The EPCOT Italy Pavilion is one of the most beautiful areas of the park. The statues, the architecture the fountains it’s all beautiful. You can also get some good food and do some serious shopping.
This used to be a very missable section on EPCOT. Maybe not so much now.
EPCOT’s Italy Pavilion
Photo by Samantha Decker
Photo by Don Sullivan
All around the pavilion there are beautiful things to see. Even the buildings create the look of Rome, Venice, and even Florence.
As you stroll through the pavilion, you’ll see the what looks like the Trevi Fountain, architecture taken from the Sistine Chapel. And a recreation of St. Mark’s Campanile (bell tower), and a replica of the Doge’s Palace.
Everywhere you look there is something beautiful to see. Even the new section with Via Napoli will remind you of the streets of Napoli.
Want some Italian food? Your in luck. This is the place to get some good italian food and even a good pizza made from ingredients shipped over from the mother country.
Tutto Italia Ristorante is the restaurant that dominates this area. The restaurant is run by world famous (yes, more than just Disney World) California chef Joachim Splichal.
In 2007 L’Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante closed. It was one of our families favorites. (We haven’t gotten to try the new restaurant yet.)
The other restaurant in Italy is Via Napoli. It’s operated by the same company that runs Tutto Italia. Via Napoli specializes in Pizza. Original pizza with ingredients that are shipped from Naples.
Throughout the day, troupes of entertainers stroll the plaza, entertaining (that’s what entertainers do) guests with song, dance, clowns and even an group of traveling actors. Sometimes the statues will even talk to you.
The Il Belle Cristallo has shops with handmade fine leather goods, Murano crystal, Capodimonte floral and glass figures, glassware and items. At Delizie Italiane you can pick up wonderful Italian chocolates and candies. La Cucina Italia has high end cookware, gourmet foods, pastries and wine.
Photo by Jeff_B
A little history
The EPCOT Italy Pavilion opened in 1982 when EPCOT first opened. Original plans called for a gondola ride and Roman ruins to be added in Phase II of the construction. For some reason, these plans were cancelled in mid construction which is a shame.
Dad’s Bottom Line
This used to be the most skippable part of the World Showcase. Now, you can grab a pizza and spend a few minutes looking at all the beauty of the surroundings.