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I had already heard so much about Italy – “It’s AMAZING. It’s SO BEAUTIFUL. Omg, you’ll LOVE Italy!” Of course, I believed it all and of course, I knew Italy was what everyone says it is. I flew into Italy, knowing that it was going to be amazing, so beautiful, and that I’d love it. But after leaving Italy, I can now honestly say that all of these were complete understatements. Italy was so much more than I imagined and hoped for. And like it or not, I was over-my-head infatuated.
Having only 3 days to see this huge country, we hit up some of the mains: Rome, Florence, Pisa, & Venice. First stop, Roma.
The first thing I loved: stepping out of the airport and into the warm Italian sun. After being cooped up in my flat back in Brighton for a long week + rain + studying for finals, I was dying to feel warmth again (I made that sound a little too brutal, but yes, it was actually brutal ok).
Surprisingly, it’s fairly easy to get around Rome. Their Metro system stops all around the city and next to most of the big landmarks. We got off at the Coliseum stop, where the Roman Forum is also located right nearby. Coming out of the station, the first thing you see is the Coliseum, just standing there, in all its pristine beauty.
We got to Rome around noon, so the lines were already a mess. We headed to the Roman Forum first, because the line to get into the Coliseum was pretty discouraging. Once we climbed up the trail to the top where there is a viewing area, I was happy that this was the first thing we did. Here, you can almost literally see the entire city. Looking over, you can see all the rooftops – of the houses, the chapels, and all the other beautiful structures. Between some trees is the Coliseum peeking through, making it known that it could never be ignored. Looking down, you see the Roman Forum and all it’s beautiful ruins. I don’t know much of the history behind it all, but it was really cool being able to walk amongst the grounds of where so much has happened. I think Rome out of all the places I’ve been to was the most culturally intriguing, because the city itself isn’t as modernized as most today. All the buildings are old and worn down, but it’s the natural & historical beauty behind it that makes Rome so unique.
My favorite favorite favorite in Rome: Vatican City. My friends can probably guess why. The SYMMETRY :’) Walking into Vatican City was absolutely unreal. The pillars around St. Peter’s Basilica were just stunning – I was in awe. We went later in the evening, so there weren’t as many people and got some great pictures. Then we had some of the best pizza I’ve ever tasted at a restaurant just down the road from Vatican City. Not exaggerating – it was actually really good & had a completely different taste than usual pizza.
The reason that Italy may be my favorite place I traveled to this summer is because I have a lot of favorite moments there, lol. Another one was when it was in the evening – walking through the city while it was getting dark. As the bright sky dimmed, the street lights began to glow. Before I knew it, Rome was shimmering against the dark blue sky. Walking through the skinny, brick roads, all I could think about was how gorgeous everything was.
It reminded me of one giant night market. People laughing over their dinners outside the restaurants, leather goods scattered over the entrance of souvenir shops, and GELATO around every single corner! It’s like Rome really came alive when the sun went down.
The Coliseum is stunning at night. It was like a dream. *cue Lizzie McGuire* Lowkey (maybe highkey), this is really what dreams are of.
OKAY, enough about Rome. But tbh I could go on for days. We left Rome the next morning and trained to Pisa to see, of course, the Tower of Pisa. Pisa was HOT AF, but it reminded me of a cool little oasis in the middle of the desert. When I saw the tower, it looked almost fake – it was kinda surreal being there. It’s a lot taller than it looks, and much whiter too haha. We were in Pisa probably for a total of one hour, LOL. So didn’t explore anywhere else because we were on a time crunch and still needed to go to Florence.
What I loved about Florence was its architecture, for sure. There is an urban feel to it that makes you feel like you’re in another historic time period.
We snuck up to the rooftop of this really bougie hotel, and it was hands down one of my top moments of the summer. Being able to see all above the city was incredible – and the rooftop pool was a plus ;) Day clubbin’ in Florence? The sun was setting at that time, and the whole city was covered in that orange glow. It was truly perfect.
You know what else is perfect? VENICE.
It’s impossible to take a bad picture in Italy, just saying.
I don’t even want to try and glorify Venice in words, because I know that it wouldn’t do it any justice and frankly, you just gotta see it for yourself someday. It’s a complete and total dream land. Our air bnb wasn’t on the island itself, so we took the bus to the island and from then on, all of Venice is absolutely walk-able. It was so cool seeing all the boats, docks, and bridges scattered all over the island – I felt like I was in a movie. And I can’t forget the canals…gondolas everywhere…the aesthetic too real <3
We walked through the city all the way to the tip of the island. Resting by the water, it was another moment for the books. Very nostalgic, as well since it was our last day. There was a quieter atmosphere there, and it was so peaceful. Romantic too, for many of the lovely couples I saw.
I get what the hype of Italy is now. I get why it’s such a great tourist destination, and I get why people love it. I’m happy to say that it is one of my favorite countries so far. Everything is different once you experience something with your own eyes, and that happened with me for Italy. Thank you for proving your unconditional beauty to me, thank you for sharing it with the rest of the world, and thank you for being the perfect ending to an unforgettable summer. Ciao bella ~ Can't wait to be back again someday.