The Complete Guide to the Italy Pavilion at Epcot

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Written By Carlos Braga

Epcot is a park with many hidden details and things to do, especially in World showcase. Today you can check out everything that exists in Epcot's Italy Pavilion

This pavilion will surely delight all those who have visited Italy and even those who have never been there.

Italy Pavilion at Epcot
Italy Pavilion at Epcot

If you're looking for a place in Epcot with great food and huge similarities to your country of reference, the Italy pavilion will be an incredible destination.

But what good is there to do there? Let's check it out next.

Italy Pavilion at Epcot
Italy Pavilion at Epcot

The Best Attractions in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot

Unlike other countries' pavilions at Epcot, the Italy area has no attractions in the more “traditional” sense of the word.

That is: there is no toy, roller coaster or any other “formalized” activity of this type.

Italia Pavilion at Epcot
Italia Pavilion at Epcot

Which doesn't mean they don't exist. very cool things to do there.

Check out some of our suggestions below!

The canals of Venice

Until recently, Disney had a plan to build a waterway in the Italy Pavilion, where visitors could board gondolas and feel like they were in Venice.

However, those plans appear to have been stalled or abandoned entirely by Disney.

Italy Pavilion at Epcot
Italy Pavilion at Epcot

Despite this, a large part of the gondola route has been built and it is possible to walk on the edge of it.

Over there, there is a bridge inspired by the famous Ponte della Pagliain Venice, and real gondolas, same as the city.

It is a sensational spot for those who want to feel like they are in Venice and are looking for a great photo opportunity.

The replica of the Doge's Palace

One of the features of World's Showcase is to try to recreate the experience to visit a country.

The idea is to celebrate the culture of that place in every way: tours, food and, of course, architecture.

Italy Pavilion at Epcot
Italy Pavilion at Epcot

One of the highlights of the Italy Pavilion is the replica of the Doge's Palace, one of the main tourist attractions in Venice.

The replica is very detailed, with excellent craftsmanship by the Disney staff. The bricks, tiles, the detailed columns… everything is very well done.

General architecture of the Italy Pavilion

The Doge's Palace is one of the focal points of the Italian Pavilion, but it's not the only point for architecture lovers.

Italy Pavilion at Epcot
Italy Pavilion at Epcot

The entire place is incredibly decorated by Disney, in a work that can only be described as heavenly.

To cite two examples: Il Bel Cristallo and The Neptune Fountain.

Italy Pavilion at Epcot
Italy Pavilion at Epcot

The first is a store that is made like the famous Sistine Chapel, one of the most incredible works of Michelangelo.

The second reproduces the Trevi Fountain, in Rome, and is a great place for a photo or a request.

Italy Pavilion at Epcot - Fontana di Trevi
Italy Pavilion at Epcot – Fontana di Trevi

Sergio the comedian

Among the cast of the Italian Pavilion at the Epcot, a name stands out: Sergio.

Anyone who has been to the place knows what we are talking about. Sérgio is an attraction in itself: he puts on a show in the central square of the Pavilion that lasts about 20 minutes.

Italy Pavilion at Epcot
Italy Pavilion at Epcot

In that time, he juggles soccer balls and keeps the audience entertained.

It's very easy to find him: he wears a white T-shirt with red stripes, similar to Wally's.

If you have the opportunity, take a break to watch it. You will not regret!

Where to eat at the Italy Pavilion at Epcot

Italy is known for having some of the best cuisine in the world.

Pizza, ravioli, pasta, breaded steak, risotto, lasagna, carpaccio, bruschetta… hmmm… there are so many delicious dishes.

Italy Pavilion at Epcot
Italy Pavilion at Epcot

And let's face it: we in Brazil love Italian food, right? It is no wonder that the Olive Garden is the favorite restaurant for Brazilians in Orlando.

Lucky for those who love Italian food, the Pavilion has three specialty restaurants (and both are great!).

They are a little expensive. If you want eat cheap at Epcot, would have to look elsewhere. However, the food is very tasty. Check out!

Tutto Italia Ristorante

The tutto italy is an upscale restaurant located in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot.

The place serves Italian cuisine with great care and quality.

There are several options for pasta, lasagna, risotto, salmon and pasta in general.

Tutto Italia Ristorante - Epcot Restaurant
Tutto Italia Ristorante – Epcot Restaurant

For dessert, ice cream, chocolate cake, cannoli, ricotta pie and tiramisu mocha.

As it is a higher level place, the price is also a little higher.

Salmon, for example, costs $27 dollars (same price as lasagna). Spaghetti is $$22. And risotto costs $31 and caesar salad $19.

The most affordable dish is the noodle and bean soup ($$9).

Tutto Gusto Winery

Another top-notch place in the Pavilion is Tutto Gusto, a wine cellar with some high-quality dishes.

My favorite is the meatballs parmigiana ($16 dollars), but the place has many other dishes like fettuccine ($30 dollars), salmon ($31 dollars), chicken parmesan ($32 dollars), spaghetti ($25 dollars) and lasagna ($28 dollars).

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar - Epcot Restaurant
Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar – Epcot Restaurant

For dessert, Nutella chocolate cake ($$4), tiramisu ($$4) and cannoli ($$4).

Ah, as you would expect, the place has an incredible wine list, so no oenophile can fault it.

Via Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria

Specializing in southern Italian cuisine, Via Napoli has pretty much everything other restaurants have too: lasagna (made in the Napoli style, of course), ravioli, spaghetti, fettucine, chicken, salads and pasta in general.

What sets it apart, though, is that the only pizzeria in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot.

Via Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria - Italy Pavilion at Epcot
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria – Italy Pavilion at Epcot

There are many options for pizzas made in the Neapolitan style: margherita, broccoli, four cheeses, pepperoni… in short, many flavors.

The sizes also vary: some are individual, others serve up to 3 people (and there is one that measures half a meter!).

Pizzas at Via Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria - Italy Pavilion at Epcot
Pizzas at Via Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria – Italy Pavilion at Epcot

For a more economical meal, it is the best alternative. A large pepperoni pizza, for example, serves up to 3 people and costs $33 dollars, more or less $11 dollars per person, which is not an absurd amount.

We have a post totally focused on Via Napoli here on the Blog!

As you can see, there is a lot to do in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot.

It's true that the place is a little quieter than other pavilions, with fewer attractions and characters, but it's a good place to slow down the park.

Italy Pavilion at Epcot
Italy Pavilion at Epcot

If you want a quality Italian meal and a break from the frenetic pace of rides, lines and all the Disney stimuli, this is the ideal place.

So, did you enjoy visiting the Italy Pavilion at Epcot? Do you plan to visit him when you go to Disney? Leave your comment below!

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