When they’re not based at Tileyard, our residents are often jet-setting around the globe for business, heading home for the weekend or touring in far flung cities. Travelling goes hand in hand with the creative industries so we thought it would be fun to share the highlights and secrets of the cities our residents know and love.
This week we spoke to Arianna Cerroni, the face behind Tileyard Education’s illustrious designs, events and social media inspiration. Arianna has been living in London for eight years but grew up nearby Viterbo – a charming, medieval town located in central Italy. In this blog she shares some Italian traditions, where to get the best cocktails in town, secret chilling spots and where to grab food after a night out at 4am.
Where to Stay
Viterbo is a small place. I would say that as long as you rent a car, you can stay anywhere. Airbnb is becoming more and more popular and there are plenty of good Bed & Breakfasts around too. Whatever you do, don’t rely on public transport during your visit. Bus timetables basically don’t exist in Viterbo and you could be waiting hours for a bus to show up.
What to Eat
Here we go, my favourite part.
Pizza – Il Monastero is hands down the best pizza place in Viterbo. It’s proper, traditional pizza served across two plates. You can’t reserve a table so be prepared to queue because this place gets busy. I’ve been going since I was a child and there used to be a talking raven at the entrance. Apparently I used the mimic the raven that’s how my first ever swear word came about.
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Homemade Italian Cuisine – For authentic, homemade Italian food Torre di Lavello is worth a visit. It’s not far from Viterbo, it’s actually in my hometown, Tuscania. My go-to dish is Fettucine with Funghi Porcini – so tasty! Porcini mushrooms are very popular in this region of Italy.
Burgers – For the best burger in town check out Toto’s. This is basically the equivalent of an English pub. They do huge burger challenges, I’m talking man vs. food scale. They have an extensive selection of Belgian beers too.
Ice-cream – Bar Falleroni, also known by locals as “Neno”, is well-worth the visit to Tuscania. It’s on the same street as the flat I lived in growing up. My favourite flavour is stracciatella. It’s a family run business that’s been around for years. The guy that owns the place used to call my name from the street whenever he had a new flavour to try. The breakfasts here are insane too – the white chocolate croissants are to die for.
After a night out – Forget about the late night greasy kebabs and cheesy chips that you get here in the UK. Italian bakeries usually start producing goods at around 3 or 4am. If you’re lucky you can knock on the bakery door before they officially open and grab a slice of freshly made pizza or a croissant.
Where to Drink
Aperitivo – this is a bit like meeting for coffee or a drink in the UK. Before lunch or dinner you go to a bar and have a cocktail, wine or beer with then a snack such as pasta salads, crisps, a slice of pizza etc. One of my favourite places for an aperitivo is Cichi’s RistoBistro. I’d recommend staying for dinner because all the chefs are trained at the prestigious Boscolo Etoile Academy. It’s fine dining and the menu changes frequently because they only use fresh produce.
Cocktails – Check out MAG Concept Store for the best cocktails in Tuscania. The bar is run by two brothers who are always dressed smartly. They are both musicians and their father owns the music workshop next door. There are often live music nights and Djs.
What to See
If I’m honest there’s not a tonne of crazy stuff to do in Viterbo. However it’s a picturesque town, the kind of place you want to stroll around and explore. There’s lots of Churches and beautiful architecture to admire too.
If you’re happy to travel a little, definitely visit Civita Di Bagnoregio. It’s about a 40 minute drive from the centre of Viterbo. It’s a hamlet perched on the top of volcanic rock surrounded by steep ravines – the views from the top are breathtaking. Civita Di Bagnoregio is known as the dying city because it used to be a town but now there are only six people living there. In one of the gardens there’s this old man that makes and sells his own honey – the best honey I have ever tasted!
Where to Chill
Viterbo is a thermal baths hot spot region; perfect if you fancy the ultimate relaxing spa break. Terme dei Papi and Terme Di Vulci are both beautiful. Terme di Saturnia is probably my favourite, it’s a spa and golf resort and the surroundings are out of this world. You can pay for a day or half day entrance ticket. There’s a huge selection of spa treatments available too.
I’d also recommend visiting Vulci, a forest/park. This is where you will find The Devil’s Bridge which everyone always says it’s looks like a scene from a fairytale. There’s a secret spot called Pellicone which is a bit of a hike to reach but well-worth it to visit the hidden lake. It’s a peaceful place and there’s hardly anyone around because not many people know it exists.
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