Milan, April 2015 - This is the year of Expo Milano 2015, and many tourists will be visiting the city from the 1st of May to 31st of October. For this occasion, a great number of people is expected, some only for business purposes while others, perhaps in company of husbands or boyfriends, will have the opportunity to visit the surrounding area of Milan and maybe find time to discover Northern Italy…
For this reason, we have created a small journey to help you find out all the hidden beauties of Italy, on a path that will take you through Milan, Bologna, Florence and ending in Rome.
DAY 1: Milan: morning in the artistic district of Brera, the evening taking a drink in the Navigli district.
After spending the previous day at the fair, it is time to enjoy Milan! First of all you get up slowly, you look for a cozy cafè, which invites you to taste the most typical breakfast in Milan, the famous cappuccino with brioche.
If the weather is on your side, enjoy a walk from your apartment to one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Milan, a small jewel called Brera.
HOW TO REACH BRERA DISTRICT: don’t worry if walking is not your favourite activity, just take the subway (green line MM2) and go directly to Lanza (Piccolo Teatro) or Moscova. Alternatively, take the yellow line MM3 and stop at Montenapoleone.
If you want to enjoy a nice stroll around the city without forcing yourself in the subway, there are many trams that arrive in Brera such as 1-4-12-14-27 or bus 61 and even BikeMi: Station 57 – Brera
Yes, because for the local inhabitants, Brera is much more than a street… it’s a road known to tourists and locals, a neighborhood that instills a sense of tranquility to anyone who walks through its streets. It is a world characterized by the Pinacoteca di Brera, where every day millions of art lovers crowd around the district to spend the afternoon admiring alternative but chich fashion shops.
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After having spent a lovely day around Brera, it is time to get the subway and get off at Porta Genova, where you can enjoy the rest of your day in Milan. And what is the best part of the day? The night of course!
And there is nothing better that a typical Milanese happy hour, made of whatever food specialty you might like, strictly followed by a nice and tasty drink. If it is the first time in Milan you should note that this area is the best one you can pick to enjoy a night out during Expo 2015, where hundreds of bars and cafes are scattered along the canals, waiting to satisfy the wishes of their customers.
Because this little corner is the core of Milan’s nightlife and, trust us, at least a short tour is necessary to breath some local air!
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Among the nicest bars to take a happy hour, note Màs, Maya or la Ringhiera, but keep in mind it is preferable to arrive before 7.30 PM, if not it will be impossible to find a place to sit down.
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DAY 2: Milan - Bologna in a train stroke
Good morning, did you sleep well in you apartment close to Milan’s Central Station?
Many of you might not know that with the fast train Freccia Rossa it will take you only one hour from Milan to Bologna (h. 9:15 Milano Centrale → h. 10.15 Bologna Centrale)
And now leave the crowded squares and the shopping streets to discover the most unknown places, looking for an uncommon and authentic beauty. It is the same beauty that locals in Bologna love, know and pass on since ages. The price awaiting is that of not feeling anymore like a tourist, who has randomly discovered an italian city, but a special inhabitant, even if for a single day.
For this reason, there is a lovely treasure hunt for you, to discover the 7 secrets of Bologna, places which have been jealously hidden to the eyes of the same local inhabitants. Our itinerary starts in Via Piella 16 (16 Piella road), close to Piazza Dell’8 Agosto where Bologna opens its arms to a little hidden spot which, more than being in Emilia Romagna, feels like being in Venice..
Restaurants in Bologna
By the end of the itinerary you will find yourself in the centre of Bologna, after leaving your luggage in your cozy and elegant apartment in Palazzo Banchi in Piazza maggiore, here for you a list of restaurants in Bologna!
Ristorante Grassili - the ideal place for a family meal, where you can taste incredible dishes of Italian cuisine, especially of Bologna (Via dal Luzzo, 3, tel: +39 051 237938 dinner only; reservation required, €€€)
Osteria al 15 – If you want to taste the abbundancy of the cuisine in Bologna, order an “Antipasto della Casa” (Home appetizer) (Via Mirasole, 13, tel: +39 051 331806, dinner only; reservation required, €/€€)
Osteria dell’Orsa – It is a bit crowded but tagliatelle alla bolognese are simply divine! The menu changes daily. (Via Mentana, 1, tel. +39 051 231576, no reservation is required, €)
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DAY 3: Feel like Romanticismo, desire two days in Florence
After spending the night enjoying delicious dishes and strolling through the historic centre of Bologna, eating ice cream and walking under the oldest arcades in Italy, it is now time to start again! The next goal? Florence of course!
Fast train Freccia Rossa: (Bologna – Florence) h. 10:03 Bologna Centrale → h. 10:40 Firenze Santa Maria Novella... And in less than one hour you are already in the center of Florence!
Once in the heart of this incredible city, we recommend a tour in the centre. The old town of Florence is an open air work of art, mingling elegant but chaotic streets teeming at any hour of the day, until late evening, full of curious tourists who want to squeeze every last drop of their stay Florentine. Wouldn’t you do the same?
Starting from Lungarno and walking towards the centre, you’ll come across little streets overflowing with restaurants, outdoor tables, passers-by, and precious fabrics and leather bags from the window shops.
Read here if you are curious to know what else you can see in the center of Florence!
For a lunch break, a really typical is the Vinaio di Parte Guelfa. A few steps from Piazza della Signoria, in the heart of the historic center, this delicious bar is ideal for a quick snack between a visit and another. Their specialty? Excellent sandwiches filled with any delicacy!
Another unbeatable place? At All’Antico Vinaio eat even more delicious sandwiches!
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DAY 4: A walk along the Oltrarno
The sun rises and Florence greets the day beginning. Its inhabitants leave their houses and mingle with the crowd of tourists and students who wander, overloaded with guides, maps and backpacks, moving between safe streets and historic buildings…
And today we head towards the Oltrarno, starting from Ponte alle Grazie (to the end of Lungarno Torrigiani) towards the side of the Uffizi Gallery.
Remember to take a break in Piazza Santo Spirito, a cozy square with benches, outdoor restaurants, little bars, to drink a good espresso and trees to shade you from the warm sun rays.
If the weather is good and you have time at disposal, take a couple of hours to visit Boboli Gardens and church San Miniato al Monte, something you will not regret!
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Day 5: Two days of Roman Bella Vita
We depart from Florence in the early morning, with the train of 10:04 from Firenze Santa Maria Novella. Within an hour and a half we are in Rome Termini, ready to leave our luggage in the apartment and begin the tour of the capital!
If it’s your first time in the Eternal City, after seeing the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, head to Piazza Navona, a magnificent square where you find artists and tourists, who gather in the square every day.
In this little corner of Rome, happiness reigns untouched, as sings a famous sonnet, and every year since nearly a century, during the Christmas season, you can find stalls full of candy, coal and sweets of every shape and color for moms and dads to fill for the Epiphany stockings.
A few steps away, you will find , a rectangular square between ViaCampo dei Fiori Giubbonari Square and Piazza della Cancelleria, one of the most famous and picturesque Roman markets takes place.
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Besides the more traditional tourist attractions, Rome hides precious treasures even to its citizens .. in addition to the most famous symbols of the city, known to people all over the world, there is much more to discover. Hidden alleys and roads, where the atmosphere is still magical, survived untouched for centuries…
The first unexplored place today is the Janiculum Hill (Colle del Gianicolo). Here, on Sundays you can see cannon shots, which becomes a moment of unity for tourists and citizens, who stand together to admire this beautiful event.
Did you know that in Rome there is a pyramid built in the twelfth century ..
Day 6: As a pilgrim towards the Holy City
If you have never been to Rome, or if you have not yet had the opportunity to admire the Vatican, it is time to catch up in a hurry! Already only arriving in St. Peter’s Square you start to feel a sense of widespread sacredness, that harmonizes candidly with the imposing buildings of the square and the crowds of faithful and tourists who flock here every day to see the hidden secrets of the Holy See.
And among these, in addition to the magical Bernini’s Baldacchino in St. Peter, are a must visit to the Sistine Chapel and at least half a day around the Vatican Museums.
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