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Milano, Italy

My trip to Milano was short and sweet. I stayed for three days only, so I’ll share with you a small itinerary of things you could do in 3 days..

 

Sleep.

  •  Armani Hotel Milano
  • Park Hyatt Milano
  • Hotel Principe Di Savoia
  • Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa Milano
  • Hotel Magna Pars
  • Melia Milano

 

Things to do.

The thing I did most in Milano is shopping! Haha, their shopping is just beautiful. OK, shopping aside, this is what you could do:

  •  Duomo – go to the top and check out the view

  •  Museo del Novecento

  • Milan Walking Tour
  • The Last Supper

  • La Scala Opera
  • Citta Nascosta Milano
  • Cinque Terre day trip from Milan
  • Via Monte Napoleone

  • Castello Sforzesco
  • Lake Garda and Desenzano del Garda Tour by Train from Milan

  • Other Milan Private Tours

  • Milan Segway Tour
  • Milan Biking Tours
  • Verona tour from Milan
  • Milan City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

  • Shopping:
    • Peck
    • Via Della Spiga
    • La Rinascente
    • Corso Como
    • Borsalino
    • Via Manzoni
    • Via Sant’Andrea
    • Via Montenapoleone
    • Corso di Porta Ticinese

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Food.

  •  Armani/ Nobu (Japanese with a Latin twist)
  • IL LUOGO DI AIMO E NADIA (Traditional Tuscan)
  • Giacomo (Seafood)
  • IL TEATRO At Four Seasons (Italian)
  • Sadler (Modern Italian)
  • Ribot (All meat)
  • Cracco (Michelen-star)
  • GIANNINO
  • PIAZZA REPUBBLICA

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Chin Chin,

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Cinque Terre – Italy

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Here five crazily constructed fishing villages, set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet.

How to get there?
There are airports at Genoa and at Pisa. (by car to Cinque Terre around an hour to an hour 30 minutes)
Personally, my flight was to Florence, as I was planning a road trip and Cinque Terre was one of the stops. So we rented a car and drove to multiple places from Florence. (Florence to Cinque Terre around 2 hours drive)
I do not recommend you to stay at a hotel in Cinque Terre – Find a place near by and go back and forth. Somewhere you could look to reserve a hotel and drive from is Either Portofino or Santa Margherita.
Other options as a base to see Cinque Terre from:
– A day trip from Milan
– A day trip from Florence
– A day trip from Siena
Keep in mind, a car is a good option to travel, but not so great option to drive within the Cinque Terres. So renting a car would make sense if you’re stopping at other places too. Additionally, make sure you check with your hotel if they have private parking spaces where you could park your car for the time you’re there.
Best time to visit? April to October
The best months for walking are May, June, September, and the first half of October. July and August are best avoided if you don’t like the heat
The villages are (As shown in the map above), starting from the northernmost one, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.
Monterosso is about 1.5 hours from Genoa by train, and the closest city of any size to the Cinque Terre is La Spezia, just south of Riomaggiore, at about 15 minutes by train.
You could also ‘hike’ from town to town. In order for you to do that you have to carefully read about the trails and how to prepare for the hike and purchase the pass. There are 3 kinds of passes (trail only, trail + trains, trail + trains & ferries).
For just a taste of the trails, I would suggest you do the section from Monterosso to Vernazza. It is 3.5 km long and takes a little under two hours.

Monterrosso

1. Monterosso
Monterosso is the biggest village between the 5 villages (cars driving in the village!) and the landscape isn’t vertical unlike the rest of the villages. Monterosso is made up of an old town, a new town, lots of sandy beach, some larger hotels and a long seaside promenade suitable for strollers too. If you want to avoid stairs and have a more “resort” feel to your vacation then you should stay here.
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Vernazza

2. Vernazza
Vernazza is the jewel of the Cinque Terre. Its action is at the harbor, where you’ll find restaurants, a bar hanging off the edge of the castle, a breakwater with a promenade, and a tailgate-party street market every Tuesday morning.

For dinner, eat at a recommended seaside restaurant down at the marina. Ask to seat on the lower balcony. If the sea is rough you’ll be cooled off with sea spray.

  • Ristorante Belforte, Via Guidoni, 42, Vernazza. Phone + 39 0187 812222

Corniglia

3. Corniglia
Perched on a rocky spur above the waves, Corniglia is the only village of the five not on the water and the least touristy of the Cinque Terres.

Manarolo

4. Manarolo

In Manarola, go to ‘Punta Buonfiglio” which is a view point on a rocky promontory on the path towards Corniglia (Sentiero Azzurro). For dinner, you should eat at ‘Da Billy’. Bring your walking legs cause it’s up the hill with a great view. They serve seafood. After dinner head down to the local’s hangout with live music most nights:

  • Cantina dello Zio Bramante, Via Renato Birolli 110, Manarola. Phone: +39 0187 920442

Train home, or if it’s open, take the walking path called Via dell’Amore. Walking the moonlit path above the swirling ocean is AMAZING.

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore

5. Riomaggiore
The most southern village of the five Cinque Terre. Have lunch or dinner at ‘La Lanterna‘. If you’re staying for long maybe you could head to the beach for a morning swim.
Finally, Be sure to “validate” your train tickets by inserting it into the yellow machine on your day of travel or you could risk a fine.
To be honest, this is one of the few trips where I just hopped on a train, got out, walked randomly, back on a train and onto the next destination!! It wasn’t planned at all. Everything we saw was beautiful, and everywhere we ate was delicious!! Feel free to share your Cinque Terre experience with us!
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Cheers,
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PS. all photos in this post are not mine except one. I can’t find any of my other Cinque Terre photos so I’m using talented photographer’s captures – thankyou! 🙂

 

Sicily, Italy

Sicily Taormina

A destination that I would never forget is one I’ve visited during one of my many trips to beautiful Italy. Sicily, is definite beauty.  Taormina has remnants of the Greeks and Romans, a fine medieval quarter and castle ruins, and modern shops and restaurants.

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Destination visited in Sicily: Taormina

Airport to get to Taormina: Fontanarossa in Catania, it is an hour drive only to get there

Taormina is also on the train line between Messina and Catania and can be reached by train directly from Rome. The station, Taormina-Giardini, is 2km below the center served by shuttle buses.

Hotel? Atahotel, CapoTaormina

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Sicily Hotel

My trip to Sicily was fully targeting the beach.So most of our activities were either beach related on at the beach. The nearest beach to Taormina is at Mazzarò , accessible by funivia from Via Luigi Pirandello. It’s a popular pebbly beach well serviced with umbrellas and deck chairs for hire (from about €8 per day). To the south of the beach, and an easy walk past the Sant’Andrea hotel, is Isola Bella , a tiny island set in a stunning cove.

If you decide to stay at the same hotel I stayed, then the beach there and pools are nice too.
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There’s wonderful snorkeling in the crystalline waters or you can hire a boat and pootle around the rocky bays. If you prefer your adventures underwater, Nike Diving Centre offers a range of packages from its base at the northern end of the beach.

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For a real sandy beach you will have to go to Spisone , just beneath the autostrada exit – turn left from the cable-car station and it’s about a 10-minute walk.

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 Looking a break from the beach? You could also go shopping at Taormina’s center, especially Corso Umberto, is a good place for shopping. 

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Food?

Near the duomo, Casa Grugno serves cuisine that’s a mix of modern and traditional in a medieval Gothic-Catalan residence. Ristorante da Lorenzo, Via Roma 12, serves seafood on a terrace overlooking the sea. Traditional Sicilian food is served at Ristorante la Griglia, Corso Umberto 54, on an outside terrace during nice weather. Also Maffei’s Restaurant is recommended, Granduca, and Pizzeria Tiramisu’. Finally Garden da Nino is a nice Sicilian restaurant that is also recommended.

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Water Activities?

  • Kayaking
  • Windsurfing
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Fishing trips

This place is truly beautiful. I strongly recommend <3

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Cheers,

Hello965 Team