Lonely Planet Journal contest winner shares highlights of a visit to Italy

Winner Brian and his associate Thania © Brian Maxey

In fall 2017, Lonely Planet Journal ran a contest providing one fortunate entrant a visit to Italy! Right here winner Brian Maxey shares some highlights from his journey.

The colourful streets of Burano © Brian Maxey The colorful streets of Burano © Brian Maxey


We visited many spots alongside the shoreline of Burano that have been very quiet and peaceable, permitting us to soak up the encircling views. The small canals and colourful buildings have been distinctive features of the island, in comparison with the stone buildings and bigger canals discovered all through Venice.

Throughout our go to to Burano our goal was to discover as a lot of the island as potential. I discovered it attention-grabbing to navigate by native lace workshops. Probably the most fascinating web site was the well-known leaning bell tower. We checked out it a number of occasions in an try to find out whether or not or not it was really leaning – apparently it’s, however we weren’t positive!

Lovely Lake Como © Brian Maxey Beautiful Lake Como © Brian Maxey

Lake Como

Lake Como has been of curiosity to me for a few years as a result of mixture of the lake and the encircling mountains. I liked the small cities constructed on the slopes overlooking the lake. We arrived by prepare to a small city named Varenna; whereas there we visited a neighborhood restaurant on the lake to have lunch and found the supervisor was a fellow American. We then took the ferry throughout the lake to go to Bellagio. Whereas in Bellagio we visited a number of retailers and sat by the lake, taking within the great views.

Parco Sempione, Milan © Brian Maxey A breath of recent air in Milan © Brian Maxey

Parco Sempione, Milan

We stumbled upon this metropolis park in Milan after visiting Sforza Fort. Protecting roughly 95 acres, one can think about the immensity of the realm we have been surrounded by in Parco Sempione. After spending the period of time we had in Rome, Venice and Milan, surrounded by the town panorama and buildings, we discovered it refreshing to stroll amongst the character of the park.

Stombolicchio, as seen from a boat © Brian Maxey Strombolicchio, as seen from a ship © Brian Maxey

Strombolicchio, Aeolian islands

Though not inhabited by people, we discovered this small island simply off the coast of Stromboli to be very attention-grabbing as a result of lighthouse sitting on its peak. To today the lighthouse, accomplished in 1926, is in use and managed by the Italian navy. Though we circled all the island by boat and took a number of pictures, we discovered the cloud simply to the proper of the island on this image to be significantly eye-catching. We have been leaving Stromboli through boat and brought by a number of small islands, however the great thing about Strombolicchio caught our consideration.

Dreamy hotel views in Taormina © Brian Maxey Dreamy lodge views in Taormina © Brian Maxey

Taormina, Sicily

Whether or not gazing out at sea or admiring the encircling mountain cities, we had magnificent views from our lodge close to Taormina. We may soak up these views from our room or from the infinity pool. In Taormina we took a Sicilian cooking class. Of all of the actions we participated in throughout our journey, this was probably the most pleasurable exercise, offering a possibility to fulfill individuals from different components of the world.

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Simply again from: Sicily’s Aeolian Islands
Simply again from: Rome, Italy

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