Monday, 18 April 2016

8 Things I love about Italy | Travel ☼

As some of you may know, I really love traveling. When I can, I like to go on adventures. These are usually with my family, but sometimes my friends and I explore different cities for the day, with the exception of the times we visited Costa Rica and Belgium.  (If you want to read about Costa Rica, click here and if you want to read about Belgium, click here.) I've been lucky enough to visit Italy a couple of times, mainly Venice and Rome. I love Italy's atmosphere; I find it to be very happy and relaxed, especially in Summer, which is what inspired me to write this post. 


The streets in Portofino
I loved wandering through the streets of Portofino. There's so much to see, hear and smell. It was never boring and it was incredibly peaceful. Street musicians would play their guitars, artists would paint on the sidewalk and the smell of freshly cooked food was everywhere because there were loads of cafes and restaurants in the area. I loved walking down this street specifically because all the trees in this street had a bunch of mandarins growing from them and it was honestly so beautiful. 


The Colosseum in Rome
I am not really fond of tourist attractions. I know they're popular for a reason but I really dislike waiting in long lines and feeling claustrophobic because of the big crowds. The Colosseum is a different story - it's honestly such an experience and time passes quickly because there is a lot to distract yourself with. While you wait in line, you can take photos with guards who are dressed up like gladiators, watch street performers and purchase incredible artwork or buy a custom spray-painted canvas, courtesy of insanely talented street artists or buskers. The actual inside of the colosseum is so breathtaking. It is an amphitheater, previously used for re-enactments of famous battles, executions, animal hunts and contests between gladiators - all symbolic of Imperial Rome. As the name suggests, it's absolutely massive and just in case you didn't know, it used to seat up to 50,000 people.



Accommodation in Correzzola
By far the most impressive accommodation I had stayed in while visiting Italy. The house was massive and inside was quite spacious too, not only were there loads of rooms that ranged from bedrooms to a study, there was one room that just had a couch and an antique bookcase filled with journals which I thought was really cool. Outside in the yard, there was a patch of flowers growing which the owners of the house had planted, as well as a big fireplace perfect for a family BBQ.  The actual house is situated right next to a tennis court but aside from that, it was incredibly isolated from everything else. I liked that though, we had to drive for a while to find places to eat as well as grocery stores etc which allowed us to explore the area a bit more, resulting in some interesting discoveries.




Canals in Venice

Venice is one of my favourite places to explore in Italy. Of course, each one of the cities I've visited hold a special place in my heart, but Venice is magical. I took this photo in an alley while I was waiting for my mom and gran who were in a souvenir store and it just made me realize how many amazing little surprises Venice has.  Some alleys have buildings that are covered in graffiti, others have no graffiti but bright doors and then you come across gems like these, the canals in alleys that you can only cross by walking over a bridge. I love the bridges too, they're mostly wooden and gorgeous flowers grow around the fencing as you can see in the photo above.

Acquario di Genoa in Genova
If you're a fan of all things ocean related like I am, you'll love Acquario di Genova, which is located in Genova, Italy. It is the largest aquarium in Europe and there are so many wonderful things to learn about the ocean, from species you didn't even know existed to how to make the ocean a more sustainable ecosystem. My favourite part was learning about sharks, piranhas and also coral reefs - which, by the way, happen to be the life source of the ocean. Interestingly enough, the aquarium is sectioned off based on the seven continents, so you have the option to learn about aquatic plants and other life forms from all over the world. The aquarium also has tons of  souvenir stores, restaurants, clothing stores and offer dolphin shows.  



The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Tuscany
The photo that I took does the actual sight no justice. It's beautiful and looks like it is about to fall any second, which is actually quite scary if you think about it while you stand underneath it. Inside there are loads of stairs and once inside the bell tower and looking down, you notice how tiny everything really is, as the tower is situated 56m above the ground.



Accommodation in Genova
The accommodation in Genova was absolutely gorgeous. My family and I stayed in a cute two bedroom apartment close to the beach and the harbour. The apartment was absolutely gorgeous, with detailed ceilings and vintage furniture. The building was fairly high up with large windows that we opened in the evening because it was so hot.  Our hosts were lovely too - the first night that we arrived we were greeted with a homemade apple tart which was absolutely delicious. I loved this room the most; this photo was actually taken in the living room which had a brilliant view of the area that we were staying in. 

The harbour in Portofino
I loved the harbour in Portofino. Not only is it surrounded by loads of little cafes, souvenir stores and ice-cream stands, but it is also secluded and looks absolutely gorgeous in the late afternoon where the sunlight casts a warm glow over the village and makes the light on water reflect back, resulting in what appears to be the sea sparkling. 

I hope you liked my little travel post. I know it's not very conventional, but I hope you enjoyed reading! 

~ Miah ~
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8 comments:

  1. You have taken Beautiful pictures.
    It's fun to read the descriptions too.

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    1. Thanks so much, I'm happy that you enjoyed the post!

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  2. Great photos! Just returned from a trip to Venice and I wish I took more pics...

    Following :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the post! x

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  3. Really great photos!

    Wish I took more photos when I was in Italy :(

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    1. Awh, next time perhaps! Thanks so much for the feedback x

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  4. So amazing all of the traveling you are doing and at such a young age! love the pics

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    1. You just need to know how to get places of excellent quality for an affordable price! Thank you!

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