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Italy

Beautiful Lake Como

Milan

The Duomo is a must see. A massive Gothic cathedral, this looms over the Piazza del Duomo. With over 3,500 statues, 135 spires, and 5 bronze doors, it is not surprising to find that it took 500 years to complete. You will be left speechless by its magnitude.

Verona

We are spending a week in Italy as a summer break.  Ross is very keen to visit Venice (which I’ve visited before) and since it is close to Verona we decided to fly here first and experience the romantic city. We took the train from the airport to the city which was a bit dreary […]

Returning to Venice

Venice is a maze of canals and small streets, whimsical bridges, and colorful buildings. And as with all mazes, you should prepare to find yourself lost a time or two.  This is my second visit to Venice.  My first was back in 2006 when I was backpacking through Europe and this time I am travelling with my boyfriend and […]

Sirmione, Lake Garda

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. It is a popular holiday location and is located in northern Italy, about half-way between Brescia and Verona, and between Venice and Milan. Glaciers formed this alpine region at the end of the last Ice Age. Sirmione is one of the most popular “sights” on Lake Garda, […]

Cinque Terre

Easily one of my favourite places on earth!  The pictured I had seen of these 5 villages embedded in the cliffs perfectly depict the beauty of this place. The Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 towns, colourful houses and ancient vineyards […]

Florence

On our journey from Siena to Florence we met a lot of cool people on the bus so ended up socialising a lot in Florence. Lots of drinking, many crazy nights – so much fun. Florence was much nicer than Rome, in my opinion. Not as many tourist attractions but a it looks a lot cleaner […]

Leaning tower in Pisa

Construction on the tower started in 1173 AD near the city’s cathedral on a piece of land known as Piazza dei Miracoli (“Square of Miracles”). The tower was round and 52 feet (16m) in diameter at the base with a projected height of 191 feet (58m). The first level was to be taller than the […]

Siena

After leaving Rome, I spent 2 nights in Siena. A very quiet town but very nice. We did a day trip to San Gimignano which is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy – gorgeous! In Siena the architecture soars.  Effectively a giant, open-air museum to the Gothic, […]

Vatican City

Day 2 in Rome I visited Vatican City.  I managed to get in after queuing for 2 hours which in the height of the summer is pretty good apparently (many que for 4+ hours). Vatican City has been an independent sovereign state since 1929. It is completely independent of the Italian State. Vatican City has its […]

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