Milan is elegance mixed with a pinch of the chaos and messiness that characterize Italy. It’s one of the richest cities in the European Union, the banking capital of Italy and one of the world’s fashion capitals. Don’t be surprised if you run into a photoshoot on the street in Milan! I found it to be quite unique when compared to other cities in Europe, and even very different from it’s national neighbor, Rome.
Milan may not be in the typical Italian itinerary, but even if just for a day, it should be. There indeed are less attractions than in Rome, Venice or Florence, but some very interesting. It’s majestic Duomo attracts millions of visitors every year, as does Da Vinci’s Last Supper, also in Milan. Learn what to do, see and where to stay in my Milan travel guide!
WONDERFUL THINGS TO DO IN MILAN
Admire the Duomo di Milano
This marvelous Gothic cathedral is undoubtedly the main attraction in Milan. And I bet you’ll agree! Its intrinsic design is one of a kind. It’s also the third largest cathedral in the world. Get your ticket to the Duomo, museum and more plus an audio guide here.
Pisa is a small city, perfect to be covered on foot in one day. Everyone knows it for its Leaning Tower, but there is more to do in this beautiful Tuscan city as you can see in the long list below within this Pisa travel guide.
HOW TO GET TO PISA
There are directs flight to Pisa which you can find using Skyscanner. I actually traveled to Pisa in order to visit Cinque Terre. Additionally Pisa is super well connected with all of Italy by train, you can buy train tickets here. My recommendation is that you bundle a trip to Pisa to one to Tuscany or Cinque Terre.
Genoa is not Rome, Milan or Florence. It is not touristy or polished. In fact my first impression was that it was a bit gritty. But Genoa is authentic, it’s a real city and it is an open air museum. Give it a chance, and I promise you you won’t regret it. Plus it’s cheap and the food is great!
HOW TO GET TO GENOA
There are directs flight to Genoa which you can find using Skyscanner. Additionally as Genoa is a major city it is super well connected with all of Italy by train. My recommendation is that you bundle a trip to Genoa with one to Cinque Terre and Portofino.
Cinque Terre had been on my bucket list for ages (thanks to Instagram), and I managed to visit during Covid! The pictures of the gorgeous towns is something most of us probably recognise. Cinque Terre attracts 2.4 million visitors a year to trek, boat and train their way through its dramatic cliffs and picture perfect coastal villages.
WHAT IS CINQUE TERRE?
Cinque Terre is a stretch of the Italian Riviera which consists of five, UNESCO protected villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. They are all perched within the Cinque Terre National Park and protected by the sparkling Mediterranean Sea to the west.
Each village is its own beauty, most of them share the pastel buildings and pristine sea views, but each has its own different vibe. The Cinque Terre is located just south of Genoa in north-west Italy in the region of Liguria.