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Milano

I asked you guys what you want to see and read first –  Milan travel guide or Florence travel guide, and there was very little difference in the vote but Milan won. So here it is as promised – Milan through my eyes  and camera 🙂

Milan is  the biggest city in Northern Italy and one of the biggest in EU. It is situated very close to the border with Switzerland so if you have more time you can visit this beautiful country and enjoy its gorgeous landscapes. But lets get back to Milan shall we 🙂

Milan is one of the most famous cities in the world – it is well known as a global fashion capital – you can wander around all those fancy boutiques with exclusive collections. One of the events that brings thousands of people each year is the Milan Fashion Week. Of course this was exactly my first thought when my friend suggest to go to Milan.

When I visited Milan, I was inpatient to see The Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – both well known as symbols of the city.

So we checked-in in our hotel and hit straight to the city centre. Milan has a great transportation system so you can get around easily.

We weren’t staying so far from the Duomo so we were walking to the city centre – first thing that got our attention was the most famous shopping area Quadrilatero della Moda –  shiny fancy and crazy expensive boutiques with  beautiful arranged windows. Great place to take some unique photos for the Insta 🙂 The streets leading to the city centre are also full of high end fashion stores where you can find everything you may need.

Tip: If your main interest is shopping you better plan your visit during periods of season discounts – usually – January – February and  July – August. Or visit some of the outlets out of the city centre where you can find some great deals.

And then I saw the Duomo…

That is the moment when I was speechless…

Tip: Go on the top of the Duomo or to some of the nearest coffee shops from where you will have an amazing view!

and of course the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 🙂

If you don’t enjoy the crowded places, you  will like Navigli – a neighbourhood with tiny streets, water canals, picturesque spots and nice restaurants and cafes. Where you can enjoy tasty croissant and cappuccinos in the mornings or have an aperitivo after sunset.

Out of the most crowded areas is Parco Semipone where is situated The Castello Sforzesco. We visited this area on our second day in Milan. The castle was home of Sforza dynasty – who ruled Milan during the Renaissance. It is beautiful place and it houses 12 museums – Musei d’Arte Antica, Museo dei Mobile, Pinacoteca and others.

Tip: Free entry for Castello Sforzesco is offered from 2pm every Tuesday and for the last hour of every day. And also every first Sunday of each month you can visit other museums for free – Museo del Novecento, Sforza Castle museums, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Casa Museo Boschi di Stefano, MUDEC.

Other must-visit place in Milan is the Santa Maria delle Grazie church where you can admire Leondardo da Vinci`s masterpiece – The Last Supper. I left this one for my next trip to Milan, since you have to book your ticket in advance.

P.S: Have you been in Milan?

xoxo,

Gabrielle

Coffee in Rimini – Borgo San Giuliano

Rimini is one of the most famous tourist seaside destinations in Europe. It is located in the Northern  part of Italy, on the beautiful Adriatic sea. Rimini is famous with the endless beaches, nice restaurants and a huge number of clubs, bars and cafeterias.

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But a part of that there are a lot of things more to catch your attention. One of the prettiest and picturesque places in Rimini is a neighbourhood called Borgo San Giuliano. It will surprise you with its narrow streets, colourful small houses on which you can see beautiful frescoes representing Frederico Fellini`s movies. Walking through the streets will take you away from the noisy and busy main touristic points.

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You can get there from the historical city centre, it is only 10-minutes walk. On your way you need to pass through The Bridge of Tiberius (Ponte di Tiberio) which is also very beautiful place, with a view over Marecchia river. When you cross the bridge you can also enjoy a nice walk in Parco XXV Aprile.

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I personally really enjoy this part of the city, it is very beautiful and peaceful. Also I happened to find a small coffee shop, right after the bridge in the beginning of  Borgo San Giuliano, called
Pasticceria Vecchi Rimini.

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Location: Viale Tiberio 7, tel: (0039) 541 25821

I definitely recommend you to give a try because it is very close to the city centre and in the same time is far from the over-craziness of the main tourist street. It is one of my favourite places in Rimini!

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I really enjoy the atmosphere there. You can sit inside and enjoy the interior with the small cute tables, the aroma of fresh coffee and the passionate italian conversations happening on the tables around you! Or you can choose a table outside from where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the park and the bridge.

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You can pick from their coffee drinks and super delicious sweets which are fresh and prepared there.

I enjoyed my super extra creamy cappuccino and a red sweet dessert with a cream inside!

P.S: I hope you will like it too! Let me know if you have another favourite spots in Rimini!

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Римини е един от най-известните морски курорти в Европа. Намира се в северната част на Италия, на брега на Адриатическо море. Курортът е известен с красивата си плажна ивица, историческите си забележителности и множеството ресторанти и клубове.

Но това далеч не е всичко, Римини има още с какво да привлече вниманието ви. Едно от най-красивите кътчета на града е Borgo San Giuliano (Борго Сан Джулиано). Това е и най-старият квартал, който ще ви изненада с малките си тесни улички,  църкви и шарени къщи, на които са изрисувани сцени и герои от филмите на известния италиански кинорежисьор Фредерико Фелини. Разходката тук ще ви отведе сякаш в друго време, далеч от тълпата и шумотевицата на туристическите атракции.

Това е едно от най-любимите ми места в Римини, защото освен красивата гледка и автентичната обстановка, предлага тишина и спокойствие. Освен това точно след мостът, открих малко кафене, което също препоръчвам да посетите!

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Адрес: Viale Tiberio 7, tel: (0039) 541 25821

Това определено е едно от любимите ми места в Римини, тъй като е в близост до центъра, но едновременно с това е сравнително спокойно. Pasticceria Vecchi Rimini ще ви предложи типичната атмосфера за италианските кафенета – приятен интериор, приветлив и усмихнат персонал, аромат на кафе и глъчка от разговорите наоколо.

А ако изберете да се настаните на някоя от масите пред кафенето, ще имате възможност да се наслаждавате на прекрасната гледка към Ponte di Tiberio и Parco XXV Aprile.

Ако сте любители на капучиното, като мен,  препоръчвам да  го опитате тук.. Не пропускайте да пробвате и някой от сладкишите, които са приготвени на място.

P.S: Надявам се да ви хареса! Споделете вашите любими места в Римини, ще се радвам да ги посетя.

xoxo,

Gabrielle