On the 3rd September, we arrived back in the UK after our family holiday to Costa Teguise, Lanzarote. As soon as the plane touched down in the cold and dreary UK, I started to think about other places we would like to visit… Italy has been on my travel bucket list for a long time, and as the kids get older I feel that my dream holiday becoming more achievable.
There are so many places in Italy that I’d love to visit, and it would be impossible to do it all in one holiday. It’s not a huge country, but has so much to it – to try and do it all too quickly wouldn’t allow for us to enjoy it all quite as much.
My Travel Wish List: Italy
I know so many family and friends that have visited the capital city of Italy; Rome. Packed with culture, astounding architecture and home to some of the most renowned landmarks in the world, it is somewhere I’d absolutely love to visit. Although the first Colosseum was actually built in Naples, the Colosseum in Rome would be the first place to visit as a theatre-lover.
Couple that with the fact Rome surrounds Vatican City and all the history, art and architecture within – I can’t imagine staying anywhere else for our first visit to Italy. I would love to take my own photographs of the Trevi Fountains, of us sitting on the Spanish Steps and of The Forum. It would be so easy to rent a villa in Rome and be able to spend a few days walking in the city and taking it all in, but also be able to have our own private space to relax.
Next on my list would have to be Venice. Until I started researching the detail for this post, I had no idea why there was so much water in between the buildings of Venice, and why everyone travelled by boat or gondola. Well, Venice is built upon approximately 100 tiny islands, located in the shallow Venetian Lagoon. The more I learn about Venice, the more I’d like to visit and, given the nature of the area, an apartment in Venice would be perfect.
You (actually) can’t go to Venice without riding in a gondola – that’s got to be a must for our visit! I’d also love to pay visits to I Frari, a soaring gothic church that boasts Canova’s pyramid mausoleum and a stunning altarpiece by Titian. I’d also love to visit Al Prosecco – a forward-thinking wine bar serving organic wines. I’m sure the holiday would be fantastic and deserving of a toast with a glass of their unfiltered ‘cloudy’ prosecco!
Tuscany is a region in central Italy and Florence is it’s capital, home to some amazing Renaissance art and architecture, including Botticelli’s works on display in the Uffizi Gallery, Michelangelo’s “David” statue and the Duomo basilica. The landscape is also home to the well known Chianti olive groves and vineyards – yum! If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know that hubs and I are big food-lovers and really enjoy exploring the culinary world.
Although Tuscany is renowned for it’s good food and drinks, it’s also home to the Leaning Tower of Pisa – probably one of the most famous Italian landmarks. Did you know that the tower took 344 years to build, with works beginning in August 1173. It’s actually a free-standing bell tower belonging to the Cathedral of Pisa and stands an astonishing 186′ high.
I’d love to visit Verona, Naples, Sienna, Sorrento, and more, but I’m going to end this post here. I’d love to know if you’ve visited any of these places? Or if, like me, you haven’t visited Italy either – where would you like to visit first?
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