Italy

Italy is one of my favourite European cities and one I have returned to many times. Read about some of my trips and some of my tips for visiting this beautiful country.

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Rome

“As we exited the station, the impressive, ancient Colosseum building immediately loomed in front of us…”

In Autumn 2020, I visited Rome during a lull in the Corona virus pandemic. Read about my trip here.

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Amalfi Coast

“Checking into the hotel late afternoon, one of the first things we wanted to do was experience the famous Neopolitan pizza – the Margherita pizza is said to have originated in the city of Naples…”

I spent some time exploring the Amalfi Coast with visits to Naples, Capri and Sorrento.

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Puglia

“Polignano a Mare is a charming seaside town perched on a cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea. We walked through the winding, narrow streets, visiting some of the small boutique gift shops along the way to the clifftop viewpoint offering beautiful views across the bright, blue sea.”

I spent some time exploring a less-visited region of Italy. Read about my trip here.

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Florence

“…we awoke to heavy rain. Not letting the weather deter us, my friend took me round the city past its impressive Basilica, The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and up to Piazza della Signoria, the city’s main square…”

I spent a few days based in Florence but also visiting the surrounding cities of Lucca, Siena and Pisa. Read about my visit to Tuscany.

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Bologna

“A short distance from where we were staying, we found ourselves in Piazza Maggiore, the city’s main square. The square is surrounded by some of Bologna’s most important buildings…”

Continuing my trip from Florence, I travelled to the city of Bologna.

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Venice

After our gondola ride, we continued to walk down the narrow streets, eventually finding ourselves out in St Mark’s Square. The square was busy but as there was only a short queue to go into St Mark’s Basilica, we joined the queue and soon found ourselves inside…

After spending time in Florence and Bologna, I spent a few days in Venice.

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Milan

“…in my opinion, worth the trip alone, is the stunning Duomo di Milano or Milan Cathedral. No matter how often I see this impressive building, the elaborate facade with its intricate carvings never fails to take my breath away…”

I’ve been lucky enough to visit the city of Milan a few times Read my thoughts about about the city here.

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Lake Garda and Verona

“It was a beautiful, sunny day and we decided to take a boat tour out on the lake around Sirmione. The views across the lake, of Sirmione Castle jutting out from the town and of the mountains in the distance were really pretty and it was interesting to find out a bit more about the area we were staying in… “

I spent a few days in the town of Sirmione on the banks of Lake Garda, taking a day trip into Verona while I was there. Read about my trip here.