Mattia Nicodano left Milan in 2005 to work for an ad agency in New York. 10 years on, and he's now living in Miami with his wife, 2 cats and still enjoying the Mad Men life. He's a passionate skier, avid gamer and loves to travel.
What kind of traveler are you?
I’m definitely a planner. First I determine when I want to travel – usually months in advance, then the location and finally the company. I love to know exactly where and when I will be before I get there!
What is your favourite destination to date and why?
Its an amazing combination between an American City and a holiday destination. Depending on what you want, Miami can be lively, diverse and fun, but its also a great place for relaxation.
A little town nested on the hills that surround Florence. The scenery is something that pervades you and the local culinary culture is simply amazing. On top of that, a 10 minute drive will take you to Florence's bustling city centre.
I’ve been lucky enough to ski 4 times in multiple locations along the Rockies and it has always been remarkable. The quality of the snow is good that it will redefine the concept of powder and ski as a sport.
Pictured above: Miami, Quintole
Can you tell us where to eat, drink, party in Quintole (Florence)?
Coco Lezzone, established in 1800, go there for traditional Italian cuisine in Florence.
Dario Cecchini, the professor of T-bone, very well worth the 30mins drive to Panzano in Chianti.
Caffe Paszkowski – great espresso in Piazza della Repubblica.
Colle Bereto – from aperitivo to late night drinks, great location Piazza degli Strozzi.
Pictured above: Caffe Paszkowski, Colle Bereto (credit: Luigi Fragola)
You recently moved to Miami. Can you tell us more about your favourite haunts there?
Favourite Japanese restaurant
New York raised the bar pretty high, but for now I have to say that Sushi Siam does the job every time I crave rolls during the day.
Best Italian restaurants
NiDo in Little Haiti is currently my favorite “Italy away from Italy” spot.
Pictured above: NiDo (credit: Brian Kossler, Bjkphoto)
For someone who was visiting you for 3 days in Miami, what would you recommend that they do?
When it comes to Miami I believe that a much better question would be “When should I come for 3 days?” Then my answer would be “During Art Basel” – with over 250 of the world's leading galleries all participating in the same show and over 70,000 visitors each year, this would be a very exciting time to visit Miami.
Pictured above: Art Basel in Miami (credit: Art Basel)
What are some of your must do's when you travel?
Make sure all is packed 2 days before the travel, get tips from locals BEFORE you get there or even schedule activities with them – in today’s world it's a lot simpler to find a friend of a friend of a friend everywhere you go. However, if I’m visiting for the first time, then I have no shame in admitting that you will probably find me near the touristy attractions – after all, there must be a reason they are popular.
What are your 5 travel essentials?
- My wife has the camera – she takes amazing pictures.
- Ipad is charged so that I can keep up with journey’s diary.
- Drink whatever the local spirit is.
- Find a reason to come back.
- Don’t forget the Imodium!
You have an amazing holiday home in Tuscany. Can you describe it and tell us why you love it?
Yes, Villa Medusa is a rare gem. Created during the 50’s, inspired by Lloyd Wright’s architecture, has been called home by many artists and celebrities of the past century. Brought to new life after a 4 years restoration, it is now a place of beauty, history and peace. This place, besides being our family home, has a special memory in my heart as this is where my wife and I held our wedding reception.
What do you do when you are there that you can't do anywhere else in the world?
Camaiore has Alps behind it and the Mediterranean sea in front – that’s already something unique and hard to replicate. When there, I love to relax and let my Tuscan side come through: breakfast and Gazzetta at the local bar, feast with local produces, meat and focaccia (to die for), then spend the day on the beach but, above all, Camaiore and Versilia give me amazing alternatives no matter what I want to do.
Can you share a few things to do in the Forte dei Marmi area?
Forte dei Marmi has historically been a popular Italian destination thanks to its wide offering – from the top class shops like Principe, Innovazione and its weekly mercato, to its restaurants - my favourites are Il 3 stelle, Vale and Orlando, to its bustling nightlife - Capannina above all or the more flashy Twiga). And not to mention great aperitivo spots -Morin or Alma Rosa.
If there was one celebrity's vacation home you would like to live in for a week, whose would it be, and why?
Not sure if it qualifies as home but I’d love to spend one week on Aristotle Onassis’ Christina O. Island hopping in Greece while having cocktails on the deck where the likes of Churchill, Jacqueline Kennedy and many others did before would be priceless.
Pictured above: Aristotle Onassis’ Christina O. Island (credit: Jill Reilly)
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