Rome | Ai Tre Scalini

Bottiglieria Ai Tre Scalini is a genuine vintage, buzzing wine bar and restaurant in Rome’s singular Monti quarter, reports Mikaela Bandini.

Florence | La Ménagère

Offbeat La Ménagère, restaurant, coffee shop, cocktail bar, live music venue, florist’s and design store in central Florence, as seen by Mikaela Bandini.

Bari | Biancofiore

Mikaela Bandini on favourite Bari restaurant Biancofiore, excellent seafood and other Apulian specialities, for her contemporary Urban Italy guide.

Corneliano Bertario | Osteria del Castello

Mikaela Bandini discovers fascinating Osteria del Castello in the Lombard hamlet of Corneliano Bertario: a traditional eatery in a design-vintage setting.

Florence | Aquazzura

Mikaela Bandini recommends checking out the Aquazzura boutique in Florence’s historic Palazzo Corsini for sumptuous store design and fabulous footwear.

Palermo | PerciaSacchi

PerciaSacchi pizzeria-cum-restaurant in old Palermo takes Slow-Food criteria very seriously, as Mikaela Bandini finds for her insider guide to Italy.

Bologna | È Cucina

The insider guide to Italy tries out Cesare Marretti’s Bologna restaurant È Cucina: good healthy food, a lively ambience and exuberant décor.

Milan | Capra e Cavoli

Mikaela Bandini visits Barbara Clementina Ferrario’s quasi-vegetarian eatery Capra e Cavoli in the Isola neighbourhood of Milan for her Urban Italy guide.

Genoa | Romeo Viganotti

The oldest and still the best chocolaterie in Genoa is Romeo Viganotti, says Mikaela Bandini in her insider guide to contemporary Italy.

Milan | un posto a Milano

Farm-to-fork eateries and hostel-cum-guesthouse in an old farmstead in Milan: Mikaela Bandini discovers un posto a Milano for her contemporary Italy guide.