Milan / Venice / Florence etc.

In 2009 I went to Italy to visit my mum who was visiting my sister who was living in Europe at the time. Yes, confusing. They were driving from Paris on a 2 week road trip and I flew in to meet them in Milan, Italy to continue on tripping.

Firstly, the absolute worst thing that can ever happen to a traveller is to lose all their holiday photos. Well it happened to me. I luckily was shooting on film on the side while I was away so I have a few extras, they are a bit more artistic than I would normally shoot with the crappy point-and-shoot I had at the time.

After a long flight, a shower and some breakfast we set off on the Italian leg of the road trip. Heading around Lake Como to Bedizzole for a few nights staying in a very nice argriturismo, from we drove around the region visiting Verona for a day trip and many small towns with delicious foods.

Working out way to Venice for a few nights, I’ve never bee so cold. On to Florence for a few more nights, again in a home stay. We visited the old part of the city, Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi gallery, I found my leather jacket, and had an amazing porccetta sandwich.

Moving onto another town called La Spezia, staying in someones house, but were very nice and helpful with directions as we were having trouble finding our way to the Cinque Terre, we did make it in the end and it was beautiful, lots of walking along the cliffs.

We left La Spezia, made a brief stop at Portovenere for some pesto and focaccia, stopped off to see Pisa, then headed towards the grey and cold city of Genova and onto to alpine town of Aosta for some fondu and raclette for the night.  The next day stopping for lunch in the Italian Alps Courmayer before heading through the Mont Blanc tunnel to my Aunts in France.