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Live Like an Italian in NYC, Presented by Canali

By Gary Duff | February 26, 2018 | Lifestyle

Some of the world's greatest restaurants, artists, and designer brands originate from Italy. Unfortunately jumping on a plane to live the Dolce Vita is not always easy, but you can enjoy an Italian-style day in NYC from time to time. We chose Canali, who has been a leader in tailor-made Italian luxury menswear and men’s elegance for over 80 years, to prepare a day on the town that highlight some of Italy's best right here in New York City.

Take a Gondola Ride in Central Park

Experience a classic Venetian gondola ride in the center of New York City. The gondala, docked at The Loeb Boathouse, holds up to six people and can be reserved in advance for $45 per half hour. Don't forget to bring friends and employ the assistance of a tour guide for a full experience.

Shop at Canali's Madison Avenue Boutique


There's nothing quite like the experience of trying on a perfectly tailored Italian suit. At Canali's luxurious boutique on Madison Avenue, you can chose from a plethora of tailored blazers, dress pants, and of course their iconic suits, or employ the use of their skilled made-to-measure specialists for a truly one-of-a-kind garment.

Pay a Visit to the Center for Italian Modern Art

The latest exhibit at the Center for Italian Modern Art features the works of Alberto Savinio. Encapsulizing all of Savinio's work over several decades requires the help of a skilled guide, so the center will be offering two guided tours on Friday and Saturday with its fellows in residence. Reservations are recommended.

Have Dinner at Carbone


This midcentury, Italian-American-inspired fine dining spot from the Major Food Group, has some of the hottest seats in the Big Apple. Order its linguini vongole, whole branzino, or chicken marsala. Every dish are Carbone is worth exploring.

Brush Up on Your Italian

There are a plethora of language schools in New York City that cater to beginner Italian speakers. But, for the most authentic experience, visit Schuola Italiana del Greenwich Village on Bleecker Street, where elementary, intermediate, and advanced level language classes are given daily.

Grab a Cannoli at Villabate Alba


Legend has it that Villabate Alba has some of the best cannolis in all of New York City. In fact, the Sicilian variation made at this Italian pastry shop has a crisp shell, and a rich cream decoratively garnished with a maraschino cherry.

Canali has been a leader in tailor-made Italian luxury and men’s elegance for over 80 years, and to own a Canali suit means owning a piece of that history. For more information on how to find your perfectly tailor-made Canali suit, visit

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