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A trip to northern Italy

Up Italy's boot

by journeyloverAbout Me:Traveling is one of the things I like the most, it makes me feel connected to the world, history and just life in general. Taking photographs in any kind of trip is one of the things that most inspires me, even if it’s just a hobby, it mak... read more

EuropeItaly6 days / July 2016

Highs & Lows

Being surprised by Verona's beauty

Not having as much time as we wanted in some spots.

Itinerary Overview

This trip was an incredible way to move around Italy, up the border of the boot in various trains, I had never had so much fun while going from a place to another. First, we stayed in Milan for 3 nights at the Hotel Club, just a few minutes’ walk from Piazzale Loreto. Milan is known for being one of the capitals for fashion, and I could totally see why once we were there. This is an incredible modern city that has traces of the romantic and historic feeling that you can find in the rest of Italy. From walking by the Milan Cathedral at the self-named Piazza del Duomo, with its great gothic styled architecture, to the Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, staring at the shops that stand where a museum should be by the beauty of it; there is not one ugly stone in this city. This iconic city is perfect for walking through shops with the latest fashion and hanging out at exterior bars and restaurants with fancy drinks and amazing food. It’s the best mix between the classic Italy and modern life.

Our next stop was the city known because of two families, equal in dignity who lived in fair Verona. This city, made famous for the masterpiece that is Romeo and Juliette and the many entertainment media that goes around that, is so much more than the setting to a romantic tragedy. It’s a city that is filled with history and amazing places, ready to rival any other mayor Italian city. Equipped with a Coliseum of its own, which is regularly a stage for incredible operas, as well as buildings that look right out of a fairy tale, and magical places like Juliette’s Tomb. This city blew my mind away and easily erased the image of a small town that only had Juliette’s house as an attraction, replacing it with that of a romantic Italian city that is worth the entire trip. I would have loved to spend more time here.

Finally, we took one last train, to Venice. The Floating City received us midday, full of life and excitement. From the moment you step out of Venice’s Santa Luzia, you feel like you’ve stepped into the set of a movie; and you can even recognize most of the places you’ve seen on the screen. Aside from walking through the great touristic spots, Venice has a lot to give. One of the most magical things for me were the small mask workshops were you could see people working and making colorful masks for the carnival, and once you saw one of these places it would go ahead and disappear without trace in the maze that is this city. The canals will surround you and confuse you as you walk at any time of the day or night, and the signs pointing towards or away from Saint Mark’s Plaza will be your only salvation. A great highlight of being in the city is being able to see all the glass making and blowing, and if you get the chance, visit Murano’s Glass Museum to explore this amazing tradition. If you’re into modern or contemporary art I totally recommend visiting Punta della Dogana, a museum that doesn’t cross many people’s mind in Venice because of its classical and more traditional feeling, but this is something you won’t forget. There is so much to do in Venice that you will never have enough time for it all, so choose to relax, enjoy walking through the waters of the city and discover each mystery this maze has.

  • 3 Nights: Milan
    City of fashion and lights
  • 1 Night: Verona
    Better than fiction
  • 2 Nights: Venice
    Exploring the colors of the floating city

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would spend more time in Verona, no question there.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Nothing really, everything went not only according to plan but better.

  • How was the food?

    You already know about pizza and pasta, so my main recommendation is you have to try gelato at any of the places you visit.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Check what places you want to visit in each city beforehand, so you don’t miss anything and try to do stuff that isn’t as common like going to galleries or shows if you’re interested in any.

  • Packing tips?

    Since we visited in summer, it was very hot so be sure to bring light clothes; if you’re looking to visit Venice remember the streets can be occasionally be filled with water, so bring some shoes you can get wet.

  • Transportation Tips?

    I am a fan of walking, so mainly that; besides that, we took trains to travel between the cities. You can get tickets right at each station, but I recommend purchasing them beforehand.