Friday, 30 September 2016

Arrivederci Milano!

Arriving home in Sydney, 6th June 2015
We have been home in Australia for over a year, but I've been reluctant to upload this final blogpost. Perhaps leaving the blog open has been my way of gradually letting go of the incredible adventure that was 'our Milan transfer'. 

But home we are, settled back into our house in Sydney.  I'm working full-time again after my two years of la dolce vita, while it's Stefano's turn to catch his breath living the more relaxed pace of a freelance writer.  Before I close this blog, I thought I'd take a trip back to Milan one last time to document our final ten days in Italy.
Sant Ambrogio, the oldest church in Milan and our local metro stop.
We returned to Milan from Palermo to celebrate our final stay in the north of Italy with my sister Belinda who was on her way to visit her son Tim on a gap year in England
No sooner had Belinda landed at Malpensa airport than we whisked her away to the Italian region  that stole our hearts , the hilly Lange district in the Piedmont. 
The sun shone and the hilltop towns sparkled, so it didn't take long for Belinda to join our Piedmont fan club. We ambled through the Langhe vineyards basking under blue, spring skies, lounged by the pool at the agriturismo Carlin Carlota and
enjoyed spectacular views from the balcony while toasting Belinda's arrival.
 We revisited some of our favourite towns
Exploring the streets of Alba.

 and explored the spectacular ancient ruins of Sacra di Sant Michele.
We treated ourselves to a wonderful meal at Bovio, one of the oldest and most famous restaurants in the Langhe region, in the nearby town of La Morra, 
Best of all, we returned to our favourite agriturismo, Stra, in Novello, to share its charms with Belinda and discover more about this beautiful corner of northern Italy.

After yet another wonderful stay in the Langhe, we returned to Milan to say goodbye. 
A final glass of prosecco at the rooftop bar of la Rinacente.
In a flurry of 'last times' we whisked Belinda around the sights of Milan.  
Sforza Castle, the street markets, and a quick tour of our favourite church, San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore.  

Then there was only one last stop left.  A last stroll past the Duomo.  Sparkling as always in the spring sunshine.  
Arrivederci Milano.  
Ci vediamo prossima volta!
Stefano e Jenny!

Perhaps it's no surprise that I've taken a taste of Italy home to Sydney.  Not just gelato. 


  1. Fitting finale, Jen!! Thanks for taking us all on the journey and sharing your Milanese home xx

  2. Jenny it is so lovely to read one last post from you about magical Milan! I can't believe it has been an entire 12 months since I read one of your delightful posts. Piedmont looks absolutely stunning and I will have to add that to my itinerary. I still have a strong yearning to visit Italy (because of you!) and will be doing so next April/May. We have our air fares booked, a 12 day cruise, 3 nights in Rome so far. Now we will have fun planning the remaining 3 weeks that we have to explore Italy. It is very exciting!

  3. Looking at the photos it feels like it was this June not last June��

  4. Ciao to you and so glad I was able to read your post here saying goodbye to your beloved Milano. Hope you are settled back into Aussie life now, lisa and the gang from Renovating Italy xx