Io amo Italia/I love Italy!
With only a few weeks left of the semester, I can officially say that I’ve visited 13 different cities throughout Italy! Including: Florence, Cinque Terre, Siena, Pisa, Sorrento, Capri, Positano, Pompeii, Milan, Como, Venice, Prato, and Rome! All of the cities are very different in their own ways. A few of my favorite things about Italy is all of the gelato, pizza, and shopping, which is one thing all of these cities have in common! I decided to highlight a few of my favorite ones.
Of course, my favorite city I visited in Italy was Florence, not just because I live here for 4 months. The first day here, I quickly fell in love with the beautiful city. Florence is a pretty small city compared to other cities in Italy. I think that is why I really like it. Most everywhere you go is no farther than a 20 minute walk. There is a ton of shopping right in the center of Florence near the duomo. Florence is also filled with tons of leather shops. Something I really like to do is walk up to Piazzale Michaelangelo and stare at the beautiful view of the city. One of my favorite parts of Florence is Ponte Vecchio which is the famous bridge that runs across the Arno River. It’s so pretty to watch the sun setting behind the bridge! Florence will always be my home away from home. I am going to miss this city so much when I leave.
Our first trip we went on was to Cinque Terre. Since, it was so hot in August, we decided that we were in need of a trip to the beach! Cinque Terre consists of 5 different towns on the coast of Italy. When we got there, I was blown away by how beautiful it was. The water was so blue that I couldn’t even tell the difference between the water and the sky! There were so many brightly colored buildings near the water. We had such a relaxing day swimming in the ocean and jumping off cliffs. I wish I could have spent more than just a day here. One day, I really want to come back to one of the most beautiful places in the world!
I went on a trip to Milan for school and I loved it! It was really cool going to one of the biggest fashion Capitals in the world. I think my favorite part about Milan was there was so much shopping everywhere! Even though, I couldn’t afford anything, it was really cool being able to see all of the designer stores. For school we went to the Armani museum and it was really cool seeing all of the designer clothes! We even saw Michael Kors walking around the museum! Everyone in Milan was dressed so fashionably.
Venice was probably one of my favorite cities in Italy, aside from Florence. It’s such a cool and unique city! There are no roads so if you want to get around, you need to take a boat! We went on a Gondola ride around the city, it was so fun! Most of the day, we spent shopping and looking at the beautiful scenery! Venice is filled with so many brightly colored buildings that look beautiful next to the water.
I couldn’t go to Italy without going to the capital, Rome. Rome is such a big city and everything is so spread out that you could spend so long there! It was really cool being able to live out my Lizzie mcquire moment. We did all of the site seeing that we could in 2 days. We first went to the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. Then we walked all the way to Vatican City, which is a very far walk! We went inside of St. Peters basilica. When we were inside the Pope ended up walking in. The next day, we took a tour of the colosseum and the Roman forums, which was really interesting! Rome was a really cool city to see!
I can’t believe that I only have a few weeks left to explore Italy. I seriously can’t believe how fast the semester is flying by but I’m very thankful that I was able to live in such a beautiful country for 4 months. I love everything about Italy and I’m going to miss it so much when I leave!
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“One of the greatest joys of traveling through Italy is discovering firsthand that it is, indeed, a dream destination.”