About La Spezia
A severely underrated port town in the Italian Riviera, La Spezia also happens to be Italy's largest naval base. It is relatively quieter than the rest of the Italian cities and the locals are nice and simple unlike their more urban counterparts. The only reason La Spezia gets touristy is owing to the fact that it serves as a base for those wanting to visit the Cinque Terre villages, yet the place exudes an inexplicable charm of its own. Walk around the several beautiful piazzas leading up to the waterfront and allow yourself some time to sample the street food available - Waffle Churros, Chips, Farinatas (chickpea flour pancakes) and Take Away Pizzas among other Italian delicacies. If you are a fan of retail therapy, every imaginable brand along with a few local ones can be found in the city. The Porto (waterfront) is a perfect place to sit, read and simultaneously indulge in a good amount of people watching. Getting There: Trains run from Rome Termini/Rome Ostiense to La Spezia Centrale/La Spezia Migliarina every few hours. The duration is around 4 hours and will cost you approximately 50 Euros per trip. Additionally, you may have to change trains on certain stations. Booking on the ItaliaRail/Trenitalia websites in advance is a great idea as you save money and since most changing trains are Regionale trains on which you do not have reserved seats (unlike Intercity and Frecciargento), it is absolutely imperative to validate your tickets on the many validation machines at the station just before you board the train.
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We reached Milan by 5 PM in the evening.It was a great trip that took us back in time.
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3. A bread, bean and biscotti feast in FlorenceEvery turn in Florence will greet you with people feasting on bread and bean soup, and the mandatory Chianti wine.Eating Italy's food tour starts from Oltrarno, Italy's answer to Paris' Left Bank. Take delight in the region's Bohemian vibe, abuzz with students and artists in hipster cafes and an all-round vibrant culture. The tour is bound to give away a number of local food and restaurant secrets. Among the multitude of food and wine tastings, you'll also learn to make Italian cantucci (biscotti), sample locally made fennel salami or Finocchiona, Tuscan cheeses and crostinis, and stop at an authentic Italian trattoria (restaurant) for steaming hot soups. Don't leave before having Florence’s famous steak, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, and of course, end the tour with gelato.
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Italy is just round the corner from French Riviera and therefore we decided to make the best use of our schengen visa. We took a train and headed to the Italian town of Ventimiglia. It's just a small train ride away. From eating oysters to digging in pasta- we did that in one day and we were pretty kicked about it. The moment you cross the border, you will notice a stark difference between the French and the Italian culture. Just within a few miles, you see a difference in food, textures, flavours, language, people. We entered a bustling market selling local fruits, vegetables and flowers. The prices are generally lower than what you will find across the French border. Do find time to devour some sinful local risotto, spaghetti and pasta and end your meal with a heavenly tiramisu.
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Before leaving Treviso, I certainly fulfilled my promise to myself of going back to the places that I had visited on my first stroll through the city. Treviso fulfilled all my expectation of what Italian nightlife should be like. Crossing bridges across flowing waters and watching twilight change into evening in the city was a magnificent experience. In the evening we saw some tango dancers on the roads and despite being close to midnight the piazza was teeming with people having fun.
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Day 13: Check out of Hotel Castello Vicchiomaggio in Chianti. Take bus/car from Chianti to Florence. Take train from Florence to Verona. Check in Hotel Giulietta e Romeo in Verona. Opera at Arena - Romeo and Juliet was magnificent; get seats closest to the stage