Italy is a stunning country! From delicious pasta and gelato to gorgeous cliff sides and colorful villages; it’s no wonder I wanted to spend 3 months there. My time in Italy was slow and relaxing. I adopted the “Italian” way of life, and the “Italian” concept of time. What I loved most about it was the ability to slow down, enjoy my life and spend so much time with the local people.
After spending so much time touring around Italy, I wanted to give you a quick guide to help you plan your trip. This post is going to be everything from where to go, to what to eat, to how to get around. I spent my time in Italy eating, exploring, taking photos, hiking and so much more.
Here goes nothing!
The Girl’s Guide to Italy!!
First Stop : Milan
Fashion, luxury and of course food (food is going to become a hot topic in this post so if you hate food, leave now). Milan had some of the fanciest things that I have ever seen in my life. All the fancy stores, all the fancy flower gelato and the dramatic Duomo right in the center of town. Fly into to Milan and start from the top for your tour around this unique country.
Second Stop : Lake Como
Spend a weekend at the lake just relaxing. There is so much to do surrounding this gorgeous lake.. I absolutely loved it here. The people are so kind, some even invited me to go boating with them! And it is full of cute cafes where you can grab a coffee or tea and just overlook the lake. Try paddle boarding, paddle boats, or just lay out and go for a swim.
Third Stop : Verona
From Lake Como head to the romantic small town of Verona! Fill your heart with some Romeo and Juliet loving. This cute town has the typical river running through it and some great architecture. It also features the Juliet’s wall where you can leave your love notes and stories.
Fourth Stop : Venice
This was a close favorite on the tour of Italy. I fell in love with the beautiful canal streets and the lack of any motor vehicles. I stood mesmerized inside the total floor to ceiling gold of the Cathedral. Around every corner in Venice lies a surprise just waiting for you.
Fifth Stop : Florence
For me, Florence is a city full of art, and that is what I love so much about it. Head up to Michaelangelos square to watch the sunset and enjoy the views of the red roofed city, while you eat gelato and sip red wine. Florence is also the perfect place to head out to any of the wine vineyards for an afternoon of sipping and munching.
Sixth Stop : Cinque Terre
THIS PLACE IS AMAZING. You must go here! The colorful, stunning villages set into the cliffs that just drop off directly into the most amazing blue ocean. Seriously, it shouldn’t even take convincing – your plane ticket should already be booked. Hike through these villages to find secret beaches and fresh oranges and lemons around every corner. This is by far one of the most picturesque places that I have ever been.
Getting tired of Italy yet? Keep going because some of the best is yet to come!
Seventh Stop : Rome
Rome is an ancient city, full to the brim with history. It is hot and crowded, so beware because you are going to be sweating while waiting in a lot of lines! But of course there are all the Rome must sees. Make sure to check out the Colosseum, the Vatican city and all the ruins surrounding the city.
Eighth Stop : Naples
I do not recommend staying in Naples. While I was there I had some throwing glass bottles at me, it was dirty and several people tried to lure me into their cars. 1 man gave me his baby and then tried to walk away and leave me with it. I stayed just 1 night in Naples and then spent the next 2 weeks based in Sorrento exploring the Amalfi Coast.
Ninth Stop : Sorrento
Sorrento took another chunk of my heart for Italy. It is a great place to hangout and visit Capri, Amalfi and Positano. These cities are very similar to what you will see in Cinque Terre. They are full of color and winding roads and hikes that will take your breath away. I look forward every day to going back to explore Southern Italy.
So that for you, is how I spent 3 months in Italy. But beyond the cities – how did I really spend my time? EATING. Well and shopping and site seeing. Italy totally has a special place in my heart now. Let me know if you have been and what you loved about it!
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