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La dolce vita – my Italian experiences

La dolce vita – my Italian experiences
Paulina Grabara

Italy amaze me every time I go there. It doesn’t matter if I am travelling to a small Sicilian village or to my favourite Rome for the 10th time. I love the hustle and bustle of a morning markets, colourful villages nestled in the hills on Amalfi coast, different shades of Puglia and ships in the mountains in Maso Corto in Val Senales.


My wedding in Rome

There is nothing I can compare to the scooter ride from the hill down to Piazza Venezia – the view of the colosseum is balanced with monumental Palazzo Venezia, where the Italian flag dance in the wind. In my favourite European town I found my place for wedding ceremony – Hotel de Russie, the real pearl among the hotels with its beautiful Secret Garden.







Perfect Instagram spot – Burano

You can travel by boat to Burano from the heart of Venice. The journey lasts about an hour and it is really worth it – you cannot take a bad picture here. Violet, Burgundy and pink colour buildings are divided by small, charming canals – the time goes much slower here than in Venice, there are no crowds and prices are lower.






Hidden gem in Italy: Burano in Veneto



Sunset aperitivo in Florence

Florencja is one of my favourite cities in the entire world, however it never looks so good as bathed in the late afternoon sun. The best place to see the charm of the river, Ponte Vecchio bridge, dome of Florence’s cathedral and enjoy your aperitivo, is the rooftop bar in Excelsior Westin Florence hotel.



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Greek theatre in Taormina

Taormina is stunning: narrow streets, picturesque tenements of the Old Town, cathedral, lovely piazza and view on Mount Etna volcano. The center is however overloaded with tourists. A good getaway can be a moment you spent sitting in the Greek Theatre of Taormina – here the time has stopped.


Breakfast with a view on Positano

I like Positano from the distance, when you don’t hear the crowds and experience its splendor. Best idea is to stay in the room with a view, from where drinking your morning coffee you can stare at the houses cascading down the hillside up to the beach and blue sea and the beautiful majolica dome of Santa Maria Assunta, which is shining under the rays of the morning sun.


Walk around Lerici

My greatest discovery of my Italian trips – Lerici is not far away from the famous Cinque Terre but it’s definitely closer to my heart. Some Italian told us that they decided to keep Lerici for themselves and try to protect it from mass tourism. The town of Lerici rests at the extreme eastern side of the Gulf of Poets – it’s moon-shaped bay, medieval castle, risen around the hill houses and finally the fishing boats swinging on the water are simply magnificent.



Lunch in Pienza

I already love the moment when i am heading to this most charming Tuscan village, which proud and a bit mysterious look at me from the hill. Nestled in Val d’Orcia valley offers amazing views, cathedral, Piccolomini palace and street of Love. I love having lunch in Piazza di Spagna in Sette di Vino restaurant where you can try delicious local food, prosecco in the local bar and observing the rhythm of the village and its inhabitants.



Detox in Eremito

The experience I will never forget. Detox spa in the old Umbrian monastery, relax and extraordinary energy, mostly thanks to the owner Marcello. He is someone between a therapist and a coach. A night in the “Celluzze”, Gregorian chants, vegetarian food. The luxury is somehow reflected in the details. Perfect place to connect with ourselves and to discover the unspoilt beauty of Umbria. Most energizing experience – Eremito.




Pomiędzy niebem a ziemią w Eremito


Puglia – most beautiful region of Italy?

The white town Ostuni, unique trulli houses in Alberobello and its surrounding, baroque Lecce called Florence of the south. Charming Polignano a Mare amaze with its beach surrounded by cliffs and ristorante Grotta Palazzese, and the port of Monopoli where you find the smell of fishes in the air. If you plan to spend a stylish few days, definitely stay in Masseria Torre Coccaro.





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Masseria Torre Coccaro/Puglia

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