A rainy Sunday that brings to mind many memories.
I started the story of my last adventure in the USA HERE and today is definitely the right day to tell you about Philadelphia and its countryside that I could live and tell thanks to the respective Tourism Authorities and Master Consulting.
A guide to the city and its incredible countryside.
Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania, can be reached very easily with an hour by train from New York. Through the Amtrak company you can book your chair that will take you from the skyscrapers to the city where the United States of America was born.
As a base in the heart of Philly we chose the Kimpton Monaco Hotel which overlooks the Independence Hall where the United States of America Declaration of Independence was discussed and ratified.
The 7 unmissable things to do and see:
1) Philadelphia Museum of Art – Rocky’s staircase
We all probably remember Philadelphia as the city of Rocky; made famous by films, it is actually able to offer a lot and the art museum is the proof.
Believe me, one of the most memorable art collection museums I’ve ever seen.
Here I also found my two favorite painters of all time: Turner e
Kandinskij, discovered between Monet, Manet, Van Gogh and much more.
At least half a day is necessary to visit it properly.
Do not miss a jog on the access stairway to the museum to experience the champion thrill, as Rocky teaches.
2) Sunset bike ride at Fairmount Park and Boathouse Row.
One of the most popular sports in the city is rowing along the Delaware River.
We were unlucky with the rain threatening weather but lucky to meet an event dedicated to this sport.
From the historic boathouse it is possible to rent bicycles and disconnect from the noise of the city to immerse yourself in the green.
We breathed the weekend vibes and looked through the people of the winning teams. A truly authentic and perfect experience to immerse yourself in the local atmosphere.
3) Elfreth’s Alley, one of the most beautiful streets in the United States
It is not easy to come across historical corners in America but I must say that Philadelphia is the city that has offered me the most so far.
The oldest street in the country is here and consists of 32 houses that now represent a historical monument.
It seems to be suddenly catapulted into a movie.
4) One Liberty Observation Deck at sunset
57 floors to admire the city from above. We were not so lucky with the weather, but surely the sunset from here would have been a dream!
5) The Reading Terminal Market – Where to eat in Philadelphia
The Philadelphia culinary scene is really super active and full of goodies to discover. These are the addresses not to be missed if you are in the city.
The Reading Terminal Market is the most authentic heart, where you can shop the most unique products of the territory.
- Cheesesteask from Campo’s
He is certainly the most representative dish of street food: a frayed steak in a local baguette, a profusion of cheddar and essentially everything that comes to mind as a condiment. So good!
- The Bourse
In the past it was a place of money exchange and economic fulcrum. A beautiful and elegant building redeveloped to become a meeting point for street food, even here we tasted a delicious cheesesteak!
- The Love
A multifaceted restaurant perfect for a drink or a delicious dinner!
- Harp & Crown
Bad weather has never abandoned us in our visit to the city (these were the days when even in Italy it never stopped raining), but for us it was a starting point to explore the lifestyle of the city.
This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Absolutely worth a visit if you’re in town! The drinks are super!
Fusion cuisine in a super modern spot!
6) Magic Gardens of Philadelphia
My favorite place in Philadelphia, where to find magic, fill the eyes with beauty and get inspired.
Masterpiece of popular art, designed to be a meeting place and fulcrum of Isaiah Zagar’s project aimed at the redevelopment of South Street.
Today South Street is an artistically flourishing neighborhood rich in murals, mosaics and creative ideas.
The Magic Gardens were created with lots of recycling material: bicycle wheels, mirrors, bottles etc.
You have to admire the smallest details, there is a lot of poetry.
7) The Countryside: Brandywine and Valley Forge
I awaited with trepidation the part of our US on the road dedicated to nature.
About an hour’s drive from Philadelphia opens the scenario of complete relaxation.
The perfect place to switch off (and I always need it so much), enjoy a glass of wine in one of the local wineries and visit the wonderful Longwood Gardens.
Whitewing is a beautiful B&B spread over green hills like velvet where I hope to return soon.
Waking up in the morning with the singing of birds (after the chaos of NY) and the purr of Pumpkin (the owner’s kitten) was really special.
I will remember these moments with great love.
The unmissable addresses?
- Wine Tasting from Chaddsford Winery
One of the oldest and most acclaimed wineries in the state of Pennsylvania. A wine tasting is mandatory here if you are in the area!
- Dinner at Brandywine Prime
The perfect place to fully immerse yourself in the local atmosphere and enjoy delicacies in a chic setting!
- Longwood Gardens
I believe that by now you have sensed my passion for flowers and fairytale environments. Here you will find both. Enchanted gardens that know how to catapult you into a dreamlike dimension where extreme beauty meets reality.
Take half a day to stroll and lose yourself in water games, greenhouses overflowing with flowers and paths in the countryside.
- John James Audubon Cente
Moving towards Valley Forge we find this cultural center and house museum dedicated to the painter and ornithologist John James Audubon. A place, sanctuary of some species of birds, where the little ones can make friends with the principles of environmental conservation.
It is so special that many couples decide to get married here on their most special day and to us it has given a beautiful memory thanks to the fantastic people we met here.
- Valley Forge National Historical Park
3500 acres of greenery to fully immerse yourself in nature, but also a historical place.
This is where General George Washington camped with his army in 1777. This area was in fact a bloody war during the American War of Independence.
The reconstruction of the ancient camp remains, but today it is a place to spend quality time with the family during a sunny weekend.
- King of Prussia Mall
If instead the weekend is not sunny, you have the option of the largest mall in the United States.
A real city where to find any type of restaurant (I recommend the Founding Farmers and the Grand Lux) and any type of brand (from Primark to Chanel).
Tomorrow we leave for a new adventure that I can’t wait to tell you, but in the meantime thanks USA for letting me understand once again that you are the land of possibility … it’s always a pleasure to shake your hand!