• La Spezia and My Last Days in Italy

    La Spezia and My Last Days in Italy

    After four nights in Florence, a beautiful and busy city, I arrived one afternoon in La Spezia, an Italian location I knew little about. In fact, it’s a large town with it’s own castle, theatre, shopping and port, but is used more as a place to find accommodation when visiting the Cinque Terre.

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    Cinque Terre Guide: Hitting the Big Five in the National Park

    Cinque Terre Guide: Hitting the Big Five in the National Park

    In La Spezia, the location of my accommodation to visit the famous five or ‘Cinque Terre’, I had my only mentally low time on the trip so far. I’d just come from Florence and my energy levels were in hiding, whilst La Spezia wasn’t exactly a grand destination. After sleeping the night, in the morning I ignored my alarms and slept in to recuperate and debated missing out on my exploring for the day, perhaps with a trip to the cinema. Yet, something in me pushed against the lack of motivation and I’m so fortunate that I managed to meet…

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    What to do in Florence: Food, Views and Art History

    What to do in Florence: Food, Views and Art History

    My third stop in Italy after Venice and Rome, I had high hopes for Florence. I’d been here once before as part of a cruise, but all I remember is seeing the copy of the Statue of David and it being a mega 42C! So, it was as if completely new as I found my way to the hotel on the first day before Will arrived. After meeting at the airport, the day was pretty much complete so my take on what to do in Florence comes from the three remaining days, which were enough to see the best of…

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    Visiting Rome: Colosseum, Vatican and Everything Inbetween

    Visiting Rome: Colosseum, Vatican and Everything Inbetween

    I was so excited after checking in after my train from Venice that I immediately wanted to get something done in Rome, so walked the twenty minutes or so from the hostel, down a main street and park (dodgy, not again Google Maps) to the Colosseum. I just had to see it as fast as I could, being this close.

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    Exploring Venice and Fun on the Boats

    Exploring Venice and Fun on the Boats

    Venice has always been a dream destination and to finally arrive was slightly surreal. After a stop off at Vallach in Austria en route from Lake Bled, I was ready to be amazed. At first, it felt like I was recalling ‘spoilers’ I’d seen on Google images rather than being there, apart from when I was traipsing my luggage up bridges with steps.

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