Italy is mine and Tims most favourite place in the world. It’s amazing, the food is phenomenal, the sights are beautiful and it’s such an interesting and lovely place to be.
Also, I thought it would be nice to blog about Italy as it has had quite an influence over some decisions we have made for the wedding.
Me and Tim started to plan our first holiday together for August 2012 and we decided on Italy as neither of us had been there before! We decided to go to a few places instead of just going to one, in order to see more! We went to Naples, Pompeii, Rome & Venice.
Here are some pictures:
This is us on our hotel balcony in Naples. We originally went to Naples as you can easily get an trip to Pompeii but, we soon realised that it was a lovely place to go of its own merit and as we were only there for 2 days we’d love to go back.
Our first meal in Italy was pizza and you can tell Naples is the home of pizza in Italy, it was incredible and still the best pizza I’ve had to date.
I’ve always found Pompeii really interesting since I learnt about it at school so it was great to go. It was SO fascinating and also tragic too. Our tour guide was brilliant.
It was really surreal seeing Mount Vesuvius, you’ve heard about this volcano that caused such destruction and took so many lives but it’s strange to be standing in its shadow, and you realise just how close to Pompeii it really is.
Our next stop was Rome, the great city!
We chose this as it’s the capital city and has so many monuments to see, also Tim loves Roman history, we both find it really interesting.
We were in Rome for 3 days (but you could easily spend a week there) and for 2 of the days we had a sightseeing tour bus to get us to each historic location, with lots of information on the way.
Palatine Hill ‘The first hill of Rome’
The Colosseum is Incredible! You just walk around in awe of it and it’s so interesting and beautiful to look at, we had an audio tour round it so at different points we listened to information about the parts of the Colosseum, it was great.
Food, food, food! It doesn’t get better than Italian food and apart from the pizza in Naples, the best food of the whole trip was in Rome. Above is a picture of one of the starters we had, so yummy 🙂
We found a beach! I love sitting in the sun, for a little bit, and going in the sea on holiday and we found a beach you could get the train to from Rome, a place called Nettuno. We had a lovely day, chilling out, playing football, swimming in the sea and eating pizza 🙂
Our last stop was Venice. Everyone always says they have a favourite place and I never had one…Until I went to Venice. It’s just so unique and beautiful, and words don’t really do it justice! I LOVE it, it’s like nowhere else you will ever go.
When booking our hotel me and Tim thought we’d treat ourselves. Venice was our 5 day relaxation part of the holiday so we thought it would be great. We stayed at the hotel Canal Grande, it was AMAZING, luxurious and money well spent. We both agreed we would have to stay there again when we come back to Venice.
☆☆☆☆ and so worth it.
During our time in Venice we walked around exploring, played chess in the hotel lobby, went on a tour of the islands and relaxed in the sun and read books, it was great!
The view from the Rialto bridge
These are the colourful houses of Burano. Burano is one of the Islands oft Venice. The other two are Murano, where we saw the glass blowing, and Torcello, with lots of lovely old architecture.
Some more yummy food I had one lunchtime.
In our Venetian masks.
We also had a Gondola ride in Venice. I would recommend it 100% it is well worth doing it once, it’s such a great experience and you see Venice how it’s truly meant to be seen, from the canal.
So that was our first trip to the beautiful country of Italy… check out my next blog for our most recent trip!
I hope you enjoyed reading about our adventure in a country that we love, if you did leave a comment 🙂
Until next time