Ciao and welcome to Italy! Can you believe we’ve already been to Mexico, Norway, China, and Germany? We’re almost halfway through our tour, and the scenery just keep getting more beautiful! Today, we start with a very wide angle view showing the pavilion that is modeled mostly after Venice, more specifically Saint Mark’s Square. The first building on the left is Palazzo Ducale.
On the right hand side when entering this land you can see gondolas, rivers, and bridges. These make a lovely photo spot during the day and an incredible spot for the fireworks at night, if you can swing it.
Here is the view on top of one of the bridges. As you can see, IllumiNations would look amazing from here!
Here is a close up look at just one of the incredible details up high on the Palazzo Ducale building. It’s just covered with ornate details!
Closer to the ground, here is what it looks like actually entering the building. There were so many details that I wanted to include individually, but I would have had 100 photos! Look closely and notice the kings in the columns and the detailed handles on the doors.
You will smell the inside of this building before you actually see it. There are several perfumes and colognes for sale in this shop, and while it isn’t as strong as Norway, you certainly know it’s there! There are also leather goods, clothing, glass, and other local gifts in this shop. However, the next room over houses what Italy is best known for!
One picture couldn’t possibly do justice to the masks on display in the second room of this shop. They’re ornate and beautiful, in different colors and sizes! This is a room I go to almost every time I visit just to see what’s new.
Just outside the shop I found this sign. I Googled the Italian words on it, and – ironically – all results returned where about a shop in Epcot! Google Translate says it means, “An Elegant Gem.” That seems fitting, as this is really a special shop!
As you exit you will enter this gorgeous little walkway heading back towards the main section of Italy. It’s just a dead end, but it is so lovely! Doesn’t this look like a postcard?
When you’ve exited the gift shop and entered back into the main square, this is the great, open courtyard you’ll see. The raised area is used for various performances throughout the day. From this area if you continue forward, everything in front of you will be restaurants. Italy has great food.. in a way I guess it’s the pavilion’s “attraction”!
Below is the entrance to Tutto Italia, which is absolutely to die for! If I weren’t such a sucker for Chinese food, this would likely be my favorite spot around World Showcase.
Just next door is Tutto Gusto, which has its own menu and a very large wine list! It has been a long time since I’ve tried this one; I liked Tutto Italia better and didn’t go back. Has anyone tried it recently? If so, would you share your experiences with us in the comments below?
Next on the tour is Via Napoli and its amazing pizza! On crowded days there is sometimes a window where you can order carry out pizza, but it isn’t the same quality as in the dining room. It isn’t bad… but if you are able to dine in, you certainly should. Additional seating for the restaurant wraps around the remainder of the courtyard. (It also shows how busy the parks have been; even getting there first thing in the morning I have strollers in my photos!)
Below is a carving found above the entrance of Via Napoli. If anyone knows the significance of this, I’d love it if you’d share it in the comments. Nobody I asked was able to share, and I haven’t been able to find anything online. Maybe it is just pretty?
Just inside the door you can find this bright, beautiful chandelier! I have been trying to keep away from featuring all the dining rooms because it would be easy to get carried away, but I had to include this beauty!
Exiting the restaurant and continuing on the right side of the pavilion, you’ll come upon Neptune’s Fountain. This time of year it doesn’t look so impressive, but in the spring with flowers blooming all around, it’s lovely!
Also, seasonally, you’ll find this little guy in the town square. This is actually a food cart used to sell different food and beverage items. It currently houses dessert waffles, Italian wines, and liquors. At different times of the year, sometimes you’ll see the donkey cart get pulled out by the World Showcase Lagoon, trying to catch passing guests. He has quite an interesting history if you haven’t read up on him before!
Just next to where the donkey is currently residing is a little garden with this beautiful angel statue. I couldn’t find any information at all on her. Does anyone know her story?
Ironically, the angel is almost pointing at the Kidcot Fun Stop in Italy. Everyone has seen the Kidcot signs a million times, but inside this one are more beautiful masks. I can’t believe they stay so pretty being hung outside!
Just past the Kidcot station is the cool shop below. It sells home goods and authentic Italian snacks.
While in the shop I noticed the below Donald swag. I hadn’t seen these before! There were prints, dish towels, aprons, and magnets. Aren’t these the cutest? It’s so seldom you find anything unique from Disney anymore, so I was thrilled to see these.
Just next door is a wine shop and bar. There is an impressive selection available for tasting!
Here is the view of just a few of the shelves. It is a very small shop, but there is a lot of great stuff hidden in here!
Below is the sign for the wine shop. In the background you can also see the Bell Tower of Saint Mark.
The shop name is also painted on the side of the building when entering from the World Showcase. Enoteca translates to “wine repository,” which I suppose is fitting, but I still prefer the exotic word on the wall!
As you are heading out of the land, take a look up at the two large columns marking the entrance. Hopefully it won’t be quite as sunny for you as it was for me!) The first photo below is the figure on top of one of those columns, Saint Theodore.
On top of the other column is Saint Mark’s Lion. He’s a bit hard to see so far up there!
Below is the last view you will see as you are leaving Italy. This is one last pretty garden before you head off to America! You can also see in the background a station for Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure.
And with that we’ve finished another stop on our world tour. Did this make you want to visit Italy, or just make you hungry? Did I miss a great detail that you’ve noticed? Did you see something you hadn’t noticed before? Please let us know in the comments below. I always love hearing from you! I hope you enjoyed and you’ll be back to tour America with me on our next installment!