We made a quick trip to Italy, me and my boyfriend and our parents. That means six people! Travelling is always a little more complicated when there are more people involved. But as a bright side, you always learn something new of the others and something new of yourself with the others. But as compromises had to be done, we still had such fun time! I love the humor we have together!
We first flew straight from our hometown Lappeenranta to Bergamo. We spent the night there in a super cute and cozy b&b La Rocca. I can totally recommend that place. It was close to the airport and they only had three rooms, so we basically booked the entire b&b.
The idea of going to Italy came from this list, world’s 50 best restaurants. And restaurant no.3, Osteria Francescana is in Modena, just a couple hours drive from Bergamo. So, let’s rent a car and drive to Modena!
On our way to Modena we stopped in Sirmione, did some quick sightseeing and bought wine, bread and cheese to eat by Lake Garda.
Our hotel in Modena was also very nice, Hotel Castello. Two nights in this castle!
Modena seemed like a nice town. Too bad the weather was quite rainy for the whole time. They happened to have this food festival, La Bonissima, just when we arrived, so we tried to ignore the rain and enjoy the atmosphere. Italians sure know how to make delicious food. I can’t remember the name of this candy-like thing on a stick, but it was good! It seemed surprisingly difficult to find a pizzeria in Modena. Maybe we were at the wrong side of the town. But when we finally did, it was worth all the search.
As almost on all our trips, cool cars were watched. This time we got to see the production line of Lamborghini Aventador. Obviously pictures were not allowed at the factory tour, but here are some from the museum and in front of the building.
When talking about cars, V did great work driving our minivan through the labyrinths of the highway ramps and the narrow streets in the old towns!
Osteria Francescana was actually a mind-blowing experience. I had certain expectations of these super fancy restaurants. It really was super fancy, but it was so much more. The staff was kind and everything just worked. And I really got my stomach full from this nine course menu. The food itself was indescribable. You need all your senses to experience it. The courses were little art pieces, open-minded combinations of sweet and salty!
And back to Bergamo. We had about half day to explore Bergamo. Maybe a little research in advance would have put us in a better position to see as much as possible in such short time. Bergamo looked like a place I definitely want to go back and see all it has to offer. The newer part of the town was so clean and the old town was just like a fairytale.
And another reason to go back: I never got a chance to taste gelato!