Thursday, January 15, 2015

Bella Italia!

Hi everyone, hope you are having a great day! This post is kinda long overdue but I wanted to share my Italy trip during Thanksgiving with you all. Although this is not the first time I've been to Italy, I still loved every part of the trip and discovered many new things. I think Italy is a country that ages beautifully and graciously with time. Whether you are a cultural enthusiast, a world traveler, a devoted catholic, an art appreciator, a fashionista or a food lover, you will be sure to love everything Italy has to offer ;)

Rome in the eveningSt.Peter's Basilica

We started our trip here in Rome. An ancient city filled with historical and religious significance. The entire city is like an open museum for you to browse and appreciate. From culture to religion, from food to fashion, Rome was definitely not built in a day :)
City of RomeCupola of St. Peter's Basilica 

ColosseoOutside the Colosseum

Shades of the cross
The cross inside the Colosseum

Fountain of the Four RiversObelisco Agonale and Sant'Agnese in Agone

Looking into the Piazza del PopoloOutside Piazza del Popolo  

Piazza del PopoloSanta Maria di Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Remains of the ForumRoman Forum 
Empty stepsThe Spanish Steps

Next stop, Venice. Ah are so pretty and surreal, you are a photographer's heaven. This peaceful and world heritage site was once a flourishing trade center between Western Europe and the rest of the world. When you are faced with this exquisitely unique city of serene lagoons, quaint bridges over winding canals and elegant architecture, it's impossible to take a bad picture! :P
Gondolas on the Grand CanalGondolas outside the Doge's Palace

The Gritti PalaceSt. Maria of Salute Basilica

Piazza San MarcoSt. Mark's Square

Ponte dei SospiriBridge of Sighs

Gold angel statuesGondola statues

Palazzo Ducale
Arches at the Doge's Palace

Venice at nightCanal Bridges at night

Venice party timeVenetian Carnival Masks

Finally, we arrived in Florence, the capital of Tuscany. I am no artist, but in Florence, I almost believed that I should be one ;P. Not only did we love the cultural significance of the city, but the food was amazing! We were lucky enough to be in town for the 'first press' of olive oil for the season, which gave an additional richness and flavor to the oil. Truffles were also in season which we ate on top of our mountains of pasta. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!
Ratto di Polissena
Ratto di Polissena

Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze

Basilica di Santa Maria del FioreFlorence Cathedral, The Duomo

The Duomo ViewCupola del Brunelleschi

Italian Carousel Piazza della Repubblica

Torre Pendente di Pisa
Leaning tower of Pisa

If you have not visited Italy yet, I highly highly recommend it. No matter what your interests are, you are sure to find something to love in Italy. Beyond the famous sights, Italy presents one of Europe’s richest cultures. Traditions still live within a country that is vibrant and fully modern. Bella Italia, thank you for being a wonderful host!
Star jump on Basilica
Star jump at St. Peter's Basilica
Thank you so much for reading!

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