Help Me Plan My Italy Trip!
Planning: Oh, Pinterest – where have you been all my life? I started a Pin board to keep my wanderlust in one place. If you’re interested in Italy travel resources, please check it out! I’ll pin suggestions sent my way – so long as sites are pinnable. If you need an invite, let me know! Happy to oblige!
I’ll also be tweeting suggestions and blogging while planning (on the trip, too, natch). If you or someone you know will be in the same places, I’d love to share a carafe of vino! I’m traveling solo again this year, so would love the company!
Please email, tweet or pin suggestions and travel tips!
2011 Italy Trip:
Roma > Bari (shopping with Nonna Carmela!!) > Lecce (wine time with Stile Mediterraneo) > Florence (an unforgettable night in Florence and wine tasting in Greve in Chianti) > Piemonte (sigh: wine, hills, cheese) > Roma.
2010 Italy Trip:
Venice > Fair Verona (Valpolicella wine tour!) > Cinque Terre (hiking – and lots of it; don’t forget the Cinque Terre flood relief efforts are still active) > Siena (oh man, the Tuscan Wine School rocks – they opened one in Florence recently!) > Roma (where I met 2011 travel companion, affectionately referred to in blog posts as Cooking Lisa).
2012 Italy Trip:
Milan > The Lakes > Back to Piemonte > Roma.
Flight: My trip is planned for the first two weeks of September. I fly out of Denver International Airport arriving in Milan. The outbound flight is a double connection because I used points. Luckily, my miles runneth over so I had the luxury of booking First Class – certainly hope I don’t regret that when it’s time to book my 2013 trip. My flight home is again out of Rome with a single connection – whew. I used 100k United miles – considered as super saver ticket.
Deets: I’ll only be in Milano for one night, arriving on Saturday and heading to The Lakes on Sunday.
Lodging: BOOKED! Hilton Milan - I used 39k points (current rate: 208 euros) for an Exec King Guestroom. The hotel is right by the train station – ideal since I’ll train it to The Lakes.
Activities: I arrive at 2 p.m. local time. I’m hoping to do some shopping and I definitely need to find a faboosh dinner local – especially after my adventures at Denver’s Il Posto for their risotto cooking class. Hopefully Chef Frizzi will have some suggestions. Any and everyone – send your fave eateries along!
Transportation: Any suggestions on getting from the airport to the train station?
Deets: I’ll be in The Lakes for four nights.
Lodging: I need ideas! Ideally, I want something quiet. I’ve read that Veranna is a prime location.
Hiking: I really want to get some hiking in – suggestions? Anyone, anyone?
Other: Obviously, wine is my passion, so I’m looking for suggestions on enotecas in The Lakes. Anything else that’s a must do, see, or place to eat, please let me know. I know it goes without saying, but George Clooney connections are gladly welcome!
Transportation: To get from Milan to Lake Como I plan to take a train from Milano, then hop a ferry to Varenna – what a beautiful way to meet the area! I’ll also probably cruise around they region via ferry during my stay. What are some good options? Anything special I need to know?
Deets: I’m staying a full week!
Lodging: BOOKED! I’m staying at an adorable little B&B, Dimora San Sebastian, in the village of Neive (thanks to my friends at Travel Langhe for helping with this one!). Neive is in the Barbaresco region (a proper curtsy to the Queen).
- I’ll do a custom Piedmont wine tour for a couple days with Leslie & Robert of Travel Langhe. I spent a day with them last year – Cooking Lisa did a cooking class – I enjoyed the food for lunch. Delish!
- I also hope to get a day or two in with Kerrie from Experience It. Last year she took me on a magical, relaxing day of wine tastings and a stop at a cheese producer.
- Please send suggestions on must visit wineries – already on my list is Paitin, a Barbaresco producer. I have some of their goodies in my wine collection! And, of course Gaja wouldn’t suck!
Hiking: I need some brilliant hikes so I can work those hills!
Other: Send food, must sees, etc.!
Okay – my dilemma: I have two days on the end. The last night I have to be in Roma for an early afternoon flight the next day. I am toying with the idea of making a one night stop in Bologna to experience the amazing food and city. I need help deciding what to do with this – is one night worth it?
Grazie to all for helping me plan my Italy trip!