Marcello Cordovani

Marcello Cordovani

Marcello Cordovani is the founder and co-owner of VITORITALY. He is also the Tour Manager of the private tour of Italy
Monday, 11 September 2017 08:12

MY PRIVATE ITALY: In Rome, eat like a Roman

When you are in Italy, eat like a local.

Yes, because if you do not know Italian cuisine you might think you are eating a typical Amatriciana in Florence, or enjoying a typical Mortadella in Venice. The fact is that Italian cuisine is not a national but a regional cuisine, and each region has its own specialties: if you find the same dishes in another region, many times the "national" version is far from the original, “local” one. So, it's time to venture into a world of typical restaurants where you will not find Italians but Romans, Venetians, Florentines, Neapolitans.

“All roads lead to Rome”, the Romans said. This is a motto that could be used also for my tours: we always end up (or start) in Rome. So Rome is the highlight of every trip, and I love it.

There is always a chance to taste Parmigiano Reggiano when we are on a tour, in every part of the country. Yes, because Parmigiano Reggiano is somehow the “national” cheese.

To me, as well as to many Italians who love Siena and often pay a visit to the city, the Palio is a combination of colors, sounds and emotions.

The colors, from yellow ocher turf lying on the Piazza del Campo to those of the flags and the handkerchiefs of the “contradaioli”.

Romans, what a people. They conquered half of Europe, the Middle East and the northern coasts of Africa, so to call the Mediterranean Sea “Mare Nostrum”, Our Sea. Here they imposed their civilization, their laws but first of all their language: Latin.

Why should you go on a private tour to Italy? There are several reasons, and one of the most important is the language. A private tour gives you the possibility to learn some italian with your Tour Leader, and to understand Italy better through its language! Italy is wonderful because its language is. And its language reflects its history and its traditions, so don’t be surprised we use water, priests and devils in some popular sayings. So, let’s discover some of them, people will identify you as an Italian, or at least will compliment you!

Well known all over the world, Rome has a fascinating history behind her. The capital of Italy has emerged from a small settlement of shepherds on the Palatine hill and it represents now a perfect mix  between art, culture, food and shopping.

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