CIAO! Happy Friday ya’ll. I’m coming at you with some of the highlights of my trip to Italy, one of my favourite countries I visited in Europe.
First stop was Venice, Italy. We went to Venice the morning after New Years Eve in Ljubljana, Slovenia so hardly anyone was awake to appreciate the sinking city any time before noon. However, the endless amounts of gelato, pizza and pasta was a hangover blessing.
After we filled our bellies with delicious Italian delicacies we participated in a gondola tour, a super touristy attraction but WHEN IN VENICE! I asked our gondola driver (rower?) to serenade us but he shut that down real quick. He also shouted at us to not move or else we’ll tip over. Not at all like how I pictured a lovely gondola ride in Venice but it was pretty while it lasted.
After Venice, it was off to Roma. We went on a beautiful lookout of the Roman Forum, which is situated between Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum. Three thousand years ago it was the social and political epicentre. It is a place where Julius Caesar was cremated and if you look down at the narrow roads you’ll see indented marks where chariots once glided through the city.
This was the Times Square of Rome filled with markets and people bustling around from building to building. However, during the Middle Ages, the Roman Forum fell into a state of ruin and was abandoned. It’s spectacular how much was preserved.
The next morning we woke up super early (6AM early) to see the sun rise above the Colosseum. You need to put this on your check-list of things to do while in Rome. The sun’s rays beamed from the open windows and glistened the surrounding area. The Colosseum is EPIC! It’s so much bigger than what I ever thought in my mind. It was such a cool experience to be able to see a place you only learned about in history class.
Please note that if you ever want to go inside PURCHASE TICKETS BEFOREHAND! You will avoid the massive line up to get in.
The only souvenir I got from Italy was the 5 lbs added to my waist line. Gelato in Italy can be purchased anywhere and everywhere. I combined hazelnut and mint. Double scoop or don’t even bother.
It was a Sunday when we were exploring the city so we made our way to Vatican City to wave hello to Pope Francis. Around noon every Sunday he will appear from a window and say a prayer. #BLESSED (but actually tho..)
These bar soaps from Florence aren’t anything of importance. I simply liked the colours and they smelt amazing too. Hey, have you read my article on FASHION regarding finding the best bar soaps for your skin type? Click HERE to read! That self-promo..
Florence was my FAVOURITE city in Europe. IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL AND INSTAGRAM WORTHY IT MAKES ME WANT TO CRY! My favourite building in Florence was the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, as it was covered with a mix of pink, white, and green marble. So beautiful! You can even climb to the top of the dome for a few Euros.
You can’t go to Italy and NOT see the Leaning Tower of Pisa and giving high-fives to everyone posing for a picture of them holding the tower up. My record was giving six high-fives. So. There’s that.
If you’ve been to Italy, what was your favourite landmark to visit? And most importantly, what was the best gelato flavour you had?