For the first time I’ve visited Italy last week. Italy’s great food, beautiful cities, fabulous shops and long history make it an perfect country to visit.
Our first stop was Venice, the most gorgeous city I’ve ever seen. With its historical canals, gondolas, and Piazza San Marco, Venice is considered as one of the most romantic and visited cities in the world. It is inevitable that you will get lost in Venice, however you will possibly come across hidden gems. We took the watertaxi and the gondola, because it is beautiful to see the buildings and streets of Venice from the water! Piazza San Marco is a real highlight of the city, the architecture was amazing to just stare at, and it is the perfect place to watch people. The Rialto Bridge is the oldest bridge on the Grand Canal, we had a great view of the canal. We stayed two nights in Venice, so the last day we had some time left to visit the Island Burano, the most colourful Island I’ve ever seen. It is the perfect place to take pictures.
Our next stop was Florence, a city full of history. We only stayed a few hours in Florence, because it was too crowded and a lot of people were waiting to visit the museums. Italy is known for its creamy gelato, with its rich texture and decadent flavors. Florence is without a doubt one of the best places to try this italian treat. Caffè Perseo sells some of the tastiest ice cream in the city, because the ice cream is made with the best ingredients to achieve the perfect Italian gelato. The most famous aperitif in Italy is Aperol Spritz, the orange-red liquor was invented by the Barbieri brothers in Padova in 1919. Aperol is an Italian aperitif similar to Campari but sweeter in taste. It has a relatively low alcohol content, so it is the perfect aperitif to drink on a warm day.
Siena is a charming little Tuscan village dating back to the middle age. You can buy a day pass that will get you into the Siena Cathedral, Baptistery of St. John, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, and the Piccolomini Library. Explore Tuscan cuisine and local traditions while eating out in Siena, such as the perfect pasta and pizza.
Forte dei Marmi is meant to be the St. Tropez of Italy, a town filled with beautiful italians. The town is known for having all the most exclusive designer brands, an exciting and vibrant night life, worldly events and also a strategically perfect base from which one can tour Tuscany and Liguria.
Our last stop was Bologna, the perfect city for food lovers. The real bolognese from Bologna is mostly meat in a thin sauce with tomatoes and other vegetables, served with tagliatelle and not with spaghetti! I found Bologna surprisingly beautiful, while wandering the streets.
Overall, Venice was one of my favorite stops in Italy! It is such a magical, romantic place with so much to do and see.