Italy Travel Diary
As promised, I have an Italy travel diary for you guys! I always enjoy going through all the photos after I get back from travelling (although sorting through them is a chore cause there are sooooo many) because I kind of get to relive the moments. Like our Switzerland trip, our Italy trip too was very much a spontaneous decision. I had no idea what to do for my birthday this year and thought nothing could top the Bali trip I organised last year. I was proven wrong. I wouldn't say it was better but I really like being somewhere special for my birthday with people I love. I spent the actual day of my birthday in Florence which is one of my favourite cities ever and loved being back there. I think I mentioned it somewhere before but our dad has business in Italy and so we've been to Milan and Naples a couple of times and been to Capri and Florence too but apart from that we really hadn't seen much of the beautiful country. We did three different cities this time - Rome, Florence, and Venice. I'll try to write out here what to see, do, eat and all that in this post. Hopefully, this will be helpful to some of you and also inspire you to book your next ticket to Italy!
Rome was beautiful! I'd been meaning to go for ages and finally managed to during this trip. Honestly, how could you not look at these pictures and immediately start singing the Lizzie McGuire soundtrack over and over? Overwhelmed with all the sights, we decided to book a walking tour called Walks of Italy and actually had such a good time. Plus, we got a bit of exercise in after eating all the pizza, pasta, and gelato in the world so I'd say it was a good decision. You'll probably know this already but some of the must-see sights are the Spanish Steps, Borghese Gallery, Catacombs, Baths of Caracalla, Trevi Fountain, and the Colosseum. I think a walking tour or any tour of some sort is a good idea because you really get to absorb the history of the city and the guide is there to answer any questions you might have.
Our tour also took us to Vatican City. Of course the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel are pretty well known and it was amazing to see all these in real life.
I had a lot of restaurants and cafes on my long list of places to eat in Italy. I'll share some of my favourites with you guys. For gelato, I'd say you should try Fatamorgana Gelato and Don Nino Gelato. Mostly though, gelato places are all throughout the city so I'm sure there are lots of amazing places that I've never heard of and don't know about. For your classic Italian pizza and pasta, I'd say Roscioli, Da Danilo, Cybo, Hotel de Russie, and Amalfi. Like gelato though, you can never go long so you should explore around the area you're staying in to try out some of the local restaurants.
Florence will forever be one of my favourite cities. There's so much to see, everything is so beautiful and romantic, and I think the people there are pretty friendly too. Some sights you can't miss are watching the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo, Gucci Museo, the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, and Ponte Vecchio. I love all the stationery in Florence too so I make sure to stock up on cards and letter sets when I'm there. Il Papiro is great and I could spend hours and hours looking at all the beautiful stationery. There's also the LuisaViaRoma store in which carry some of my favourite brads and they have some unusual peices in there too.
Okay so onto a little bit of food. I'd say Gusta Pizza for those cute little heart pizzas, La Ménagère, and Il Pizzaiuolo because if it's good enough for Beyoncé it's good enough for me. If you fancy something a little bit healthy, the acai bowl at Shake Cafe is good too and so is Ditta Artigianale for breakfast. I also love the black sesame gelato from Emporio Gelateria, and there's also Grom, Gelato Edoardo, and La Carraia.
Venice absolutely blew me away. I'd seen all the beautiful photos from all the travel bloggers I follow but it really was better than my expectation. There's quite a bit to see here too: the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Bridge of Sighs, Palazzo Ducale, Grand Canal, and Accademia Bridge. We were also there during the Venice Biennale so it was fun spotting some installations throughout the city. We didn't have enough time to go out of Venice but when (notice how I said when not if!) we come back, I'd love to go to Burano and Murano too.
Restaurants that I would recommend are the Egg at Hotel Danieli, Do Leoni, Aman, Cà D'Oro, and De Pisis. Gelatoteca SuSo was yummy too and we kept going back.
So that's it for this post you guys. Hope you enjoyed seeing parts of our Italy trip through these photos. We started nnyley in the summer of 2014 which is already more than three years ago now if you can believe it! I still get excited when people leave comments on different posts to ask question and share thoughts so please do if you have any of your recommendations or thoughts on this post. Also, I'm really trying to be a little more consistent in uploading blog posts on nnyley (twice a week!) so if you'd like to keep up to date, don't forget to follow us on Bloglovin' x