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A Dreamy Day in Varenna

Need a breather from the city sights of Milan? Looking to recharge your spirits? How does a pretty tranquil little town – on the shore of Lake Como, with spectacular mountain and lake views, verdant gardens overlooking the lake, quaint narrow streets (and not many tourists) – sound? On a sunny weekend morning in June, our destination was the little lakeside town of Varenna. This town, on the shore of Lake Como, turned out to be a fantastic visual treat.

Enchanted by Florence – I

Enchanted by Florence. Art, architecture, history, beauty – we discovered all that and more in Florence, the capital of Tuscany. Florence finds itself on almost every tourist itinerary of Italy. We now know why. We boarded an Italo train from Milano, and in about 2 hours, we were in the capital of Tuscany. In the next couple of days, we were completely enchanted by the magic of the Renaissance city.

A Weekend in La Superba (Genoa) – Public Elevators and Funiculars

A fun and amusing way to explore Genoa is to ride the various public elevators or funiculars of the city. Breathtaking city views guaranteed! At a very reasonable price. Our first ride was on the Funicolare de S. Anna. Junior’s first-ever funicular ride – what a better place to do it than in Genoa! 🙂 The tracks. Funicolare S.Anna, Genoa The pretty funicular. Funicolare S.Anna, Genoa View from Funicolare S.

A Weekend in (La Superba) Genoa – Old Port (Porto Antico) Area

The lovely waterfront. Porto Antico, Genoa. A Trenitalia train transported us from Milano Centrale to Genoa (Principe) in about 2 hours. We passed picturesque locales and several tunnels on our way to La Superba. Our hotel, Hotel Vittoria & Orlandini, proved to be a good choice – great location, comfortable room, friendly personnel. The Old Port Area (Porto Antico) At the Porto Antico, Genoa I LOVE ports.

A weekend in (La Superba) Genoa – I

A city referred to as La Superba. La Superba. The city of Genoa, Italy Home to the most delicious pesto… and amazing focaccia (oops, the goodies were GONE before I could take any pictures!). Said to be the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Christopher Columbus. At Piazza Principe, Genoa, Italy. Colorful houses in the hills… and public elevators as local transport! Living in the hills. Genoa, Italy Public elevators for local transport.

A Sunny Day in Lecco

Lecco station An approximately one-hour train ride from Milano’s Porta Garibaldi took us to the charming lakeside town of Lecco. This picturesque Alpine town, on the banks of the beautiful Lake Como, is the birthplace of the Italian writer, Alessandro Manzoni. It was a sunny Sunday morning. Statue of Garibaldi, Lecco A short walk from the Lecco station brought us to Piazza XX settembre. An outdoor art exhibition attracted many onlookers.