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Italy: Floating Piers, Iseo Lake, Montisola

One of the 10 most important events at world level in 2016 takes place in Italy this year, on Lake Iseo, a town a few kilometers away from Milano.
A short event, called "Floating Piers" which lasts only 2 weeks (opening on June 18, 2016), but which will provide an enormous tourist flow from all around the world.

floating on lake

If the idea attracts you to walk on a floating bridge on the water of lake Iseo, in this article you find all the information for participating to the annual event.
  • Floating Piers: tickets and bookings Iseo Lake
  • Opening hours of the bridge over Lake Sebino.
  • How to get to Lake Iseo and how to reach the floating walkway.
  • Safety and rules for going onto the Floating Piers bridge.



ROME AIRPORT TO CITY: how to get to and where to stay?

How to get to Rome? Better train, flight or by car? Transportation from and to the airport Fiumicino - Ciampino of Rome. Apartments for rent short term.

Rome, being the capital of Italy, is easy to reach from every city in the world with direct flights, trains and buses.


AIRPORT IN ROME: Fiumicino or Ciampino Airports? 

Rome has 2 airports: 

1. The international airport of Fiumicino "Leonardo da Vinci" in which adhere flights from all over the world. 
2. Ciampino airport: equipped for internal flights and low-cost airlines.

From airports to Rome center


Leaving Fiumicino airport, you can take a train to get Rome city center (Hourly trains departing from Fiumicino: from 6:23 till 23:23).

The Fiumicino railway station is located in the Terminal 3: opposite the Arrivals Hall.

From here you can take the Leonardo Express or the Sabina-Fiumicino FR1, both will take you to Rome center. 

Thanks to its non-stop trains, the Leonardo Express is ideal for reaching terminal peacefully and on time. 

Leonardo Express connects you from Roma Termini to Fiumicino Airport in just 32 minutes. even leaving to remain trapped in traffic. The single ticket, valid for only one journey, costs 14 euro.

Do you need to travel to or from Fiumicino airport at a very late or very early hours? 

No problem. There is a night bus that connects central Rome to Fiumicino airport.


Accommodation in Rome

In Rome there are about 5000 accommodation available. 

My selection for you

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Candia Domus VaticanoStay in the heart of Rome.
Luxury Apartments in Rome2-minute walk of Piazza di Spagna.

What Metro stop is the Vatican? Metro Ottaviano-S. Pietro. 

Tip: Driving to Rome? Better don't go to Rome city center by car. Look for accommodation in the suburbs and reach the downtown by public transport (metro, train...) . I say this because besides the difficulty of driving in a city so busy, there is a risk, if you park in the street, that a thief will break the glass to steal something inside the car.

Getting from Rome Airport to Rome city


    Leaving Ciampino airport, you will find the buses parked in front of the international departures. Buses are municipal or private companies (as Terravision or SIT) they will take you directly to Termini station or to Anagnina station where you can take the subway.

    You can buy tickets online, on Ryanair flight, at the airport, a single ticket costs € 4

    This service runs between 08:15 and 00:15 and departures coincide exactly with flight arrivals.

    Rome: To and from Airports 
    Taxi: about 50€ fixed price.

    Do you tip taxi drivers in Rome?

    No, In Italy tipping is not mandatory. If you want leave 1 or 2 euros more (for a coffee ;)

    Trains to Rome

    The Italian national company is Trenitalia

    "Le Frecce" is a type of high speed train linking major cities in Italy. From Milan to get to Rome, it takes about 3 hours. Ideal for a weekend trip.

    How much is the train fare in Fiumicino Rome? 14€ Best choice Leonardo express. 
    Best train station in Rome? Rome Tiburtina Train Station.
    Which train station in Florence to go to Rome? Florence's Santa Maria Novella.

    Rome maps Pdf and Useful Apps to download 

    Applications that provide a smart and interactive experience of the city of Rome. (Free downloads.)
    This is everything for this week. I'll wait for your next trip. 
    Thanks and have a nice holiday in Rome.
    December 2018



    Places to see near Milan: beautiful and interesting towns in Lombardy.

    In this article you will find useful info for planning a day trips from Milan to discover some places to see, about an hour away from Milan. At the end of this article you will find links to deepen the knowledge of the various cities, countries listed.

    What to see in Lombardy
    The writer lives in Italy and knows his territory for which can recommend beautiful places to see near Milan not only famous towns but also hidden gems from mass tourism.


    In this post: Monza, Vigevano, Pavia, Soncino, Bellagio, Zavattarello. 
    In the second post about places to see near Milano: Visit Crespi D'Adda, Bergamo, Como Lake villas, Visit Castles near Milan, Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore, Visit Iseo Lake e Montisola.

    Places near Milan to visit

    1. Monza: 18 km from the Lombardy chief city.

    A lovely town to visit near Milano is Monza and its Cathedral.
    The historical city center is an ideal place for a walk among the little shops and coffee bars, often crowded, in which it is nice to stop for a fast break.

    Places near Milan to visit
    Monza city center
    Apart from the historical center I advise you to see the "Villa Reale" and its huge and famous "Monza Park" where it is possible, weather permitting, to have a picnic, rent a bike, see the racetrack where the Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place.
    It is the ideal place if you looking for "nature" near Milan.

    Monza is close to Milan. You can reach it by public transport or by car. I recommend visiting this city you will not be disappointed.

    Where to stay in Monza.


    2. Vigevano: 50km from Milan.

    Duomo: Vigevano square

    The Ducal square, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, lies in the medieval city of Vigevano. To best admire it, you are advised to climb the Tower of Bramante. The 100 steps to arrive at the top and see the panorama below are worth the effort. From the Ducal Square you can access the castle of the Sforzas, still under restoration; the riding stables and the gardens are accessible and are worth a visit just to relax in a Renaissance location.

    If you need:

    Map of all the sites mentioned in this article


    3. The Versailles of the Lombardy

    Chignolo Castle, Pavia: 60 km from the downtown of Milan.

    Pic of Luca Giarelli -His own work- CC BY - SA 3.0
    If you want to spend the afternoon admiring Tiepolo's frescoes, the Procacci Castle is the place for you. The castle it is not well known (it is a private property and often used as wedding location) but in spite of this it's worth a visit: it is big, monumental and the interior rooms are well preserved. The visits are guided.

    Short trips from Milan

    4. SONCINO

    Soncino, Cremona: 70 km from Milan Central station.

    posti da visitare in Lombardia
    Soncino Castle by night

    You're going to see over the small village in Soncino, the beautiful and majestic Rocca Sforzesca, the basement, the mill and the Museum of printing. Visit the castle costs 5€ (2017 prices) without guidance. The castle is empty inside but is well preserved.

    TIP: to enjoy the medieval climate you can arrange a visit to Soncino medieval fantasy festival that occurs once every year or make a "night visit" to the Dungeon of the fortress. Very impressive.
    cities near Milan
    Beautiful Cremona
    If you want to prolong your tour, you can visit the city of Cremona with its beautiful churches: the baptistery, the Cathedral, the monastery, the Cathedral square and, for enthusiasts, the Museum of the violin.


    5. Bellagio

    Bellagio: 70 km from Milan Central station.

    Bellagio is a tourist country and therefore quite expensive. Car park (few), restaurants and entrance to Villa Melzi are not the cheapest. However, if you want to enjoy a romantic day, with your partner, a visit to this country is required (you can also arrive by ferry).

    Bellagio what to see: 

    1. The Villa Melzi gardens in the months in which they are open long, are worth a visit. Different varieties of plants and flowers make the Park a very relaxing place, colorful, fragrant and pleasant. Nice panoramic view of the Lake.

    Lago di Como
    Photo: Pinterest: Bellagio.
    2. Basilica di San Giacomo Romanesque church with Baroque notes due to a remodel done in that period with various works of art inside. You will see it walking through the Center.

    3. Villa Serbelloni on tour of villa Serbelloni provides only a visit to the Park and not the building. The visit is only accessible with a guide. The beauty lies in glimpses and views that can be seen from the top of the park. The guided tour is on foot and takes about 1 hour.

    4. Navigating Lake Como. In front of Bellagio, on the other side of the Lake of Como, there are 2 villas that recommend you visit: Villa Balbianello and Villa Carlotta (the first one I loved more than the second). If you want to prolong your visit you can take a boat to visit Lake Como and the famous villas.

    More info in this post:



    Zavattarello, Pavia: 90 km from Milan Central.

    You can spend an enjoyable Sunday in the heart of Oltrepo Pavese strolling in the streets of the old town of Zavattarello with an additional visit to Verme Castle found on a promontory with a beautiful and relaxing view which is lost among vineyards and hills.

    Unfortunately this castle was completely burned down during the Second World War but was subsequently reconstructed and now is now fully open from late March to the beginning of April every year.

    The guided tour of the castle takes around 1 hour.
    Foto da Pinterest. Castello del Verme, Pavia.
    TIP: To drop even more in the medieval atmosphere, you can attend to the "medieval days" where is possible attend like a spectator to the historical evocation. Usually this event is held on the 15th of August - a public holiday. There are many interesting events planned as the "the mystery tour", concerts and shows ...

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      Well, that's everything for this week. Now you have several ideas at your disposal for your holiday in Nord Italy in Lombardy. Please, help me to promote the beauty of Lombardy by sharing this article. Thanks 😍

      updated january 2019
      Moira R.