What to Pack for Your Trip to Italy

Monthly Archives: July 2012

What to Pack for Your Trip to Italy

Posted by in Tips, Trends, Custom & Lifestyle,Travel | July 31, 2012

What should I pack?” Not sure why, but come summer, I get this question from almost 100% of my clients.

Yes, Italy has a leading reputation in the fashion industry, and we ‘locals’ are known for our fashion sense. Yet, I’m always surprised about how much my clients worry about clothing and dressing appropriately when visiting Italy.

So I asked. Here’s What I Learned:

They want to be comfortable and appropriate – the majority of my clients are looking for comfort, especially during sightseeing, but they also want to makesure their packing choices will not prevent them from any of the experiences they’ve planned.

They want to fit with the “Italian style” – a good portion of my clients also wants to dress as similarly to Italians as they can. This is not only a way to fully immerse yourself in the local culture but also a way to blend in better and not stick out too much as a tourist (which is always a very smart thing to do while traveling anywhere in the world).

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Driving in Italy

Posted by in Travel | July 17, 2012

I have a 50-50 split of clients who would never drive in Italy under any type of torture and clients who can’t wait to try the thrill of contending on the road with the “crazy” Italians. It is definitely true, my fellow citizens tend to be quite “creative” when driving (of course not me!), but driving in Italy is not as scary as it may sound.

If you are on the “let’s drive there” side, here are the answers to the most common questions on driving I get from my clients:

Directions/Speed limits:

No North or South (or East/West) indications in Italy – road signs indicate the next big town in a specific direction (i.e. in Rome the Northbound highway will say “Florence”).

Also, distances are shown in kilometers, not miles (1 mile= 1.5 kilometers). Speed limits are usually 130Km/h on highways; 110 km/h on major roads and 50km/h in towns. There will be road signs indicating the specific speed limit on each road or portion thereof.

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Posted by in Food and Restaurants,Tips, Trends, Custom & Lifestyle | July 12, 2012

I had lunch with a dear friend on Sunday and I was surprised to see a “panzanella salad” on the menu. My friend ordered it and was quite pleased with her choice.

It made me remember my maternal grandmother, who was fond of panzanella – a very simple, peasant style summer dish. She would often make it for my brothers and I during hot summer afternoons as a snack.

The recipe in itself is very simple and it’s a great way to use stale bread, but there are two secrets to make this a fantastic dish:

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An unforgettable family reunion

Posted by in Tips, Trends, Custom & Lifestyle | July 1, 2012

The Cardosis’ are not only wonderful clients but also dear friends, so supporting their desire to enjoy a two-week dream family vacation was one of the highlights of my year.

Antoinette, her 5 children, a lot of her grandchildren, her brother and part of his family and Sister Lawrence, a close family friend, gathered in two beautiful Tuscan Villas at the end of June.  There they enjoyed creating memories in an unforgettable location.

Here are what some members of the Cardosis’ clan have to share about their trip.

1.     Could you give us the highlights of your most recent trip to Italy this past June?

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