The Italy Pavilion at Epcot is always at the top of my World Showcase list. It’s one of the park’s loveliest spaces with striking reproductions of the Venetian Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Campanile and Ponte della Paglia. One of my favourite photo spots is by the Neptune Fountain, inspired by the Trevi Fountain in Rome. There’s authenticity in every detail, but the pavilion’s real draw is the food!
Enjoying two scoops of handmade gelato is essential, especially if Banana and Lemon are on the menu. An unlikely duo, I know, but trust me on this one. The sweet, creamy texture of Banana paired with tart Lemon sorbet is pure gelato bliss.
Dinner at Epcot is always Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria. I make sure to have at least two dining reservations here on every Disney trip. For a classic Neapolitan meal that never disappoints, it’s Calamari Fritti and Insalata to start – the Contadino is my favourite. Then a Margherita pizza large enough to share. Sometimes a Limonata and sometimes a Moretti will be had to round off our meal. I always ask to be seated in the sunny atrium, away from the bustle and noise of the main dining room, for a perfect experience every time.
The shops of the Italy Pavilion are some of my favourite to browse. For authentic souvenirs and exquisite gifts head to the Doge’s Palace. Inside this show building you’ll find La Gemma Elegante brimming with hand-crafted Venetian masks and Il Bel Cristallo offering Murano glass, signature Italian fragrances and handbags. Across the way, La Bottega Italiana is the place for Italian wine, cookware and all things Topolino.