07 July 2006

Italy trip, June 2006

I adored Italy!!! Since I was little I've always wanted to go - I am not sure what even started my obsession, but what followed was 10 years of Italy Calendars before I made it to the actual country! What follows is just a summary really:

Over one week we travelled via train from Milan to Verona to Venice to Bologna to Florence to Pisa to Rome.

Favourite City: Venice - Everything was more beautiful than I could imagine! I felt like a different person there; I just can't describe how incredible my experience there was and how happy I was to be there.
Least Favourite: Bologna - only because we didn't do much there, and I could have done with more time in Florence and Rome. I owe Bologna another visit though, as I know I didn't do its sites justice.
Most Lost: Florence - I don't know how I did it... I had a map and Il Duomo as a guiding landmark, but I got so lost that I felt like crying; it was hot, I had nothing to drink, and no end was in site. However, I ended up finding a gallery and a public palace to visit (I wouldn't have visited them if I hadn't been lost!).
Most Stairs Climbed: Florence - 500 at Il Duomo, followed closely up 300 odd at the La Torre di Pisa.
Most Walking: Florence, Rome, and Milan - all very close as we didn't use any public transport while in the cities.
Most Expensive Meal: €42 for 2 cokes and 2 pastas at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan. We couldn't exactly afford to shop in the Galleria, so we foolishly settled on eating there. It turns out if you are rich enough to shop at Prada and Gucci, then you don't even flutter an eye-lid at paying NZ$84 for something that actually had the value of around NZ$15. We had a very small and cheap dinner that night to compensate!
Most Purchases: Venice - ahhh the markets! I bought most of my gifts for people there, and then though I was very restrained, I still had trouble zipping up my bag.
Most Impressive: I don't even know where to begin! The Sistine Chapel, St Peters Cathedral, the Colosseum - and that's just Rome! I was forever in awe :)

I am going to add more as it comes to me. I know for sure that I will be going back to Italy; back to the same cities, as well as to others that I missed out on.

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