I love Italy. I just do. I’ve been there three times now and every time I fall a little bit more in love with it. I love its culture, nature and people. I like to walk around the streets and small alleys and smell the delicious food in the air. To be honest I’m planning to move there in the near future. But right here and right now I just want to make a walk through the memory lane and tell something about my past trips to this lovely country.
My first time in Italy was a little bit over a year ago. I went to Venice for three nights when I was living in Paris. The flight was quick and the whole trip felt like a weekend getaway. And yes, it surely was that. At the first sight Venice looked and smelled like a dream. After those three nights the feeling was still the same. It felt like I was sleepwalking and saw the sweetest dream. Three nights might sound a short period but when you are super excited you can do so much in that time! And yes, I surely did.
I went to see every book shop and café that I had planned to. I wandered around the narrow alleys and ate way too much vegan gelato. That was pretty much what I did on all three times when I visited Venice in the past year. And also so much more. Especially on the second time around when I spent there over a week.
My second trip to Italy was over two weeks. First we flew to Rome and spent there a week and after that we travelled from Rome to Venice by train. That was absolutely amazing. I’ve always loved trains and that was my first train ride in some other country besides Finland. It was exciting and fun. I really enjoyed when I got to see those beautiful mountains and the Italian nature. It took few hours to travel across Italy and I loved every minute of it.
In Rome everything was so different than in Venice. Venice is like a wonderland but Rome is more like a real deal. There are so many people everywhere and when you are near some popular tourist spots you can tell it before you even see them. Rome was different but I enjoyed it so much. I got to see and do many great things while we stayed there. For example all the great museums and restaurants were something special.
On the third time in Italy we flew to Rome again but we didn’t stay there for the night. We rented a car on the airport and drove to Terni. That was a small town about an hour away from Rome. We slept there for one night and early in the next morning we started our roadtrip to Verona. That was quite an adventure because we decided to make a detour through San Marino. And wow, that trip really was something to talk about. And by the way that trip ended in Venice once again.
You can probably tell that I have many stories about my trips to Italy and I don’t want to try and fit them in one and only blog post so I’m going to write a couple of posts about my Italy trips and I’m also going to share some tips like where to eat and what to see. So stay tuned! In the meanwhile I just want to say that Italy is the place to be.