Your Guide to Authentic Italy

Helping you travel Italy like a local with authentic Italian food, wine, & Italy travel tips.

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YOUR GUIDE TO AUTHENTIC ITALY

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Italian Food, Wine, & Italy Travel Tips

Helping You Travel Italy like a Local With Authentic Italian Food, Wine, & Italy Travel Tips

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How to Plan a Trip to Italy – Without the Crowds!

How to Plan a Trip to Italy – Without the Crowds!

Are you finally ready to start planning that dreamy bucket-list Italian adventure? Maybe you’re thinking of Rome, Venice, Milan – or Sting’s Villa in Tuscany, featured in the latest issue of Conde Nast! In reality, many of these locations only have a good reputation...

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The Best Pizza in Rome, Italy – and where to find it

The Best Pizza in Rome, Italy – and where to find it

The history of Roman Pizza is a young one, beginning just after the end of WWII. Pizza in Italy gained popularity outside of Naples starting in the 1950’s. This was a time when new pizza making techniques appeared and when a new kind of pizza emerged that was made to...

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Do’s and Don’ts in Italy – Etiquette for Tourists

Do’s and Don’ts in Italy – Etiquette for Tourists

Preparing for a trip to Italy? Then you’re probably asking yourself: “How do I not look like a tourist in Italy?!” or “What if I do something embarrassing?!”  As an Italian and local expat with over 30 years of combined expertise in traveling Italy, we’re here to let...

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How to Travel by Train in Italy – A Local’s Guide

How to Travel by Train in Italy – A Local’s Guide

Train travel in Italy can be a great experience once you know how to navigate the logistics and understand its limitations. With the modernization of trains, Italy boasts one of the best travel systems in Europe. Italy’s two largest cities, Rome and Milan, are now...

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Ultimate Italy Packing Guide – What to Pack for Italy

Ultimate Italy Packing Guide – What to Pack for Italy

We’ve all had that awkward moment when we showed up to a party over or underdressed for the occasion – the last thing you want is to have this feeling for an entire week in another country!  Unsurprisingly, one of the most common questions we get from guests before...

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The Best Pizza in Naples, Italy and Where to Find it

The Best Pizza in Naples, Italy and Where to Find it

Naples is not only the birthplace of Pizza as we know it today, but remains the world capital of pizza. Pizza Napoletana is a cornerstone of the local cuisine and culture. Story narrates that in 1889  Raffaele Esposito, a local pizzaiolo, made the “ Pizza Margherita”...

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Where to Eat the Best Pizza in Venice, Italy

Where to Eat the Best Pizza in Venice, Italy

Until the end of the 1990’s Venice was notorious in Italy for not offering decent quality pizza. Pizza chains dominated Venice for decades, often being the only way to get a slice of the most quintessential Italian food while visiting. Most of the pizza was made with...

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Best Boutique Hotels in Florence, Italy

Best Boutique Hotels in Florence, Italy

Searching for the best boutique Hotel in Florence Italy, is a difficult task, as many of the Florentine owned hotels have been sold to global hotel chains. This makes finding a personalized experience and selecting a hotel that directly supports Italian owned and...

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A Quick Guide to Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Wine

A Quick Guide to Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Wine

Beloved by Italians and wine lovers abroad, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo is the second most grown grape in Italy after Sangiovese. Together, the two of them share the majority of acres of wine grown in Italy.  Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is not to be confused with the “Vino...

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Best Boutique Hotels in Venice, Italy

Best Boutique Hotels in Venice, Italy

The magical lagoon of Venice is a dream trip that's on practically everyone’s bucket list. Taking a beautiful “traghetto” (handcrafted wooden water taxi) and sleeping in a Renaissance Palace is a unique experience that should be part of your stay and not be ruined by...

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5 Pasta Types to Eat in Abruzzo, Italy

5 Pasta Types to Eat in Abruzzo, Italy

Abruzzo is one of the largest producing pasta regions in Italy. Some of the biggest names in Abruzzo's pasta-making business are located near Chieti.  The province of Chieti is where traditional pasta types from Abruzzo have been made for centuries. Chieti is in an...

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A Quick Guide to Pecorino Wine

A Quick Guide to Pecorino Wine

When you hear the word “Pecorino” what's the first thing that comes to mind? It's probably a delicious aged cheese that you ate on your last trip to Italy. What you might not know is that Pecorino also happens to be a crisp white wine that is a perfect pairing for the...

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Local’s Guide to Shopping in Florence, Italy

Local’s Guide to Shopping in Florence, Italy

Known around the world as the "Birthplace" of the Renaissance, the city of Florence is no stranger to craftsmanship and artisanal handmade leather goods.  My guess is if you're anything like me, you've probably already heard about it's famous leather markets and plan...

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Ultimate Guide to Olive Oil Benefits (and more!)

Ultimate Guide to Olive Oil Benefits (and more!)

Spending my summer vacations in Puglia, Italy’s largest olive oil producing region, many of my fondest memories are centered around olive oil.  Olive oil benefits have been long heralded by Italians, including my family. On warm Italian summer nights, we’d sit out on...

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The Most Affordable Boutique Hotels in Rome, Italy

The Most Affordable Boutique Hotels in Rome, Italy

Let’s face it, accommodations make up one of the biggest expenses of your trip to Rome. And while you’re probably dreaming of a 5-star luxury stay at the St. Regis, you might not have the budget, or desire, to spend at least $500 USD a night for the most basic room in...

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Escape to Le Marche on the Untold Italy Podcast

Escape to Le Marche on the Untold Italy Podcast

Listen to the interview with Katy from Untold Italy and discover what to see, do and eat in Le Marche, Lonely Planet's Top Region to Visit in Italy for 2020.UNTOLD ITALY PODCAST INTRODUCTION   Josie: Ciao and benvenuti to Untold Italy. I'm Josie. Katy: And I'm...

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The Best Beaches in Le Marche, Italy

The Best Beaches in Le Marche, Italy

Italy’s beautiful beaches are synonymous with Capri, the Amalfi Coast, and overcrowded umbrella lined lidos.  Make your way across the Bel Paese, just a few hours from Rome, and instead you’ll find some of the best beaches in Italy that only the locals know about. ...

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Ultimate Guide to Pizza in Italy

Ultimate Guide to Pizza in Italy

Of all the experiences I’ve had during my career in Italian food and wine,  there was nothing quite like working with chefs when pizza in Italy, and around the world, was undergoing a culinary evolution. Pizzaioli (Master Pizza Makers) treated their dough like a...

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13 Essential Tips for Driving in Italy

13 Essential Tips for Driving in Italy

Planning the ultimate Italy road trip can be quite a daunting task.  Aggressive Italian drivers, roads that don’t make it on google maps, and limited traffic zones are just a few of the things you’ll encounter when driving in Italy.  Having the right to cruise the...

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How to Cook Pasta like an Italian

How to Cook Pasta like an Italian

Growing up Italian, learning how to cook pasta was one of the first kitchen skills my mother taught me.  It's the quintessential Italian main course that every Italian can whip up in a jiffy to have a healthy and delicious meal ready in under 20 minutes. Cooking pasta...

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Most Underrated Wine Region of Italy

Most Underrated Wine Region of Italy

Like most Italian families in Le Marche, wine from our region was present at every big family gathering.   Still it wasn’t until my 20’s that I gained a real appreciation for the diversity and quality found in the under-rated wine region of Le Marche.  Considered all...

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Visiting Valle d’Aosta? Try these Small Italian Towns

Visiting Valle d’Aosta? Try these Small Italian Towns

Cozy Mountain Towns Tucked inside Valle d’Aosta Nestled between the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps, Valle d’Aosta has its share of ultra glamorous ski towns and resorts. The least densely populated Italian region. Val d'Aosta has no provinces, and lays claim to just...

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Why You Need Travel Insurance for Italy

Why You Need Travel Insurance for Italy

Planning a trip is fun. Planning an Italian trip-of-a-lifetime is even more fun. But aside from planning how you’ll get from A to B, what you’ll eat and where you’ll sleep, it’s important to consider the more practical side of travel: insurance. Adulting may not be...

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“Chantelle and Giovanni are a very insightful, educated, cultured husband-wife team.  From the moment they greeted me at the airport, I felt like a friend. A friend that they looked out for and introduced to their local Italian friends who were also lovely, friendly, and local experts. I wanted an authentic experience as a local in Italy and this experience with Giovanni and Chantelle ABSOLUTELY exceeded my expectations.  Chantelle and Giovanni will forever hold a place in my heart”

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“Giovanni & Chantelle personally guided us.  After having been to Italy multiple times, I can honestly say no other experience compares to the one provided by Giovanni & Chantelle.  With their local knowledge we were able to experience food & restaurants we would not have discovered on our own.”

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What an amazing experience! This was my mom’s first trip to Europe and she can’t stop talking about it.

Chantelle and Giovanni introduced us to an abundance of upscale, indulgent, fresh Italian food every single day.

I’ve been to Europe three times before and this was easily my favorite trip!

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