Some tips if you’re planning to visit the Expo 2015 in Milan

You’d like to visit the Expo 2015 in Milan, but you’re still confused? To make it easier, in this post you’ll find some tips if you’re planning to visit the Expo 2015 in Milan.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele  II Milan (from Google)

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Milan (from Google)

In this period the entire planet talks about Milan! Our beautiful city has been ranked as 2015’s #1 top destination by the New York Times and #3 by the Lonely Planet…not bad! Within a few months Milan will be shining, ready to embrace the expected 20 million of visitors, there’s no better moment to visit  Milan!

Expo site

Expo site

Remember, Expo will last 6 months, between May 1st and October 31st and the busiest months are expected to be the first and the last ones. First of all,  try to book your services in advance, flights  can be purchased on a cheaper rate and you can choose between a wider choice of accommodations.

Expo mascotte

Expo mascotte

Done? Now buy the Expo ticket! Tickets can be purchased directly through the official website and – good news – buying your tickets in advance, you get a 20% discount. You can choose between open date tickets for 32€ or for a fixed date for 27€!   To get to the city center, check out our post here, and to get to the site a transportation system is getting ready, as the website says: “The Site is easily accessible by international and local travelers alike through a highly connected transportation system”.

Milan Segway Tour

Milan Segway Tour

Ok, now that you know everything about Expo, start thinking about how to fill the other days in Milan! What’s better than beginning with a super cool 3 hour Milan Segway Tour? You’ll be introduced to highlights of the city by one of our enthusiastic guides and will have fun on the Segway!

We assume that if you’re interested in the Expo, you might be a foodie ;-) , so what’s better than to join a  Milan Food Walking Tour in the charming Brera district, strolling around tasting delicious food and talking with your local guide about  Italian culture.

The Duomo - Rooftop (from Google)

The Duomo – Rooftop (from Google)

There’s nothing more fascinating than seeing the city from above, climbing on the Cathedral’s Terraces and wandering through statues and gargoyles. Seize the opportunity by booking our latest tour, the Milan’s Duomo and Terraces Tour.

To visit the new, shining skyscraper district, we suggest you to book our Milan Segway Night Tour.

If you want to enter the Expo mood and see how the building of the site is  going on, then follow the official fanpage on Facebook, where you can see pictures of the works in progress directly  from Expo site!

See you at Expo Milano 2015!

How to get from the airport to Milan’s center?

Landing! (from Google)

Landing! (from Google)

Just landed and now the question is….How to get from the airport to Milan’s center? Well, yes, it depends on what is your airport :-) since Milan has three! Once you’ve verified which airport you’ll be landing at in Milan, use this list to find the best solution for you!

Milano Malpensa (MXP): the second biggest Italian airport is about 50 km away from the city center, if you’ll land here you can choose to take the train, bus or taxi.

Malpensa Express (from Google)

Malpensa Express (from Google)

Train – The Malpensa Express train departs from terminal 1 (T1) every 30 minutes and the quickest ride takes only 29 minutes. A one way ticket comes for 12€ (round trip valid 30 days comes for 18€) and children over 4 and under 14 years have a reduced price. Depending on where your hotel is located, you can chose to get to Milano Centrale (Central Station), Milano Porta Garibaldi or Milano Cadorna.

Milan's Taxi Cabs (from Google)

Milan’s Taxi Cabs (from Google)

Bus – the Malpensa Shuttle offers a non-stop connection every 20 minutes between the Milan Central train station and Malpensa Airport and stops at both terminals, T1 and T2. It takes 40 minutes and the one-way fare costs 10€ (the round trip 16€).

Cab – Of course you can chose to take a cab, which has a flat rate of 90€ from the airport to any destination in the city.

ATM (from Google)

ATM (from Google)

Milano Linate (LIN): The most central Milanese airport is connected to the city by bus. You can take both the line 73 or the line X73 (non-stop but not running during the weekend), and in about 40 minutes or less, you’ll arrive right in the heart of the city: Piazza San Babila, 10 minutes from the Duomo, not bad! Another plus is the price, just 1.50€, since is considered a urban fare. You can check the timetable on the website of the Milan public transportation company.

The price for the ride by cab is difficult to say, since it depends on the traffic situation.

 

Orio al Serio Airport  (from Google)qOrio al Serio Airport  (from Google)

Orio al Serio Airport (from Google)

Orio al Serio (BGY): The third airport is located near Bergamo and is usually the hub for low-cost flights. To get to Milan the best solution is to take one of the buses departing from the airport. There are three Companies providing the connection and the ride takes about 50 minutes. To low cost flights, match low cost buses…the cheapest one-way ticket comes for only 5€!

Airport (from Google)Our suggestion is, if you can, avoid the cab, since this can be expensive (120€ or more) and besides there’s also the highway toll to pay.

Well, we can say that even if while planning your trip at first sight getting to Milan city center seems difficult and the offer is apparently confusing, it is not! And using our tips are easy, quick and even quite cheap!

Segway Happy People

Segway Happy People

Another good tip? While you’re planning  your trip, be smart and make a reservation also for one of our engaging tours through the city! Want some fun? Then book a Segway Tour or a Segway Night Tour! Are you obsessed by food? Our Milan Food Tour is designed on you! Curious about history? Definitely the Skip-The-Line Milan Duomo And Terrace Tour! Yeah in Milan there’s a lot to do!!

Have fun in Milan! :-)

How public transportation works in Italy

You’re planning a trip through Italy and you’re trying to understand how public transportation works in Italy and how Milan, Florence and Rome are connected to each other? Here you are!

Italy

Italy

Traveling through Italy is extremely easy, since the three cities we mentioned are connected by high speed railways which shortens the distances between them and allows you to plan a nice trip  with little effort. For instance departing from Milan, Florence is just 2 hours away and Rome just 3 and a half. Trains are modern and comfortable and you can choose the  best rate between two companies, Frecciarossa and Italo. As usual if you want to get a nice offer- book in advance. You could pay 19€ for a ticket Milan – Florence !

Italo Train (from Google)

Italo Train (from Google)

You can start your trip for instance in Rome, get the train to Florence and then to Milan and…who knows join a Segway Tour with us in Rome, a Segway Tour in Florence and one in Milan. They’re totally different, and while doing them, you’ll understand why every Italian city has its own strong features.

Be smart, once you book a tour, 10% off for the next one!

But once you’re there? How can you easily and safely move through the cities?

Milan

Has a terrific underground railway system, and moreover you can use buses and trams. Our suggestion? Check out the tram #1, which is an historical one and passes by the most important monuments of the city.

Tram #1 (from Google)

Tram #1 (from Google)

Getting a 24 or a 48hr ticket, you can travel trough the city using all of them. The Milano Card, also, provides a 48hr ticket, plus discounts you can use in museums, activities and much more…like in our Milan Segway Tour and Milan Food Tour!

Milan Segway Tour

Milan Segway Tour

If you feel athletic and you’re not scared by cars, you can borrow one of the yellow bikes of the bike sharing and start to ride (thankfully Milan is flat!).

If you’re wondering where’s the meeting point of our Segway Tour and Food Tour, a clue is: keep in mind Lanza Metro Station on the Green line ;-)

Psst…If you’re already a client of the car sharing company Car2Go, you can use your subscription also in Milan.

Florence

Florence Team

Florence Team

The Santa Maria Novella train station, couldn’t be more central, from there you can basically walk wherever you want in the very center of the city…and maybe find our headquarters right behind Piazza della Signoria. There you’ll find our smiling staff arranging the segways for your engaging Florence Segway Tour!

If you’re planning to see museums during your stay, then consider to purchase the Firenze Card, which will ensure you to visit 72 (!!) museums and use all the bus lines for 72 hrs.

San Gimignano (from Google)

San Gimignano (from Google)

Buses run frequently and reach also nice villages around the city like for instance Fiesole or Settignano. Since Florence is in a strategic position in the heart of Tuscany, using also regional buses, you can consider to visit other charming towns like Siena or San Gimignano.

Rome

Rome is huge and to visit it if you don’t want tired feet, you’ll definitely need to use public transportation. The underground is extremely easy to use, since the railway system is designed in an X shape and with its three lines (A,B and C), will get you near most known monuments of the Eternal City.

Colosseo (from Google)

Colosseo (from Google)

The useful Roma Pass runs for 34€ and as the website says: “entitling card holders to use public transport for three days running, as well as benefit from discounts in museums, at tourist sites, shops and theaters”…and our Rome Segway Tour and Rome Bike Tour, not bad!

Rome Segway Tour

Rome Segway Tour

Have a little bit of time before your segway tour and have no idea where our meeting point is? It’s just 10 min. walking from the metro station Colosseo! We couldn’t make it easier! Then let our team take care of you, and help you discover the city  with the breathtaking Rome Segway Tour and give you information about how to handle this big  city.

Have fun!

Free Things do in Milan, Florence, Rome

Free Things do in Milan, Florence, Rome

Milan

Gallerie d'Italia (from Google)

Gallerie d’Italia (from Google)

-          Gallerie d’Italia:  an unexpected museum right in Piazza della Scala, entry is totally free and inside you’ll also find a nice cafè (and yes…restrooms!). This former bank built at the beginning of the 20th century, houses a collection of masterpieces dating back to the 19th and 20th century. The atmosphere and the rich decorations of the palace will surprise you. Going downstairs you can even see the old vault of the bank.

When you pass in front of it during our Milan Segway Tour, our guide will point it out to you for sure.

Pietà Rondanini (from Google)

Pietà Rondanini (from Google)

-          Sforza Castle: another masterpiece and another very democratic place. The former residence of the dukes of Milan now houses museums and cultural institutions and if you’re planning to visit them, consider to go at 4.30 p.m. (2 p.m. on Tuesdays), when admittance is free! Our choice? The Museum of ancient Arts, where you can admire a room painted by Leonardo da Vinci and where the last sculpture by Michelangelo is kept: a rough, unfinished and moving Pietà.

Florence

Officina Profumo Santa Maria Novella (from Google)

Officina Profumo Santa Maria Novella (from Google)

-          You probably know that back in time the monks were experts  in cultivating medicinal plants and in preparing medicines and perfumes. The herbalists at the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella were particularly good at their job, since they still run it after 400 years! This old, enchanting place is just attached to the side of the Santa Maria Novella Church near the Train Station. Visit the museum, smell the perfumes and taste the spirits, this  place is  an experience for the 5 senses!

Santo Spirito (from Google)

Santo Spirito (from Google)

-          Some things can happen only in Florence, there’s a church, the Basilica of Santo Spirito, out of the touristic paths, peaceful and beautiful, which is the last masterpiece designed by Brunelleschi and which inside keeps a wooden crucifix painted by the one and only Michelangelo! If it happens that you find yourself in Florence on the third Sunday of every month, make sure to also enjoy the lively, little farmers’ market of La Fierucolina taking place in the square in front of the church.

Rome

Numismatic Museum of the Italian Mint (from Google)

Numismatic Museum of the Italian Mint (from Google)

-          One could think that the mint is a very mysterious place impossible to enter,  but actually this is not true, the entrance to the Numismatic Museum of the Italian Mint is free, you’ll need just to show your ID to get your entrance pass. Here you’ll can learn about money making techniques and see about 20.000 pieces, including coins, medals, wax patterns and minting tools.

Circolo degli artisti (from Google)

Circolo degli artisti (from Google)

-          Where do young and hip Romans go at night? Check out the bubbly Circolo degli Artisti, a place where you can listen to live music and have a drink or go wild on the dance floor! Most of the concerts are free and check out the calendar to be sure not to miss a groovy night during your Roman stay. The club is in the city center, has a nice garden and the atmosphere is relaxed and understatement, what’s better?

 

Segway Tour

Segway Tour

Want to be in the group of our happy customers who had the chance to get a big chunk of information by our local guides? There’s only one way, book one of our Tours and start to feel like a local!

 

Modern Architectures in Italy

Come and see exciting modern Architectures in Italy! Yes, we want to provoke you, we know, when people think about our country the first image is not a skyscraper or a modern futuristic building, but the cities are changing and you will be surprised!

Milan Skyline (from Google)

Milan Skyline (from Google)

Of course we begin with Milan, since it is home to the biggest European building site for the last few years – Porta Nuova -  is right here and couldn’t be otherwise, given that this city is used to changes since…well never! That’s why the reaction of the Milanesi to the new skyline overlooking the city is: “At last, we’ve got skyscrapers!”. And is not by chance that the tallest Italian building, the Unicredit Tower was built here. Ok, we know that is just 231 meters high for 32 stories but forgive us, we’re not a country of skyscrapers :-) .

Unicredit Tower (from Google)

Unicredit Tower (from Google)

Milan Segway Night Tour

Milan Segway Night Tour

This tower, a symbol of the new, modern Milan and of its new challenges, was designed by the Argentine architect Cesar Pelli. Even if at first sight, it looks that it could be anywhere in the world and that has no connection with the city… you may notice that the spire will remind you of the main spire of the Duomo, and the reflective glass building has the shape of a bolt of cloth. They areboth, a tribute to our history and to our strong skill in manufacturing and fashion!

Want the best way to see the skyscrapers from different points of view and experience the vibe? Join our brand new Milan Segway Night Tour, of course. Ride trough glass surfaces, lights, bustling areas and feel both the quiet and the bustling vibe of the city!

Nuovo Teatro dell'Opera di Firenze (from Google)

Nuovo Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze (from Google)

Nuovo Teatro dell'Opera di Firenze (from Google)

Nuovo Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze (from Google)

We know it sounds weird, but believe us, also the city of Botticelli can surprise you with a contemporary architecture masterpiece. Take a look to the Nuovo Teatro dell’Opera. Inaugurated on December 21st in 2011 with a concert directed by Zubin Metha, is the best progressive theatre in Europe and can house 4800 people in three rooms, one of them is not actually a room, but a fascinating amphitheatre on the rooftop offering a breathtaking panorama of the city. Is not by chance that the first concert was directed by Zubin Metha, since the famous orchestra leader took also part in counseling the architects during the building, in order to remove most of the obstacles between the orchestra and the spectators.

Maxxi Rome (from Google)

Maxxi Rome (from Google)

Maxxi Rome (from Google)

Maxxi Rome (from Google)

Here we have not only the Colosseo, Fontana di Trevi and Dolce Vita in the Eternal City, but also modern and surprising architectures: Rome will amaze you! Come here with a curious mind to discover the modern buildings created by international archistars. If you think about it, these are nothing more than just the last piece of a long architectural story which begun back in time during the prehistory.

Probably the most loved (and most hated) building in Rome is the Maxxi,  Museum of the Contemporary Arts designed by the famous architect Zaha Hadid and considered by the Guardian News “Hadid’s finest built work to date” and “a masterpiece fit to sit alongside Rome’s ancient wonders.” In fact, peering from the highest level, it is possible to admire the surrounding panorama and other buildings like the Sport Palace designed by Pier Luigi Nervi back in the ‘50s and the Auditorium Parco della Musica designed by Renzo Piano.

Shocked? Then we have just the suggestion for you ;-)

Keep calm

Psst…

In Florence, Rome and Milan there is so much to see that it’s easy to feel lost, but we know you’re smart and you’ve booked a tour with us, actually our tours are fit to every taste, whether you are a family looking for fun, a couple of foodies, group of friends, we’ve got what you’re looking for, just pick one of our tours: Milan Segway Tour, Milan Food TourFlorence Segway ToursFlorence Bike TourFlorence Food Tour, Rome Segway Tour, Rome Bike TourRome Pizza Food Tour and learn a lot about these famous Italian destination cities!

 

Autumn in Milan

Autumn in Milan

 Spending the Autumn in Milan can be a surprise, since the city offers interesting things to do for cinema, music and art lovers, and for both adults and kids.

Italy’s most cosmopolitan city never sleeps and is preparing new and exciting events for this September, here is a list of what you can’t miss this Autumn in Milan.

Milano Film Festival 2014 (from Google)Milan Film Festival

The 19th Milan Film Festival will take place between September 4th and 14th in 7 locations around the city. If you’re planning to visit Milan in this Autumn period, don’t miss it- you’ll be hooked.

Milan Film Festival (from Google)

Milan Film Festival (from Google)

Be prepared to be surprised during this contemporary festival, you’ll have the chance to meet the directors, relish in its cosmopolitan vibe, drink a beer before the cinema, outdoor DJ sets and dancing in the squares…not bad!

Don’t speak Italian? There are no excuses, most of the movies are played in their original language and include subtitles in both languages: English and Italian.

MiTo Festival (from Google)

MiTo Festival (from Google)

MiTo – Settembre Musica

This music festival – where Mi is for Milan and To is for Turin – takes place since 2007 every year in September between the two cities. If you’ll be in Milan between September 4th and 21st take a look at the program, filled with concerts of worldwide renowned artists and musicians and pick at least one, you won’t regret it ;-)

Milan by night (from Google)

Milan by night (from Google)

Milan Segway Night Tour

Psstt…did you know that in Milan a new modern and fascinating district is growing? And that when the eve falls on Milan it is actually quite a fascinating and dazzling city by night?

Our local guides have been spotted riding Segways at sunset preparing a brand new itinerary right for you, we’ve heard that the official launch for the Milan Segway Night Tour will be this September….stay tuned!

What to do in the summer in Italy?

Are you planning to spend your holidays in Milan, Florence or Rome with your family and wondering what to do in summer in Italy? Great! Since we know that in summer Italy is a hot destination and that holidays need to be planned in advance, here you can find some tips about summer festivals, concerts, happenings and much more. Whether you love to stay in the nature, do activities or attend to concerts, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Just read this post, plan your days and start dreaming of Italy!

Milan

The vibe of this city is getting more and more exciting, also because Milan is getting ready and dressing up to host the Expo 2015 in less than one year.

Cinema in the park

Cinema in the park (from google)

-          The events calendar for this summer is rich and various, and every day there’s something new to do: music, theatre, exhibitions, festivals…do like the Milanesi do, put an anti mosquito spray in your bag, go out and enjoy the city ;-)

Idroscalo - Milan

Idroscalo – Milan (from google)

-          And if the city gets too hot, go to the Idroscalo to freshen up. This artificial lake, built in 1930 to be the seaplane airport of the city, is now considered “The sea of Milan”, here in this green park you can experience…thousand of sport activities, such as swimming, canoeing, boating, windsurfing, sailing, beach volley, free climbing, tennis and much more.

Confess that you didn’t expect to find green areas in Milan, but prepare to be shocked because in Milan there are 38 parks! Yes we said 38… Surprise: Milan is green! There’s even the Verdestate Festival!

Milan-Segway-Tour

Milan Segway Tour

Extra tip: our local guides are warming up the wheels and can’t wait to lead you through the city! Book an exciting 3 hours Milan Segway Tour now!

Florence

If 12 millions of people have visited Florence in 2013, there must be a reason, then come to find out why and experience the wide offer of activities of this city.

Feast of St. Lawrence
Feast of St. Lawrence (from google)

-           In Tuscany in summer the magic word to remember is: sagra. During summer almost in every small village (but also in Florence) are organized festivals dedicated to traditional food, like wild boar, wine, different kind of pasta etc., for instance on August 10th in Florence will take place the Feast of St. Lawrence with a parade and a traditional a free evening distribution of lasagne and watermelon. What’s on when you’ll be around?

Roman amphitheatre in Fiesole

Roman amphitheatre in Fiesole (from google)

-           Estate Fiesolana: If Florence gets too hot, in just 20 min of bus you can climb on the green, windy hill of Fiesole, and join this famous festival, where jazz is played in the amazing frame of the roman theatre and concerts take place in an ancient Basilica; are you into music, theatre, cinema? Here you can find the three, just check the program and pick what inspires you.

Extra tip: give your family an experience to remember, a Florence Segway Tour is something exciting to enjoy together!

Rome

Yes we know, in Rome there is never enough time, too many things to see and too many places to explore, but if you’ve visited enough monuments and want something else, don’t worry, you’re just spoiled with choices!

Opera at the Baths of Caracalla
Opera at the Baths of Caracalla (from google)

-          More than 50 events and the amazing skyline of the Eternal City in background, this is the Estate Romana (Roman Summer) and is not the only marathon of events! Have you ever seen a ballet in an ancient Roman villa included in the UNESCO list? Yes, in Rome happens… Opera lovers? At the Baths of Caracalla will be performed La bohème and The Barber of Sevilla. Do we need to continue? :-)

Rome Night Tour

Rome Night Tour

-          And in case you want to rock, then check out the concert’s calendar, Paolo Nutini, Rufus Wainwright or Robert Plant are just waiting for you. Most of the concerts take place in amazing locations, like the Parco della Musica, designed by Renzo Piano, or in Piazza del Popolo, the iconic square with the twin churches.

Extra tip: Rome is magic, even more if experienced with a Segway Night Tour! :-)

Buone vacanze!

Great things to do in Florence (live a day as a Fiorentino)

If you’re wondering if is still possible to have a genuine experiences in this beautiful city the answer is…definitely! Florence is a world-famous city, a treasure chest of art and beauty but also still an authentic city, where dialect is spoken and people firmly keep their traditions. Follow our tips about great things to do in Florence and enjoy it!

1 – Jump on a Segway!

Florence Segway Tour

Florence Segway Tour

Yes, it comes first because we suggest you to do it as first thing – ok, fine, after doing the check-in in your hotel – because it is the smartest way to get an introduction to the city. Why? Want to see the most important monuments, have fun, be in a small group, have a nice local guide, get lots of tips for the rest of your stay? Let’s jump aboard!

The local guide will tell you legends, show you videos, accompany you deep in the culture of the city and will give you a lot of tips about what to do, about where to go in the city, so that you’ll feel like locals for the rest of your stay! And, hey! We offer also a Segway Night Tour!

2 – Go shopping (and get lost) al mercato

A visit to a market is always a worldly experience, if you want to learn more about people and traditions, don’t rush and spend some time al mercato. Markets are also usually places where you can buy food at normal prices and very typical souvenires, is there something better than to receive a pack of Cantuccini (Tuscan cookies) and a bottle of Vinsanto?

The markets you can’t miss are two:

Lampredotto (from google)

Lampredotto (from google)

  • Mercato Centrale:This market, aka San Lorenzo market, is divided in two parts, one outside where you can find leather goods but also clothes and scarves and another one – our favourite – inside the big pavillion dating back to the end of the 19th century dedicated to…food! Here you’ll find the Tuscan, Florentine and Italian food culture at its best and you’ll be sorrounded by pasta, cheese, mushrooms, meat, fish, olives and will feel like you’re in heaven. There are some places where you can sit down and eat traditional dishes and also kiosks where you can buy some tipical street food. “The” florentine street food is the lampredotto (read what is it only after eating it). You’ve got it, we love this market, and now guess which is one of the stops of our delish Florence Food Tour? ;-)

    Market (from google)

    Market (from google)

  • Mercato di Sant’AmbrogioYou can get here by a short walk from the Duomo. This daily market, away from the tourist crowd, is the oldest market in Florence – dates back to 1873 – and takes place in the square of the historical and still authentic district of Sant’Ambrogio. Spend a different morning, by buying fresh fruit direct from the farmers and stopping to try all the Florentine specialties. In case you still have space in your bellies, we suggest to have lunch in the Trattoria da Rocco, a small and cheap restaurant, very traditional.

3 – Feed the brain 

And now feed the brain by visiting places, hidden but amazing away from the crowd.

Giotto, Madonna (from google)

Giotto, Madonna (from google)

  • Museo di Santo Stefano al Ponte: housed in a former monastery, just a few steps away from the Ponte Vecchio. In comparison with other museums, here you’ll find peace and quiet that will really let you admire the pieces of art, painted by famous Tuscan artists like Paolo Uccello, Masolino and nothing less than…Giotto!

 

  • Stibbert Museum: this hidden gem keeps a rich collection of ancient and recent armours from all over the world, you’ll be amazed by the variety of the collection and by the way the pieces are put on display.

    San Francesco Monastery (from google)

    San Francesco Monastery (from google)

  • San Francesco Monastery in Fiesole: on the top of a hill, not far away from the center of Fiesole, this quiet medieval monastery is our choice for a stunning, romantic view on the city and the river Arno.

 

4 – Go out and have an Aperitivo

Kitsch-deux (from google)

Kitsch-deux (from google)

Did you know that one of the most famous Italian cocktails, the Negroni, was born in Florence? Ok we know it is strong and not for everyone, but whether you like strong cocktails or soft drinks, once in Florence you must go out for an aperitivo!

A trendy spot is the Kitsch Deux, which offers a rich buffet to accompany your drink, a bustling atmosphere and good music.

Duomo, Florence (from google)

Duomo, Florence (from google)

If you are looking for something more quiet, then choose the Caffetteria delle Oblate, a cafè nestled on the top floor of a library, which offers a stunning view of the Duomo.

5 – The hip tip

Teatro del Sale (from google)

Teatro del Sale (from google)

More than a theatre and not just a restaurant, the Teatro del Sale is a unique experience. A reservation is needed, then when you’ll enter this place and take a seat – try not to be late in order to get a good spot – you’ll realize that no, there’s no menu here and the plates are straight out from the kitchen by the famous chef Fabio Picchi…when for instance the pasta is ready, you’ll stand up and queue near the kitchen waiting for your dish…rules are rules! But believe us, the food is great. After dessert, tables and chairs are moved in order to make space for the show! Everything is in Italian, but don’t worry, enjoyable for everyone :-) .

Psst! Are you a family? A segway tour combines fun and information plus you’ll share an experience to remember!

Great things to do in Rome (spotted by our local guides)

As everybody knows, Rome is a big, fascinating city, full of history, art and charm. Besides its iconic monuments known all over the world, there are so many other spots to visit, that would take months to see and experience. Our suggestion is…open your eyes, explore the city, be prepared to be surprised, get lost in its beauty and follow our tips. Great things to do in Rome are waiting for you!

Cornetti (from google)

Let your day start with a crisp and tender cornetto (Roman word for croissant), bought in a local forno (bakery). Our suggestion is the Forno Campo dei Fiori, a famous but still local spot, considered one of the best bakeries in town. Order a cornetto and eat it outside, in the amazing frame of Campo Dè Fiori, planning your vacanze romane.

2 – Culture: outside the conventional routes

Ok, you’ve seen the Colosseo, the Foro Romano and the Fontana di Trevi…but in Rome there’s much more! You could spend weeks visiting monuments, churches and museums and…you’ll realize that there’s still something new to see! This also makes Rome so unique.

Here are some insider tips:

ludus magnus

Ludus Magnus (from google)

It’s possible that not everyone knows that right behind the Colosseo there are the ruins of this building, also called the Great Gladiatorial Training School. This was one of the four places in the city, where the gladiators who participated in the performances at the Colosseo were trained. Once there, imagine that at the centre of the Ludus Magnus there was an ellipsoidal arena in which the gladiators practiced.

Basilica of San Clemente (from google)

Basilica of San Clemente:

this church off the traditional tourist path, is a treasure chest of secrets and history. By visiting it, you’ll see 2.000 years of Roman history, since the medieval church at the street level is built on a church dating back to the 4th century A.D. Erected on the basement of a 2nd century Roman insula and on its shrine dedicated to Mithras. By descending there you’ll hear the sound of water running. You’re not daydreaming, it is the sound of an underground river!

3 – Find the Great Beauty

Orange Garden

Orange Garden (from google)

The Parco Savello, aka the Orange Garden is a pleasant retreat on the Aventino hill, famous for offering one of the best views over the Capital. Once there, you’ll embrace the beauty of the city and feel like you’re in a movie.

This park is also a romantic nook and one of the best places where see the sunset on the city. The sleekest way to reach it? By joining our Segway Tour! As you know Rome, is situated on 7 hills. Arrive there with a segway so it will be easy and fun. And besides, your guide will show you another hidden gem: when leaving the park turn right and at the end of the road you’ll find a big green door…look through the small keyhole and..SURPRISE!

4 – Dine all’aperto

Trastevere by night (from google)

The climate in Rome is so pleasant that for most of the year you can dine outside, or all’aperto as we say in Italian. Trastevere, with its narrow medieval roads, is still one of the best areas in the city for walking around and eating out. Once there, enjoy the charming atmosphere and be groped by the delicious smells coming from the restaurants and trattorie.

pizza

from google

Our advice is Dar Poeta, a pizzeria and a landmark in town (Psst…is said that the Romani cross the city just to eat here!).

5 – The hip tip

Rome is not just a museum in open air, but also a lively and young city. So don’t miss its newest trends! Our tips?

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Freni e Frizioni (from google)

Freni e Frizioni: hip bar and cool place for an aperitivo – suitable also for vegans – whose name can be translated into “brakes and clutches”, since once it was a car garage.

Via del Governo Vecchio: for a local shopping experience, try this elegant pedestrian road just behind Piazza Navona. There you’ll find small boutiques and independent designers stores selling unique and handmade items like clothes or jewelry. Here you’ll also find restaurants and wine bars.

Segway

Rome Segway Tours

Last tip, book one of our tours (Segway Tour, Pizza Tour, Rome Bike Tour)at the beginning of your stay, your guide will give you a lot of tips about things to do in Rome for the rest of your holiday!

Great things to do in Milan

In Italy, is said that the Milanesi are snobby and unfriendly, we don’t think so…but what is sure is that in Milan you’ll realize that the people seem to be always in a hurry and that they…run! Here below great things to do in Milan

Probably also because it’s a bustling, exciting city with a lot to see and to do and, since the only way to understand a city is to live it as a local…dress well (Milan is still the capital of fashion!), follow our tips and be a Milanese for one day!

Italian breakfast (from google)

Cappuccino and brioche (from google)

1 – Begin the day with an Italian breakfast

rigorously with a cappuccino and a brioche and remember that a real Milanese never sits but has his breakfast at the counter! There are a plenty of good places to go..the Milanesi are demanding! Here you find some tips:

  • Panificio Pattini: considered one of the best bakeries in town, in the heart of the charming Brera district. Psst…guess which one is the first stop of our Milan Food Walking Tour? 

    The Duomo reflected in the windows of Camparino

    The Duomo reflected in the windows of Camparino

  • Camparino: smell the history in this old café with art nouveau decorations located at the entrance of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

  • Pasticceria Marchesi: this pastry shop has been open since 1824 and still preserves the original furniture, a jump in the past and a festival for eyes and palate!

    Tram #1

    Tram #1

2 – Go by tram

Milan is easy to visit with public transportation, and our tip is to choose the tram if you can, specially the old number 1 which, with its wooden benches offers a real Milanese experience.

3 – Go see an art exhibition

Palazzo Reale

Palazzo Reale

After breakfast, go to see an art exhibition in one of the many museums, a good choice can be Palazzo Reale, where you can choose between 4 exhibitions, always of high cultural standard.

4 – Have lunch at a local favorite

Milan is a food mecca, where you can find a wide choice including street food, typical Italian trattoria and awarded, fancy restaurants…

Yummy panzerotto by Luini

Yummy panzerotto by Luini

  • Luini: buy one of their famous, heavenly panzerotti (panzerotto is like a small, fluffy and fried calzone) and eat it on a bench in the near Piazza San Fedele. 

  • Da Claudio: between Brera and the Sforza Castle, this fish shop, now also a restaurant serves plates of raw fish accompanied by a glass of sparkling white wine, a favorite lunch spot for the financial district suit and tie workers. 

  • Trattoria la Colonna (Via Santa Maria alla Porta 10 – website unavailable): a typical Italian trattoria in an historical building in the old city center. Traditional dishes in an homely atmosphere, that’s how Italy is expected to be :-)

5 – Go shopping…or at least window shopping

Probably you’ve heard about Via Montenapoleone and the so called “Golden Quad”, and yes, Milan is definitely a good destination for shopping! Whether in the city center or in other districts – Brera or Ticinese for instance – you’ll find sparkling shops for every taste. There are also interesting department stores and concept stores you can’t miss like:

La Rinascente rooftop bar

La Rinascente rooftop bar

  • La Rinascente: the first modern clothes store in Italy and a stop for everyone both Milanesi or visitors. The café at the 7th floor overlooks the Duomo’s spires…breathtaking! 

  • 10 Corso Como: one of the world’s most important concept stores, a visionary place where you can find a clothes store, a bookstore, an art gallery, a restaurant, a bar and even an exclusive B&B.

    Excelsior Milano (from google)

    Excelsior Milano (from google)

  • Excelsior: realized by Jean Nouvel in a former movie theater, displays a selection of fashion, perfumes, design, fresh flowers, wines and more in a frame of colorful video screens. Like doing shopping in the future! 

6 – End your day with an aperitivo!

You can’t end a real Milanese day without drinking an aperitivo! The Milanesi are so proud of this tradition and say that in other cities the people have no idea about what a real aperitivo is…yes, that’s probably a little bit snobby…The fact is that the Milanesi love to go out after work, drink something together, socialize and discover new places!

Take Away Bistrot Milan

Take Away Bistrot Milan

  • Take Away Bistrot: The address for the journalists who work in the near offices and definitely the perfect place for an aperitivo. Interested in knowing more about the Italian wines? Our Milan Wine Tasting takes place here, don’t miss it!

    Armani Bamboo Bar (from Google)

    Armani Bamboo Bar (from Google)

  • Armani Bamboo Bar: a luxury place at the 7th floor of the Armani hotel. We like it for the floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a stunning view over the red roofs and the Duomo, specially at the sunset.

  • Ostello Bello: this awarded hostel has two souls: easy chic hostel with cosmopolitan atmosphere and trendy place for locals.

Have you booked a Milan Food Tour with us? Remember that our guides are pure Milanesi and they’ll be glad to give you advices about what’s local, from hidden places to trendy bars, take advantage of it :-) !