Italia

As you'll already know, I really want to go to Italy, I just haven't got there yet. I decided that after my last failed attempt, and because (the mainland) is a relatively small area, perhaps I could cover the whole country in 10 days by train. So here is my current plan:

Juliet's House, Via Cappello, Verona - Balcony
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I want to fly to Verona where I will stay for just one night. My friend Mel, will know that my reason for wanting to go here more or less lies solely with the film Letters to Juliet. My plan is to go to Casa di Giulietta and write my own letter for the secretaries of Juliet to answer. In real life I am incredibly private- to the point of cynicism- of my Romantic life, so this perhaps is a big revelation to anyone who knows me!

Juliet's House, Via Cappello, Verona - Love notes and graffiti
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From there, I want to go to Venice where I will spend two nights, maybe ride a gondola, and just get lost in the strange streets of Venice. My boss, Mike, actually talked me into going to Venice. He says it is one of only two places that continually take his breath away when he returns. I am looking forward to seeing Basilica San Marco, built in 1063 after the original church there burnt down. One of the most recognisable landmarks is, of course, Rialto Bridge built across the Grand Canal. It was built in 1592 and boast some of the best views across the city.

Venice, Basilica di San Marco

My next stop will be Florence, with another two nights in the city. When I booked my doomed trip to Rome a couple of years ago, I had tossed up between there and Florence. I know Florence is an arty city, but I'm not really into art museums. That said, there are some things that you've got to see, like the statue of David, so I want to visit Galleria dell Accademia. I, of course, want to see the main sights such as Il Duomo and The Baptistry. Not a city to miss out on a bridge, the Ponte Vecchio is another spectacular bridge, built in 1345 it is the only bridge in the city that survived the Nazi bombings.

Il Duomo
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Florence 
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My longest stay will be in Rome, 3 nights to explore this city. Where I will be attempting to cram in the Colosseum, Spanish steps, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, The Vatican including St. Peter's Basilica and Trevi Fountain.

Trevi Fountain
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The Vatican
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Somewhere between leaving Venice and getting to Rome, I am going to stop at Pisa, just as I'm changing trains, so I can get that picture. I don't care what anyone says about tacky tourist photos. I want them, because when I am 70 and looking back at my travels, I want to know that I wasn't 'too cool' to get those photos and be able to show my grandkids that I travelled when I was young and carefree.

Photo credit: Jane Buckle. 

My friend Jane looking pretty happy holding the Leaning Tower there.

For the last two nights I am not sure, yet, where I stay. I have heard many bad reports about the city of Naples- but that it is necessary to eat pizza there! So I have thought about staying in Sorrento, but all the accommodation I have found is B&B's, which I am not sure I want to do alone, I'd rather be in a hostel, which takes me back to Naples. Either way from there I would like to take a day trip to Pompeii, before flying home the following day.

Pompeii - The Temple of Apollo

Where is your favourite place in Italy? Where would you visit if you were travelling around Italy?



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  1. I loved Italy so much! I went to all these places except Verona which I really really want to go to. It's hard to pick a favorite though as they are all so different!

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    1. Yeah, I heard that. I'm so excited for Verona tho' :D and Florence!

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  2. We're going to Italy this July and will be spending 3 nights/2 days in Pompeii at a cheap hotel, which will enable day trips to the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and of course, the ruins and Vesuvius. We're planning to take a quick pizza lunch in Naples before going to Rome where we'll have 4 full days (that way we'll have seen Naples, but not wasted much time there). Originally we'd planned to continue on to Florence, Pisa, then a beach near La Spezia before hitting up Milan and Venice, but we came to the conclusion that we don't have enough money for that this year, so will fly to Germany to see our relatives next. So excited about it!

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    1. Oh wow, I look forward to hearing about your trip. I want to visit La Spezia, I might wait a while and try to fit in La Spezia...
      So are you doing a Euro trip this summer?!

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  3. I'm going to be in Italy in September! So excited! When are you planning on going?

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    1. Well- I was planning on September, too.... but. money and the such. I might well go next June. If I end up going in September, then I'll get in touch and see if we'll be in the same place at the same time at all :)

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  4. I went to Italy last year in September. I felt 2 days in Florence is not enough. Do plan Cinque Terre if you can along with Genoa. You will love every city/town. Italy is my love :-)

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    1. I really want to go to Cinque Terre, I don't know why I forgot about writing it.

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  5. Awesome....!!!! Do the hiking for sure and spend one day at Monterosso. Also, try spending more time at the less touristy stuff. Do visit Porto Venere. Its gorgeous :) Where will you be staying there?

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    1. I love touristy stuff- I don't care for all that stuck up backpacker off the beaten track rubbish. Tho' off the beaten track is cool, I have nothing against it either. I have no idea, yet, anywhere. It depends how things go with talking my friends and whether I go alone, or with them.

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    2. Cool. I loved it too. Don't mind the touristy stuff as long as they are no queues ;) For more info I added a few of my travel stories here :) Enjoy!!

      http://ishitasood.blogspot.in/2014_01_09_archive.html

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  6. LOve love loveddddd Italy!!! Am going back for Summer this year :)

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    1. WOW! Lucky you. I went in Sept 2013 and fell in love with it. I want to go again. JUst gotta save money now :(

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    2. Always with the saving of the money, isn't it?!

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  7. I know. Wish I had tonnes, I would travel to fro to Italy or maybe settle there ;)

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