We went away for a weeklong stay in a family hotel in Northern Italy! It was awesome! Check it out!
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Although I have been to Italy many more times than I can count, Milan was never on the list of places to go. Over the years I have heard so many different stories and opinions about the city that for some reason I just never seemed to gather my strength to go and take it all in. To go and see for myself and develop my own opinion.
But then the Australian part of our family informed us that they would be traveling through Italy in July 2015, and we realised that we would actually be able to meet up for 4 days in Milan. It was a no-brainer, and of course we absolutely HAD to meet up, and see Milan together!
May it is! And already the thermometer has reached 28 degrees celsius here in Munich! Unfortunately not for long. Spring IS still a somewhat “capricious” time of year and during the early morning hours and when staying in the shade you should not forget an extra layer of shirts. But it is getting better and better, day by day!
Only a few hours drive from our doorstep lies the beautiful South Tyrol (Alto Adige) - the northmost region of Italy. During the winter season it is a very sought after ski-area. At all other seasons it is an amazing area for hiking and other outdoor activities. We went for an extended weekend.
By now I have been to Italy so many times that I have stopped counting. After my native Denmark and Germany, the boot-shaped Italy is without any doubt the country in Europe that I know best. I have been traveling in Rome, Umbria, Marché, Tuscany and South Tyrol. And the more I explore of the country and its history, the less I seem to know. It’s like a Pandora’s Box with several layers, that just keep surprising and seduce. I will never get tired of going to Italy!
The trip down from northern Europe, through Germany, Austria and over the alpine passes has a certain symbolic meaning for me. The weather in northern and central Europe is somewhat “ever changing” and it seems to me that it simply ALWAYS rains when driving through Austria. Of course that is not the case, but a certain something happens as you finally get through the last curves after the Brenner Pass, and start your further drive down through South Tyrol (the northernmost region in Italy). The weather changes south of the Alps. The sun will burn through the clouds and welcome you, as you pass endless fields of wine and apple trees.