The focal point of the Italy Pavilion is the 105-foot tall functioning replica of St Mark’s Campanile, the bell tower that looks out over the World Showcase Lagoon.
Also prominently featured is a replica of the Doge’s Palace, originally built by the Venetians in the early 14th century. You may also recognize a replica of the Sistine Chapel’s exterior in the Il Bel Cristallo and the Neptune fountain, modeled after the beautiful Trevi fountain. The entire Pavilion is meticulously detailed.
Attraction Info: Like Japan, the United Kingdom, and others, Italy does not feature a main attraction or ride. Instead, Sergio and Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro entertain guests throughout the day. Sergio is a fun comedian/mime/juggler who usually performs Sunday – Thursday at 12:40pm, 1:40pm, 2:40pm, 3:40pm, 4:40pm, 5:40pmm, and 6:40pm. Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro is a flag twirling troop that usually performs daily at 12:20pm, 1:10pm, 2pm, 3:20pm, 4:10pm, 5:15pm, and 6:10pm. Neither show is a “must see,” but both are entertaining if you’re in the area where they perform, which is in the middle of the Pavilion.
Italy has two table service restaurants and a wine bar attached to Tutto Italia.
Tutto Italia is the more formal of the two restaurants, though it’s not at all stuffy and kids are perfectly welcome.
Lunch is the less expensive affair with entrees like the Caprese Panini, Spaghetti, and Ricotta Ravioli.
Dinner replaces many of lunch’s less expensive sandwiches and salads for items like the Risotto ai Sapori con Gamberi (Arborio rice, shrimp, lemon zest) and Bistecca del Macellaio (Grilled Butcher’s Steak, rosemary potatoes, agrodolce cipolline onions), which cost about twice as much as lunch’s less expensive options.
Via Napoli is the newer table service pizzeria, serving some of the best pizza in Disney World.
While the pizzas are undeniably expensive, one of the $45 mezzo-metro pies easily serves four people, making the cost per person less than most other table service restaurants. Above is a photo of the pizza that serves 2-3.
Tutto Gusto opened on May 1st, 2012. It serves over 200 wines, a healthy number of cocktails, and features several beers on tap in an informal setting.
Excellent appetizer-portion food is served alongside more hearty items like paninis and pasta salads. Because it doesn’t take reservations, it’s best to pop in during the afternoon.
Italy does not offer your prototypical quick service, but they do offer a variety of ice cream treats at a variety of kiosks around the Pavilion.
Drink Around the World:
The Italian drink cart features the extravagant Peach Bellini ($10), a variety of wines by the glass ($6-$11 or so), and Birra Moretti beer.
Those looking for wine are best served visiting the Enoteca on the right side of the front of the Pavilion.
Wines, flights, and more are available.
Character Sightings: Characters do not usually appear in Italy. Double check your Times Guide.
Shopping Opportunities: There are a number of small shops in Italy.
Much of it is expensive and hand-made, including Venetian masks, San Lorenzo glass jewelry, and fine leather goods.
More popular and less expensive items include food, wine, chocolates, perfume, and clothing.