Milan

After spending five days in Madrid, it was time to pack our bags to officially begin our honeymoon - in Italy! Italy has been at the top of my list of places I need to see before I die since I first learned as child that I am half Italian (my maiden name is Campanella - can't get more Italian than that!). When my husband found out he would be filming in Europe shortly after our wedding, there was no question as to where we should go for our honeymoon - Italy.

MLM top (also available in pink gingham and black), Black Orchid jeans c/o, Dior sunglasses, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Aquazzura shoes (currently on sale!)

Originally we planned on starting our Italian holiday in Rome, but the thought of traveling all over Italy in just a week and a half sounded a bit too exhausting. So, we figured out which cities we really wanted to hit up on this trip and it turned out to be mostly a tour of northern Italy. Since I was most anxious to visit Portofino on our Italian adventure, we thought it made sense to fly into Milan from Madrid and stay one night before continuing on to the Italian Riviera. We flew Iberia (which I would happily fly again) and arrived in Milan just before lunchtime.

After gathering ourselves at our hotel (we stayed at Hotel Square Milano Duomo), we headed out to visit a spot that Tor had been dying to visit - Bar Luce! This quirky cafe seems like it's in the middle of nowhere, but that's what makes it a hidden treasure. It was designed by Tor's favorite filmmaker, Wes Andersen, and there's no mistaking that from the moment you walk in. Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Bar Luce Milan ItalyAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy Bar LuceAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy Bar Luce Torrance CoombsAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy MLM Maison topTor was all smiles, even if he couldn't beat his original score at the Zissou pinball machine! Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy Torrance Coombs Bar LuceNext up, we hit the most iconic landmark in Milan - the Duomo. Outside, we got caught amongst a flock of pigeons and naturally we captured the moment! Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy MLM Maison topAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy DuomoAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy Torrance CoombsAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy MLM Maison topI had never seen anything like the Duomo. It's an absolutely stunning building on the outside, but on the inside I felt like I had teleported to another, beautifully gothic world. Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy DuomoFor dinner, we decided to try a restaurant that was rated highly on TripAdvisor near the Duomo called La Locanda del Gatto Rosso (yes, the restaurant's name is about a cat of course!). Naturally, since I was officially in Italy, I was craving pasta and that's what I ordered. It was delicious! Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy La Locanda del Gatto RossoOur view wasn't half bad either! Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan ItalyFor our one day in Milan, I kept it casual wore this MLM top (but covered with this Banana Republic cardigan for when I entered the cathedral out of respect) and Black Orchid jeans. Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy MLM Maison topAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy MLM Maison topSince we were walking around so much, I wore my Aquazzura flats (currently on sale at Net-a-Porter!) which are super comfortable! Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy MLM Maison topBefore the night was done, we were craving some Italian gelato. We heard great things about Ciocolatti Italiani and OH MY GOSH. I would have stayed in Milan another night just to have that gelato again! First, if you order a waffle cone, they have you choose what kind of melted chocolate you want poured into your cone (I chose white chocolate), then you can get up to three flavors of gelato (I had two - chocolate and vanilla). The way they layer the flavors is like art! I was too busy Snapchatting the experience so I didn't get to snap a pic of the process, but try it for yourself and you'll see why I went nuts for this place! Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy Ciocolatto Italiani

Stay tuned for our next Italian destination (and one I am super excited to talk about!) - Portofino!

After spending five days in Madrid, it was time to pack our bags to officially begin our honeymoon – in Italy! Italy has been at the top of my list of places I need to see before I die since I first learned as child that I am half Italian (my maiden name is Campanella – can’t get more Italian than that!). When my husband found out he would be filming in Europe shortly after our wedding, there was no question as to where we should go for our honeymoon – Italy.

MLM top (also available in pink gingham and black), Black Orchid jeans c/o, Dior sunglasses, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Aquazzura shoes (currently on sale!)

Originally we planned on starting our Italian holiday in Rome, but the thought of traveling all over Italy in just a week and a half sounded a bit too exhausting. So, we figured out which cities we really wanted to hit up on this trip and it turned out to be mostly a tour of northern Italy.

Since I was most anxious to visit Portofino on our Italian adventure, we thought it made sense to fly into Milan from Madrid and stay one night before continuing on to the Italian Riviera. We flew Iberia (which I would happily fly again) and arrived in Milan just before lunchtime.

After gathering ourselves at our hotel (we stayed at Hotel Square Milano Duomo), we headed out to visit a spot that Tor had been dying to visit – Bar Luce! This quirky cafe seems like it’s in the middle of nowhere, but that’s what makes it a hidden treasure. It was designed by Tor’s favorite filmmaker, Wes Andersen, and there’s no mistaking that from the moment you walk in.
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Bar Luce Milan ItalyAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy Bar LuceAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy Bar Luce Torrance CoombsAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy MLM Maison topTor was all smiles, even if he couldn’t beat his original score at the Zissou pinball machine!
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy Torrance Coombs Bar LuceNext up, we hit the most iconic landmark in Milan – the Duomo. Outside, we got caught amongst a flock of pigeons and naturally we captured the moment!
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy MLM Maison topAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy DuomoAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy Torrance CoombsAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy MLM Maison topI had never seen anything like the Duomo. It’s an absolutely stunning building on the outside, but on the inside I felt like I had teleported to another, beautifully gothic world.
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy DuomoFor dinner, we decided to try a restaurant that was rated highly on TripAdvisor near the Duomo called La Locanda del Gatto Rosso (yes, the restaurant’s name is about a cat of course!). Naturally, since I was officially in Italy, I was craving pasta and that’s what I ordered. It was delicious!
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy La Locanda del Gatto RossoOur view wasn’t half bad either!
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan ItalyFor our one day in Milan, I kept it casual wore this MLM top (but covered with this Banana Republic cardigan for when I entered the cathedral out of respect) and Black Orchid jeans.
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy MLM Maison topAlyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy MLM Maison topSince we were walking around so much, I wore my Aquazzura flats (currently on sale at Net-a-Porter!) which are super comfortable!
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy MLM Maison topBefore the night was done, we were craving some Italian gelato. We heard great things about Ciocolatti Italiani and OH MY GOSH. I would have stayed in Milan another night just to have that gelato again! First, if you order a waffle cone, they have you choose what kind of melted chocolate you want poured into your cone (I chose white chocolate), then you can get up to three flavors of gelato (I had two – chocolate and vanilla). The way they layer the flavors is like art! I was too busy Snapchatting the experience so I didn’t get to snap a pic of the process, but try it for yourself and you’ll see why I went nuts for this place!
Alyssa Campanella The A List blog Miss USA 2011 Milan Italy Ciocolatto Italiani

Stay tuned for our next Italian destination (and one I am super excited to talk about!) – Portofino!

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  1. Nicole Li

    Thanks for sharing your trip to Italy. I have been watching your snapchat. The pictures and short video were just amazing.

    • The A List

      Thank you! I miss Snapchatting our Italian adventure ­čÖü

  2. Maggie

    Lovely pictures! I’d love to go to Italy…and Ireland…and Greece…oh boy. Thanks for this post – I hope you had a wonderful trip!

  3. Thayris

    Hi Alyssa!
    I was missing you snapchatting, so I came here! haha
    Next time you can take me with you <3
    Thanks for sharing.
    All the love! xx

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