5 ideas for a day-trip from Milan

Especially in the warm season, taking a break from the city can be reinvigorating. That’s why we decided to suggest to you 5 ideas for a day-trip from Milan. All the destinations we present in this post are easily reached by train from Milan, just check the timetables here. You’ll probably be surprised by the amazing gems kept in places you’ve probably never heard about, but hey…that’s Italy guys!

-          Monza

Getting to Monza is extremely easy since it is just 20 minutes away from Milan by train. If you’re interested in history but also in being in elegant and chic places, this is the destination for you. After a quick walk from the train station, you’ll be in the city center in ten minutes and we’re sure that the rhythm of this elegant small city will captivate you. Monza is rich in art and culture! Stroll around the center, between elegant boutiques and another attractions. Don’t miss the medieval Duomo for any reason. While exploring its treasury and its frescoes, you’ll be shocked by its beauty. Have a coffee break at the enchanting Tea Rose Cafè and then take a look at the Arengario, the former town hall of the city. End your city getaway by going around along the river Lambro and having a meal at a nice restaurant in the area.

-          Bergamo

Bergamo Alta

Bergamo Alta

Romantic, magical, old are just few of the adjectives we have in mind when we think about Bergamo. The old city is situated on a hill and dominates the modern city (Bergamo Bassa) and the area around. Arrive at the train station located in Bergamo Bassa and from there take the bus to get to the old walled city of Bergamo Alta. Once you have arrived, visit the Piazza Vecchia, the octagonal Cappella Colleoni, the medieval church of Santa Maria Maggiore and then take a stroll through the small roads scattered with lovely boutiques up to the Colle Aperto, where you’ll have the best panorama over Bergamo Bassa. And what about eating out? Well…the province of Bergamo has 10 Michelin awarded restaurants and of them 2 are in Bergamo Alta: foodies are very welcome here!

-          Brescia

Brescia-Capitolium

Brescia-Capitolium

Brescia should be a destination itself, not just a day-trip but we know that there is never enough time in a day! In any case, did you know that Brescia is a Roman city and that there are important Roman ruins to be seen? And this is just the first surprise. If you really want to understand the city, visit the Santa Giulia Museum which is included in the UNESCO heritage list and without any doubt one of the most beautiful museums we’ve seen so far. Seriously, where else can you find a museum which is built around a Longobard church, a Roman residential district and a medieval church? After leaving the museum, visit the ruins of the main Roman shrine: the Capitolium . Here,  you’ll be immersed back to the Augustan Age. There is still time for a peek  into the central Piazza della Loggia and the old Cathedral. My goodness, there is so much to see!

-          Pavia

Castello Visconteo (Pavia) by Giorgio Gonnella

Castello Visconteo (Pavia) by Giorgio Gonnella

Pavia is just less than 30 min from Milan by train. After arriving, getting to the city center is super easy: just go straight. When in doubt, just ask around. After few minutes you’ll be in the central Piazza della Vittoria, lined by elegant medieval buildings and…this is just the beginning! Turn left in Corso Strada Nuova have a coffee (with of course a pastry) in the historical Pasticceria Vigoni, located right in front of the university, one of the oldest in Italy, founded in 1361. Take a moment to explore the courtyards and the ancient library (one of the first public libraries  in the world!), then continue on to the Castello Visconteo, named after the dukes of Milan and after visiting it, come back to the center and visit the cathedral, the stunning church of San Michele Maggiore and finally relax by strolling along the Ticino river up to the Ponte Coperto (covered bridge).

-          Como and the lake

Varenna

Varenna

We didn’t want to be predictable putting this as first destination but…Como should be :-) , especially if you travel in spring or summer. The train station Como Lago is next to the city center, where a gate will introduce you to the heart of the famous lake town. Before diving into the city, consider taking a boat and explore other destinations in the area. One suggestion could be Varenna, a former fishermen’s village which is still colorful and picturesque. After your boat “tour” , enter the walled historical city center of Como and reach the lively Piazza Duomo, which is still nowadays the heart of the city, sit at the table of one of the bars overlooking the square and just enjoy the peaceful beauty. If you have time take the funicular to Brunate and enjoy the stunning view of the lake from above.

Well, what can we add…wear comfy shoes and have fun! :-)

How to get the tickets for museums and exhibitions in Milan and Venice

In this post about where to find  information about how to get the tickets for museums and exhibitions in Milan and Venice, we tried to put together a useful guide, since visiting an important city of art like Milan or Venice can be overwhelming…so many things to do, so many things to see.

Being well organized can help to save time, stress and sometimes also money. Have you just landed in one of these two cities? Well, don’t  panic and follow our tips…easy peasy!

MILAN

Da Vinci Codex Atlanticus

Da Vinci Codex Atlanticus

Probably if you want to see all the museums of the city, you should spend at least a month in Milan, but since we guess you’ll be here for shorter time, have a look at this guide focused on museums and temporary exhibitions, where you can easily choose what to visit depending on your interests.

Yeah we know that leaving Milan without seeing the Last Supper can be frustrating, so in case you really want to admire the masterpiece painted by Leonardo da Vinci buy the tickets in advance through the official website.

Everything  sold out? We know the feeling but consider that there are other masterpieces by Leonardo in Milan like the engaging portrait “The Musician” kept in the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana or the collection of his sketches – aka  the Codex Atlanticus - which is split in two parts and visible in the Library of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and in the Sacristy of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Moreover, if you are interested in Leonardo, stay tuned, since in spring will inaugurate the biggest exhibition ever dedicated to the genius of the Italian Renaissance.

Warning: insider tip! Did you know that inside the hall of the Banca Popolare di Milano there’s a reproduction of the Last Supper?

Duomo of Milan

Duomo of Milan

An experience we suggest not to miss is the Skip-the-Line Milan Duomo and Terrace Tour which makes you climb on the rooftop of the Duomo and see the city from above (but not only, since the tour combines also the visit to the interior of the cathedral and the archaeological site downstairs).

VENICE

Venice

Venice

Delicious Venetian cicchetti

Delicious Venetian cicchetti

Italy is a small country and Venice is reachable from Milan in just over 2 hours by train but even if is so close, is a completely different world. Venice is the gate between the West and the East and for centuries has been the most powerful city in the world. The cultural heritage to this city is  enormous. A complete guide to the Venetian cultural offer can be found here.

Well, we know than the  biggest goal for travelers is to find local spots, mix with people living there and don’t feel like tourist and we also know that in Venice seems impossible but, trust us, if you go just around the corner and lose yourself, you can discover magical courtyards and find small places where you can have an ombra de vin (glass of wine in Venetian dialect) and eat some delicious cicchetti at a normal and sometimes even cheap price.

A good guide to find such places can be this one written by two collaborators of Hugo Pratt, a famous Italian and Venetian comic book creator and if you’ll buy it at the enchanting Libreria Acqua Altaconsidered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world – you’ll appreciate it even more.

Ok, now we think that you’ve got everything to make your choices while visiting Milan and Venice and consider that on every first Sunday on the month in Italy all the national museums are free. That means that they will probably be busy, but it can be helpful if you’re travelling on a budget.

Have fun in Italy!

Meet Your Guide in Rome: Martina by Segway

We are rolling out a monthly “Meet Your Guide in Rome” section so you can get to know your friendly, knowledgeable Segway Tour Guides before you take one of our cultural, city guided Segway tours offered in Florence, Milan or Rome. If you have any more for us- let us know! Or ask us in person on one of the Segway Tours in Italy!

Meet Martina!

Meet Martina!

Name: Martina Sorrenti
Nationality and City of residence: Italian, Rome
Name of tour you lead and where: Imperial and Baroque Segway tours and Pizza food tour in Rome
If you are not from the city you are based in for tours, what originally brought you there?
I was born in Rome, but I lived in many places before coming back to Rome more or less 7 years ago. I had to follow my parents that had to move because of their job, so I moved to Guatemala and then back to Italy (Milan). When I came back to Rome I decided that I would  never move again, I love this city so much!
Martina Rome Segway 2Your favorite part of the tour: What I like about the Segway tour is that I can mix a historical part with the fun side of the segway.
Favorite Local Restaurant in your city: I really like Pizza at Chicco di Grano, that is where we also do the final part of our Pizza tour, and I love Pasta at the Restaurant “Trilussa” in Trastevere.
One thing visitors to my city can’t miss: Pizza and Gelato of course!! And a nice walk in the area of the Pantheon in the summer evenings.
Travel Mantra? What I usually say at the beginning of my tour is “Smile and be proud, you are in Rome!”
What’s next on your travel bucket list? I would really like to visit Guatemala, the place where I lived when I was 2 years old and that I don’t remember at all!
What is your favorite Italian city to travel to? I love to travel to Florence and to Naples and Sorrento.
Martina Roma GuidaWhat’s your best travel tip for those coming to visit Italy?
My suggestion is to take the country as it is, with its problems but also with its amazing beauties. What tourists must do is to understand our view and enjoy every small thing that our wonderful country can offer. It is true, public transportation is not working well, you can get lost because there are not correct
signs, we are often late, but behind these things is a wonderful world of colors, tastes and arts to discover at every corner.
What’s the food that someone must try in your city before leaving?
Pizza, Gelato and pasta “all’Amatriciana” that is my favorite.
What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had on one of your tours?
Probably it was when I did the tour with the Australian comedian Anh Do, it was very fun, but I tell you something that I always say during my tours: Each tour Is for me as a “small trip”, during which I can learn something about other countries  and share events of my own life with people of different cultures.
What do you like most about leading tours? I like to share our history and knowledge and learn about other cultures at the same time.
What makes your tour unique? Mmm … Me? Hihi :)

Stay tuned! Next month we will introduce you to one of our Segway Tour Guides in Milan! Would you like to take a Segway Tour in Rome with Martina on your future trip to Italy? Just send us a request!

Things to do in Milan with your kids

Yeah we know, we have already written a post concerning fun things to do in Milan with your kids but…trust us, there are more!

1.      A ride on the Tram.

Tram #1 (from google)

Tram #1 (from google)

Start with one of the symbols of the city, your kids will love this clattering, old-fashioned, yellow tram. Our suggestion is to get on the tram #1 at the metro station Caiazzo in direction P.za Castelli, stay on it for 15 stops passing in front of some highlights of the city like La Scala Opera House, and then get off right in front of the Simplon Gate. Once there you can decide to enter the Sempione Park and pretend to be knights and princesses in the Medieval Sforza Castle.

2.      Milan Segway Tour.

Milan Segway Tour

Milan Segway Tour

Are your kids at least 12 and taller than 60 inches (150cm)? Great! Then you can live an exciting three-hours experience together with your family: an engaging Milan Segway Tour to discover Milan. Wear the helmet, do the training and…go with one of our local guides! A funny, informative, safe ride is waiting for you! Extra tip: we provide also an engaging Milan Segway Night Tour!

3.      Childrenshare + EXPO.

MUBA

MUBA

An interesting project hosted at the Muba – Kids Museum, which as the site says, is a “cultural events program for children and their families on the core themes of EXPO Milano 2015”. And in case you still don’t know it, the core theme of EXPO Milano 2015 is…the food! Check out the program here and set the table!

Milan Food Tour

Milan Food Tour

4.      Milan Food Tour.

Have you ever considered to take a Food Walking Tour with your kids? Yep we’re not crazy, we know that kids can be picky but…they’re curious too and there’s no better way to show them the complexity of a culture and the history of a territory than through its food. We could resume the tour like this: a pleasant stroll through the charming district of Brera talking about food and Italian habits while having delicious and various bites. Does it sound interesting? Psst…watch the video!

5.     Parco della Villa Reale.

Picnic in the park (from google)

Picnic in the park (from google)

Did you know that in Milan there’s a hidden park where adults can enter only if accompanied by children? It’s the Garden of the Villa Reale, located right next to the metro station Palestro. You can come to this enchanting English-style garden to relax for a few hours of or even picnic with your kids.

Well, now you have a bunch of tips about things to do in Milan with your kids, Milan is (also) a city for happy families, enjoy it!

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!