For my birthday last week I bought myself tickets to Milan for a short weekend trip. It was my 3rd time in Italy and first visit to Milan. The famous Duomo, its square and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II were unbelievably beautiful. The mosquitos ( I got 20 bites within the first hour there!) and importunate selfie-stick … More Italy. 3 days in Milan.
Last summer, after visiting Bologna and Florence, I spent one night in Pisa. In the morning I walked over to Piazza die Miracoli and the Duomo. The freestanding bell tower of the cathedral is Pisa’s most popular landmark, commonly known as “The Leaning Tower”. The tower’s tilt already begun during the construction which started in 1173 and took almost 200 … More Italy. Pisa. The leaning tower.
About one year ago I scored cheap tickets to Italy (with RyanAir from Frankfurt-Hahn) and spent 6 days exploring Bologna, Florence, Pisa, La Spezia and Cinque Terre. Bologna was my first stop and even though it’s without a doubt a beautiful city, I didn’t really enjoy it. Mostly because it was just the wrong time … More Italy. Bologna.
The Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli) is a huge park behind the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy. I visited the park in the afternoon while looking for a place where I could escape the sun for a while. The great lawn of the park was a perfect spot to rest in the shade and enjoy the beautiful … More Italy . Florence. The Boboli Gardens.
While I was visiting the five villages of Cinque Terre I stayed in La Spezia, a city with about 100.000 citizens just south of Cinque Terre. The train that connects the villages of Cinque Terre starts/ends in La Spezia, where you’ll arrive coming from the bigger cities like Pisa or Florence. If you -like me- … More Italy. La Spezia.
Corniglia is the only village of Cinque Terre which is not built right at the ocean but instead sits on top of a mountain surrounded by vineyards, about 100 meters above sea level. With only 250 residents it’s also the smallest of the five villages and doesn’t have a hotel. I visited the village after … More Italy. Cinque Terre. Corniglia.
Riomaggiore was the first of the 5 villages of Cinque Terre that I visited since it is the closest to La Spezia, the town where my hotel was. The village -with less than 2.000 residents- dates back to the 13th century and is everything you imagine Cinque Terre to be: colorful houses built along the … More italy. cinque terre. riomaggiore.
[all pictures above were taken in Bologna’s centro storico] I just got back from a short vacation in Italy. Even though the school holidays in Germany just started I found a cheap flight to Bologna with Ryanair (85€ return). I spent the first 3 days sightseeing in Bologna, Florence and Pisa but the heat and … More italy. bologna, florence, pisa and cinque terre. recap.
[after posting so much about venice beach and how much i loved it, i thought a post about “the real” venice is in order. all photos were taken in summer 2010, during 3 hot, exhausting (all those bridges!) and rather pricey; but despite that very beautiful days in venice. my favourite part was getting lost in all … More italy. venice. travel memories.
view from the bridge ‘ponte degli scalzi’ along the grand canal.