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Expat Spotlight: Zuzi’s Top 3 Tips for Italy

I was born in Czech Republic. I have a degree in Public Relations. And a Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy. But who cares, right? :)

I was lucky to be able to travel a lot and in 2012 I moved to Italy. I am a blogger and photographer. My blog ‘expatinitaly.com’ has given me a chance to express my passion for Italy and share with YOU many of my photos and my advice! Follow me if YOU want to be a part of my day to day adventure.

I love traveling, exploring new places and learning new things and taking thousands of photos. But a part of that I am also a fashion addict and think there is never enough shoes and dresses in women’s wardrobe. I love fashion from the 1960’s. Tasting great food and great wine is my biggest passion. And my life’s philosophy is that a simple smile can change your day into a wonderful one! If YOU are filled with LOVE, the Universe will love you back! There is no other way around!

Top 3 Favorite Restaurants in Italy?

1) Ristorante Da O Vittorio in Recco – always amazing food. My favourite dish is Orata Ligurian style – a white fish with olives, potatoes, tomatoes and pine nuts.
2) Trattoria UGO in Genova – great deal, fab place for a lunch. Usually the price for 2 people is around 45 euro – main dish, second dish, dessert, wine, water and coffee.
3) Pizzeria Del Ponte in Recco – the best pizza! They also have a special pizza for celiac and the pizza dough is really tasty! My tip is Pizza Diabolo – spicy salami, and it is just heavenly beautiful! Of course they have also a selection of sea food and pasta.

Top 3 favorite foods in Italy?

1) Risotto alla milanese – is a speciality from Milan. Made with beef or chicken stock, butter (lard), cheese, flavoured and coloured with saffron.
2) Bucatini all’amatriciana – is based on guanciale (cured pork cheek), pecorino cheese and tomato. Originating from town Amatrice. When I am in Rome, I always go for pasta Amatriciana accompanied with red wine. It is just like a perfect match!
3) Focaccia di Recco – is an oven-baked kind of pasty. Texture similar like pizza dough. It may be topped with onion or cheese. I prefer just plain one. It has it’s origin in Recco, so YOU really can get here the best of the best.

Top 3 tips for new expats in Italy?

1) Learn the language – or at least try your best! Trust me, you are going to need it to find new opportunities, friends and it will open up for you many new possibilities.
2) Smile – is the best opening line. We all can do only one first impression. I believe that smile can break even a language barrier.
3) Download application InfoTreni – the easiest way to get around without worrying when is your last train and how much it will costs. .

Top 3 tips for travellers in Italy?

1) Eat late – in Italy the dinner is being served way later. Usually time for a dinner is around 8.30 pm or even later. So enjoy the full on Italian atmosphere while dining by eating late as well.
2) Take the TRAIN – in my opinion the best way to explore Italy is by train. It is cheap, safe and you get everywhere pretty easily.
3) Find the local blogger – the easiest way to explore Italy throw someone else day to day experience. YOU can find the many tips for trips, the best deals, the best places to eat and safe your budget just by following local blogger’s daily adventure.

Top 3 tips for what to pack for Italy?

1) Heels and dress – Make sure YOU pack something stylish for evening dinner out. Imagine going for dinner in Portofino or Roma in sweatpants….mmm…not cool! Everything in Italy is about “Bella Figura”. When YOU go out for a dinner, keep it classy. Keep it stylist.
2) Paschmina – always a great protection from little wind or during the boat trip it is an incredible protection agains a sunburn.
3) Camera – of course, is a must. YOU for sure want to have a memory of all those beautiful moments from romantic Italy.

Top 3 favorite places in Italy

1) Camogli – I have been living there. This is the most beautiful place in the world, at least for me. A fishing village filled with little colourful houses from mostly 16th Century.
2) Roma – the most romantic city. I am sure YOU been there already, and I am sure YOU will come back pretty soon. There is always a good time to go to Rome.
3) Portofino – the world of wealthy. The place to be. Everyone who ever meant something in Hollywood went there. It is a very charming little fashionable place filled with yachts. Pasta Portofino is a must!

Top 3 neighborhoods in Italy

1) Chiavari – little old town where YOU can find many arcades and houses from the 13th Century. It is a very magical place. And of course has a beach and many fantastic restaurants. Every Friday there is a street market, which is just fabulous.
2) Cinque Terre – The name of those 5 villages are – Monterosso al Mare,Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Those places are very charming and are surrounded by the Cinque Terre National Park. All little colourful houses and everything about those places is just like a dream.
3) Santa Margherita – great little town with beach Paraggi and 20 minute walk to Portofino. Santa is filled with life and young crowd. This place is definitely fun place for a summer vacation!

For more tips from Zuzi on Italy, watch for upcoming posts on the Italy blog and go to her blog, expatinitaly.com .

Interested in sharing your top tips? Contact erin {at} insidersabroad {dot} com!

Published March 23rd, 2015 by ErinAbroad
Posted to Inside Secrets to Italy

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