Travel itinerary: Day trip to Cinque Terre – Italy 🇮🇹

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Everything you can do in 1 day in Cinque Terre!
Everything you can do on a day trip to Cinque Terre!

Cinque Terre is located along the Italian west coast, and it’s formed by 5 charming villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.

These villages are very famous for their unique architecture, mesmerising views from the mediterranean sea, and a super cool hike passing through all five cities.

Totally a must go, especially for those spending a few days in Florence, and this is what we did!

We decided to spend a day exploring the region; we took a train in the morning: from Florence to La Spezia, and then another train to the first city in the Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore (check here my Google Maps).

Our idea was to do the complete hike from Riomaggiore to Monteresso, however, due to the bad weather on the previous days, 70% of the path was closed!
Bummer!

Sadly enough, you only get this kind of information when you are already there.
But that doesn’t mean we did nothing, we did a lot and I’m about to show you what!

What we did then

Riomaggiore
Our first stop, so we decided to buy the Cinque Terre Card, which gave us access to the trail and unlimited train travels between the 5 cities and La Spezia.

As the trail was closed here, after exploring a bit of the village we got the train to our next stop, Manarola.

Riomaggiore
Riomaggiore

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Shawa Grill – Street Lebanese food • Miranda, Sydney

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Shawa Grill is the newest Lebanese restaurant at Westfield Miranda and already has a spot in my heart. ❤️

They offer an amazing menu, full of yummy options such as plates, rolls, dips, and traditional Lebanese desserts.

For anyone looking for low carb options, you can also find breadless choices, like baba ghanoush or hummus topped with a meat of your choice.

My order

As it was our first time there, we decided to stick to the classical options and these were our choices:

  • Mine: Shawa plate meal – chicken shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
  • Hubby: Shawa roll meal – lamb shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
  • Dessert to share: Knafeh – Lebanese style cheesecake.
Shawa plate meal - chicken shawarma, hummus, baba ghanouj, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
Shawa plate meal – chicken shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
Shawa roll meal - lamb shawarma, hummus, baba ghanouj, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
Shawa roll meal – lamb shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
Knafeh - Lebanese style cheesecake.
Knafeh – Lebanese style cheesecake.

Everything was spot on! Super delicious and generous portions.

I only wish they had an option to replace those hot chips with something else.

Hubby was more than happy eating all of them, but I would prefer having some extra salad, but I was told it wasn’t possible.

Now, what about the dessert, you may be asking!
It was my first time trying Knafeh, and I already can say is one of my favourites.

It’s literally melted cheese, topped with semolina, pistachio, and sugar syrup.
I understand that it might not be to everyone’s taste, but please trust me and give it a try.

Location-wise it couldn’t be any easier, just get the train (T4 line) bound to Cronulla and alight at Miranda station.
Boom! You have arrived at the shopping centre, now head to the upper area where most of the restaurants are located and you’ll easily find it. 🙂

Shawa Grill – Street Lebanese food
Shop 2205 Westfield Miranda
600 Kingsway Miranda NSW 2228 Australia
More information: www.shawagrill.com.au

Travel itinerary • 3 days in Rome – Italy 🇮🇹

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My Rome Itinerary on Google Maps.
Everything you can do in 3 days in Rome!

We started our holidays in Europe with beautiful and historical Rome!

I remember I was super excited when we arrived and took me some time to believe where actually I was.
I simply love history and just imagining that I would be walking through so many historical sites, I just couldn’t believe it was really happening.

In this post, I’ll share with you everything I managed to do during these three days.
Or you can go straight to the point and get here my Google Maps with all the places and restaurants conveniently marked for you. 😉

As a general piece of advice: Rome is full of history, as you probably already know, so to make your experience even better, how about studying their history beforehand or use Rick Steve‘s app for that, which I totally recommend.

I’m telling you that, because I think you’d be missing out a lot if you don’t know at least a bit of their history, or simply don’t have any idea what the places used to represent. 😉

Another important note about Rome: WALK!
This is a city to explore, taking the time to wander around (sometimes without destination), just enjoying the city!

Day 1 – Ancient Rome

Colosseum
Buy your tickets online as lines are SUPER LONG there!
(yes, even if you’re planning to go early in the morning)

Also, download Rick Steve‘s app and use his Colosseum audio tour, which was awesome and totally free.

Colosseum.
Colosseum.

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Travel itinerary: 1 day in Naples (Napoli) – Italy 🇮🇹

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Naples Itinerary map.
Naples: itinerary map image

If you need more than 3 days in Rome to say we fully explored Italy, how about taking a day trip to Naples (Napoli)?

So that’s what we did!
We took a morning train from Roma Termini to Stazione di Napoli Centrale, arriving there by 9.30am.

I will not lie that our main reason to visit Naples was to try their delicious pizza!
However, we can’t spend a whole day there just eating, right?

That’s why I created a short itinerary (check here my Google Maps) so we could also enjoy the city!

And below a complete description of everything you can do:

Places to go

Castel Nuovo
It’s a nice example of a medieval castle, built in 1279.

Entrance is paid, costing €6 per adult. 🙂
Well worth the price if you’re interested in this kind of medieval architecture.

Castel Nuovo.
Castel Nuovo.

Galleria Umberto I
This is such a beautiful building. Take some time to explore the shops, restaurants, and admire its splendid interior.

Inside of Galleria Umberto I.
Inside of Galleria Umberto I.

Royal Palace of Naples
This is another beautiful building to visit.

It also has a museum with ticketed entrance, but most of the external area, including the beautiful gardens, can be explored free of charge!

Royal Palace of Naples.
Royal Palace of Naples.

Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco da Paola & Piazza del Plebiscito
These two are right in front of the Royal Palace of Naples, making them a very good area to look around and admire the surrounds.

Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco da Paola & Piazza del Plebiscito.
Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco da Paola & Piazza del Plebiscito.

Via Chiaia
It’s a very popular street, full of shops and restaurants, ready for you to explore!

Via Chiaia.
Via Chiaia.

Castel dell’Ovo
I simply loved this castle.

It is the oldest standing fortification in Naples and works today as a place for events and free visitation.

Views from up there are amazing!
Make sure to check it out!

Castel dell'Ovo.
Castel dell’Ovo.

Naples Harbour
Take some time to walk along Naples Harbour and you will be blessed with amazing views, such as in the photo below.

Not to mention the constant and inviting delicious smells from the restaurants along the way.

Naples Harbour.
Naples Harbour.

Where to eat

Pizzeria Brandi
Best pizza I’ve ever had. That’s it. 🙂

Their Margherita pizza (below) is simply out of this world!

Pizza Margherita.
Pizza Margherita.

Gran Caffè Gambrinus
A good place to have a cappuccino and sfogliatelles.

Italian Cappuccino - double espresso and steamed milk foam.
Italian Cappuccino – double espresso and steamed milk foam.

Side note: Naples safety

When I started planning this day trip to Naples (finding things to do and places to eat) something that I constantly found by reading people’s recommendations was to be aware of the areas you’re planning to visit.

It’s not that the city is totally unsafe. Not like that.

The areas I recommended above are absolutely safe and worth the visit.

However, my original personal itinerary also included things to do around the central station (Stazione di Napoli Centrale) … but yeah, when I got there, I unfortunately had to give up.
Not even the presence of the army on the streets made me safe enough to explore the area. 🙁

But overall, don’t worry too much, 1 day in Naples is more than enough to see the best things and enjoy a delicious pizza!
Make sure to follow my itinerary above and you can’t go wrong. 🙂


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy or Naples.

Da Romolo • Rome – Vatican

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Da Romolo - entrance.
Da Romolo – entrance.

We had just left the Vatican and Da Romolo seemed the perfect option for our lunch.

And indeed it was! I only have good memories from this place.

It is just a couple of blocks away from the Vatican, but far enough to not be swamped by tourists. 🙂
Which means you can enjoy your meal in a very calm and relaxing atmosphere.

My order

As we were quite hungry after walking around the Vatican in the morning, our lunch looked like a feast, check it out:

  • To share: Italian bread.
  • Hubby: simple salad (mixed leaves, tomato, and carrots) and Margherita pizza.
  • Mine: caprese salad (fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, and olive oil) and beef steak.
Italian bread.
Italian bread.
Caprese salad (fresh mozzarela, tomato, basil, and olive oil).
Caprese salad (fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, and olive oil).
Simple salad - mixed leaves, tomato, and carrots.
Simple salad – mixed leaves, tomato, and carrots.
Marguerita pizza.
Margherita pizza.
Beef steak.
Beef steak.

Every single dish was superb!

I loved the two salads and my huge steak. ❤️

I don’t know if it is because I was really missing a nice piece of beef, but for me, this one was something brought from heaven.

Hubby’s pizza was equally good, with a super crunchy and thin crust, all topped with a delicious fresh mozzarella cheese.

Ah! We didn’t have a chance to try, but they are a trattoria too, so you can find traditional Italian pasta options there as well.

The verdict

The restaurant is beautiful inside, very charming and comfy.
Staff was extremely friendly and polite, could communicate in English without any issues.

I have absolutely nothing to add, service and food both spot-on!

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/y5em2cor3mp

More information: www.daromoloallamoleadriana.it


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