Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Untold Italy Pocast Interview: A Solo Trip to Northern Italy

 Unotld Italy: A Solo Trip to Northern Italy

Grand Canal Venice: Vaparetto ( Water Bus) in backround

Last month I had the honor of being a guest on the Untold Italy Podcast.  ( don't judge me ha, I said so and ya know a lot, it was my 1st time!) I was interviewed by Katy, the host and Travel Writer of the blog Untold Italy.  I would be thrilled if you downloaded the show and listen to Episode #66.  If you are new here, WELCOME!

If you've been around here for awhile, you know of my solo journey to Northern Italy. It was the trip of a lifetime and so happy I had this experience!  The trip was planned with a friend in October of 2019.  At last minute, she had an emergency and could not go.  No-one from my family could go on this short notice. 

It was a big challenge and scary thought to go abroad for the 1st time! I've always wanted to see Milan,  the fashion capitol of the world. I was brave and decided to go anyway.

St. Marks Square, Venice

If you are planning a trip to Northern Italy, you will learn valuable tips from the interview. You will also learn mistakes to avoid for a first time visit.

 Katy chimes in often during the conversation and offers expert advice. I learned more new tips during the interview. She is an Italy Travel Expert, with 30 trips under her belt.  She is a GO TO source for traveling the country from North to South.

I joined Katy's Italy Travel Planning group 5 weeks before leaving to Italy . My friend bailed on the trip about 3 weeks after joining the group. I had two weeks left to learn all the best tips for planning my solo trip.

Duomo di Milano

I'm happy to report the trip was a HUGE success due to the expert tips I received from Katy and  members of the group. There is NO way I would've went solo without the help of Italy Travel Planning. I learned everything I needed to know: 

  • Where to Stay
  • Must see destinations 
  • Places to skip
  • Where to eat
  • Where to shop
  • Tours to check out
  • Best coffee shops
  • Details and schedules for reserving train trips
  • Safety tips for solo female travelers 
  • Details for international wifi and phone service
  • Daily inspiration and imagery 

...and the list goes on! It's one of the most supportive communites on the internet!  If you are dreaming of a trip to Dolce Vita or planning one, I do suggest joining the group.

                                                                            Castle Sforzesco, Milan 

Places mentioned in the show

Sforzesco Castle – Milan
Prada museum – Milan
Monte Napaleone, Galleria Vittorio Emannuele and Corso Beunos Aires: Milan Shopping Districts
Lugano, Switzerland – some day tours include a trip over the border into Switzerland, and if you have enough time you can also take the Bernina Express which goes to St Moritz
Lake Como – world famous and home to the rich and famous for a reason – a boat trip on the lake is wonderful and there are many beautiful towns to explore, shop and dine, such as Bellagio and Como City
The Cinque Terre – a coastal area within Liguria, comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore
St Marks Square – Piazza San Marco
, is the central and most famous square in Venice
Lido a beach in Venice which you can reach by Vaporetto water bus

                                                                              St. Mark's Basillica, Venice

THANK YOU to all my readers for following my travels around the US, Canada and Europe.  I appreicate each time you read or engage with my content. I do hope the tips, itineraries and guides I offer on this site, help make your travels easier to plan.

                                                                               Riomoggiore, Cinque Terre

Currently I'm visiting Canada and in quarantine, so I can see my mother. It's going to be a long 2 weeks!  HA!

Ciao!  Do come back again for more inspiration and tips for visiting Northern Italy and Switzerland. I have several more posts to write!

                                                                         Bellagio, Lake Como


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