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Negotiating Lanvin Bags in My Bra

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

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Gigi Guide Review

I’ve just finished leading tours in Italy for the last two months.

One thought now that I’m done: Soooo thankful.

I’m incredibly grateful to all our clients who said “yes” to Italy this year.

What was CRAZY while I was on tours, however, was running into Gigi Guides readers in Italy. Randomly!

I had no idea this was going to happen of course, cause this was the first season that people have actually been using Gigi Guides to travel Italy. (It just came out a few months ago.)

The very first time I met a Gigi Guides member, it was the most unexpected.

I was standing in a van, in my bra.

That might sound weirder than it was because changing in a van is normal when you’re shopping the markets in Italy.

Vans are the change rooms (and where they stash the most expensive stuff), so there are a ton o’ gals stripped down to their skivvies in vans.
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tasting rome review

I’m a big fan of Kristina Gill and Katie Parla — two women you need to know about!

Katie is a force to be reckoned with in the Roman culinary world — she’s written more than 20 books about food and travel, and her work has appeared everywhere from The New York Times to Bon Appétit to The Atlantic. Over the years when someone has written me asking about Rome, I’ve just sent them straight to Katie’s blog.

Kristina is the Italy-based food and drinks editor at Design*Sponge — that’s where I first saw her sharing killer insider intel with others — and a photographer who has shot for National Geographic Traveler, Kinfolk and AirBnb.

tasting rome review

When we were looking for in-the-know people for our Rome chapter in Gigi Guides, they were both a deliciously natural fit. Kristina (above left) is Gigi Guides’ Rome “go-to expert” and Katie (above right) contributed a sample itinerary describing her “Perfect Day in Rome” — because hey, the most important criteria for Gigi Guides has always been to get the coolest tastemakers to share their inside scoop with Gigi members, and these two are at the top of their game.
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