I am often asked what my favorite place to visit in all of Italy is; such a difficult question to answer in that Italy’s lore is ubiquitous – laying within the bustling cities, the hilltop villages, and rustic countryside. It’s diversity is echoed though the people, food and culture of each province. Undoubtedly, some of these extraordinary spots tug at my heart strings more than others, Tropea is surely one of these places….
A number of years ago following the winding road from Orvietto through the countryside of southern Tuscany known as Maremma, it seemed as though we would never reach Pitigliano. The rolling green hills, olive groves and vineyards were a scenic backdrop, but with no direct route to our destination, piccola La Levitt was becoming a tad restless. After clearing yet one more turn on a windy country road, the medieval town of Pitigliano majestically emerged, perched atop of the massive volcanic rock from which it is built….
Santa Margherita Ligura, tucked between Portofino and Rapallo on the Gulf of Tigullio, epitomizes the nostalgic Italian Riveria. Frequented by prosperous Northern Italians, the picturesque resort town features an inviting pedestrian zone, tromp l’oeil frescos, and old world elegant hotels. During a morning passeggiata along the palm tree lined marina one can watch luxurious yachts set amongst traditional fishing boats. The bustling morning fish market sources fresh catch for local establishments. Never being a family intimidated by dining on a whole fish, as a toddler La Levitt relished the sight of a well prepared head always eager to feast on the eyes (yes on not with), we first sampled Branzino some years ago dining al fresco in Santa Margherita Liguria….
Emilia Romagna always seems to draw us back, from the porticos of Bologna to the vast plains of it’s countryside. The diversity of the region offers a true slice of Italy. As you follow the ancient Via Emilia, now SS9, westward from Rimini on the Adriatic coast to Piacenza along the Po River, each city one passes is rich in Jewish history. Ferrara, in particular has a compelling Jewish history, one certainly worthy of a stay when next you travel to Italy.