Italy in World Showcase, Epcot park in Walt Disney World

The Italian Pavilion features a plaza surrounded by a collection of buildings evocative of Venetian, Florentine, and Roman architecture.

There is a scaled-down replica of St. Mark's Square in Venice, with a bell tower (one-fifth scale).

Venetian architecture is represented by a re-creation of St Mark's Campanile (bell tower) and a replica of the Doge's Palace.

The original Doge's Palace makes heavy use of marble; Disney recreated the effect with fiberglass. In addition to the Venetian architecture, a stucco building with tile roof represents Tuscany.

The pavilion's design is inspired by other hallmarks of Italian architecture, such as the Neptune Fountain (reminiscent of Rome's Trevi Fountain) and the Il Bel Cristallo shop (meant to resemble the exterior of the Sistine Chapel).

Musicians, clowns and acting troupes often appear in the piazza throughout the day.

There are small shops selling Italian goods, such as candy and wine.

Via Napoli restaurant

A restaurant by the name of Via Napoli opened under the Patina Restaurant Group in 2010, and brought the pavilion its long-awaited completion (it was supposed to have gondola rides at the back of the area). Via Napoli features Florentine architecture and authentic Neapolitan cuisine.

The pizza is thin crust original and is delicious. The restaurant focuses on wood-fired pizza in the traditional Neapolitan style—right down to the hand-made mozzarella, and the flour imported straight from Naples. Via Napoli's three wood burning ovens pay tribute to the three active volcanoes in Italy: Etna, Vesuvio, and Stromboli. To do this, each of the three ovens are sculpted in the shape of the face of the god that their corresponding volcano is named after.

The long communal table in the center of the room was built in Florence and features hand painted tiles depicting iconic monuments in Italy. Other notable features of Via Napoli are its high and vaulted ceilings, imported ceramics and blown glass, and the abundance of windows that flood the establishment with natural light.


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