Meet your Guide: Cristina

NAME: Cristina!
Hi, Cristina!

Hi, Cristina!

I lead… quite a lot! You can find me in a Florence Segway Tour, a Florence Bike tour, a Florence Food Tour, and Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi’s Dome climb.


I really like the customers’ questions, above all when they’re made by kids: It’s an enjoyable interactive moment!


I’d really suggest everyone to try the Trattoria Angiolino, in via Santo Spirito, a fun typical restaurant with a local menu, in one of the most authentic quarters of Firenze.


Everyone should pay a visit to the Church of San Miniato Uphill: it’s an unique romantic atmosphere, especially at sunset… there’s a bit of effort to make, but the reward will worth it!


“Remember: a light luggage… to fill with a lot of kitsch souvenirs!”





I really want visit to the Universal Food Exposition in Milan. A food-addict as me cannot miss it!
It may sound an easy answer, but… it’s the one and only!
Don’t miss our T-bone steak, called Fiorentina. Better still in match with Chianti red wine!
On a Segway tour, a customer went down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend with an amazing Tiffany diamond.
He was still wearing the protective helmet.


in the country!

in the country!


Keep calm and drive… in our wild countryside. Italy has plenty of charming and little known towns that are waiting for you to discover them!


I love to lead my tours with a good compromise of fun and culture!
Next time you come to Florence… don’t forget to ask for Cristina as your tour guide!

A book-and-wine tour in Italy

Autumn: a glass of wine and a good book!

Even better, a glass of wine and a good italian book, right where it is settled. Let’s see where to go for a nice italian literary wine tour through Italy!

1) Sicily. A good thing of autumn in the south is that travelling is very low budget. And in Sicily the sea is still pretty warm, so, between a good meal and a page, you might still enjoy the wonderful seaside!


WHAT TO DRINK: a good passito after lunch. Sicily is famous for its Passito di Pantelleria, a sweet wine that goes with desserts.
WHAT TO READ: Andrea Camilleri, La forma dell’acqua (“The shape of water”). This old man that just turned 92 is one of the most famous mystery writer in Italy. The main charachter of his stories is Salvo Montalbano, a cop with his ideas and a pretty good taste when it comes to food!

2) Puglia: There is an italian band who named itself after its land’s wine. They’re called Negramaro, like the wine in Salento: it’s strong and (sounds like an heresy) best served cold, it hits your head and make you happy. Drink it carefully while dancing a “pizzica” on the last evenings outside, and the morning after enjoy the Negramaro singer’s book.

WHAT TO DRINK: Negramaro di Salento
WHAT TO READ: Lo spacciatore di carne (the flesh dealer), by Giuliano Sangiorgi. A history about family, traumas and love, in a language that only a rock singer can invent.

3) Tuscany. well, as we like to say, “ci piace vincere facile” (that’s an easy win)! Almost all tuscan writers put at least a glass of wine in their pages, just because you cannot think a tuscan person living without it. Now it’s almost Novello time – the new wine, light and bitter. And it’s a joy, taking a tour between the grapevines all red, maybe at sunset…


WHAT TO DRINK: A good, classic Chianti
WHAT TO READ: Marco Malvaldi, Odore di chiuso (“fustiness”). Malvaldi is another mystery writer, but this time, instead of summoning its typical charachters – old men gathered in a old bar – he chose to let a food legend act. Pellegrino Artusi, writer of the most ancient and famous recipe book in Italy, is the main character of this funny novel.

4) Piemonte. this region comes with great wines, the very famous Barbera and the Moscato D’Asti, and it’s a wonderful place for a car-trip. The Langhe zone is quite a wonder to see – even if now it’s already pretty cold. Even better though, you will enjoy your wine (with some Alba truffles) more!

WHAT TO DRINK: a sparkling prosecco made in Asti
WHAT TO READ: A neve ferma (“…until stiff”), Stefania Bertola. A romance about food and friendship, sparkling and funny like an Italian Bridget Jones’ diary.

5) Liguria. Another sea – literally, we’re on the other side of Italy. Liguria is in so many songs, thanks to two of our very famous songwriters, Paolo Conte and Fabrizio De André, because of its atmospheres a bit gloomy, quite suspicious, always slightly dark… and still full of life and joy. So listen to some of the most famous Paolo Conte and De André’s songs and let yourself be inspired to eat a rich pasta col pesto!


WHAT TO DRINK: a red “Golfo del Tigullio“, light and slightly sparkling
WHAT TO READ: Maurizio Maggiani‘s Il coraggio del pettirosso (The robin’s courage). A story about being strong and telling the truth, and enjoy life no matter what. The perfect conclusion to a great italian tour!


On this month’s Meet Your Guide in Rome we’ll introduce MARCO a most entertaining guide at Italy Segway Tours, who’ll make your tour unforgettable!



Meet Marco


Hi! my name is Marco Del Vento, born in ROME in 753 b.C. I have two brothers, twins, one called Romolus and one called Remus… but one happens be missing since a while!!! any news?


I proudly lead all of the activities powered by, &  since 2008… lotsa fun I never want to miss out!!!


Of all the tours that I lead, what I love best is to make all feel as locals and enjoy town from the point of view of an insider… and drinking from a “Roman Nose” is one of those things that anyone can do , but ONLY locals do properly!!!


First rule for restaurants:

  1. eat everywhere as long as there are no waiters inviting you in
  2. make sure that menus have no english translation.. it means it’s a local spot
  3. never order the wine of the house… enjoy botteld wine
  4. NEVER EVER order a cappuccino after lunch or dinner… only espresso coffea is allowed or you’ll be commiting a real Blasfemy!!
  5. Back streets off main tourist attractions should be preffered

If you follow these simple rules you’ll find pleasant places to enjoy the roman vibe for your lunch or dinner.  The best pizza place in town: Pizza Forum, Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, in the Colosseum area. The best restaurant: Romeow,  Via Franceso Negri 15, in the Ostiense neighborhood, 10 minutes walk from the Pyramid.


On the road


The Orange tree gardens is the “not to miss place” while in rome ( and the Rose Gardens in may & june )

TRAVEL MANTRA? Go, eat, talk, smell, see and… dream for long after

WHAT’S NEXT ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST?  Short hawl: Milan , a great place with a superb karma.

WHAT YOUR BEST TIP FOR THOSE COMING TO VISIT ITALY? Go on tour with a local is the best suggestion I can give to future travellers coming to Rome



Pizza alle Patate

The “pizza al taglio” – slice pizza – with patatoes and rosmary ( no cheese !!! ) it’s mouthwatering! And from May to October a huge slice of local watermelon will beat the heat.


Memorable experiences I have them each time I go out on tour but having to share  one, the engagements beat them all! Such moving experiences from all points of view…it happened riding a segway… wonderful!


I love leading tours because I am so proud and deeply in love with my hometown, you’ll all fall in love for it as much I am!!!



During the tour

When booking your tour in Rome, make sure to ask for Marco and have a blast with all your family!

The best natural SPAs in Italy

We’re already at the half of August: let’s face it, summer is almost over. How are you feeling? Are you relaxed and ready to start over?

Or maybe – just maybe – you feel almost more tired than before, with all this early awakenings to see the city and late night times to enjoy the parties, and all the random food and the walking and the biking…?

Maybe you might want to enjoy some extra relax time, and this time only true and pure sweet doing nothing?

Well, we know what is best for you: a day at the Terme. Italy is full of thermal stations, raw or super-accessorized SPAs, you just have to check out which suits you best!


Between Latium and Tuscany there’s plenty of wonderful thermal stations. Ancient Rome almost invented the modern SPAs: Mens sana in corpore sano, a strong body supports a strong mind. Let’s follow the roman traces so, and let’s check out where to recharge our body & mind.

just imagine...

just imagine…

First things first, though. The most famous of all Terme in Italy are the “Terme di Caracalla” and the “Terme di Diocleziano”, near Rome. Named after two emperors, the well known Diocleziano and the less popular (almost infamous, actually) Caracalla, these places are monuments and of course it’s not possible to bathe in it: but you can start from there and imagine the greatness of the empire, before leaving for an actual wellness center nearby. You will find plenty near Tivoli, Stigliano, and Rome itself.

Going a bit further, in the lands between Latium and Tuscany (the so-called Maremma) you’ll find some little treasure. All the zone is full of SPAs and thermal stations: the most famouse is near Grosseto, and it’s called “Saturnia”. They are more than just a resort center, all the town is infact conceived to be one! You don’t necessarily have to pay a ticket to bath, because you will find a pool just wandering a bit ’round. A pool, and a creek, and some cascades too! Why do they have this strange name?
“Saturnia” comes exactly from Saturn: the legend wants the ancient (roman, indeed) god to get upset by the continuous wars in mankind. So upset that, one day, the god of weather and the time – Jupiter’s father! – took his most powerful thunder and threw it down to Earth. Being Saturn the god of agriculture and richness of Earth, though, he did not destroy the whole land: from the cracks on the ground sprung the hot water, and… here we are!

Leaving Maremma you have two choices: you can go near the Siena area, in the countryside with all the winery and small stone towns and going to the center of Italy, or you can follow the Mar Tirreno coast and go north.

In the beautiful Val D’Orcia, near Siena, you’ll find plenty of thermal stations – we can say that all the place boils with sulfuric water down there:  find one, relax and smell the peculiar perfume of boiled egg – so healty…

bagno vignoni

Bagno Vignoni

Don’t forget to pay a visit – it’s quick and small, I promise – to the beautiful borgo of Bagno Vignoni: a small town in the Siena area, literally surrounded by thermal water!



There are also a lot of free thermal spots around there – no buildings, no masseurs, no towels: just stones and water (be careful, it’s slippery!): just ask the locals… If you want to keep moving, you’ll find thermal stations also in the Arezzo/Perugia zone, between Tuscany and Umbria. The landscape is pretty different: from the gold of the straw fields and the elegance of the cypressus to the dark green of the oaks and the woods. Quite amazing, as well!

If you decided instead to follow the sea, you will arrive in the very heart of those who invented the “Terme”. Earlier on I mentioned Romans, saying that they were almost the parents of this wonderful baths, but the originals are right there, between Maremma and Versilia, and they are one of the most ancient and misterious civilization in Italy: the “Etruschi”. With their not-well deciphered alphabet, almost forgotten after the Roman Empire, the Etruschi found out that bathing in this stinky water was not that bad, and started to grow buildings around there, and proper stations.

Calidario Terme Etrusche, Venturina (LI), Toscana, Italia, EuropaThen the Romans gave order to everything, and it is not by chance that one of the most famous thermal stations there is called “Calidario”, near Venturina (Livorno): it evokes  the 3 steps program in the ancient Rome. Bathing in warm water (calidarium), in medium water (tepidarium) and in cool water (frigidarium) was supposed to be the most tonifying cure for body and mind – and it actually is, considering that we are still doing that!

You can go further, up near the Appennini or the Alpi Apuane – behold the white marble in Carrara while bathing a bit more, pass the mountains and enjoy the Emilia-Romagna…

Then you’ll be relaxed enough to dive again in your work life – waiting for next year to come back!

What to do in Florence during summer

If your place is too warm and you can’t stand the idea of lying on the bed drinking cool water, you might want to check out what’s up in Florence.


During summer there’s plenty of activities you might try, from a movie in a square to an evening run… let’s have an overwiev on the things to do!

Movie nights
In July and August a lot of italian cities organize summer movie nights in squares and parks: most of them are for free and most of them, thanks to the Bologna-based institute “Il cinema ritrovato”, are restored masterpiece in original language.
In Florence there are two open space cinemas for the moment: one is in the park near the Stadium, in the green and quiet Campo di Marte neighborhood, where you can enjoy some old movie while having a drink as well. Look for the program by searching “Cinema Light”. The entrance is free!

In the same zone you will also find two other movie areas: it’s the “Arena di Marte”, divided in small and big. The big one offers most successful last year’s movies; the small one offers a “d’essai” program,

with all the movies that you can’t normally find in the halls. Entrance costs from 5 to 6 euros.

It’s not over – there is another one: the “Apriti Cinema” program, totally free – most of the program is in a foreign language, subtitled in italian and english. It offers a sneak peek on all cultures’ cinema, from the African to the Japanese, with a large number of session focused on a particular theme (writers, women, documentaries).

It takes place in the central area of Santissima Annunziata square: it does not have a lot of places so assure yourself to be there well in advance if you really want to sit!

Running in parks
When the sun starts descending you might enjoy a jogging hour: the city is still really warm, but worry not… Florence is full of green areas.
Campo di Marte gardens are one option, probably the best for those who live in Cure or Stadium area, but there are also the “Ventaglio” park and the “Area Pettini Burresi”.

Then, there is of course the Cascine park, the biggest one, in the northern zone.
Another very useful and suggestive park is “Parco dell’Anconella”, between the AnconellaVerrazzano and the Varlungo bridges.
On the other side of the bridge you’ll find the Carraia park; and right near Piazzale Michelangelo you can try yourself with a run in Bobolino – the youngest brother of Boboli – and enjoy the view.

And of course if you prefer to relax no one stops you from bringing a towel and lie on the grass with a good book. You might want to bring also a mosquito stick, though.

Art exhibitions
One for all this time – is free and it’s in one of the beautiest spots in Florence: it’s Gormley’s ‘Human’ art exhibition. Pixelated or sort-of-melted men stand out against the sky in the wonderful Forte Belvedere.258ee2700b8562b5d51ebf2117179b3d_XL
You have to arrive there by foot, and it’s a bit of an effort, so bring water and go at sunset: the effect is wonderful and you will not sweat your skin out.

“Human” is not the only art show in Florence, but aside from the most famous in the old palaces and museums, we suggest you to take a look in the many galleries around the city. Sometimes they can really be surprising.

Then of course, if you want to get acquainted with the city first, you can follow us on facebook, take a look at our blog and our page and book a tour: we will show you why is Florence so unforgettable – and you’ll forget the heat!

Meet Your Guide: Giuliana

Welcome back everyone! This month you’ll meet Giuliana, a most enthusiastic and passionate guide in the wonderful Rome!


Name: Giuliana!

Nationality and hometown? Italian , born  and grew up in pics 4Rome.

Name of tour you lead and where: I lead the Imperial Segway Tour in Rome!

Your favorite part of the tour: What do I like  about the tour? Definitely the Segway! Riding a Segway is different from anything you have done before and it is a great way to tour Rome while having lots of fun!

Favorite local restaurant in your city:  I love  “Nonna Betta Restaurant” the best kosher food in town! This place is in the wonderful area of the Jewish ghetto, totally worth visiting!

One thing visitors to your city can’t miss:   a walk through  the colorful stalls of the market of “Campo de’ Fiori”

Travel mantra?   The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

What’s next on your travel bucket list?  Everywhere!!! Although the greatest wish now is a trip to Colombia!

What is your favorite Italian city to travel to?  Venice!  It is one of  those places that everyone has to see at least once in their lives, just like Rome.

What’s your best travel tip for those coming to visit Italy?   Slow down, take it easy and enjoy Italy’s dolce vita, you’ll never enjoy it trying to rush to places!

What’s the food that someone must try in your city before leaving?  Definitely Cheese and Wine!!

What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had on one of your tours?   I’d say during the shooting of the latest “007 James Bond” …it was incredible!

What do you like most about leading tours?  I love sharing Rome’s beauty and its history with everybody!

What makes your tour unique?  Mm…I’d say my enthusiasm !!!

 Think you’re readJpegy for a Segway Tour? Book it now and don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy history and arts, while driving around on a modern chariot! And make sure you ask for Giuliana to be your guide!

Till next time!



Cool and refreshing places in Milan, Florence and Rome

The Italian summer can be really hot and a list of cool and refreshing places in Milan, Florence and Rome can be useful to find places away from the crowd where you can cool down for a while.


Pic-nic in the park

In the last few years in Milan have been inaugurated 18 new parks…not bad! For a different afternoon, you can consider to go to one of them, and maybe having a picnic there J. You don’t need to bring blankets and baskets, that’s Milan and you can find everything! Our address for a pic-nic is California Bakery (right in front of Sant’Eustorgio, one of the oldest churches of Milan), there they’ll provide you everything you need for a pic nic (blankets and pillows included) and the only thing you’ll have to do is to find a nice spot in the park behind, relax and experience the city away from the crowd and the heat of the center.


Naviglio della Martesana

Naviglio della Martesana

Cycling along the canals

Another option could be to rent a bike and cycle along one of the canals still remaining in the city, like the Naviglio della Martesana or the Naviglio Pavese. In few minutes you’ll leave the city and you’ll be seduced by the peace and the beauty of the nature and of the retreats and farms which line the canals.


Arno river cruise

Can you imagine the feeling of passing under the Ponte Vecchio on a traditional Florentine boat? These boats are called “barchetti” and offer tours conducted by  experienced boatmen, who will tell you the story and stories of the monuments you’ll pass by.


Giardino di Boboli

Giardino di Boboli

Giardino di Boboli

Maybe is predicted, but every time we go there, we’re hooked by the beauty of this park. The Giardino di Boboli (Boboli Gardens) is one of the most important Italian Renaissance gardens in the world and houses pieces of art dating back dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries, mixed with some Roman relics. One of the features of the park is the cave designed by Buontalenti (yes, the same who invented the gelato), an unreal space decorated by stalactites and populated by fauns. But this cave is not the only one, have fun exploring all the corners of this garden 111 acres wide.



Catacombs of St.Callixtus

Catacombs of St.Callixtus

The catacombs of St.Callixtus

Ok, what’s more refreshing than caves? And the Eternal City is famous for its “artificial caves”: the catacombs. The catacombs of St.Callixtus are among the greatest and most important of Rome and visiting them, you’ll forget the loud and the crowd of Rome and delve into a journey into the history, visiting the place where the early Christians had to hide during the persecutions. See the symbols on the walls and learn their meanings, and when you’ll re-emerge you’ll be ready for another rush of monuments ;-)

Botanical Garden

If you maybe prefer leafy places, then pick one of the several beautiful parks of the city. We’d suggest you to go to the less known ones, like the Botanical Garden. This park near Trastevere, is a veritable forest in the very center of the city, cared by the Department of Environmental Biology of the Sapienza University. Walking through roses, bamboo forests and zen gardens, at some point you’ll reach the hill heart of the garden, which offers stunning views over the city.

Sometimes our clients tell us that in Italy really seems that people know how to enjoy life..then do like us, take it easy, take a break and experience the beauty and the soul of these cities!

Meet Your Guide : Bob the Emperor on the Rome Segway Tour

On this month’s “Meet Your Guide” feature we’ll introduce you to Roberto or, for his friends, Bob The Emperor.

He’s a veteran at Italy Segway Tours, he’s been leading tours since 2011 and he’ll teach you all you need to know about Rome and Segways!

Getting ready for the tour

Name: Bob The Emperor!

Nationality and Hometown? I am Italian and born in Rome, my wonderful birthplace.

Name of tour you lead and where: I usually lead the Imperial Segway tour in the day time, the Baroque Segway night tour and Rome bike tours.

Your favorite part of the tour: The favorite part of the Segway tour is when you see all the customers able to drive it, we are so proud of our teaching and their learning!

Favorite Local Restaurant in your city: For Pizza i like Tettarello, in Rione Monti or Napul’e in the Prati neighbourhood. The restaurant Santa Lucía – closer to Piazza Navona – is another place that I love.

During the tour

One thing visitors to your city can’t miss: In Rome you can’t miss the view of the city from the Oranges Garden on the Aventino Hill,  especially at sunset! Also the walk on the Appiah Way is a must when in Rome.

Favorite Travel Quote? One life is not enough to visit Rome….and travel all around the world!

Roberto leading a Segway Night Tour

What’s next on your travel bucket list? My next trip I hope will be to Patagonia and Terra del Fuego, Argentina! It is a dream of mine to visit those marvelous places.

What’s your best travel tip for those coming to visit Italy? To everyone who wants to visit Italy my advice is: enjoy the food! Italy is the best country, not only for art and history but eating Italian is the joy of gourmets!!!!  And it’s healthy too!

Jewish Artichokes

What’s the food that someone must try in your city before leaving? From the Roman cuisine you have to taste the Carbonara or Amatriciana pasta dish and the Jewish artichokes, so delicious!


What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had on one of your tours? One tour was memorable sharing a laugh with customers about me falling off the Segway!! I have to take care of my group but sometimes my own self isn’t  under control!

Taking pictures!

What do you like most about leading tours? I like it when people are actually paying attention to my explanations. Sometimes art and history seem to be boring but when you are able to catch their interest, you see their eyes shining and you feel satisfied. That makes the difference on leading a tour!


Do you feel like you know Roberto?? When booking  your Segway Tour in Rome, ask for him and you’ll have a blast! See you in Rome!

Everything you need to know about Expo Milan 2015 (and beyond)

The tree of Life

The tree of Life

Whether you’ve scheduled it or not, if you’re in Milan, you really can’t miss the world fair and here you find everything you need to know about Expo Milan 2015 (and beyond), which has opened on the 1st of May and which will last 6 months, until October 31st. A huge exhibition, spread on an over one million square meters wide area, with 145 participating nations. You’ll feel that you’re travelling around the world.

How to get there

If you’re staying in the city the best way is to take the red underground line up to Rho Fiera Expo (the urban ticket is not valid, check it out here to learn about ticket and pass). Once there, our suggestion is to follow the directions to “Fiorenza” entrance, since it will lead you just at the beginning of the the main street crossing the whole site from east to west: the Decumano. Our tip: Once there, in order to save time and go easier around the site, you can take the People Mover Shuttle Bus Service”.


You can buy them on advance or directly at the Expo ticket office, just consider that there are two different prices: 39€ (open date – any day) and 34€ (fixed date). You’re in Milan for just one day? Between 7 and 11 p.m. the entrance costs 5€! Our tip: If you plan to spend your evening there, buy also a ticket for the Cirque du Soleil, they’ve created an exclusive show just for the Expo called Alla Vita!

What you can’t miss at the Expo

Pavilion Zero (detail)

Pavilion Zero (detail)

The entire exhibition is amazing, and the architectures lining the Decumano are a festival for the eyes. Some of them are really enchanting and eye-catching, just let them inspire you and enter to discover the inside. What we enjoined the most:

-          Pavilion Zero: The first to be seen and not to be missed if you want to understand the subject of the exhibition and to meditate on the themes of the Expo.

-          Tree of life (Albero della Vita): every hour an extraordinary show animates and this symbol of the Expo and the dancing fountains surrounding it.

-          Italian Pavilion: reminding a bright white forest, this pavilion houses an engaging tail about the Italian natural and cultural beauties and innovations and ends with a question: what the world would be without Italy? 

-          Italian Regional Restaurants: it doesn’t happen every day to have 20 Italian restaurants one next to the other one serving delicious specialties of the Italian regions, the difficult part is to make a choice.

-          Mediterranean Hill: at the Decumano’s end there’s a lush hill covered with fragrant Mediterranean vegetation: the perfect place to go for a relaxing walk and to see the panorama over the site.

And what you can’t miss in the city

Naviglio Grande

Naviglio Grande

-          Take a stroll on the new Darsena (Harbour): after a complete renovation, the former Milanese harbor is back and Milan has its new waterfront with bars, shops, a pedestrian area and…a beach.

-          See the Pietà Rondanini: the last masterpiece sculpted by Michelangelo is in Milan, and a brand new museum to house it has been inaugurated and guess what: entrance is free until May 31st!

-          Take a picture to a wheatfield with skyscrapers in background: a performance strictly connected to the Expo themes, a green wheatfield designed by the artist Agnes Denes is growing in the new modern area of Porta Nuova Neighborhood: stunning!

What can we say, Milan is getting every day more beautiful and exciting and the Expo is a dream come true, almost addictive, we literally can’t wait to share all of this with you.

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 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



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! :-)