Welcome to Gillian Knows Best

I am so glad that you are here. You might be wondering what exactly is this Substack thing? My take is, that it is part newsletter, which I have never done before, part blog, which I used to do a lot, and part social media, which I do almost every day.

I used to write regularly on my blog Gillian’s Lists. When the world stopped in March 2020, I moved my focus over to Instagram. The blog still has all kinds of useful information for your trip like the details on how to get to Ponza and a guide to the 7 pictures you need to take in Rome. All of that content will stay there.

I write guides for The Infatuation too. The best restaurants in Rome, The best pasta in Rome, and Where To Eat & Stay In Venice. There are guides to Capri and Ischia too!

A lot of you are probably here because of Instagram. We will still see each other there with my (mostly) daily stories and posts.

And here on Substack?

Gillian Knows Best is a monthly collection of my favorite (again, mostly) Italian things sent directly to your inbox. There will most likely be a list. Things like these popular posts; 10 places in Venice for when you need a break, my favorite Italian gardens, and my favorite cold things to eat and drink on a boiling hot day.

I will also tell you about the best things I see and read and watch and listen to. Some months that might be a list of TV shows and podcasts and other months it could be movies and books. If there is an amazing exhibit or festival, I’ll let you know.

Why subscribe?

My intention is that what I create for you here will only be found here and not on Instagram or my blog.

Paid subscribers get fully detailed lists and downloadable Google maps of my favorite things to do and eat and see. I will also have a monthly Q & A. Do you have a general question about Italy travel or something really specific like how to get to an obscure Italian island, I will answer it (Or do my very best ☺️)

If you have a free subscription you will not see the entire list, get the Google map, or join the monthly Q&A.

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I want to make your trip to Italy better. I spend my days reading and walking and eating and exploring so that I can tell you about the places I discover.

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Finding terrific places to eat, stay & shop in Italy’s best known destinations.


Gillian Longworth McGuire 

I live in Venice. My superpower is finding terrific places to eat, stay & shop in Italy’s best known destinations. Sometimes I write about them

Jason Wilson 

Creator of Everyday Drinking. Author of Godforsaken Grapes, Boozehound, & The Cider Revival. Editor of The Best American Travel Writing. Published in Washington Post, NY Times, New Yorker, Travel + Leisure, and others.