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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

little honeymoon adventures in Italy

Madonna Di Campiglio


Today, I am taking you to one of my most favorite spots in the Trentino region of Italy, to a small village tucked away in the Dolemites called, Madonna Di Campiglio. A little slice of heaven, for the adventurous couple, looking for a more off beat honeymoon. Campiglio is filled beauty and tons of outdoor activity, whether it's a visit during winter ski season or beautiful summer time travel for the fresh mountain air, hiking and rock climbing. I have to admit, I'm particularly fond of the a winter honeymoon trip. The setting in the mountains is ultra romantic, filled with beautiful snowfalls, sports, spa and snuggling in front of to the fireplace, what more do you need? oh yes, your loved one right next to you of course.


Lago Nambino

crostata di mirtilli

Pappagallo, Via Adamello, 58, telephone 0465442717 this is by far the BEST family style pizzeria. It's a bit off the beaten path from the main village but it's a hidden gem that worth the trek. Be prepared to wait, as it is the largest and most popular restaurant with locals. There's more to the menu then just pizza, I highly recommend, Canederli con brodo or burro.
Malga Montagnoli is directly on the Spinale ski slopes. At night, arrive by snow cat and dine by the great log fire and if your feeling ultra adventurous, you can head back to your hotel on your skis in torch lit descent. During the summer it can easily be reached by car, just a few minutes from the center of campiglio.
Hermitage Restaurant and wine cellar
Ballardini specialty foods
The Graffer

Some typical mountain dishes you will want to try:
  • Polenta con funghi, this is the quintessential mountain dish
  • Spetzle, typical mountain pasta with sage butter or little pieces of speck (which is a pepper cured prosciutto)
  • Crostata di mirtilli, Italians take on blueberry pie, its delish! typical desert in the mountains since the blueberries grow all over.

Ruifugio Tucket

winter morning

photography by Deirdre Quinn

For more information about Madonna Di Campiglio go here and to find how you get there go here
note* the month of MAY it's like a ghost town, this is when the local peeps have their break from winter to summer. Everything is CLOSED. My favorite times are DECEMBER - MARCH and AUGUST.

a perfect prada on SALE!

image via BG

it looks like
Bergdorf Goodman has a little sale going on....
these adorable, prada ivory satin peep toes are on sale for $315. I know, I know, it's still a chunk of change, but aren't they FABULOUS? I'm not just saying that because I wore a very similar shoe on my wedding day here but they are so perfect not to mention very comfortable and not 4 inch heels.
Still need a more little convincing? Think of it this way, you can get it dyed after the wedding so it feels like you are buying 2 designer shoes for the price of one! check out my insiders guide on how to dye your designer shoe here.