmegan