My version of “Eat, Pray, Love” – Part 2

Part 2 – Bernina Express

The day I’d been eagerly awaiting had finally arrived. My friend Helen and I grabbed a quick bite at Milan Centrale before hopping on the 6:30 am train to Tirano. Once we got there, I dashed to the ticket station to make sure we had our tickets sorted. Luckily, I’d booked our first-class seats online months ago, so I wasn’t worried about missing out on boarding the Red Train. You see, to hop on the Bernina Express, you need both a seat reservation and a public transport ticket. You can find all the details here.

Above is the detailed map with all the stops from Tirano to St. Moritz I took from the Bernina Railway website.

Helen and I didn’t really had time to explore Tirano. However, what we did manage to do, in addition to taking pictures though, was indulge in another breakfast! There was no chance we’d skip out on a delicious Italian breakfast on our first morning in Italy! I treated myself to Tiramisu for breakfast—absolutely divine!

Tirano boasts two train stations: Tirano Railway Station (RFI), where we arrived from Milan Centrale, and the Bernina line station of the Rhaetian Railway (RhB). Interestingly, these two stations are conveniently located right across from each other.

As the train pulled out of Tirano, Italy, I was immediately captivated by the stunning scenery unfolding outside my window. From quaint villages to verdant valleys, each passing moment was a feast for the senses.

One of the highlights of the journey was traversing the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Rhaetian Railway. As the train wound its way through the mountains, I marveled at the intricate engineering feats that made this route possible, including spiraling viaducts and towering bridges.

Throughout the journey, we were treated to a visual spectacle unlike any other. Glaciers glistened in the sunlight, their icy peaks towering majestically above the landscape. As we ascended to higher altitudes, the scenery transformed before my eyes. Snow-capped peaks soared overhead, while crystal-clear lakes sparkled in the valleys below. At every turn, there was something new and breathtaking to behold.

As the Bernina Express pulled into St. Moritz, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of awe and wonder. Nestled amidst the mountains, this charming resort town exuded a timeless elegance that was impossible to resist. We spent half a day exploring the town, sampling local delicacies, and soaking in the stunning vistas that surrounded us before we had back to Tirano.

Here are some of the delicious lunch we had in St. Moritz. We couldn’t get enough of the Swiss butter—it was so good that we started asking for it with every meal when we were back in Italy! But, you know how Italians are about their food, so we got turned down every time. Instead, we discovered the delight of dipping bread in balsamic vinegar and olive oil, which was equally delicious.

Given how delicious the butter was, we decided to sample some other Swiss specialties, including their milk, chocolate, Evian water, and, of course, the boiled eggs. Interestingly, in Switzerland, the boiled eggs are colored—a charming detail that initially confused me during my first trip in 2022. I mistook them for Easter eggs and couldn’t understand why they were still available in June! Remembering how much my friend Jenny enjoyed them on our last trip, I insisted to Helen that trying the boiled eggs was a must. They were as delicious as I remembered them.

We returned to Milan late in the evening, heading straight to dinner for yet another delicious, satisfying meal. It was the perfect end to another day in Milan. With our time in the city limited, we planned to visit Lake Como early the next morning, spending just an hour there before catching our train to Venice at 11:45 am. On our way to Tirano in the morning, we passed Varenna and were captivated by the beauty of Lake Como. The train route along the eastern shore of Lake Como is renowned as one of Italy’s most spectacular railway journeys.


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