The 83 foot belltower in the World Showcase's Italy is an authentic replica of the original campanile in St. Mark's Square. The great attention paid to detail is found on the angel atop the belltower that is covered with real gold leaf even though it is up so high that guests really cannot appreciate it. The romance of Venice is demonstrated in the Venetian bridges and the gondolas that are moored to a festive striped barber shop-style poles alongside the World Showcase lagoon. A spectacular replica of the 14th century pink and white Doge's Palace is authentic right down to the marble like façade similar to that used in the original. In the central plaza area of the pavilion, the Plaza del Teatro, you'll find the "Fontana de Nettuno" a fountain inspired by Bernini's Neptune fountain. Live street theatre and the singers of Naples, "I Cantanapoli" entertain guests in the plaza as well. The landscaping of Italy will delight gardening buffs with the olive trees, Mediterranean citrus, kumquat trees, cypress and pines found in the formal garden. Freshly made pasta, authentic Italian cuisine and strolling musicians all contribute to making your dining experience at a special one.
Via Napoli Ristorante E Pizzeria offers authentic Italian Pizza and other wonderful authentic dishes. The "Tutto Italian Ristorante" lorentine inspired dining room serves such Italian favourites as antipasto, calamari and assorted pastas with a variety of sauces such as light cream, meat and Alfredo. Savoury chicken and veal dishes, fresh seafood and delicious cannoli and tiramisu desserts are also offered. There are many quaint little shops offering a broad variety of Italian merchandise. At "La Cucina Italiana", you'll find gourmet goodies, Italian pastries and desserts. Even more sweets and creamy Perugina chocolates are found in "Delizie Italiane". Benetton casual wear and fashion accessories are offered in "La Bottega Italiana". Venetian glass jewellry, gold and silver chains, pillboxes and cameos will be found in "La Gemma Elegante". If beautiful crystal, fine glassware and porcelain figures are your heart's desires, a stop at "Il Bel Cristallo" is a must. FUN FACTS To say “hello” in Italian, say “buon giornio” (boo-on JOR-no). HIDDEN MICKEYS: Look at the bottom right corner sculpture to see three leaves in the shape of a distinct Mickey.