Tag Archives: Italy

Milan from Above: Hot Air Balloon Tour

January 13, 2015

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Lombardy countryside from above

One of the best ways to get your bearings in a place is to get up high – really high. Looking down over a city gives you a chance to see how one monument relates to another in space, not to mention the ability to see what might lie in the distance beyond the city limits. In Milan, you can climb to the top of the Duomo for a look around, but to get an even better view you’ve got to take to the skies – with, for instance, a hot air balloon flight.

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Milan Spa Tours

January 6, 2015

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Hot stone massage at a Milan spa

Milan may be home to one of the most delicately ornate cathedrals on earth and the exquisite “Last Supper” fresco by Leonardo da Vinci, but on the whole this isn’t a city known for its laid back qualities. This is Italy’s financial and business (not to mention fashion) center, and the pace can be a little fast for those of you who want to spend your vacation in a relaxing way. You don’t have to suffer through it, however, or skip the city entirely – just plan on spending a little time in one of the luxurious spas in Milan after a day or two of sightseeing to get your relaxation back on track.

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Lake Garda Day Trip from Milan

December 23, 2014

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Beautiful Lake Garda

Italy’s most famous lakes might be Lake Como or maybe Lake Maggiore, but the largest lake in Italy – and a popular day trip from many cities in the north – is Lake Garda.

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Visiting the Swiss Alps by Rail from Milan

December 10, 2014

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St Moritz

You could count me in the moment I saw the photo of the bright red train chugging along through Switzerland. On the Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan, the train ride is only part of the package – it’s so much more than a rail tour. Before stepping on the train, you first venture up north by bus, through the Lake District to the northern Italian town of Tirano, nestled amongst the Alps. From there, it’s all aboard the Bernina Express, a UNESCO world heritage route that travels through the Alps to the town of St. Moritz. Two countries and a handful of different towns all in one day? Right up my alley!

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Leonardo da Vinci Half-Day Walking Tour including ‘The Last Supper’

October 15, 2014

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Santa Maria delle Grazie

The first stop in our Leonardo da Vinci walking tour of Milan was to the museum of the Codex Atlanticus. Made famous in recent years from the novel and Hollywood film the Codex Atlanticus is a collection of his notes and sketches. After his death the thousands of drawing and sketches were scattered. Recently collectors have brought them back to Milan and reassembled portions of his work. The sketches on display in the museum are from a period of time when Leonardo was experimenting with optics.

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Wine Tasting in Milan

September 30, 2014

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Dessert!

Wines in Italy are named after the region in which they were made rather than just by the grape used. For example Chaniti, one of the country’s most popular wines, is made in the Chanit region where it takes its name. In other parts of the world the wine takes the name of the grape if that were the case Chainti would be called Sangiovese since it is made from a majority of Sangiovese grapes. On our wine tasting in Milan we tried wines from the Chieti, and Salento regions of Italy.

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Visiting Parma from Milan

September 9, 2014

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Take a day trip from Milan to Parma

A visit to Milan satisfies some important cravings – particularly if they include ogling one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings, peering at a city from the roof of a cathedral, and shopping your heart out. But if you’re craving some quintessentially Italian foods, you might want to make a day trip to Parma.

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[CONTEST] Win a Milan Half-day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ for 2!

July 7, 2014

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This month, one lucky traveler will win 2 tickets to the Ultimate Rome Experience! Read on to find out more…

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With a 15-Minute Time Limit, It’s Still Worth Seeing “The Last Supper”

April 29, 2014

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Santa Maria delle Grazie church, where "The Last Supper" is located

One of the main things on nearly every must-see list for visitors to Milan is Leonardo da Vinci’s famous fresco, “The Last Supper.” What many don’t realize before they get to Milan, however, is that the painting can be tough to see if you’re not planning ahead. It’s only possible to see the fragile fresco for 15 minutes before your timed entry is up and you’re ushered out, so tickets are booked up well in advance. With a 15-minute time limit, however, it’s still completely worth it to see “The Last Supper.”

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Learning to Cook in Milan

April 22, 2014

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A truly special experience is when you get to know and spend time with someone that originates from where you are visiting. That’s just what I got during my Italian cooking class in Milan. Chef Clara Raimondi opens up her adorable Milanese apartment with a sincere, warm welcome to anyone who is willing to put in a bit of work, make some new friends, and learn how to cook some true Italian food!

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