How do you choose your stay in Santorini?
- Caldera Vs. Beach?
– If you choose Caldera which is where the towns along the cliff with the stunning views looking down into the caldera then: The west side of the island that looks out into the caldera and that is also where Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, and Firostefani are located.
Fira – The Most restaurants, nightlife. Great views.
Firostefani – Quiet. An easy walk to Fira. Great views.
Imerovigli – Very quiet. A bus or taxi ride from Fira and Oia. The best views on the island. A half-dozen wonderful restaurants.
Oia – Many restaurants, but little nightlife. Romantic. Great views.
– If you prefer the beach, then the towns on the opposite side of the island have pretty setting but lacks views of the caldera and volcano; t
Generally, it’s about a 10 or 15 minute drive from one side of the island to the other.
Here are some of our Favorite Hotels in Santorini:
Thermes Luxury Villas
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..
- 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
- Via Della Spiga
- La Rinascente
- Corso Como
- Via Manzoni
- Via Sant’Andrea
- Via Montenapoleone
- Corso di Porta Ticinese
- 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)
- PIAZZA REPUBBLICA
Tuscany (Italian: Toscana, pronounced [tosˈkaːna]) is a region in central Italy.
If you are planning a trip around Tuscany, a car will be required. Some parts of Tuscany can be reached with public transportation but many of the small villages waiting for you to be explored are not.
This is a an itinerary example of how you could do Tuscany, as I always recommend, try to customize the trip as whatever suits you and live your own experience 😉
هالمخطط هو مثال يساعدكم لتخطيط رحلتكم لتوسكانا في ايطاليا, لكن ومثل كل مره أنصح البحث عن الوجهات وتغيير هالمخطط على حسب اهتماماتكم
Arrival city: Florence
If you plan on staying in Florence, check out our Florence post here to get some ideas. You do not need a car while in Florence, as everything is walking distance, you could rent a car on your last day in Florence.
After Florence, your next stop could be Pisa in the morning to explore the famous Piazza dei Miracoli, where you’ll be able to finally admire the famous Leaning Tower up close.
Lucca is very easy to reach both by car as well as train from both Pisa and Florence.
Lucca is also home to several annual events and manifestations that always attract people from everywhere, such as the Summer Festival. Concerts by internationally renowned artists enliven different locations of the city usually on July, while another renowned event, Lucca Comics & Games, usually takes place in late October/early November.
“A Step back to Medieval Tuscany”. The city is easy to reach and is suitable for a day trip
And since you’re around.. it is worth checking out:
I stayed at Santa Margherita and went to portofino for the day and to have lunch, then took off to our next destination.
I absolutely loved and recommend Cinque Terre. However, for Cinque Terre, you must identify whether you wanna see the 5 Terre’s or only the recommended ones. Checkout our Cineuq Terre post here.
For more details and to have a different mix of this trip, feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
- February 3rd: Carnival of Venice. Carnevale is one of Venice’s biggest traditions and thus one of Venice’s busiest times for tourism. Celebrations include masquerade balls, parades on both land and in the canals, food fairs, children’s carnivals and numerous other activities.
- February 14th: Valentines Day (Festa di San Valentino). Only in recent years has Italy begun to celebrate the feast day of Saint Valentine with hearts, love letters, and romantic candlelight dinners. Some museums also offer two-for-one admissions for couples on Valentine’s Day.
- Mid- to Late-March: Holy Week and Easter. Tourists, rather than locals, tend to crowd Venice around Easter time. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot take in some lovely pageants, classical music concerts, and Easter services in Venice during Holy Week. Visitors may also wish to attend mass in Saint Mark’s Basilica on Easter.
- March 19: Festa di San Giuseppe. The Feast Day of Saint Joseph (the father of Jesus) is also known as Father’s Day in Italy.
- April 25: Festa di San Marco and Liberation Day. April 25 is a busy day on the Venetian calendar. Saint Mark, Venice’s patron saint, is feted on this day with a gondoliers’ regatta, with commemorations of the saint at Saint Mark’s Basilica, and festivities in Saint Mark’s Square.
- May 1: Labor Day and the Festa della Sparesca. Primo Maggio is a national holiday in Italy, so many Venetians head out of town for a long weekend. Those who stay in town get to witness the Festa della Sparesca, a gondolier regatta held at Cavillino in the lagoon.
- Mid May: Festa della Sensa. The Festa della Sensa, the ceremony which commemorates Venice’s marriage to the sea, takes place on the first Sunday after Ascension Day (40 days after Easter). It also includes a huge fair.
- Late May: Vogalonga. The Vogalonga, held the weekend following the Sensa festival, is an exciting 32 kilometer rowing race with up to 3000 participants. The course runs from San Marco Basin to the island of Burano and returns through the Grand Canal to finish at the Punta della Dogana.
- Early June (every other year in odd-numbered years): Biennale d’Arte Contemporanea & Architettura. The months-long contemporary arts extravaganza that is the Venice Biennale begins in June every other year during odd-numbered years and runs until November.
- Late August through September: Venice Film Festival. The Venice Film Festival is an annual internationally known film festival which sees a number of stars and starlets grace the gondolas and red carpets of the Canal City. The prize given for the winning film is the Leon d’Oro – the Golden Lion – and past recipients have included Akira Kurosawa, Gillo Pontecorvo, Robert Altman, Ang Lee, and Sofia Coppola. The festival itself takes place on Venice Lido.
- Outdoor Movies and Concerts – You’ll find outdoor movies and concerts in several squares around Venice, such as Campo San Polo, look for posters on walls telling about outdoor events.
Beaches – If you want a beach escape, the closest place to go is Venice Lido, easily reached by vaporetto from Saint Mark’s Square. While the beaches will be crowded, it will probably be a welcome relief from the heat.
- Opera Season at La Fenice. Venice’s famous opera house La Fenice is a great place to see an opera, even if you are not an opera fan.
- 4th Sunday in October: Venice Marathon. An internationally recognized race, the Venice Marathon starts out on the mainland and concludes in Saint Mark’s Square. For more information, visit the Venice Marathon website.
- Halloween. Although Halloween is not really an Italian holiday, it’s becoming pretty popular, especially amongst young adults. You’ll see shop windows decorated for Halloween and you may find Halloween costume parties in bars or restaurants and in nightclubs on the Lido. For something a little creepy you might consider the Doge’s Palace Secret Itineraries Tour or a visit to San Michele Island, Venice’s cemetery (see Visiting Venice’s Islands).
- Mid-December: Christmas Market in Venice. From now until mid-January, the festive Christmas market in Campo Santo Stefano is filled with stalls selling quality Venetian handicrafts, including nativity crafts, children’s toys, and seasonal treats. Food, drink, and music are also part of the festivities.
- December 25: Christmas Day. You can expect everything to be closed on Christmas Day as Venetians celebrate the most important religious holiday of the year. Of course, there are many ways to celebrate Christmas in Venice, from attending midnight mass at Saint Mark’s Basilica to visiting Christmas crèches around the city.
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