Our final exam ended, Italy is on a long holiday and the sun was out. What a perfect time to explore a new city with my travel partner V. Around mid-afternoon today, V and I hopped on a train and made it in Lecco an hour and a half later. It was absolutely a beautiful day. Even though Lecco is a small town, I enjoyed the view of the lake and simply spending the day here. Nothing more and nothing less.
We arrived to a sunny day with 7 degree celsius temperature. Yes, it was cold but, warmer than Milan. I never would’ve thought in the million years that I would survive a weather this cold but, here I am. Lots of families, couples and tourists wondered around the lake like us.
This is further down the lake away from the city center. I caught a good glimpse of this walking path with no one around. Zing!
Then the golden hour came around. Gotta love the reddish tones in the sky.
Ok, we didn’t actually spend all day walking around the lake. We had time to shop and walk around the city center. Although, the best time for me was definitely wondering around the lake and taking in the view. Can you blame me?
Known as a musical destination, Cremona hit all the right notes. My friends and I embarked our way for the day in Cremona to celebrate the end of our semester. As it turns out, the town was having their annual Fiesta Del Torrone. The streets were lined with markets selling various sumptuous nougats and musical performances with a stage set up in the middle of the square. There were youngsters singing and dancing to songs from popular shows like Grease or Dirty Dancing. It was hard not to get into the groove of it all.
There are places to me that will always have a sense of charm. Venice is exactly that place. No matter how many times I come here, it always makes me feel lucky to be able to see one of the most beautiful places in the world. Continue reading “Venetian charm, Italy”→
Last weekend, my friend and I went out of town for the day and spent it in Mantua. About 2 hours and a half away from Milan, we woke up early Saturday morning to catch our train ride only to find ourselves a few seconds short. By golly, we missed our train.
Portofino caught my eye before I even came to Italy. I’ve heard about it’s crystal clear water, how they have an adorable mini cove and that its a celebrity haven destination. Ok, I didn’t come just for that but, it didn’t hurt either. Continue reading “My Sweet Life in Portofino”→
If someone told me that there’s a small island off of Sirmione Lake Garda with water access and you can swim there all day, I would never have believed it until I see it with my own eyes. Well, it’s safe to say that I was surprised. Continue reading “The Hidden Lake”→
Italy is full of surprises. Even though most people flock to the most popular destinations in Italy such as Cinque Terre, the Amalfi Coast or Tuscany (and people should see them) sometimes we forget there are other towns that are worth visiting. One of those towns is Desenzano. Continue reading “Desenzano Del Garda, Italy”→
Mama Mia! It was the first thing we saw upon entering the city center of Riomaggiore. We were hungry and we just had to go for it. V & I stood in the long line and ordered the mix calamari option. Delish! We were so hungry that we had seconds. I will never forget feeling full yet, content at the same time.
Aside from the calamari, Riomaggiore is downright cool. It’s got neat rock formations, views to die for and beautiful spots to look at. V & I took several photos.
This was my favorite area in Riomaggiore. The water looked inviting and people were relaxing all around the bend.
This was the opposite side of the water front where the flag is situated. You have to walk through the neighborhood to get to this spot. Once you walk down to this area, it’s quite steep and a bit dangerous if you aren’t careful but, the view of the village from here is unique.
The city center is a walk uphill. Be prepared to work out those glutes. From here, you get a nice overview of the village.
Don’t forget to look through the shops. There are some interesting jewelries and knick knacks to see and buy.
They say Manarola is the smallest of them all. It’s true. Although, when you walk along the port through a walk-path that wraps around the ocean front rock formation, it makes Manarola actually look bigger than it appears to be. It’s the best way to see Manarola in its entirety because you get a nice picturesque view of the village from a distance. It literally made me go “wow”.
We walked up to Nessun Dorma restaurant for a quick bite.
You really can’t beat the view from Nessun Dorma. It overlooks the port and the atmosphere is very welcoming. It made me feel as if there’s no where else I should be except here
My friend and I ended up having wine and appetizers. They were delicious! Keep in mind it’s a cash only restaurant. Either come with plenty of cash or go for small bites.
V & I had plenty of time left. We roamed around town, walked uphill and took photos. There are a few spots that are worth snapping. I found the signs near their doors so cute with the lemon details and serif fonts.
At first, I had mixed feelings about Monterosso. We came here on our first day running through puddles with rain pouring down on us harder than any other times I’ve ever experienced in my entire life. It’s one of those moments that I’m trying to forget because the 2nd time we came, Monterosso was beautiful. I remembered it very well, the sun had gone down and the light reflected this nice blue tone. On top of that, the sea was as calm as I could’ve imagined it to be. It almost felt like the storm never came.
Out of the 5 villages, Monterosso is the only one with a proper beach in Cinque Terre. It’s got 2 sides, the new and the old town. My favorite was definitely the old town. You can reach it by walking to the left side upon arriving by train and then pass through a tunnel that will lead you to the old town.
In the old town, you will find lots of different shops and restaurants. V and I ended up buying the limoncino which Cinque Terre is known for specialising in.
Other things to see in Monterroso is sitting by the port and really take in the views.
You won’t pass by Corniglia without anyone mentioning about having to go up (or down) 300 steps as a one way to enter this village. Corniglia is small. There are about 1,000 inhabitants in this village and they all know each other. When we arrived, a shuttle dropped us off at the beginning of the city center which is literally on top of a hill. From there, we wondered off walking around the village and eventually ended up in the back of the hill.
Corniglia, I found to be very quiet. It’s surrounded by vineyards and if you give it a chance, there are some fantastic restaurants and incredible views that you will find in the area. You just have to discover it.
Can you believe this view? Have a cocktail at Bar Terza Terra to the left from this photo above and you will get this infinity view of the coast.
We had dinner at Bar Nunzio on a terrace overlooking the vineyard and also part of the city center. This restaurant is hidden but, if you find it you will enjoy a very relaxing atmosphere. My friend and I came hungry and ordered a pizza, apetizers and the local Cinque Terre beer which was very delicious!
By 7pm, little did we know that the shuttle we took to get to this village ended their service exactly at 7. We ended up going down 300 steps that lead us directly to the train station. You can also access the village this way but, I think I preferred going down the steps rather than going up.