Five Days in Italy: Milan, Bellagio and Verona.

I just spent the most glorious five days in Northern Italy with my partner and his family, and I thought I’d share some of my favourite moments and photos with you all. This little trip was exactly what I needed before completing my final university exams next month, proving to be a lovely few days away to explore and get my mind off the stresses of my personal life.

We stayed in a beautiful little hotel in Milan, just a couple of train stops away from the city centre, which was complete with a lovely view of some authentic Italian apartments from the balcony. The weather was absolutely beautiful when we arrived but, unfortunately, the rest of the week brought rain and strong winds, though this didn’t impact any of the natural beauty Italy had to offer.

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We arrived on Saturday and spent the day settling in, venturing into Duomo to take a look at the Cathedral and the vast amount of shops available for us. The city was bustling with people and I would highly advise you to keep your possessions close as there were a lot of suspicious characters looking out for bags. The shopping was incredible, a lot of high-end brands that I’ll never be able to afford, but they also had well-known shops such as H&M in case you forgot to pack enough underwear or a jacket.

On Sunday we took a train up to Bellagio to visit Lake Como. As soon as I saw the gorgeous view from the train window, the picturesque houses with their colourful shutters sitting along the shore, I immediately fell in love. The sun was shining down on us and there was a perfectly light breeze drifting down on us from the mountains. It is clearly an extremely popular tourist destination but the crowds didn’t bother us as we were so caught up in our surroundings, still managing to take some lovely photos which, despite how stunning they make Como look, it will never do the real thing justice.

On Tuesday we woke up extra early to catch our train to Verona. It was raining all day with strong winds which was unfortunate but I still enjoyed myself. We saw Juliet’s balcony from Romeo and Juliet, one of my favourite books, and even saw a statue of Dante. The streets were colourful and bustling, despite the rain it was a fabulous day.

The last couple of days were spent walking around and doing a bit of cheeky shopping. To end our trip, my boyfriend bought me a beautiful promise ring which was incredibly romantic of him!

I think it’s safe to say that I have caught the travel bug and I’m super excited to go on more adventures this year!

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