Very nice and satisfying trattoria in the heart of Cagliari. Judging by the crowds queuing later on in the evening, it's a very popular venue as well.
We sat outside eating and drinking, watching the people pass up and down the street.
Wine was cracking value - €5 for a litre of very drinkable table wine.
Via Sardegna 60 (parallel to Via Roma)
Well worth seeing. According to the guide she said this was the third best preserved amphitheatre (built between 1st & 2nd century AD) in Italy after Rome and Verona.
The tour of underground chambers under amphitheatre was worth it - also used as an air raid shelter in 1943. In summers it is used as a concert venue.
Off Viale Buoncammino near botanic gardens.
Very near city centre. From Piazza Yenne, turn left into Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, then take a right into Via Sant Ignazio Da Laconi.
Walk up the hill along Via Sant Ignazio Da Laconi and go past botanic gardens. Entrance is on the right.
A lovely little hotel on Via San Francesco a Ripa, the location is nothing short of ideal. Minutes to the historic centre on foot or tram and Trastevere itself, it is the perfect area to be if you like eating and drinking like a real Roman, and not paying like a tourist!
The hotel itself is really unique. While most places can be kind of bland and lack personality, or maybe maintain a kind of centuries-ago antique elegance that can be imposing or stuffy when it's all you see, Ripa has a sleek, almost futuristic vibe to it. Simple and minimalistic, yet possessing an understated elegance all its own, it's almost reminiscent of A Clockwork Orange and has true character.
All this at an affordable price with friendly staff, ready to help guests in any way and arrange any service one needs, Ripa is a true find!
Via San Francesco A Ripa
Easy, friendly, reliable apartments and rooms in Rione Monti. Eclectic, elegant rooms, full of Roman character.
Close to the Coloseum, in my favourite zone in Rome - Rione Monti. The local piazza is always alive with local kids playing football, enamoured tourists, kissing couples and old oracles! A real gem. You're welcomes, taken in, and made to feel like a local when you're here.
On facebook! Sogna a Monti.
Via Cavour tube
A summer fete for kids throughout the summer. They provide everything from African dance workshops to face painting and book libraries. All in Italian, but all very accessible, friendly, a great play park and free!
www.lacittaintasca.it nr Circo Massimo
A restaurant serving good food at reasonable prices. At lunch it has many local workers who come in and just have the menu del giorno - but there is a very good choice if needed, with excellent fish and meat. The pasta is also home made.The owner looks for his own porcini mushrooms when in season, and sticks a sign outside saying "Funghi porcini frescha". Also sells pizzas, cooked in a woodburning oven.
Via Duchessa di Genova 47/A
Stresa Tel:0323 30266
It is on the corner of the road that leads to the station.
It's a luxury guesthouse in Sardinia. I was there last summer and it's an astonishing, stunning place. By sunset when the lighthouse is lit up it feels like magic.
The best Pizza restaurant in Rome. Without doubt. When I first saw the entrance to this place I wondered why eight people were already waiting outside before it opened. It looks nothing from the outside, although parts of Trastevere are very pretty. Rather than the touristy places to eat in Rome here you get a real taste for Italian food (pizza mainly) at its finest. It's totally Italian, no English on the menu. Take a few minutes to see what others are odering, the staff are friendly so don't feel embarrassed to point and say you would like the same! It's tiny, full of character and if you are really lucky a cello player will sing and play to you. One of the best moments in Rome I have ever had.
0039 06 5880516
'Mountain' restaurants (restaurants found up in the Nebrodi and Madonie mountains, which are along the north coast of Sicily).
Fantastic food and wine, and enough of it for even the biggest of appetites, and for the smallest of wallets.
Multiple courses of speciality foods, all washed down with locally produced wine. Life can't get any better, especially when it costs in the region of €20 - €30. And lets not forget the views!
Too many to put here ! Just ask the local people and I'm sure they will point you towards one of their favourites.
A small and friendly hotel in an historic palazzo complete with frescoed vaulted ceilings. Room 15 is an excellent example, large room with bathroom, fridge, T.V. and views of Via Balbi. Wake up to the smell of farinata/focaccia cooking next door. Close to historic sights and Station Principe. It cost us 80 Euros per night in high season including a good breakfast.
Balbi Family Hotel,
Via Balbi 23/3
An affordable alternative to an agriturismo, this B&B is part rural retreat and hippie haven - everything here is 'organic', from the home-made and home-grown breakfast to the natural paint on the walls.
Ten minutes on foot to the sea and surrounded by the pine-forests of San Rossore National Park, the house is surrounded by natural beauty, and the owners treat guests like a member of the family.
It's the homely touches that really make this B&B stand out, from the bikes laid out for guests to use, to eating our (free) breakfast together in the garden - the feast of muesli and yoghurt, sticky cakes and fresh bread and honey was washed down with juice and herbal tea.
If you are visiting Viareggio at Carnival time, the owner will drive you into town to join in with the festivities, and medieval city Lucca, artists's haven Pietra Santa and Puccini's house at Torre del Lago are a short train ride away.
Rooms are around 30 euros a night - a bargain for Tuscany!
Via Moses Levy, Viareggio, Toscana, Italy 55049
Versilia is known as the land of the sun and sea, but it offers so much more: this is a territory to discover exploring its various landscapes.
Numerous itineraries offer suggestions for revealing the variety of Versilia in all its richness...
Fascinating boat trip you can book and join for an unforgettable day with the dolphins.
Every day (9.30-17.30) the catamaran KRILL (takes max 10 people) leaves from the Viareggio harbour, called “Molo della Madonnina”, for a cruise in the sea of Versilia.
Charming accommodation in Venice's historical centre, close to St. Mark's square, in a beautiful "campo" called St. Maurizio.
The room was very nice, comfortable, also for my family, four persons. Annalisa, the keeper, was very friendly and gave us some good insider tip about Venice.
Cortona is a pocket sized town in northern Tuscany. It's a two and a half hour train ride from Rome and with a bit of searching, B&B and self catering accommodation are reasonable. The public swimming pool is located on the edge of the town and even in the heat of August is rarely busy. Prices change year on year but tend to be around 5E for an adult for an all day visit (sun beds are currently free). If you want an Italian holiday and can't afford a three-bedroomed villa with a pool, this is the place for you. The pool is a 15 minute stroll from the centre of town where many of the B&Bs are located. You can wander through the local park, plonk yourself on a sunbed all day and enjoy pizza and a jug of the local wine for under 10E in the charming cafe. Take your own swimming hat (you're not allowed to swim without one) and frolic in the cool, unchlorinated waters.
Parco Sportivo "G. Favilli" - just off Viale Passerini (behind Casa di Accoglienza)
Gorizia is rarely talked about, even by Italians, yet it was at the centre of fierce fighting during both world wars and was split in two by the 1947 Treaty of Paris, leaving part in Italy part in former Yugoslavia (now Slovenia).
Bruno e Valentina self-catering apartments are all modern, clean and simply furnished. Run by the couple with the same name and their assertive four-year-old son, they are situated at the centre of this historic town.
The ground floor rooms have a private back garden and the first floor have beautifully decorated balconies.
The apartments are an extension of the couple's own home and thus by day two, what with the daily change of sheets and towels and the Italian chit-chat, you are practically part of the family.
Travel a couple of days before the 31st of May when the vineyards are open to the public. Bruno will, at your request, secure a certified wine glass for a mere €6 which you can use to drink as much wine as you can.
Price: From €200 a week - shorter stays negotiable. They can pick you up from Gorizia/Treviso airports for a small fee.
Bruno e Valentina
Via dei Leoni 78 Gorizia
Tel: 00 390 481 390 682
A relatively inexpensive small apartment in Pisa. Live like a local: shop in the supermarket around the corner or at the market in town; use the train to visit other nearby towns. No worry about airport transport - the owner will collect you from the airport and return you at the end of your stay.
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