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Far from the maddening crowd

  • If you stay in Milan for a somewhat longer period, you may want to leave the busy city for a day and visit some nice historical places nearby. This is definitely worthwhile as the whole of Lombardy has a lot of nature, art and history to offer.

    What you can do on a daytrip depends on the mode of transport you have available. Some cities are conveniently reachable by public transport, for others you will need to rent a car.

    This guide presents you with a series of possibilities, under the daytrip category:

  • Pavia , tranquil and nice historical city, reachable by train

  • Certosa di Pavia monastery

  • Cremona , home of Stradivarius, by train

  • Lodi , halfway Milan and Cremona, if by car easily combined with the latter

  • Soncino , beautiful castle village, car only

  • the Oltrepò Pavese , tranquil but beautiful wine area, car necessary

  • Vigevano , city of one of the most beautiful piazze of Italy, by train

  • Como , historical city at the beautiful shores of the famous Lake , by car or train


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Living in Italy

expat italy

Would you dare to follow your dream
and move or retire to Italy?

Stef & Nico did, although their dog Sara had her doubts.
Now from your comfortable armchair you can share in
the hilarious & horrendous adventures they experienced
when they moved to Italy to start a bed and breakfast.


For lovers of amusing travelogue memoirs who like a good laugh
Glossary of Italian words included! Learn a bit of the Italian language along the way
Practical advice on how to buy a house in Italy pleasantly presented within the stories



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