Ciao! Buongiorno! Buona sera! Yes, I am in Italy (not right now though, I wish!) I was luckily enough to visit a handful of Italian cities including Rome, Florence, Venice & Pisa. The country is as beautiful and incredible as everyone says and it amazed me in every single way possible.
Clockwise from top left:
The Colosseo. The Spanish Steps. The Pantheon. Fontana de Trevi
Roma has so much history! It felt like I was stepping into a textbook/encyclopedia. I had to pinch myself every few hours because I just couldn’t believe I was in Rome. It was one of the very few cities where everything felt surreal. It was almost a dream come true to see all these historic monuments with my very own eyes. There is so much to see and I felt like I barely scraped the surface of it.
Pizzas and Coffee @ Agrippa al Pantheon
One of the most memorable lunches I had was at a cute little restaurant right outside the Pantheon. A group of us just wanted to chill so we ordered some pizzas to share and sip on coffee the way Italians do smack bang in the middle of the day. Pure bliss, it was! The pizzas were amazing. Fresh, home made base with minimal topping yet packed with flavour. Italians do make the best pizzas.
I do remember a bottle of coke set me back 6 Euros – ouch.
Agippa al Pantheon
Piazza della Rotonda
75, Rome, Italy
Guava Sorbet and Lemon Sorbet
Eating gelato at least 2-3 times a day was inevitable for me, particularly in Italy. The staff at Il Gelato Di San Crispino were so kind and let us all have plenty of taste testers – we definitely made the most of it, haha. Whilst the hazelnut and pistachio gelato was absolutely uhhhh-mazing, it was the guava and lemon sorbet that won my heart. Sure was sorbet like I’ve never had it before and I will always remember that first spoonful. Ohhh it was love.
Il Gelato Di San Crispino
Via della Panetteria
42, 00187 Rome, Italy
View of Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo
Firenze (Florence) is another amazing city. It wasn’t as crazy busy as Roma, but it had just as much history. I didn’t realise it was the capital of Tuscany so when I did found out, I kept saying we were “under the Tuscan sun” which made me feel like I was in a movie, haha.
I found myself eating quite a few panini’s whilst in Italy. It was just a quick, cheap and on-the-go lunch. No matter where I went it didn’t disappoint. Soft bread with generous fillings and of course, lots of cheese! It was even better when it was toasted – the best!
In this cup is 6 scoops of gelato and I swear I remember only paying 3 Euros for this. I was sweating like no tomorrow and this was my remedy to cool down, haha.
Cured meats, array of pasta, pizza, meatballs & tiramisu ice cream
One of the evenings we went out to a group dinner. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the place, but it was just to showcase an authentic, small family business which whipped up some homey Italian dishes. Fresh pasta had never tasted so amazing!
Gondola in Venice
Venezia is truly a gorgeous city. The city is so compact and is like a maze. It’s normal to get lost in Venice and lost we did get (our own faults for trying to get around without a map, but it was fun!). Traveling by foot and by gondolas along the many canals is the most common modes of transport within the city. The walkways are fairly narrow so there’s not even room for a bike, let alone cars.
Lasagne & Tiramisu
Our Contiki village offered us a meal that you’d expect from Italy – lasagne and tiramisu. Surprisingly it was the only time I ate both of the dishes. I wish I got to try it out at a proper restaurant.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
I just had to, had to do this shot.. as cheesy as it was!
No better way to end our Italian adventures than with a slice of pizza and some duff beer! Admittedly our last taste of Italy was from a truck located where the tourist hot spots were. It was cheap, the slice was bigger than my head (2 hands were used to hold the plate), and tasted good so no complaints here!
Italy, you really impressed me in so many ways. I cannot wait to make a return and visit the country I did not expect to fall in love with.
Happy Friday everyone and a presto (see you soon)!!