At 3:00 am sharp on July 27th, 2020, I descended from the flight of stairs, moving as lightly as I can so I don’t arouse my sleeping neighbours. A wave of excitement rushed through me as I think of my one week vacation ahead. I did a quick checklist in my head to ascertain I had not forgotten anything: comb, hair straightener, beachwear, toothbrush, and most importantly my laptop.
The weekend is here! Grab your popcorn. I’m a huge movie fan, and so do I like to travel. I’ve always wanted to do a post on movies filmed in beautiful Italian cities. Often times I binge watch when I feel stressed out and the need to detox my brain. Asides from travelling, watching a good movie – particularly a good horror movie – keeps me charged. Below are some international movies with scenes shot in Italy. Have you seen any of them?
Festa della Repubblica is the Italian National Day and Italy Republic Day, which is celebrated on 2 June each year, with the main celebration that takes place in Rome. The Festa della Repubblica is one of the national symbols of Italy. Similar to Independence Day in the US and other countries, it celebrates the official formation of the Republic of Italy after World War II.
Unrestricted travel to and from European countries, with no quarantine requirement, will start on June 3rd. No official word yet on when restrictions will be lifted on flights to and from countries outside of Europe – but the external borders of the EU remain closed to non-essential travel until June 15 at the earliest. Don’t be too quick to rejoice as only certain people are allowed in – Italian citizens and residents, flight crew too, and citizens or residents of other European countries needing to pass through Italy to go home.
You’ve got only 48 hours in Milano. What should you do? What are the top spots to visit in Milan? What should you eat? 48 in Milan seems like a little time – it is – but if you plan your time well, you should be beaming with the satisfaction of putting this 48 hours into judicious use while here in Milan. So I’m here you give you some suggestions on how to spend 48 hours in Milan, I will from covering topics from places to see in Milan to what to eat and where to shop local. Without ado, […]
To travel solo in Milan can be quite boring – if you are not used to traveling alone. No one to take pictures with or share the laughs and momentary experiences. It takes a lot of guts to dare to travel alone. Especially if you plan to have fun and a glorious remembrance of your trip. Most people plan a solo trip because they need to get away from their environment and people, go far away from it so they can have time to think over an issue or come to terms with some life-changing developments.
Storytellers, movies, and poets have shown and described the splendour of Ischia in ways I can never hope to do. However, let me just say it’s one of the most outstandingly beautiful places I have seen! I had an incredible summer in Ischia! For the inauguration of its new blog, BSO Group decided to unveil its plan in a grand style with a press trip, selecting ten journalists and bloggers to explore and spend summer in Ischia and experience a bit of its enogastronomy at some of its finest locations.
“I can’t believe you’ve never been to the Capital – Rome”. That’s the reaction I get after I mention I’ve visited over twenty other Italian towns and cities except for Rome. “Rome is beautiful, you really need to see it” they would persuade. “Everywhere you turn is a piece of art, the street, every inch…” they would continue to say. “Alright, alright, I would visit Rome soon” I would answer, just to get them off my case.
A search like “one day in Milan” will return dozens of things you can do. While it’s impossible to visit all the museums, places of interest and famous landmarks in one day in Milan, with careful planning and the help of my recommendations, you can make the most of your time in Milan. Yes, you can explore in just one day in Milan with a well-planned guide. That’s why I’m here. My recommendations are places I have spent quality time at and enjoyed greatly living in Milan. I have listed these places in order of proximity to make it easy […]
Florence is known as the “cradle of the Renaissance”, la culla del Rinascimento in Italian and it is no doubt one of the most visited towns in the Tuscany region. I have seen a lot of blogs and websites add Florence to the list of places you should take a day trip to from Milan. With the fast train Freccia Rossa, it takes only about an hour and a half – so in the past, I agreed it was a great idea for a day trip from Milan. However, after I visited this beautiful city nestled in between the hills in Tuscany, I […]
The Sicily Street Food Festival at Cefalu held in September. There were a lot of traditional Sicilian snacks and food. From Panella to Arancina to contemporary snacks like burger (panino) but made in the Sicilian way – with swordfish shaped in the form of a sausage. An event that has the ambition to make public and private subjects dialogue on the themes of the enhancement of Sicilian food and the promotion of the territory. An event that has chosen to offer the stage to companies that have a preference for quality and focus on the value that tourism. The event is a homeland of the UNESCO heritage of the Mediterranean Diet that […]
Cefalù is a coastal city in northern Sicily, Italy well known for the beautiful beach. It’s known for its Norman cathedral, a 12th-century fortress-like structure with elaborate Byzantine mosaics and soaring twin towers. Nearby, the Mandralisca Museum is home to archaeological exhibits and a picture gallery with a portrait by Antonello da Messina. The beaches of Mazzaforno and Settefrati lie to the west. It takes about an hour by train from Palermo to Cefalù. You can find information on train tickets on Trenitalia.
If you are a lover of countrysides and serenity, you had love Travo. This little town, nestled up against the hills in Emilia Romagna region is one and a half hour drive away from Milan. Travo is best known for Agricultural Tourism (called Agriturismo in Italian) and hiking. You can find a list of Agriturismo centres in Travo here.
Lecco is a lake city with a lot of attractions and things to offer. Rocky, colourful and serene are three words that can perfectly describe the city. This lake city is in the same region as Milan – Lombardy. It is a perfect choice if you looking to escape Milan for a day to somewhere peaceful and with a beautiful view. Lecco is only 39 minutes by train from Milano Centrale. You can visit the Trenitalia website for information on train schedules and ticket price. There is a fair share of tourist attractions in the city of Lecco. I will […]
Mondello is a little posh town located in Southern Italy. The fact that this little posh town is a 10 minutes drive from the centre of the Capital City – Palermo, makes it one of the most visited destinations for tourists – and locals too. In Mondello, you would find luxurious villas and cute old houses dating back to 100 centuries or more. There is a popular notion that many rich Italians who live in Palermo simply go to Mondello during summer to relax at their villas – which is a stone throw from the sea. The town is at its […]
My summer has been much more eventful than I had thought or planned. Just when I thought I will spend the summer exploring Milan and its nearby cities more, I moved to a new city at the peak of summer – July. Even though I love and miss Milan greatly, I am beginning to fall more in love with Sicily – the beaches, gelato, and food are to die for! Back to Sciacca, my first visit to Sciacca was on the 19th of August, and I have returned here again for two reasons – for love and for the silver […]
Monza is the third-largest city of Lombardy Region in Italy. It is a city on the River Lambro and just about 15 kilometres (9 miles) northeast of Milan. The proximity of the city to Milan puts it on the list of one of the places to take a day trip to from Milan. Taking a train from Milano Centrale, I arrived at the tranquil city of Monza in 20 minutes. Just in case you are pondering on whether to visit I will give you five reasons Monza makes a perfect day trip from Milan: The Walk: Taking a walk from the Train […]
A friend told me, you don’t have to spend a fortune to travel – you don’t have to go bankrupt. All you need to do is to search the best deals online, make a budget and stick to it! Following this advice, at the spur of the moment, I decided to take a day trip to Torino. Yes, I operate impulsively most times! Just like in the case of my trip to Paris. Since Torino is just about two hours away (by bus) from Milan, I could go and return the same day. And in 13 hours, I did a […]