If it seems like every time you scroll through Instagram, photos and videos of sunny Italian beaches constantly pop up in your feed, you’re not alone. According to an estimate from Allianz Partners, demand for travel to Europe has jumped 600% compared to last summer, and it seems everyone is heading to Italy. We did our own informal survey of six tastemakers who have recently been or are going everywhere from Venice and the Dolomites to Sicily before the summer is over. Their itineraries include many impeccably designed places to add to your bucket list.

Andy Baraghani

Ancient Enjoy your meal Editor and cookbook author Andy Baraghani has been to Italy eight times, but this will be his first trip to Sicily. He and his partner will rent a car and drive around the island for 12 days, stopping in Palermo, Agrigento and Noto.

Andy Baraghani

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Name a few highlights
Baraghani is looking forward to visiting the Mercato del Capo in Palermo. “No matter where I go in the world, I’m always looking for an outside market. Although it might not be the biggest market in Palermo, I’ve heard it’s a must, and I plan to throw myself into the bustling chaos and eat all the food I can. can,” he said. And he plans to spend time on the beaches around the Scala dei Turchi near Agrigento. “Over time, the sun has turned the limestone and marl into a blindingly white cliff that people jump on or lay on.”

What he plans to take home in his suitcase
Baraghani plans to have a dedicated suitcase to fill with lots of ceramics, big jars of capers and anchovies, embroidered lace and possibly Sicilian wine.

The island of Lipari

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Adam Charlap Hyman

One half of firm AD100 Charlap Hyman & Herrero, Adam Charlap Hyman recently visited the Aeolian island of Lipari, off Sicily, for a wedding, then spent some time in Noto. He plans to return to Sicily to see Palermo and Ortigia again.

Adam Charlap Hyman

Photo: Courtesy of Adam Charlap Hyman

Name a few highlights
In Noto, a Baroque gem on Sicily’s eastern coast, one of the highlights was Palazzo Castelluccio, which he describes as “an amazingly restored palace in the center of town with the most fascinating color combinations and more unusual”. He also loved Caffè Sicilia, explaining that it’s known for the almond granita, “but I died for their marzipan pea pods and their lemons and their broken.

What he brought back in his suitcase
“Soaps from Ortigia and pumice stones from the beach.”