My Trip to Northern Italy

In September I visited Norway, Italy and France. I had been looking forward to my trip to Italy for a long time. My father grew up there and I never had the opportunity to visit yet. This was such a rewarding experience to see where my father was born!

My Trip to Italy

My trip to Italy lasted 7 days and I tried to fit in as much as I could in that time. I spent all of my time in Northern Italy this trip.

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My trip started with me flying into Milan from Oslo. I was planning on focusing on northern Italy, which is the area that my father grew up. This trip I didn’t spend any time in Milan, but I hope to get back because there are so many things to do in Milan. From Milan, I was going to take the train to Parma, but I decided to hire a driver instead. The cost was more, but it saved me a lot of time and took me from door to door.

Northern Italy Vacation


Parma is the city that my father was born, and he lived in that area until he immigrated to Canada. I stayed with a family friend for a few days in Parma, and she showed me around the city. Having a hometown city guide was a great way to start my trip to Italy.

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We rode bikes one day as it is a great way to get around and see everything. We also ate a lot of food. I even tired horse which was quite tasty (once you got past the horse part of the experience) and the coffee there was just to die for. It was nice to see my family, try new things and explore Parma. It wasn’t as busy as the other cities I visited in Italy and less touristy. I hope to get back there soon and stay for longer.

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On my trip to Italy I used to research and book my accommodations. I love that they have reviews written by previous guests to read, which always helps me to narrow down which hotels to book. All these hotels that I stayed in on my trip to Italy are bookable through the mobile app or online.

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From Parma, I took the train to Venice early one morning. I spent a couple of days in Venice and met Nicole my photographer there. We spent the rest of the trip traveling together. In Venice, we stayed at the Hotel de Codega. Venice was so pretty but incredibly busy and jam packed of tourists. That isn’t really my thing, but I am still glad I made time to get to Venice.

We went to all the iconic locations and of course ate amazing food and way too much gelato. I highly recommend doing stuff early in the morning because it gets very busy and crowded. The highlight of my stop in Venice was a gondola ride but it was expensive. For an hour it cost $80 Euros…which is about $120 Canadian. You only live once though…right!?!


Nicole and I then rented a car and made our way to Florence. We stayed at Tornabuoni Suites Collection in Florence. One day was not enough to fully experience all that this beautiful city has to offer. From the moment I arrived, I was struck by the city’s stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant culture. I spent the day exploring the city’s many museums and galleries, marveling at the works of art by some of the world’s most famous artists.

But what really stood out to me was the city’s food and wine. I sampled local specialties like ribollita and bistecca alla fiorentina, and enjoyed a glass of Chianti while taking in the stunning views of the city. Of course, some gelato was in order, too! The flavors and aromas of Florence’s cuisine left me wanting more, and I knew that one day was simply not enough to fully explore all the culinary delights this city has to offer.

As I left Florence, I promised myself that I would return one day to spend more time exploring this incredible city. There is so much more to see and do, and I can’t wait to experience it all again. Perhaps with some Tuscany wine tours from Florence, I could spend a full week enjoying the area. Florence truly is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Italy, and I can’t wait to go back and discover more of its wonders.

Cinque Terre

From Florence, we then drove to Cinque Terre where we spent two days exploring the area. I stayed at Appartamenti e Camere Edi in Riomaggiore which is one of the villages in Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre stole my heart for sure. There was so much beauty and colour in one place. I couldn’t help but just fall in love with all 5 towns in the region. We stayed in Riomaggiore but took the train to the other towns to check them out. They are all just a little bit different but so pretty.

We also did a boat tour around sunset and it was just breathtaking! Nicole and I had the boat to ourselves with the captain. Our boat captain was so funny and told us all about east place we passed on the tour. The boat tour was $70 Euros for two hours and I would say it was worth it. The views were out of this world.

We went to Riomaggiore Beach which was quite secluded but a rocky beach. It was perfect for some sunbathing. There are many beaches in Northern Italy which deserve a whole separate trip to visit them all.


I used rewards to book the places that I stayed, which is always a great way to keep trip costs down. Rewards are awesome! You collect 1 night for every night you stay at an eligible hotel. Once you have collected 10 Rewards nights, you’ll get 1 free night at an eligible hotel, and there are more than 297,000 worldwide. The value of your free night is equal to the average rate of the 10 nights you collected to earn it. It is as easy as that!

Thanks to Nicole Autumn Photography for all the images.

My Trip to Italy Vlog

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Thanks for following along on my trip to Italy! I plan to be back in Italy soon and would love to visit Naples or see all the famous buildings in Rome. There is so much more that I want to see and do!

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  1. Anna Hubbard wrote:

    Okay wow, this looks like the adventure of a lifetime! i would LOVE to visit Italy! All your photos are so pretty!

    Posted 12.4.17 Reply
  2. Jenny wrote:

    All of these photos are absolutely stunning! I’d love to go to Italy someday.

    Posted 12.4.17 Reply
  3. This sounds like a fantastic trip!! I actually use a lot when booking hotels too – I love the free night perk!

    Posted 12.4.17 Reply
  4. fairyprincessjord wrote:

    Florence was my favorite city to visit in Italy, it is just so charming. I missed my train to the Cinque terre which always makes me extra sad when I see gorgeous photos. Your trip looks so amazing Bella and you looked so stylish along the way!

    Posted 12.4.17 Reply
  5. wow! i’ve always wanted to go! Its breathtaking! I actually use too when I travel! I love the free night!

    Posted 12.5.17 Reply
  6. McKennableu wrote:

    Wow! These pictures are all stunning. I’ve been to Italy but missed a lot of these cities. Makes me want to go back asap!!!

    Posted 12.5.17 Reply
  7. Lily Ayala wrote:

    You are making me want to go to Italy EVEN more!! Love your pictures.

    Posted 12.5.17 Reply
  8. Tara wrote:

    gah- these photos are insane! can I make you my travel buddy? so jealous 🙂

    Posted 12.5.17 Reply
  9. Alix Maza wrote:

    Soooo jealous! I want to go back to Italy soon. Gorgeous pictures as always.

    Posted 12.5.17 Reply
  10. Looks like a beautiful trip! You’re inspiring me to step up my travel wardrobe, I’m always a sweaty mess when I travel!

    Posted 12.6.17 Reply
  11. Adriana wrote:

    Your pictures are stunning! I LOVE Italy more than anything!

    Posted 12.6.17 Reply
  12. Your pictures are always so beautiful! Looks like you had a great time.

    Posted 12.6.17 Reply
  13. Talina wrote:

    These photos are beautiful and I can not wait to visit Italy one day! xo

    Posted 12.20.17 Reply
  14. Alicia wrote:

    It looks like you have been on some really amazing trips! I can’t wait to head over to Europe in April.

    Posted 12.21.17 Reply