Next Stop Italy

I’m struggling – where to start. Italy is amazing, from the fabulous architecture to the food and the beautiful people. I booked this trip through Gate One Travel.

#1 tip in Italy: Skip dinner and get Aperitivo – go to a restaurant or cafe around 6pm have a few drinks or wine and they keep bring appetizers which are free, it usually include salami, cheese, bread, vegetables – depends on the establishment but it is amazing.  House wine is delicious and cheap.  Try an Aperol Spritzer, Aperol is a  bitter orange aperitif, Prosecco and soda water, so light and refreshing.

I was last in Italy in spring 2017. I flew into Milan, and drove to Montecatini terme. It

cafe in Monticatini

Cafe in down town Montecatini. Have an espresso and croissant, delicious!

is a lovely town in Tuscany our main stop (it is between Florence and Lucca). My daughter and I rented a vehicle and drove south. We saw the marble mountains of  Carrara, what a wonderful sight, looked like snow on a mountain top.IMG_1383         Look at that back ground the colorful town of Manarola.  We arrived by train and walked through a tunnel to this outstanding view. My daughter and I ate at a lovely seaside restaurant, really good lunch. See menu below. A Porticciolo Ristorante Dal 1972.

menu open

IMG_1148Venice above – great place to walk around, wonderful restaurantsIMG_1142IMG_1167Montecatini from Montecatini Alto at sunset. I recommend visiting this cute little medieval town on top of the hill.IMG_1179Beautiful olive groves.IMG_1237Montecatini Alto town square.IMG_1390Manarola ItalyIMG_1406Next stop Pisa ItalyIMG_1403Leaning tower of Pisa on a very rainy dayIMG_1477The lovely walled town of Lucca.