Start off with a visit to the fashion capital of Italy, the city of Milan. You can never be overdressed in Milan! The city houses some of the best fashion designers in the world and Galleria Vittorio which is the world’s oldest shopping mall. If you get hungry as you shop till you drop, there is plenty of fresh made pizza at every corner, just follow the smells. Next, plan an early morning visit to the Milan Cathedral, Piazza del Duomo. This stunning cathedral took nearly 6 centuries to complete and is the largest Gothic cathedral and the second largest Catholic Cathedral in the world!
Lets switch gears now. Hop on to the ItaliaRail from the Milan central railway station (which by the way has a shopping mall inside), and after 3 hours ride, you find yourselves in the capital of Italy, Rome. This ancient city was once home to the powerful Roman Empire. After having some freshly brewed coffee, spend a day touring a country located within the city of Rome, the Vatican city. It is the home to the Pope, St. Peter’s Basilica and the greatest masterpieces of art such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Setting up a tour is highly recommended as the lines get extremely long.
Spend your last day exploring Rome’s gladiatorial area, the Colosseum. You can also reserve a seat at one of the local restaurant and enjoy your dinner with a view of the Colosseum. But wait, there is more to do before dinner! Enjoy a gelato as you walk to the Trevi Fountain. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. While you are in the area, don’t forget to check out a former Roman temple called Pantheon.
As you prepare to go home, I hope you leave with a strong desire to come back to Italy and plan to stay longer because Italy has so much more to offer that is impossible to be covered in two and a half days.
“A fool is he who admires other cities without visiting Rome”- Francesco Petrarca