Magic in Italy: Rome, Venice, Sirmione, Verona and Lake Maggiore

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Earlier in the summer I wrote a series about my travels through Florence, Portofino, Pisa and Milan which you can find here.

Do you have a favorite so far?

While a lot of Europe got hit with unseasonably cool and rainy weather this summer, I was happy to find that Italy held the sun’s golden warm rays longer. It’s time for the second installment in Magic of Miles’ Italy series, this time visiting Rome, Venice, Sirmione, Verona and Lake Maggiore.

Trip Report Index:

Getting There
Hotel Review: St. Regis Rome
Hotel Review: Hotel De Russie
Visiting Rome
Hotel Review: The Westin Europa & Regina
Visiting Venice
Hotel Review: St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace (previously reviewed)
Driving around Lake Garda
Hotel Review: Hotel Sirmione
Day in Sirmione
Dinner in Sirmione
Hotel Review: Hotel Ideal
Night in Verona
Lake Idro
Lake Iseo
Lake Maggiore & Day Trip by Train
Hotel Review: Sheraton Milan Malpensa

I was all set to spend a few days in the bustling Eternal City of Rome with all its chaos, relaxing in some quiet lakeside towns, walking along the cobble stoned streets lined with quaint buildings, and swooning in romantic Venice with all those beautiful waterways.


I adore Italian food and couldn’t wait to enjoy pizzas made with San Marzano tomatoes and choose from dozens of gelato flavors.


The first stop on the trip would be Rome, and during the journey we’d stay at hotels using points, doing some paid stays to earn, and travel by plane, train, boat, taxi, and on foot.

Come join me on my next trip to Italy!

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