At the start of last month my lovely friend Christina came to visit us from Canada, and as we haven’t been on an adventure in a while we decided to go on a short weekend trip to Italy. A fairly spur of the moment idea, it seems it’s cheaper to go and stay somewhere in Europe than it actually is to travel and stay somewhere in the UK. We spent three days there, it was my first time in Italy and it was beautiful. We had a much needed trip, which involved lots of ice cream and lots of pizza. I was my kind of heaven.We flew into Milan Bergamo over the alps which I had never seen before (awesome!) and took a bus into Milan Central, then got a train down to Como and found our apartment which Christina found on Air b’n’b. As a first experience of it, I think it’s an awesome idea and will certainly be checking out some places for future trips. Over the course of the next three days, we ate incredible food, both outside (pizza pizza pizza) and home made caprese with bread and balsamic. Nom. We went on a boat trip to Bellagio which was lovely, the tiny little lanes and incredible views of all sides of the lake were amazing, plus the weather was brilliant the day we went. We went on a ferris wheel at midnight when we were back in Como. We walked loaaaads, and on the last day before we flew back we spent the day in Milan. We took the metro, ate some more pizza and spent most of the afternoon in a park hanging out with a bunch of doggies… One was called Bertie, and he was a lovely spaniel, however because Bertie kept coming to sit next to us his owner kept giving us the stink eye (as Christina would say). Oh… And we ate gelato. A lot of gelato… I was at the point of three times a day gelato – sampling a total of at least 15 flavours. The Finnish half of me was very proud of myself, as Finns are the largest consumers of ice cream in Europe.
Below are some images from our trip… I would highly recommend going and I’d like to return someday even just to try more ice cream… Even if you don’t bump into George Clooney you’ll have an amazing time with the right people.
Having arrived in Bellagio
The view from the boat on the way.
Waiting for our ferry to come and collect us.
I saw this bottle in a little cafe we stopped in – I really want to try painting some now.
I loved all of the fonts that were being used everywhere! They were so different from one another but they worked brilliantly. Italy – I respect your typography usage…
Pistachio and blueberry gelato…
I loved this hotel. The colours were perfect and it reminded me of a mini grand Budapest Hotel.
The view from Como at night time was incredible, even though the light pollution was minimal it was amazing to be able to see the mountains against the skyline at night.
Milan! Would you look at the queue. I’d love to go back and go inside (maybe on a weekday though).
I really wanted to buy some marzipan fruit! They looked amazing!
Almond gelato. I really would like to do an illustration of all of the flavours I tried :).
An art gallery, we were pretty poor and wanted to save our money for more gelato so we didn’t go in. The illustrations on the outside were awesome though.
This was Bertie my lil buddy…
Christina particularly wanted to visit Frozen – so we took the metro somewhere, and walked forever and finally found it… It was worth the trip. I had raspberry, orange and mango flavours… And of all of the flavours I tried I have to say orange was my favourite by far, but I’ve always loved the flavour of orange.
Piiizzzzaaaa! In the last place we stopped before we went back to get the bus back to Bergamo. This was incredible however I was so stuffed I couldn’t finish it but I ended up giving what I couldn’t finish to a homeless lady and her dog on the way back so I’m happy it went somewhere it was needed as opposed to my belly where it certainly wasn’t needed.
When we flew back we flew right next to a lightning storm. Watching the lightning race through the clouds has to have been by far one of the coolest things I have ever had the chance to witness. Both Christina and I were right at the window trying to take photos – this was probably the best one that came out, not that amazing… But I’m just glad I have the memory because I have a feeling I’ll never experience anything like that again and it was amazing.
So if I return, where shall I go next to get the best gelato? Any recommendations?