I know it’s been months since I returned from Italy, but I only just recently finished editing all of my photos. So, I thought I would share a few of my favorites from the last leg of our trip, which was spent in Venice and Milan (more here).
Simply put, I fell head-over-heels in love with Venice. I don’t know how to swim and I have horrible allergies, so you would think that I would want to avoid a place that’s surrounded by water and teaming with dust and mold, right? Not so. From the pastel colors, to the mysterious alleyways to the way the sunlight sparkled off the water, it felt like being in a dream.
In terms of its food, Venetians have a nice little evening tradition of indulging in small snacks called chiccetti (like the tapas tradition in Spain). On our first night, we did a little crawl through the city to a few bars to sample a variety of crostini, salads, meatballs and local wines. These small bites range in price from 1.50 to 5 euros, so they are an excellent way to sample the cuisine of this otherwise expensive city. We also made a stop for afternoon coffee at Café Florian, which opened in 1720, making it the oldest café in Italy. It’s ridiculously overpriced, but the service is impeccable and the surroundings are filled with gorgeous chandeliers and works of art. If you sit at the bar instead of opting for table service, prices do come down a bit and they do give you a nice plate of cookies with your beverage.
One of my favorite moments included dinner on our last night in Venice. We sat right by one of the canals and enjoyed fresh seafood from La Rioba before going on a gondola ride. Although gondola rides are offered throughout the day, we liked going at night because the canals were less crowded. We felt like we had the whole place to ourselves, as all we could hear was the gentle lapping of the water against the boat and the occasional singing of our gondolier.
From Venice, we took the train to Milan, our final stop, which ended up being our least favorite part of the trip. We definitely were a bit exhausted and ready to come home by that point so that might have colored our experience a bit. But we didn’t find the people particularly friendly and everything was very expensive and trendy. It kind of reminded me of Beverly Hills.
Two days was plenty of time for us to see the main sites, including The Last Supper, the Duomo and LaScala Opera House. The latter was a very cool experience because there was a rehearsal in progress when we visited. So, we got to experience the exquisite architecture and amazing voices that fill the hall each night for only 6 euros, a fraction of what it costs for a ticket to a performance.
My favorite meal in Milan was lunch at Luini, which serves panzerotti, a stuffed pizza that is a traditional street food of the region. It must be everyone’s favorite—tourists and locals alike—because there was a line out the door and a security guard on patrol making sure that customers didn’t cut in front of each other! There were a dozen flavors to choose from, including savory options like ham and cheese and sweet options like Nutella.
And, with that, friends, our tour of Italy has concluded. If you missed any of our stops, you can catch up here.
Our two weeks were truly an amazing experience and I miss it like crazy. I’ve probably looked at my pictures from the trip almost every day since our return. I don’t want to forget about everything that we saw, did and ate.
It’s time to start planning the next trip. My feet are getting itchy.