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    [EN] A Quickie in… Mantova

    A series of posts that doesn’t fool around. It just goes straight to the point! Manto what? Yes, that was my exact reaction when Martina, one of my classmates told me about Mantova, a city whose existence was unknown to me up to that point. Curiosity always strikes me when it comes to potential places to visit and in the same night I decided to research it. Looked interesting, a typical Italian town full of piazzas, terracotta coloured buildings and plenty of churches of course. I decided that it would be a perfect day trip for the next Saturday and three other classmates, including Martina, joined me in exploring this…

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    [EN] A Quickie in… Lago di Como

    A series of posts that doesn’t fool around. It just goes straight to the point! This lake is worth an infinite amount of quickies. It’s easily one of the most beautiful places in Italy and possibly Europe. The mountains surrounding it turn the landscape almost fiord-like. And as lame as this may sound, many (MANY) years ago I was watching America’s Next Top Model and they did a photo-shoot in a Villa in Como Lake and from that moment on I knew I had to visit that place. I did a bit of research and found Villa del Balbianello. There are many villas in Como, but this one stood out. When…

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    [EN] A Quickie in… Lake Orta San Giulio and Lake Maggiore

    A series of posts that doesn’t fool around. It just goes straight to the point! Every time I move abroad my parents are sweet enough to come visit me. It has happened in Paris and we went to Normandy & Bretagne, in Istanbul, which was probably the least western place they’ve visited until today, and now in Milan, Italy. And if there are perks of having a father who doesn’t mind driving wherever he goes one of them is exploring less obvious and accessible places. Therefore, we were off to discover two of the most beautiful and unexploited lakes of Piemonte. First we drove to Orta, a quiet retreat surrounded…

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    [EN] A Quickie in… Bologna

    A series of posts that doesn’t fool around. It just goes straight to the point! It took me a bit longer than a “quickie” to visit Bologna. I actually couchsurfed there for two nights, which gave me enough time to meet people and dig a little deeper than the usual “one day trip”. But in this post I’ll put together a guide that is very manageable in one day, especially if your legs are working fine. The FOOD There’s a reason why Italians call Bologna “La Grassa” (The Fatty). Capital of Emilia Romagna, Bologna stands proud and confident of its gastronomy. It’s hard to know where to start… Mortadella has…

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    [EN] A Quickie in… Parma

    A series of posts that doesn’t fool around. It just goes straight to the point! Everyone loves to eat the stuff that comes from Parma: Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma… but actually visiting Parma? That’s something else! As it’s rarely featured in travel guides or blogs, not many people give it a chance, which is a pity. This city in Emilia Romagna is like a Pantone colour chart, with houses painted in yellow, pink, orange and red and the perfect balance of brightness and contrast. 1st Pantone: 1615 XGC, Palazzo della Pilotta  Start by visiting Palazzo della Pilotta. Before entering, take your time to see its photogenic arcades and go…

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    [EN] A Quickie in… Bergamo

    A series of posts that doesn’t fool around. It just goes straight to the point! Bergamo is famous for being the Ryanair airport in Milan. I highly doubt that anyone considers visiting the city as it is overshadowed by more sonant names like “Venice”, “Verona” or, as mentioned, “Milan”. But Bergamo has a delightful old town centre, called “Città Alta” which is worth visiting even if it’s just for a couple of hours. From the train and bus station it’s a straight walk to the century-old funicular (1.30€) which will save your legs from a dreadful effort! Then head to the Piazza Vecchia, not without first exploring the narrow and…