Hello Italia

How are we in May already? At least we have had another bank holiday, so a short week for most of us!

I am back and settled into routine after being away in Italy to celebrate my birthday. I travelled to Turin and Milan. 

I went a week before the restrictions changed, but to be honest, most of it felt relatively normal anyway. The restrictions were that masks had to be worn in doors and they needed a green pass to sit inside restaurants/ bars. We got lucky with the weather so sat outside anyway. 

If you don’t know, I love Italy. It is one of my favourite countries in Europe. I would move there in a flash. 

In Turin, we had a day, so the main points of interest and sights that we saw were, the Allianz stadium where Juventus play, the Piazza Castello which is the most central square in Turin. It was formed in the middle of 14th Century and it is lined with museums, theatres and cafes. We also saw the Giardino Nicola Grosa which is a park in Turin and has an elevation of 248 metres. 

The Piazza Castello

For the foodies, one of my favourite food I had in Turin was the Focaccia pizza. I tried a Margherita one and one with olives. I would highly recommend it. Focaccia has a lighter, fluffier texture than a traditional pizza. 

Focaccia Pizza

We travelled to Milan on Tuesday 26th April. It was just over an hour by train from Turin to Milan. A few days before, the weather was rainy. When we arrived it was hot. After checking into our hotel, we rested before taking a walk around the area and finding dinner. We opted for non Italian at this point, simply had a burger and chips from a steak and wine restaurant. 

In Milan, it is good to stay near the red metro line as that is the fastest. We walked most of the places though, so we could visit the good sights. If you are in Milan, my top sights were; The San Siro stadium and museum tour, also the Navigli district which is surrounded by canals. It reminded me a bit of Amsterdam. When in Navigli, you must have aperitivo con tagliere. It was meats and cheese. We had ours from La Prosciutteria Milano Navigli. They were not stingy on the portion sizes either. 

The San Siro
Navigli district
aperitivo con tagliere

My birthday was on the 28th April. We did more sightseeing. In Milan, you can’t forget to visit the famous cathedral on Piazza del Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It is Italy’s oldest active shopping centre.

Duomo

My trip to Milan wasn’t complete without seeing my friends. We had a lovely birthday meal  at Ristorate La Cuccuma. They are famous for their Neapolitan mussels, pasta and pizza. Obviously, me being a fish lover I had the spaghetti with seafood. The staff were very friendly and accommodating and the food was flavoursome. 

I had such a great trip and I would highly recommend visiting both Turin and Milan for the architecture, food and culture. A presto Italia. 

Lots of Love,

Live Like KK x

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