Last September, we spent about 24 days exploring the different regions of Italy. Spending almost an entire month in Italy was an absolute dream, and honestly, I don’t think any trip can ever top it. Our Italian adventure began in Milan and then took us Florence — if you’re thinking about vacationing in Italy anytime soon, after this post I hope you have no doubts.
Where To Stay: We stayed in an Airbnb only about a 10 minute walk to the Duomo di Milano which is the center of all the action. The walk was beautiful because we were right off the main street so we passed so many shops and restaurants on the way every day.
Where To Eat: Milan was our first venture out to real Italian food and it did not disappoint. Some of our favorite spots were:
Piz– Amazing pizza and ambience! We were served a glass of Prosecco & a little snack just for waiting for our table (which only took about 3 minutes to get) — and after we were done eating we had a shot of honeydew version of lemonchello. AMAZING!
Cacio E Pepe– I’m still dreaming about this pasta. Cacio E Pepe is a traditional pasta made with only a few ingredients and it is absolutely divine! Be sure to make a reservation a few days prior to going because they’re usually packed. We made the mistake of not making a reservation and we were the first ones in the restaurant and only had an hour to eat before we had to give up our table. Nonetheless, it’s soooo worth it.
Gelato- Never miss an opportunity to grab a gelato for dessert after every meal, there’s nothing else like it.
What To Do: With the little time we had in Milan, our main goal was to see the major tourist attraction, the Duomo. We took a guided tour of the entire Duomo and learned so much. Be sure to book a tour that included access to the rooftop– it’s the best view in the city!
We also just loved to sit in the square and people watch from one of the cafés. This is something you learn to do in many European cities, it’s the best way to get to know the people and culture of the city.
Where To Stay: We stayed off a quaint street in the oh-so-beautiful Florence. We were only a minute walk to The Basilica of Santa Croce. Our Airbnb hosts were so helpful with many lists of restaurants, bars, etc.
Where To Eat: Florence was my absolute favorite city in our entire Italian adventure. Every single place we ate was phenomenal but the very first place we ate at had my heart. We even went back to enjoy it on our last night there. Osteria del Proconsolo still has me drooling over the truffle ravioli — it’s literally making my mouth water. They’re also famous for their Steak Florentine (but the fresh ravioli is my favorite).
Another one of our favorites for a late night bite or even on a night you don’t want to get all dressed up for dinner is Gustapizza! The ambience itself is so fun and the pizza is so cheap. We picked up a pizza to-go one night and enjoyed it with a bottle of wine that our Airbnb hosts left us.
What To Do:
- Cooking Class ( this is the one we took ) highly recommend!
- Wine tasting ( we went on this wine tour, but if you have more time to rent a car and go to the country side that’s what I would reccomend. Out wine tour was fine, but I wish the allotted more time in each winery, it felt a bit rushed. )
- Mercato Centrale: A fun indoor food market — so many delicious choices! Great for grabbing breakfast.
- La Terrazza Rooftop Bar: Located at the Hotel Continentale, it’s the best view in Florence! Be sure to make a reservation during sunset, you won’t be disappointed!
- The Pinocchio House: There’s not much to see here, but it’s just a cool sight to see where the story we all grew up reading, Pinochhio, was written. It’s close to the Mercato Centrale, so if you’re headed that way it’s worth stopping to admire.
- The main Duomo: We didn’t go inside of this particular church (because we didn’t have the time) but it’s a major landmark in Florence and such a beautiful sight.