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Where did you go:

Italy – Milan, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Tuscany, Florence and Rome

What season was it?

Late European Autumn – a little wet and grey, but still spectacular.

What was the best part of your trip?

Italy is so full of things to see and do, we could be here for days. We got off to a great start flying Etihad Airways to Milan and the staff was fantastic, all very attentive. But by far the best part was Rome. I love Rome and could go back time and again, so much history and so much life all at the same time. The Colosseum (pictured above) is an absolute must. And the architecture, art, sculpture and treasures of the Vatican are just amazing.

Make sure you:

  • Visit Cinque Terre (pictured right). The five small fishing villages right on the coast that make up Cinque Terre are every bit as beautiful as the brochures suggest. And the walks, whilst pretty steep, are well worth the breathtaking views.
  • Go truffle hunting in the Tuscan countryside
  • Take part in a cooking class in Tuscany if you’re a budding chef, or you just like eating wonderful food.
  • Don’t forget to follow tradition and throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain to ensure you return to Rome in the future.  

Hints and tips;

  1. Milan airport is quite a distance from the city centre so make sure to have a transfer organised from the airport.
  2. Book yourself a city walking tour especially in Florence, Rome and Milan – a private one if you can. Your guides will give you great tips on local events that are happening soon and recommendations for where to eat, shop or avoid, to ensure you have a great time.
  3. Do give yourself enough time to enjoy sites and tours rather than booking things back to back or trying to squeeze too much into one day.
  4. Visit a local sporting match as the atmosphere of the crowd will not disappoint.

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