Month: April 2015

Wandering Italy

Instead of doing the typical college spring break trip to Cancun or Florida, I went to Italy. Somehow we managed to squeeze 4 destinations into just 6 days. Here are some of my favorite parts.

First we stayed two and a half days in Rome where we did the typical sight seeing, the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Vatican City. Standing on the same grounds where the ancient Romans spent their days was unimaginably surreal. I’m not a huge fan of history but I have to admit that I enjoyed learning about the ancient roman life. It brought about some sort of aura that you can’t feel unless you’re physically there.

Roman Forum

Colosseum

The next stop in Rome was the Vatican and I must say that although I’m not the biggest fan of staring at art in museums or galleries either, I enjoyed St. Peter’s the most, solely for it’s impeccable art and design. The inside of St. Peter’s Basilica is absolutely stunning. Not a single wall, floor, ceiling, or crevice of the building is bare. It left me speechless. It’s definitely something that you must see in person if you ever have the chance.

St. Peter's

Next we went to Florence for two days. The city of Florence is absolutely beautiful with tons of great shopping. My favorite part about the entire vacation (even though I did love the shopping) was the day trip we took to Cinque Terre. It was just a short bus ride from the center of Florence. There, you will find the most stunning, jaw dropping views of the Italian-Mediterranean coast line with beautiful, brightly colored houses embedded into the ocean-side cliffs. I’m at a loss for words to describe how incredible the views were. Take a look for yourself.

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Lastly, we stayed a day and a half in Venice and that’s just about all the time you need. Venice is like no other place on earth, a true one of a kind. Although there wasn’t much to do, just wandering the streets is enough of an experience in itself. The only way to fully enjoy Venice is to just go and get lost. Explore. Every corner you turn you’ll find something interesting. I found myself taking photos every turn I made, every bridge I stood on, and every piazza I stepped in.

Venice

Venice

What I loved so much about Italy was the unique culture, unbelievable scenery, and interesting history. Oh and not to mention the food and shopping. The Italians really know how to cook and shop. Two of my favorite things.