Many guests love spending time on a Walt Disney World vacation exploring Epcot and enjoying the many experiences that the park has to offer. The front half of the park is home to Future World which celebrates nature and technology and the rear of the park is occupied by World Showcase which celebrates eleven unique countries from around the world. Each country features culture, history, architecture, cuisine, and traditions from that native land and are loved by guests. One of the most popular pavilions in World Showcase is the Italy Pavilion where guests can feel as though they have traveled to the Mediterranean country and enjoy delicious cuisine, beautiful architecture and sights, and wonderful shopping opportunities. Guests who spend time in World Showcase simply must take the time to explore the entire Italy Pavilion and enjoy all that it has to offer. Here are seven things that guests will love about Epcot’s Italy Pavilion at Walt Disney World.
7. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria –
Located in the rear of the Italy Pavilion is a full service dining location that is an absolute must for guests who enjoy authentic wood oven pizzas. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria features beautifully arched ceilings, large murals, and plenty of beautiful artwork to create a cozy but vibrant atmosphere. Guests can dine at the location for lunch and dinner and order up options including Pasta e Fagioli, Carciofi Pizza, Linguine allo Scoglio, Candele, and Piatti Alla Parmigiana. With so many authentic Italian options to choose from guests will have a hard time deciding what to order!
6. Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar –
Guests who are looking to enjoy a cozy location with wonderful ambiance and delicious drink options should look no further than Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in the Italy Pavilion. The location is decorated with dark wood paneled ceilings, low arches, plenty of ambient lighting, and cozy tables to make guests feel welcome and comfortable while enjoying the menu. Guests can choose from several small plates to share including Proscuitto di Parma and Olive di Cerignola before moving on to larger portions like Meatballs Parmigiana, Gorgonzola Cremificato Panini, and Tuscan Pork Ribs. While enjoying the food guests can order specialty cocktails or choose from over two hundred selections of wine to make the experience in Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar perfect.
5. Tutto Italia Ristorante –
Also found in the Italy Pavilion is a second full service restaurant which serves up authentic Italian cuisine in an inviting setting. Tutto Italia invites guess in with beautiful murals mixed with dark wood paneling opposite large windows looking out into the courtyard of the pavilion. Guests can dine at the location for lunch and dinner and enjoy options like Tonno, Gnocchetti Sardi, Risotto ai Sapori con Gamberi, and Lasagna alla Bolognese.
4. The Fountain –
The courtyard of the Italy Pavilion in Epcot features some beautiful examples of classic Italian architecture as well as a fountain which draws guests in. Inspired by Bernini’s famous Neptune Fountain which can be found in Rome, the Fontana de Nettuno features beautiful sculptures and makes for an amazing photo opportunity while enjoying the pavilion.
3. The Bridge & Gondola –
Near the front of the Italy Pavilion along the shores of World Showcase Lagoon is a charming pair of bridges spanning a small portion of water where a gondola bobs gently below. The area makes for both a great photo opportunity as well as a wonderful place to simple stop and enjoy the view across World Showcase Lagoon.
2. Shopping –
Guests who are looking to purchase the perfect souvenir or gift while enjoying the Italy Pavilion can walk through the wonderful Il Bel Cristallo shop which sells a wide array of Italian crafted merchandise including porcelain masks, Murano glass jewelry, handbags, crystal, and accessories. With so many beautiful items to choose from, guests will love browsing Il Bel Cristallo and finding the perfect purchase!
1. Live Performances –
In the center of the Italy Pavilion is a raised section of pavement which resembles a stage. Several times throughout the day a fantastic and funny live performer known as Sergio takes the stage. Sergio is a master juggler and mime, but the best part is his humorous and lighthearted personality that shines through. No visit to the Italy Pavilion is complete without enjoying a performance by Sergio!