Fashion, design, luxury, culture, the Mediterranean way of life, tasty food and sparkling wines, so many reasons that made me want to immerse myself for two stays in Italy.
Highs & Lows
There were not many tourists during this period.
It rained a lot during this period.
Italy is known for its good food, its tasty pasta and its inimitable prosecco, so I decided to immerse myself in the Italian cultural life for a few hours. This led me to visit the city of Milan, the world capital of fashion and design in northern Italy. Milan is the metropolis of the Lombardy region in northern Italy. It is also the financial center, seat of the Italian Stock Exchange. I discovered the gothic cathedral of the Duomo of Milan and the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, which houses the fresco of Leonardo da Vinci, the famous "Last Supper". Three days were enough for me to determine the contours and discover the character of this city. To discover the wild and natural side of Italy, I chose to go to the west coast to discover the famous Cinque Terre and its impressive cliffs. The five lands designate five municipalities that are located on the coast of the Levantine Riviera. The "Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre" (National Park of the 5 Lands) includes the villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. These small villages built on the edge of the cliffs in a vertiginous way and the facades of the very colored buildings finished convincing me by the diversity and the Italian sweetness of life.
We arrive on Friday morning with two friends in our rented apartment in La Spezia, the closest village to the east of the five lands from where it is possible to take the train to each village. We enjoy a pizza on Friday lunchtime in a small family restaurant before taking the train from the station in La Spezia to the village of Monterosso. It is the first village of the 5 lands that we decide to visit. In 20 minutes by train we find ourselves immersed in this small Italian village. We stroll through the colorful streets with the Mediterranean Sea in the background as far as the eye can see. We then walk along the path connecting Monterosso to the second village, Vernazza. The paths connecting each village are not very technical and very well laid out. You don't need to be a great sportsman to take them. And the view during the walk is magnificent and allows to have a view on each village from the top of the mountains. We take the path leading us to Vernazza at the end of the afternoon and arrive at night. The view on the village is splendid. Each path is not free, so we pay a few euros for each passage of the path linking the villages. We take the train again to spend the night in La Spezzia. Indeed a station serves each village. The next day we go back to Vernazza to take the footpath to the 3rd village, Corniglia. On the path, a bar on the heights allows us to have a refreshment, so we take an orange and lemon juice and regain strength with the next village in the background with its very colorful facades perched on the cliff side. Then we had dinner in Corniglia, and tasted some Italian pasta that only Italians have the secret. On Sunday we finished by visiting the last two villages, this time leaving from Manarola and taking the path leading to Riomaggiore. This last village was my favorite, the most typical and the most colorful. We finish our journey with the tasting of a local red wine made from the vineyards classified as world heritage by unesco. Indeed, these vineyards are planted on the hillsides of the Cinque Terre. The machines are not adapted for this kind of ground, so the wine growers still work without machines. Knowing this, one can only enjoy the wine while admiring these sumptuous landscapes.
We arrive in Milan in the north of Italy, from Nice, in the south of France, by train on Friday evening. We start by eating a pizza in the center of Milan before joining our air bnb. On Saturday morning we go for a walk in the streets of Milan and discover the famous dome and its gallery of luxury stores. We take some pictures in front of the gigantic cathedral of Milan on the same square as the dome before going to visit the museum of the cathedral next door. From the top floor of this museum, we admire the superb view on the Duomo and the cathedral. In the evening, we go to a karaoke to sing. We met a group of Italian friends with whom we sang French and Italian songs. Sunday morning we spent a long time enjoying cappuccinos in front of the city walls and fortifications. Then we went to visit the old Dominican convent belonging to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to discover the very famous point of "la Cène" of Leonardo. We spend our last evening, on Sunday, in the Navigli district on the banks of the canals of Milan. Many cocktail bars and restaurants line the canal, so we were spoiled for choice. We left on Monday morning from the main station of Milan by train.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
Anything go wrong during the trip?
Restaurant la torre in vernazza in the five lands during the the sunset, you can have a spectacular vue.
Tips you would give a friend?
Even if there is a metro in madrid, you can visit this town by walking because it is à small town. You can bought youre ticket to take the way to go by feet of a Land of five lands to an other Land in the same time you take your train ticket, it's cheaper.
Take good shoes to walk in fives lands.
There is a train station in the Downey town so it's easy to go by train when you come from Europe.
The way to go to a land of the five lands to an other land of the five lands are not free, so you have to pay to walk.
Air bnb in Milan, aparteman Ticinese in Navigli Air bnb in La Spezia, aparteman Chic and Cozy "in Fabio's house"