"100 Places In Italy Every Woman Should Go" takes travelers on a femme-friendly tour up and down the beautiful boot. Here are ten experiences every female visitor to Italy should try to have:
Yes, the monuments, churches, and museums of Rome are extraordinary. But do as the Romans do, and spend an evening enjoying the city's wine bars. There are lots of cozy spots in the Eternal City where you can taste vintages from every region of Italy, along with scrumptious snacks, such as suppli -- deep-fried rice croquettes stuffed with melted pecorino cheese.
For an entertaining tour, sign up for a Context Travel Wine Walk, led by an in-the-know local sommelier.
The Mercato Centrale di San Lorenzo is a food market so revered by the Florentines that it's overseen by the same institution that looks after the Uffizi art galleries.
Culinary expert Judy Witts-Francini of Divina Cucina, who's lived in Florence for more than 25 years, takes visitors on customized tours of this place. The delicious adventure includes tastings of aged balsamic vinegars, cheeses and chocolates. It ends with lunch at a lively trattoria where you'll be rubbing elbows with the natives.
Hidden behind high walls in an undiscovered neighborhood of Venice is the Orsoni Mosaics foundry, a magical place where travelers can enroll in workshops to learn one of Italy's most wonderful crafts. The foundry has supplied mosaics to some of the world's most beautiful buildings -- including the nearby San Marco Basilica.
Workshops attract an international mix of beginners and seasoned artists, who stay for a few days or weeks, enjoying the small classes, expert instruction, and sparkling accommodations in the Domus Orsoni -- a bed and breakfast designed by mosaic artisans.
Shopping in this Fashion Capital of the World is stepping into the future. New styles, fresh from the showrooms of megastar designers, fill the city's fabulous shop windows. It'll take a while for these fashions to appear back home, so whatever you buy in Milan will be sensational for several seasons.
With so much to choose from, it's great to take Select Italy's guided shopping tour, and have experts customize your excursion according to your desires and budget.
Soaking in curative thermal waters is one of Italy's most pleasurable ancient traditions. Every region of the country has hot springs gurgling beneath it. Their waters are funneled into baths where spirits are lifted, aches and pains soaked away.
The island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, is one of the country's top-rated spots for its restorative mud treatments. Check into the L'Albergo Della Regina Isabella, a sprawling Spanish style resort, where celebrities like Ava Gardner, Liz Taylor, and Gina Lollobrigida have enjoyed blissful sojourns.
Passionate Renaissance Italians invented opera to glorify the emotional highs and lows of our human experience. Though Milan or Naples may be the first places that come to mind when we think "opera," aficionados claim the highest quality is to be found in the region of Le Marche, east of Rome. The area's seaside and mountain towns are packed with over 70 historic theaters.