The best places to discover the local life when travelling are the street markets. Surrounded by the best seasonal products you can watch how people interact, find out what they really eat and get to know a little bit of the everyday life of the city you have chosen to visit.
I’ve heard wonders about Asian and Latinamerican street markets. Unfortunately, we have never visited one of them ( it’s in our bucket list, though!) but we have enjoyed the lively and fragant Italian street markets.
Our favourites are Rialto, in Venice, and Campo dei Fiori, in Rome. To avoid crowds, you’d better wake up early. The early morning hours are great to find the best products, even more if you want to buy fine local fish in La Pescheria, the fish market in Rialto. Sadly, nowadays they don’t sell too much local fish from the Laguna, most of the product comes from overseas.
Both markets offer great Italian vegetables. We highly recommend buying fondi di carciofi, that is artichokes, tiny zucchini and fiori di zucchini, that is courgettes and courgettes flowers, and simple but really juicy tomatoes. Campo dei fiori has great flowers stalls too. Spices are also a must in this famous street market and they are a nice present to take home.
Other beautiful Italian streets markets are La Vucciria, in Palermo and Campo delle erbe, in Padova. Almost every single city, town or village in Italy has its own street market. Most of the time they just take place one or two days a week, so just ask and prepare your visit. You won’t regret it.
PS. The prettiest street market in London, Borough market
Tomorrow is St. Valentine’s day. I know that lots of people find this day cheesy and silly, but hey, every reason to celebrate love and eat chocolate is fantastic to me so… Go St. Valentine! :)
I thought I’d share with you the most romantic place in the world for me. It’s Ravello, a little village in the Amalfi Coast. Up in the mountains, it’s full of luscious secret gardens and it has the most breathtaking views. It’s also a very meaningful place for us… here we spent our honeymoon! Ravello is quieter that the rest of the Amalfi coast, it has a peaceful atmosphere and a very different energy. Here you feel that the world can wait. Time seems to have stopped in its little alleys.
Cumpá Cosimo (Via Roma, 44, 84010 Ravello) is a tiny trattoria were you can eat delicious traditional dishes. With its simple checkered tableclothes and its amazing gnocchi is the best place to have a little romantic dinner. We had our first honeymoon dinner there and it sure was something to remember.
Which is the most romantic place in the world for you? I’d love to know!
Last week I told you that this year I would love to travel more… Well, I’ve thought that it would be nice to write a list of places I’d love to visit during 2013. I hope that by the end of the year I will be able to cross some of them out!
Some days ago, we talked about the perfect fall destination here, but lately I’ve been dreaming about chilly sunsets by the sea, lonely beaches, drinking coffe and reading a good book under a blanket in a beautil terrace. Another kind of Autumn, without vibrant orange leaves covering the streets.
There is a little hotel called Cas’almare in a tiny Mediterranean island, Favignana, that would be a great place to look for this extraordinary Autumn experience.
Visiting Venice is always magic, but if the Mostra is on… wow, glamour dapertutto! First thing to do: capuccino, cornetto and Vogue Italia, of course!
After five wonderful days in Italy we’re back with lots of pictures and our hearts full of nostalgia. We have spent most of the time in the countryside near Vicenza eating delicious vegetables, watching surrealistic Italian TV and making lovely daytrips to different villages and cities in the area.
I’ve already told you about Vicenza here, but today I want to share with you some of my favourite shopping adresses.
Aperitivo in Amalfi… It can’t get better than this.
Today I’m sharing with you our favourite restaurant in Venice. La oliva nera is the perfect small and charming osteria. The food is beyond amazing: traditional Venetian food with a modern touch. We always pay a visit every time we go to Venice and it’s always excelent.
I always say that Vizenza is the hidden jewel of Veneto. Usually, people visit Venezia, Verona or even Padova, but they forget one of the nicest cities in Italy: Vicenza. It’s a small, elegant and quiet city full of beautiful buildings design by Palladio, small paved streets and wonderful shops. Last time I visited I was very lucky, because the city was celebrating the Monte Berico Virgin Festivities.
That was probably the best Tiramisu that I’ve ever eaten.
The best thing you can do a rainy afternoon in Amalfi is visit Andrea Pansa and try their delicious pastries. The place is beautiful, comfortable and charming.
Their sweet recipes are delightful, the white china coffee services are lovely and the table linens are exquisite.
I also recommend the Lemon delight. It was unexpectedly good!