If you love Italian food but don’t want to go to the most popular tourist weekend destinations, i.e. Rome and Venice, Milan combined with a visit to Lake Como is a great option. I visited Milan and Lake Como in September for a long weekend with some of my very good girl friends. Whereas I... Continue Reading →
Our Home at Como & the Village of Cernobbio
Our Home at lake Como The main reason to go to Lake Como are the views, which are truly stunning. The mountaneous lake view is something you could never get bored of. We had booked a lovely 1-bedroom apartment via Airbnb some 15min away from the town of Como and near the lakeside village of... Continue Reading →
Food at Lake Como is some of Italy’s best
As for rest of Italy, also Como has some great food! Bar Il Molo in Varenna While very simplistic, Bar Il Molo has some stunning views over the lake. While there, we simply couldn’t stop taking photos and it was one of my favorite moments at Lake Como. The place also serves some very good... Continue Reading →
Shopping paradise: Fox Town near Como
While I do love Italian food and the mountainous lake scenery, opportunities for shopping was also an important factor when deciding where to go for a girls weekend. Our apartment was actually located just 20min away from FoxTown, one of the best outlet malls in Europe. While Fox Town is actually in Switzerland, it is... Continue Reading →
Boating at Lake Como: Beautiful villages of Bellagio & Varenna
A visit to Lake Como is not complete without a boat trip! While you can basically get on a boat from almost any of the villages along the lake, we decided to drive up to Menaggio and do some “village hopping” between Menaggio, Bellagio, and Varenna. These towns are located in the middle of the... Continue Reading →
Hiking to Rifugio Bugone at Como was an experience but views average
One of the reasons why I was so excited about going to Lake Como was the amazing hiking scenery: I could not wait to climb up to the mountains to admire the beautiful lake view. Finding hiking routes near our place ended up being much more difficult than I thought, and I could not find... Continue Reading →
Town of Como is easy to cover on foot
The Town of Como is located in the southern end of the lake and given it has a direct train connection to Milan it is also the most likely entry point for most people coming to visit Lake Como. The town itself offers plenty of good restaurants (which I recommend you book in advance!) and... Continue Reading →
The food in Milan is affordable and amazing!
Okay. So food and wine are definitely my top 2 reasons for visiting Italy. Nowhere is pasta and pizza as good, and nowhere can you get so silky and tasty gelatos. And the wines are definitely excellent as well. Below couple of places which I visited and can recommend. Granaio Pizzeria & Café near Duomo... Continue Reading →
Our home in Milan & where to stay
As I arrived few nights before my friends I actually stayed at two different places in the Navigli area. The first of these was perfectly located along the canals (booked via airbnb), and the other some 600m away. The Airbnb place wasn’t anything special so I wont cover it here, but the apartment hotel where... Continue Reading →
Sightseeing in Milan
DUOMO & its surroundings Without a doubt, the top sight in Milan is the Duomo Cathedral. It is one of the largest churches in the world and its gothic design with numerous details is incredibly beautiful, even for someone like me who has seen hundreds of different churches around the world. To visit Duomo, you... Continue Reading →
Navigli – Center of nightlife in Milan & my favorite!
To say the least, Navigli is what made me love Milan. I could easily spend all the nights of a week sitting in the bars and restaurants along the canals, just watching people while enjoying some Italian wine or a cocktail. Navigli district is located couple km south of the center Milan and offers some... Continue Reading →
Weekend in Rome – introduction
Ever met anyone who would not like to visit Rome? Well me neither. I've been to Rome numerous times and every time I visit I'm amazed how the ancient history is visible everywhere you go. It's like the entire city is one big museum. The fact that it's so popular as a weekend destination of... Continue Reading →
Castel Sant'Angelo is Pope's personal residence by the river. The building is very impressive and long lines are usually formed from people waiting to get in.
The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere
There is definitely no lack of beautiful churches in Rome, many of them with amazing decorations and golden ceilings. We chose to visit The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere as we anyway wanted to wonder about the area. This church is also one of the oldest in Rome.
Spanish steps are a long staircase leading from Piazza di Spagna through 138 steps to upper Piazza Trinita dei Monti with a twin tower church. The steps were constructed in early 18th century.Unfortunately when we were there large renovation works were being done blocking the usually magnificent view to the steps.
Opera Concert at St Paul’s Within the walls
For the evening we had booked online tickets for a concert at St Paul's within the walls. The concert was a collection of opera songs by some great singers. What a perfect way to relax after a day of sightseeing in a beautiful setting!
Piazza Navona & Pantheon
Piazza Navona is a large square in central Rome surrounded by beautiful buildings with numerous restaurants. It is beautiful both night and day.Pantheon, the old temple of all Gods and planets, is the best preserved ancient monument in Rome. It is also an architectural masterpiece with its rounded dome. Today' Pantheon is a catholic church... Continue Reading →
Palatine Hill (Palatino) & Roman Forum (Forum Romanum)
Palatine hill is right next to Colosseum on the hills, and you can actually purchase a combo ticket including entrance to Colosseum, Palatine hill and Forum Romanum which I highly recommend. Palatine hill is the centremost of the Seven Hill of Rome and hast hosted imperial Palaces since the time of Augustus.In addition to its... Continue Reading →
Colosseum is of course the most famous land mark of Rome, which also means that's where the longest lines are. To minimize waiting time, get there at the time of opening or during weekdays. Luckily lines do move pretty fast, and we only had to wait for 30min.The interiors of the Colosseum are worth seeing... Continue Reading →
Trajan’s Column & Market (on the way from Trevi to Coloseum)
If you start from Trevi and continue towards Coliseum you most likely cannot miss Trajan's column & market which are on the wide walkway on the other side of the Piazza Venezia.