In my previous post I shared our Airbnb stays in Rome, which included a trip to San Felice Circeo at the beach. After leaving Rome, we stayed in Venice, Verona, Milan and, last but not least, Lake Como.
As a family we understand you don’t always want to be out touring all day, especially when your home-away-from-home is a wonderful place where you enjoy spending time – it essentially becomes part of the journey.
Here is the round of our Airbnb stays:
The journey into Venice is your first taste of Venetian life though arriving on a crammed ferry with luggage and children can be a challenge which doesn’t quite match the romantic ideal. However, as soon as we got off, our friendly Airbnb host Francesca greeted us and led us through the narrow streets, alleyways and over bridges to reach our iconic destination.
Our beautiful three-bedroom apartment, featuring two balconies with one overlooking the canal, was like a fairytale. Stepping out onto the balcony to take in your idyllic surroundings, while tourists on a gondola wave a greeting as they glide past, is rather special.
Venice is a busy city. With more than 30 million visitors each year, we soon realised it would be exhausting to spend all our time out and about. After a morning of exploring, we loved sitting down for lunch to enjoy the sights and sounds from our own terrace – this tradition soon became part of our Venice experience we loved the most. I felt the serenading gondolas were singing to me too!
You can find the link to our Venice Airbnb apartment here.
Our next stop was Verona.
The city Shakespeare made famous as Romeo and Juliet’s hometown was truly magical. Our itinerary was filled with experiences close to the main square Piazza Erbe.
This top floor apartment is more like a penthouse with spectacular views over Verona while the mezzanine floor provides an extra bedroom for the children. We loved this apartment for its character and charm. Our hosts, Nicola and Michela, helped us with our luggage, told us about the best places to eat and allowed us to leave our luggage prior to check-out so we could have one last explore of the town before heading off to our next destination.
You can find the link to our Verona Apartment here
Milan is known as the capital of fashion and our apartment matched this description. Situated along a main road leading into the city, we were close to restaurants and only a short walk from the amazing Sempione Park and Castello Sforzesco.
Our apartment boasted two bedrooms, two bathrooms with a separate kitchen and a stylish lounge room. We love this style of apartment because we don’t feel crammed in. The doors opened up to a view of the street below and we were able to store and open our luggage without tripping over each other. I discovered a gorgeous health food shop just below our apartment that sold great supplies, including Kombucha which was an Italian first. Trams run for most of the night, but with the bedrooms positioned at the back we were not disturbed. In fact, it reminded me of Melbourne.
Find the link to this Milan Airbnb Apartment here.
Lake Como – Moltrassio
Our final destination in Italy was Lake Como. By this stage we were in desperate need of rest and relaxation so I was adamant to find something that would encourage just that. We booked into an apartment in Moltrassio, a short ferry ride from Lake Como.
Moltrassio is a small village perfect for rest and relaxation – very small indeed. When Mr OFT went jogging on our first morning, he had to jog five minutes one way, turn around and jog five minutes the other way because the path ran out. It was the ideal destination after nearly a month of touring as we needed to take it easy, and isolation is a great way to achieve this.
Our apartment, a renovated ground floor apartment right opposite the ferry, featured beautifully appointed rooms with interesting curved arch ceilings. The main reasons for choosing this apartment were the stunning gardens and a pool. A match made in heaven. At least, after we sorted out a hiccup with the building manager as he thought were not allowed to use the pool. I think this property was once owned by Matt Bellamy (part of the band OASIS). You know how celebs can get: a bit precious!
Find the link to this apartment here.
I hope this article helped you plan your next adventures in Italy! If you haven’t used Airbnb click on this linkand get a $50 credit for your first stay.
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