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Anna Scrigni: my Roman vacation
@annascrigni «I moved to Rome for love 12 years ago and I haven’t finished exploring it yet. Maybe I’ll make it this summer since we’re renovating the house and we won’t make a great trip ». Anna (in the photo on the left) started taking pictures partly out of passion and partly out of boredom («I had become a mother very recently and I couldn’t travel»). Today on Instagram she has a community of almost 50,000 loyal followers who follow her on her tours in the company of her husband, children and Jacques, a very nice French bulldog. «The idea of a Roman summer is a gift that I especially recommend to those who love walking. First stop, the morning walk in Trastevere, because every time you go there you will find something new ». Anna’s latest discovery is L’Antica Farmacia di Santa Maria della Scala, a pharmacy that supplied drugs to the poor as well as to the Popes (she is hidden and to visit it you have to write an email: email@example.com). «I have a passion for viewpoints. Of course the Gianicolo at sunset is wonderful, but don’t miss the panoramic terrace of the Vittoriano, with a view of ancient Rome, and Monte Mario, the highest point of the city: every time I place a photo from piazzale Socrate, everyone asks me where ‘is this wonderful place, with its view of the dome of San Pietro ». But the most secret passage is the one that Anna discovered right in the San Pietro station, in the center. A bit like in a Harry Potter novel, the first platform, which once carried trains to the Vatican, is transformed into the promenade of the jasmine, a pedestrian street that points straight towards the Dome. «In this early summer with its flowering plants, it is the most fragrant kilometer in the city».
Elisa Paterlini and Luca Golinelli: a romantic nest for two
@miprendoemiportoviaThere are places that you would not imagine outside the usual destinations. They are the favorites of Elisa & Luca, a couple in life and at work. They will try it again this summer. “All lovers should take moments for themselves, and if they have children even more,” they say. «An experience to be shared is the greatest gift that can be given. Each time it is a beautiful discovery, as well as a trick to keep love alive ». A weekend is enough and you don’t need a stratospheric budget, but the memory is priceless. The web travel couple is passionate about design and loves to find special accommodations. He slept in little house-shaped boxes, where you open the roof and stay under the starry sky (starsbox.it/costellazione). But staying in Mongolian yurts, tree houses and glass bubbles in the forest are also great experiences for two. To find these magical places they rely on Google, Instagram and even Airbnb, which has a special section. For glamping they recommend a campsite on the outskirts of Venice, which has safari-style tents and a fairytale-like atmosphere (glampingcanonici.com). But if your destination is Florence they suggest staying in the Casentino forest, in a super tree house (Factoredicelli.it). While in the city, for a special evening, the Vanilla Club awaits you, ending straight into the years of prohibition, or the Rasputin which is “somewhere” in the Holy Spirit. These secret bars, which are now all the rage, have no signs and the fun is in looking for them. In Rome there is Spirito, in perfect New York style, he hides in the Premiata Panineria al Pigneto and serves terrific cocktails.
Wandering around Fuerteventura: Luca Ferraina
@pianetaferra Under the banner of exploration. Luca’s holidays are like this. This summer he chose Fuerteventura, the Canary Island that he has in his heart. “Tourism is booming and organizing a cheap tour has become a mirage,” he says. “In the Canary Islands, the cost of living is still low. You spend on the flight, but you recover with room and board and even the rental of the car is within your pocket ». He is staying in the center of the island, in Betancuria, convenient for getting around. He loves trekking and advises – but not to do alone – the one that starts from the Barranco de las Peñitas and reaches the Arco de las Peñitas (in the photo on the right), passing through a canyon. If you are looking for nightlife you have to go to Corralejo, in the north. From the small port of this town you can reach Lobos Island in 30 minutes, a natural paradise for diving in crystal clear waters. Luca is staying in the apartment, so he has a support for cooking. He searches for it online and then contacts the facility to get the best deal. He has almost 43,000 fans on Instagram and 65,000 on TikTok, also thanks to him funny videos of him where he points out what to do and not to do in the places he visits. Those who leave for Fuerteventura are advised not to go to Pop Corn Beach or, at least, not to take away the white cob-shaped corals that fill the beach. Quintals disappear every year and this creates damage to the environment. He also does not recommend the all inclusive formula. The island is worth discovering and you don’t go there to laze around, especially in summer when the beaches are crowded. Last gem: in Puerto de los molinos, at the bottom of the black beach, Las bohemias del amour has affordable prices and the fish is very fresh.
Like Brigitte Bardot on the French Riviera: Monica Sauna
monica sauna, @iviaggidimonique
A slow journey, among villages that smell of lemons and lavender, art, botanical wonders and the sea. For Monica, the Côte d’Azur is romanticism to the nth degree, but she is also fascinated by the icons that have passed through here, starting with the legendary Brigitte Bardot. “Claudia Schiffer passed me by in Saint Tropez who had just stepped off Valentino’s yacht, a scene from a film,” she says. In the summer, traffic and parking can put a strain on you and the more touristy spots are to be avoided. He recommends staying three nights near Nice and three nights near Cannes. In the hinterland of Menton you cannot miss the Borgo di Èze (pronounced Eza), with the botanical garden overlooking the sea and the art galleries, and Fragonard’s laboratory, where you learn how a fragrance is born. In Saint Jean Cap Ferrat you shouldn’t miss the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild overlooking the sea (book at villa-ephrussi.com), which has nine exotic gardens (pictured above). Towards Antibes, in the perched town of Cagnes sur Mer, Renoir’s house is a little gem, while in Mougins you enter Picasso’s. Even Vence, less known than Saint Paul, is beautiful at sunset, when they play Pétanque (French bowls) in the square and you sip a rosé. From Cannes to Port Grimaud the stretch is short: after visiting the village go to the marina and rent a boat to explore it on the water. But if you want to take an unforgettable dive, head to Agay Bay: among the red rocks you will find coves unknown to most. “The last stop is in Saint Tropez which is super chic, but even in August you don’t meet too many crowds in the hamlet of Ramatuelle, and to go there you go through wonderful vineyards”.
Gourmet postcards from the Mediterranean: Sara Meschieri and Alessandro Negri
@occhiperdue «We have a plane tomorrow for Mykonos, an island that never bores us! Crowded? Not everywhere. I remember a mid-August when I counted my neighbors: we were 30 in all enjoying the transparent sea on an entire beach in the north, the wildest “begins Alessandro. He and Sara, a maxi map of the world decorating the walls of the house, live with the suitcase ready to leave every weekend. To the 60,000 Instagram followers and the TikTok community they tell not only the places but the good food. «In Greece you eat very well. We have a passion for saganaki prawns, served in a crock with feta and tomato: very tasty! The islands are lands to explore, to enjoy the sea views and that air of freedom that is breathed there more than anywhere else. Until October the climate can be magnificent because the Meltemi stops blowing at the end of the summer ». To Italians who prefer to stay in the beautiful country, they suggest an unusual Sicily. “There is a road that cuts the island from Agrigento to Cefalù. We traveled it in a handful of days starting from the Punta Bianca Nature Reserve, with its spur of rock that plunges into the sea, magnificent but to be reached by jeep, otherwise you risk getting a hole. And then strolling through the streets of Cretto di Burri (the work dedicated to the historic center of Gibellina, destroyed by the earthquake, ed) ». The last emotion in Geraci Siculo, a village that hosts the Salto del Ventimiglia, a glass and steel walkway extending meters into the void. «A restaurant in Castelbuono, the Palazzaccio, has remained in our hearts, capable of revisiting traditional Sicilian recipes» continues Sara. «But every village has a pastry bar where you can indulge in sweet and savory sins of gluttony. Resisting is impossible: I have not been able to give up cannoli even at the airport ».
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