Happy Holidays, Love Vivi

Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday!

This year, I took the week of Christmas off from my full-time job to be with family, friends, and catch up on (almost) all of hobbies and activities that I enjoyed when I had more time to spare. I hope you are doing the same. It is very refreshing.

I realize it’s been a while since I posted on my WordPress blog, and today I’m writing with a purpose. See my announcement in the graphic below…

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Since it will be my first time in Italy, and I only know the very basics from my Italian I class last fall, I’m looking for your advice and feedback in this blog post!

Have you been to Italy? Where have you been and do you have any recommendations for things to do, not do, what to see, what to miss…etc.?

So you know, I am more interested in experiencing the authentic culture and seeing the sights but I’d rather not spend the entire time touring and rushing from place to place to see EVERYTHING.

Luckily, I have some distant relatives in Southern Italy because my father grew up there. I am very excited to meet them and connect with my Uva family roots. Uva means grape in Italian and I will certainly taste the wine there too!ย ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿทย ย 

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Ciao for now, and don’t forget to add a comment if you have any tips/recos or well wishes for us!


Love always,

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12 thoughts on “Happy Holidays, Love Vivi

  1. Bon giorno cara amica. Thank you for putting a “like” in my article about “La Befana.” Please also read my article titled “Il Panettone” so you can understand the romantic undertone of most traditional dishes in tbe Peninsula. Later this evening I will write here afew tips about travelling and staying safe there. Un baccione. Arrivederci!

  2. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I am sure you will love Italy! I have been to a country side of Northern Italy, Brescia, and people there don’t speak English well. So, I recommend you to study Italian. I am struggling with the language, though. I am Japanese and Italian is far from my mother tongue. I love spending time with native people who live there. That’s because we can learn culture from them. This is the best part. You are lucky because you have relatives there. They are the expert of the area and they will take you to some places where you can appreciate. They also tell you where you should visit as well. Have a great trip!


    1. Thanks for the awesome suggestions, Yumi. That is very interesting about your family heritage and conversational skills.

      I will definitely follow your advice and spruce up my Italian speaking skills. I learned Spanish in school, and I’m planning on taking night classes for Italian II. I should at least know words and phrases. My family only speaks Italian there, so should be a nice culture shock! Thanks again for your thoughtful comment.

      1. You are welcome. I am sure you are much better at Italian than me. I think Spanish and Italian are similar and it will be easier for you to catch up with Italian! Good luck!

  3. Check out Cinque Terre – was our favorite spot. Authentic Italians there vacationing with us. We stayed in monterosso and did a boat trip if Cinque Terre ending in Portofino. This was our favorite day and location. Another highlight was taking a cooking class at a farmhouse in Tuscany taught by two sisters who have lived there all their lives.

  4. Hey! Here are my recommendations for restaurants. In Florence, All’Antico Vinaio is a must for a lunch stop for Italian “street food” / sandwiches (http://www.allanticovinaio.com/it/). You’ll notice it has a location on both sides of the block it’s on; one side has the menu in Italian, the other in English. For gelato, try La Carraia (http://www.lacarraiagroup.eu) or Gelateria Vivoli, the oldest gelateria in Italy (http://vivoli.it). For dinner, Boccanegra was amazing and even ended our night with some of their house made limoncello (http://boccanegra.com/en/restaurant/). We also liked La Cantinetta (http://lacantinettafirenze.com/menu.html), All’Antico Ristoro di Cambi if you are looking to try Florentine steak (http://www.anticoristorodicambi.it), and Osteria Cipolla Rosa (http://www.osteriacipollarossa.com). For drinks, we loved La Menagerie (http://www.lamenagere.it). It has a really cute space with a flower shop attached. Also try Bebo Vino Enoteca for happy hour on Via San Niccolo and Art Bar on Via Del Moro for late night drinks (easy to pass up, look for Antico Caffe del Moro to find it). Make sure you try zucchini flowers in Florence and cinghiale pasta (pasta with wild boar).

    In Rome, you HAVE to try Osteria 44 (http://www.osteriaquarantaquattro.com). The service is amazing and I could not believe how good the food was. Try the cacio e pepe pasta here. If you are heading to the Jewish quarters, try the fried artichoke at Nonna Betta (http://www.nonnabetta.it/prenota/) or Piperno (http://www.ristorantepiperno.it). San Marco (http://www.pizzeriasanmarcoroma.com/en-san-marco) and Osteria La Gensola (http://www.osterialagensola.it) were also recommended to me but I didn’t get to try them.

    Have an amazing time!

    1. Thank you – Your list is immaculate! I love foodie recommendations and restaurant lists because I’m sure we will be eating our way through Italy. Definitely adding these restaurants to our itinerary and searching for them while we’re there. Already checked out Osteria 44 and a few others.

      I just got so excited with this list and now I know for sure we will be well-fed! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again, Jen! Really appreciate the time you spent writing such thoughtful recommendations.

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