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ITALY | City Guide - 8 days in Northern Italy 🇮🇹

8 days, 6 cities: Milan, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence, Verona, and Venice!

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CityGuide Italy, 8 days in Northern Italy - The2Planners

Italy is, without any doubt, one of Europe’s most exciting countries. With its irresistible food, awesome architecture, diverse scenery, and unparalleled art, it's packed with so many possibilities it can almost be overwhelming.

“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.”
Anna Akhmatova

Where to go? What to see? What to eat?  How to travel between places? In this city guide, we present you the route we did in the Summer of 2019, a trip we absolutely loved and think its a must for young couples.

 

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Italy has an extensive and modern network of trains, so all the dislocations between cities were made that way, making it a funny and very cheap way to discover the country. 

Italy Map - 8 days, 6 cities: Milan, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence, Verona, and Venice!

Our journey started in Milan, we arrived at the airport (Bergamo AirportMilan) early in the morning (day 1) and slept that night in Milan, the next morning we woke up and got straight to the train station (day 2), DESTINATION: Cinque Terre! Cinque Terre is so romantic! 😍  We spent 2 days in Cinque Terre, visiting all five towns and at night we would walk freely by the city La Spezia. After those 2 nights, we woke up at 7am and crossed the street to get on the train to Pisa (Day 4). Pisa was just a small stop, we got to know the city in just one morning, you'll have plenty enough time, but I think you'll be amazed! Still on the same day, during the afternoon we went to Florence and stayed there two nights. On day 6 we went by train to Verona to visit the city and stayed there sleeping for the last two nights, it's cheaper than staying in Venice and the trip by train is really close, so on day 7 we went from Verona to Venice and came back during the evening to sleep in Verona our last night. On day 8 we left Verona and still manage to visit Lake Garda on our way to the airport! You can now discover all our journeys in the links below! Have fun with us!❣️

Day 1 - Milan

Day 2 & 3 - Cinque Terre

Day 4 - Pisa

Day 4 & 5- Florence

Day 6 - Verona

Day 7 - Venice

Day 8 - Lake Garda, on the way to the airport

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Potato Cake Recipe

Can you imagine telling someone that you made a Potato Cake? With boiled potatoes?

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Whenever we had to make a birthday cake to school, the Potato Cake reigned! Everyone asked for a recipe and everyone was amazed when they knew that the main ingredient was the potato!

Potato Cake | Bolo de Batata - The2Planners

Ingredients:

 9 Egg Yolks
5 Egg Whites
500g Granulated Sugar
250g Boiled Potatoes
250g Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
 Butter to Grease the Pan

Recipe:

1. Turn on the oven at 180 Celsius degrees.

2. Cook the potato and then grate it with a fork.

3. Separate the egg yolks from the whites, whisking them stiff and storing the remaining 4 egg whites.

4. Wisk the egg yolks with the sugar until you get a creamy mixture and add the grated potatoes.

5. Add the sifted flour, baking powder, and egg whites to the mixture.

6. Grease a circular shape pan without a hole with butter and put the mixture previously made.

7. Bake for about 40min.

8. You can test the baking of the cake with a toothpick until it comes out dry.

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PISA | City Guide - 1 day in Pisa 🇮🇹

1 day in Pisa is part of an 8 days trip through northern Italy!

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The2Planners in Pisa, Italy - The Leaning Tower of PisaCITYGUIDE Pisa, Italy - The2PlannersPisa is a legendary city and one of the most explored cities in northern Italy. This is a famous destination, as tourists often stop there when traveling to Florence, to get a look at the most famous tower in the world. However, it is a fantastic city to stay in and offers a great deal more sites than just the legendary leaning tower. For those wishing to visit Pisa, this city has a fantastic array of beautiful historical buildings and indeed it boasts several historical churches.

“Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.”
Bertrand Russell 

We did visit this city en-route to Florence, attracted by the mediatic and photogenic Tower of Pisa. We were not expecting to find the marvelous city we found! We dedicated merely one morning to explore the city, and for us, it was enough and allowed us to rest a bit to keep exploring and recharge batteries to Florence. One disadvantage of the city is the fact most famous architectural monuments are not free of charge, so it can be a quite expensive visit. During our stay, we decided no to enter in any of the attractions, for economic reasons.

Where to go? What to see? What to eat? In this city guide, we present you the route we did in the Summer of 2019, a trip we absolutely loved and think its a must for young couples.

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the2planners 1.  Piazza dei Miracoli

When arriving Pisa, the best option is to first explore the beautiful Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), as your sight will be certainly captivated by the magnificent Tower, the Cathedral, and the Baptistery. The marble whiteness of these monuments resting on the grassy carpet of the piazza treats visitors to a unique sight, with such harmony. But Pisa has a great deal to offer besides the famous piazza.

ponto.png 1.1. Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta - Pisa, Italy The 2 Planners

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€: Paid Entrance | Time: 20 min | ★★★✩✩ 

 

ponto.png 1.2. Leaning Tower of Pisa

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€: Paid Entrance | Time: 60-120 min | ★★★★★ 

Don’t just admire it from below: the climb up the tower is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, however a little expensive, in our opinion. If you decide to climb, you will enjoy both the incredible climb as well as the amazing views from the top. Only 40 people at a time are allowed inside the tower and you need to be prepared to climb 300 (old) stairs. So make an online reservation, probably several weeks in advance is the better option.

Take some time to explore this point, as this is the busiest area, filled with tourists in strange positions to get the pictures with the Pisa tower we all know.

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ponto.png 1.3. The Baptistery

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€: Paid Entrance | Time: 20 min | ★★★✩✩  

Once you have admired the monuments in the piazza from all angles, continue your visit to the other ex-libris in the city. We suggest you take a walk through these beautiful streets from where you can admire the panoramic view over the river and its surroundings.

ponto.png 2. Campo Santo

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€: Free | Time: 20 min | ★★★✩✩  

 

ponto.png 3. Palazzo dei Cavalieri

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Closed | Time: 20 min | ★★★✩✩  

Another major sight is the beautiful Piazza dei Cavalieri, only a few minutes’ walk from the Piazza dei Miracoli. Designed by Giorgio Vasari, it was the center of political life during the Middle Ages and a symbol of Medici rule over the city from the Renaissance. The palace is located in the Knights Square, the second most popular square to encounter in Pisa

ponto.png 4. Borgo Stretto

Borgo Stretto
This delightful street is located in the heart of the city and starts at the Piazza Garibaldi next to the Ponte di Mezzo.

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ponto.png 6. River Arno & Santa Maria della Spina

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Closed | Time: 10 min | ★★✩✩✩  

Standing on the south bank of the Arno is the peculiar little Church of Santa Maria della Spina, a remarkable example of Gothic art in Europe.

 
 
 
 
 
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