What started as a group of bloggers, chef’s and photographers unfamiliar with one another, turned into a group of friends laughing and exploring Italy together. Camera in one hand. Glass of Prosecco in the other. We touched down in Milan for a full on and unforgettable week.
From the busy streets surrounding Duomo Cathedral to a rooftop bar by sunset in Chinatown, we concluded Milano with a visit to the Expo 2015. Go to a restaurant called ‘ 10 Corso Como ‘ order the Mozzarella dish. Also eat at a place called ‘Terrazza Apperol’ which looks over the Duomo Cathedral. If you’re feeling jet lagged, the Espresso Martini’s at the Hyatt in Milan are delicous.
We stayed at the Westin Palace Milan I had the old style room. I preferred it over the modern style rooms some of the others had.. Felt more like I was where I was, if that makes sense..?
The next stop was Venice. I fell in serious love with it. I’d live there just to explore by boat rides through the canals and have the joy of no cars or traffic. We met with Zonin for a beautiful rooftop dinner & Prosecco gathering on sunset at the Hilton Molino Stuckey Venice – a highlight for me with 360 degrees of amazing views. We then set out for Gambellara, a province of Vicenza. Established back in 1821, this is where the heart of Zonin lies. The family heads the largest private vine growing and wine making company in the business. They also own the largest prosecco vineyard in Italy. Their passion for what they do, their land and the history behind seven generations was evident within the first minute of meeting each of them.
Following our delightful tour of the Rocca Di Montemassi & lunch we headed back into Vicenza where an exclusive invite to a secret bar awaited us in our rooms. I didn’t even know such a thing existed.. Not being open to the public, you can only gain entry via invite.
From Vicenza to Florence: Be sure to have dinner at the Four Seasons everything here was amazing.
and go into an Eataly – We did a cooking class here which was pretty cool
From Firenze to Rome: Have dinner and/or drinks on the roof of the Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotel I’m pretty sure this is the highest point in Rome. It has THE best views. Head there an hour or so before sunset!
The Wine. The pizza. The pasta. The culture. I seriously loved every minute of Italy.
A huge thank you to the Zonin family for inviting me into your world and love of wine & what you do
I actually wasn’t a big fan of wine before my trip to Italy… I don’t know weather to thank or blame you!!
My camera: Olympus PEN E-PL7 25mm f1.8 Prime Lens
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Happy & Safe Travels