Day 3 called for a change in scenery–we headed off to Milan!
We awoke once again to clear skies over gorgeous Lake Lugano! After breakfast, we had signed up for a nice excursion to take a boat across the lake and view a cave filled with stalagmites and stalactites, as well as a waterfall. We hopped on board and headed across the lake to the town of Porlezza!
We arrived at the caves, which were really cool–literally! It was pretty warm out, so being inside the caves helped. The waterfall was also very strong due to the rain the past few days! It was a fun little morning adventure.
It was around noon and we had a bit of a drive ahead of us, so we decided to have a little lunch right where the boat let us off (there was a small restaurant on the beach). We sat down under some umbrellas when, while it was still sunny, it started raining again! It was only for a little bit, thankfully, and by the time our food was ready, the rain had let up. I ordered what I thought would be a flatbread, but ended up being more of a calzone with mozzarella and roasted veggies. It may not look like much in the photo below, but it was really tasty!
We then checked out of the resort, piled all of our luggage into the rental car once more, and headed to Milan! After dropping off the rental car and hopping in a cab, we finally got to our hotel in Milan, “Rosa Grand Milano,” right around the corner from the Milan Duomo (Cathedral).
This was where we began our time with Uniworld! Uniworld organizes river cruises across the globe, and this particular trip also included two days in Milan. We previously did a Uniworld river cruise in 2010 down the Rhine River and loved it, so we were all very excited to embark on this next trip!
After a rest at the hotel, it was time for dinner at another TripAdvisor favorite, “Valentino Legend.” Now, pro-tip here: there is the website called “The Fork,” which is through TripAdvisor, where if you book a reservation through it, you can get up 20% off of your bill! If you’re heading to Italy, check this website out for some great deals!
We were warmly greeted at Valentino by the restaurant’s manager, Andrea, who showed us to a table in the middle of a packed restaurant. He recommended we order the scallops as an appetizer, so my dad and I shared them. OH MY GOD WERE THEY DELICIOUS. They were so meaty that they almost didn’t taste like scallops. And that presentation? Come on! For my main course, I had noticed that the majority of the restaurant was ordering their famous osso buco with risotto Milanese style. I had to go with it, and I was not disappointed! Although the picture below may not look that appetizing, the dish was very flavorful and the meat just melted in my mouth. The risotto was very creamy as well, with my family eagerly gobbling up every bite I couldn’t eat of this giant portion. For dessert, we went with their cannolis, which came with three different toppings: white chocolate, dark chocolate and pistachio. I went with the dark chocolate, and could have easily eaten three more of those bad boys.
With our stomachs full to the brim with delicious food and wine, we headed back to our hotel for a good night’s sleep, ready to fully explore Milan the next day!
-Girl in Italy 🙂