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Venice view point Venice Rialto Bridge by Sarah Blinco

Venice by Sarah Blinco.

Our Italian affair began at Milano Centrale Station. This fashion capital has been dazzling visitors for years with its design-led initiatives and stunning structures.

spot for an evening walking tour with Wonderful Verona. Across three hours our host, Jessica, introduced us to Verona’s popular and secret sights, while pouring healthy glasses of local wines in choice locations. This localised experience together with our stylish ‘dream loft’ Airbnb, made it hard to leave.

major cities are connected by rail. Our Italian affair began at Milano Centrale Station. This fashion capital has been dazzling visitors for years with its design-led initiatives and stunning structures.

An afternoon treat is Aperitivo, the best Italian tradition you’ve never heard of. From 6pm at bars around Milan, pay a set price for a drink (such as a cocktail for eight tour rona walking Wonderful Ve But then, there is Venice. euros), and indulge in an inclusive Just an hour’s scenic trip buffet of delicious pasta, cheese, from Verona to Santa Lucia salads, and potato dishes. Find a What can I say train station. Admittedly place with fun music and atmosphere, like Milan by AC about Verona, the first time I stopped by along the canal at Navigli, and settle in for Almelor, Unsp lash other than just Venice on a tour in August the night. go, go now! 2011, I felt exhausted and A self-guided day-return train trip from hot. I didn’t see it for all its This medieval wonder is built along the Milan to Varenna is a great way to see grandeur. This time, I felt it – the attraction pretty Adige River and is renowned for Lake Como. A stark contrast from the – throughout Piazza San Marco, across being the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo bustling city, picture: a mystical body of the city’s red rooftops and along the and Juliet. A 14th Century residence with water reflecting the snowy Alps, colourful magnificent Grand Canal. Shout yourself a a little balcony overlooking a courtyard buildings scaling mountainsides, piece of glamorous Venetian glass beaded is said to be Juliet’s House. It was made punctuated with old steeples and linked jewellery as a memento; a reminder that world-famous in the 2010 film Letters to by narrow cobblestone streets. Varenna’s Italy is always worth the trip. Juliet, and is worth a visit, for sure. charming enough, but from here Bellagio, the jewel in Como’s crown, is a Find the full Italian experience and Verona Arena dominates the city centre short ferry ride away. Sarah Blinco online at travellivelearn. – a huge 1st Century amphitheatre com, youtube.com/travellivelearn and resembling Rome’s Colosseum, it hosts ‘Fair Verona’, where we lay our next scene, Instagram @sarahblinco concerts in summer, and was our meeting is about two hours’ train trip from Milan. 39

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