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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 in Milan

October 28, 2014

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Santa Maria della Grazie, where "The Last Supper" is in the refectory

Leonardo da Vinci was born in Tuscany and is often associated with the Florentine Renaissance, but many of his productive years were spent in Milan. Evidence of his artistic and scientific work is still in many areas of the city. Here is an overview of the places where you can see Leonardo’s handiwork in Milan.

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Eating Your Way Through Milan’s Brera District

October 21, 2014

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A gourmet food tour is a great way to try some of Italy’s best food in one shot. Our walking food tour of Milan starts at a bakery in the Brera district of Milan where we have a typical Milanese breakfast foods.

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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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Lake Como Day Trip from Milan

October 7, 2014

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Lake Como

Milan may be home to one of Italy’s busiest airports, but it’s not a city in which many tourists want to spend much time. It is, however, an ideal base from which to explore the gorgeous scenery around Lake Como.

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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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One Trip, Two Countries: Visiting Switzerland from Milan

September 23, 2014

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Enjoying the view on the Bernina Express

Sometimes it’s not enough to visit one country during a holiday. Sometimes you need to cross just one more border to feel like you’ve really gone somewhere. It’s helpful, then, that Switzerland is such an easy trip to make from Milan.

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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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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Milan’s Historic Shopping Mall

August 26, 2014

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Interior of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Milan is famous for its shopping opportunities. Many of Italy’s best-known designers have their flagship stores in Milan, if not their headquarters, and the pedestrian-only Quadrilatero d’Oro makes for excellent window shopping even if you can’t afford the goods inside. But you can’t visit Milan, even if you’re not planning to do much shopping, without going to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – one of the world’s oldest shopping malls.

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Roman Ruins in Milan

August 12, 2014

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Colonne di San Lorenzo - Roman ruins in Milan

The modern city of Milan is a magnet for lovers of fashion and anyone involved in banking. But of course the city has a history, and offers so much more than shopping. For instance, did you know that there are Roman ruins in Milan? They’re not as plentiful as elsewhere in Italy, but that might just make them more special.

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