I had a wonderful long weekend in Milan. Since it was my third time in this city, I didn’t feel like a tourist. The purpose was spending time with my sister and cheering her up before her thesis work presentation. She had become quite the local in her two years here, so was well-prepared when finding nice restaurants and cafes.
Months ago while I was planning my vacation days, I decided to squeeze in a Milan trip for this weekend, since today and tomorrow are a holiday in Sweden. This is a great opportunity to catch up with my sister. It has been a while since we last met, and she is going to be done with her studies in Milan soon.
The best possible plan for a day trip from Milan is renting a car and driving to Portofino! On Saturday, after three hours of driving we reached Rapallo. The roads became narrower and the climate changed to a perfect one. We followed the streets and drove through Santa Margherita on curvy roads by the seaside, then arrived in Portofino.
I was planning to visit my sister since she moved to Milan in January for her master’s degree studies on product design. Finally I took a day off from work and we made a weekend trip to Milan. Barış and I have visited Milan before, so apart from the touristic trip we wanted to spend some time with Elvin.
On the last day of the vacation in Italy we decided to go to Pisa and Siena. Florence is very close to both cities, but because they are in different directions, it was much easier to go there by car rather than taking the train. The driver was me of course! Barış followed the track on the map, Jordanka read us some facts about the two cities from her book, and Nikola took a nap on the way.
It was our last day in Florence since we decided to go to Pisa and Siena the next day. We had covered the most interesting things in the city, so it was a more relaxed day compared to the previous ones.
The most important plan for the second day in Florence was visiting Ufizzi Gallery. It was just next to the Palazzo Vecchio we visited the day before, on the other side of the river Arno. We crossed the river from a different and very important bridge today: Ponte Vecchio.
On the third day of our Italy trip we took a train from Venice to Florence. For some reason I was so excited about Florence, more so than Venice, from the beginning. As we did in Venice, we rented an apartment on Airbnb in Florence. After we got off the train, we found a bus going in the direction of the apartment we rented. [Read more]