Rome – Barcelona | Travel Day

As with all days, the plan was to get up, packed and out early so we could fit in some last sights before leaving for Barcelona. And not one to want to break the habit of a lifetime, it took me longer than hoped to get ready. After tucking into…

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Rome | Roman Ruins, Colosseum And Yet More Ruins

City breaks are anything but relaxing for me. I want to cram in as much as I can while I’m in the city. However, despite my best intentions, I am apparently incapable of getting up and out early! Anything before 11am is an accomplishment, and today’s 10.30am departure was a…

Rome | A Vatican Kinda Day

After the chaos of the crowds yesterday, I was keen to give Rome the chance it deserved and really let myself fall in love with the city. Over a delicious breakfast, the plan was set that we’d head to Vatican City and try to see as many churches as possible…

Rome | Did Someone Say Crowded?

Early morning flights are a great idea until you’re waking up at 3am fumbling around in the dark trying to pack the last minute bits without waking up your boyfriend before you have to. Forget never wake a sleeping child…never wake a sleeping man before it is necessary to! Once…

Pisa | More Than Just A Wonky Tower?

Waking up on our last day in Pisa, our bags were quickly packed and left with the reception desk. Having booked our tickets to climb the tower the day before, I was concerned our climb slot of 9.30am was going to be ambitiously early for me, but here we were,…

Pisa | A Day Of Spas and Train Dramas

After a couple of days exploring Florence, it was time to jump back on the train and see what Pisa has to offer. I’d checked the train timetable and as the trains run frequently between the two cities we were in no rush to get to the station. A final…

Florence | High Hills, Duomos and Hidden Markets

Our only full day in Florence was packed to the brim with things we wanted to see and do, and because of time limits we had to pick a few things that we’d be happy to see but would only go inside and explore if we had the time. After…

Florence | The Perfect Italian Introduction

After visiting Venice and Verona a year ago, I fell in love with Italy! I’ve been keen to get back there ever since, and for reasons I can’t remember I decided next up would be a long weekend to Pisa and Florence. After a slight mix up with booking our…

11 Signs That Florence Has Flair

It’s not often I take note of road signs when I visit a new country, as I’m often walking around on foot and don’t need to know if that street is one way or if the speed limit is 40km – how fast even is that? But on my recent trip to Florence…

Relais Venezia, Venice

In a city as compact as Venice, there are hotels within a stone’s throw of most places. But, trying to find somewhere central, comfortable and at a reasonable price is tricky in a city where most places carry a Venetian price tag. Location Just a few minutes’ walk from the…

Postcards from…Verona

My original intention was to travel from Venice to Strasbourg via Milan, where I’d have a brief stopover before continuing on to France. As I discussed my travel plans with an Italian colleague, she didn’t look too sure. After asking my reasons for heading to Milan specifically, she suggested looking…

7 Sights To Make You Fall In Love With Verona

Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo? Well, it’s safe to say I didn’t find Romeo among the throng of tourists that waited patiently – and not so patiently – to take their place on the infamous Juliet’s balcony, but I certainly fell in love with the city that plays host to…

Verona – Munich | A Day Of Travel

First rule of holiday: no alarms. And yet, I woke on the sixth day of my trip to the sound of my alarm. Joy. Unfortunately, it was necessary to allow us the time to fill our bellies at the breakfast buffet before we checked out. The walk from the train station…

Verona | An Italian Love Affair

Stepping out to sunny skies, we were on a mission to see as much of this stunning city as possible on our only full day in Verona. We made our way straight to Verona Castle, just a short walk from the main square and our hotel. On arrival, I was so…

Venice | Goodbye water, hello Verona!

Time really does fly when you’re having fun, and as we’d now woken up to the fourth day of our trip it meant it was time to move on. After a quick breakfast we were up, packed and checked out by 11am. It can only be described as a new personal best for me as the…

Venice | Gondola Rides and Prison Visits

Although I don’t live by a church in England, I’m sure the bells do not ring very often. In Venice, however, they not only ring on the hour, but on the half hour, and sometimes at random times for about 5 minutes. They ring early in the morning, and even…

Venice | Basilica, Monster Seagulls and Exploring!

Starting our second day in Venice with breakfast in bed, our hotel was really earning itself some brownie points. We soon got ourselves ready and out for another day of exploring. First on the agenda was a visit to the Basilica in San Marco Square. During our brief wandering yesterday, we’d…

Venice | The City That Glows

I have never liked early starts. I can’t sleep because I am always absolutely convinced that my 3 alarms won’t go off and I’ll miss my flight. Thankfully, my alarms (and my boyfriend’s back-up alarms) successfully managed to get me out of bed and to Heathrow in time for my…