Classic travel shot of a gondola in Venice, postcard worthy don’t you think?
Taken in Venice, Italy.
|When in Italy you will need to know how to count, so here’s the numbers 1-20 in Italian and a link to a quick video that will have you repeating the numbers in no time at all!|
And just to help you out here is the video I found useful when learning to count myself perfect to you get practicing those numbers!
It’s probably Italy most famous landmark and I have captured it in my dreamy watercolour effect, this fine art photography print is available to buy in my Etsy Shop in a range of sizes.
Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa, Italy.
February is known throughout the world as Valentine’s Day and with its winding Tuscan wine roads, Romantic landscapes and historic citys, Italy is beyond doubt one of the most romantic places in the world. You could take you loved one to Venice for a special gondola ride or visit the romantic setting of Verona, where you could spend time at Juliette’s balcony.
But what else can you do to make your romantic break super-special?
If your planning on surprising your loved one with an unforgettable Valentines break in Italy. Here’s a few romantic ideas of things to do on that special day.
1. Visit Italy’s Alps – Get you pulse racing with a hike up one the many trails before snuggling up in front of an open fire high up in the dramatic mountains of northern Italy. The Dolomites is a great place to spend a winter weekend, stay in one of the many ski resorts, sleep in a sucluded mountain cabin or cosy up together in an igloo at the igloo village of Piancavallo. Drivers can take their partners breath away with spectaular views over the mountains by taking scenic drive along the great Dolomites Road.
2. Terni, Umbria – The birthplace of St. Valentine host a huge festival and firewirks in his honor, Theres lots of concerts, plays and competitions for both singles and couples. There’s also a huge feast around the Basilica di San Valentino where the “Years Lovers Award” is presented. With a chocolate fair and a “Valentine Marathon” this is a perfect place to spend the lovers holiday.
3. Florence, Tuscany – Take a stroll over the romantic Ponte vecchio, before heading up to the Piazza Michalango to watch the sunset over the most beatutiful city in the world, best enjoyed with a bottle of Prosecco. If arts your thing, after a day of admireing the many passionate paintings in the Uffizi, head to the doumo and hire a horse and cart ride for a sunset tour of the city. What ever you do in Florence this valentines the city will breath romance into your trip.
These are just a few ideas others include, Taking a hot air ballon ride over the rolling hills of Tuscany, Touring vineyards on a Vespa or exploreing Rome.
What ever you do make it special!
Its February and as the Venetians are wearing their masks, the people of Ivrea begin to battle it out with oranges, City streets all around Italy take on an energetic party atmosphere. Colorful characters dance in the street, highly decorative floats make their way though towns and everywhere wakes up from its winter slump……the Carnevale has come to Italy!!!
The world famous Carnevale is celebrated in Italy 40 days before Easter, with parades, masquerade balls, entertainment, music, and parties. Marking the beginning of lent and ending on shove Tuesday (which is more commonly know as pancake day), the celebrations are spread over a number of days (even weeks in some cities). Because the date of Easter changes each year, so does the date for Carnevale. This years official Carnevale is on February 17th.
If your lucky enough to be in Italy this month, Here’s just a few festivals that might be worth a visit…..
1. Venice – Italy’s biggest carnival is held each year, beginning at end of January and ending in mid Feb it attracts Thousands of tourists to Venice to see the whole city turn into a asked ball. As the tourists watch from the gondolas, the locals walk around in baroque fancy-dress party and possibly attend one of the many elaborate balls. There is a spectacular opening ceremony, the Flight of the Angel as well as music, street performers, jousting competitions and during the last week of the carnival there is a contest for best mask, which is judged by a jury of international fashion designers.
2. Viareggio – Every Sunday in February the streets of this Tuscan seaside resort come alive, attracting over a million people the huge parade of floats and gigantic papier mâché figures make their way along the seafront. the giant dolls represent figures from fairy tales and the world of politics, after the impressive parade has made its way down the promenade there is food, drink and fireworks.
3. The Battle of the Oranges, Ivrea, – The Spanish throw tomatoes and the Italians throw fresh oranges at each other, once a year this small town in northern Italy hosts a colorful messy and almost comedic battle with oranges. Teams dressed in colorful costumes have a massive food fight in the streets, the locals represent the masses and pelt hooded people on horse drawn carts with the citrus fruit. The fights are celebrated all over the town and if you don’t fancy getting tango’ed every piazza will have a “safe” area where spectators can watch from the sidelines The four day festival ends with a grand finale on Shrove Tuesday.
Are you off to Italy this month to check out the Carnival? Or have you experienced any of these festivals before? I have been to Viareggio a few times before and hope to go again one year.
You may be a history buff wanting to explore the Roman Forum or an art fanatic desperate for a glimpse of the Sistine chapel Whatever it is, Rome breathes history and has religion and art in every corner. Packed with tourist and speeding Vespa’s that never stop, you cant expect to conquer the city in one single trip let alone just one day! But we tried….
On our first trip to Italy we made sure our return flight was a light night flight from Rome, which ment
no matter what it would give us chance to see not only more of the country but making it possible to visit the eternal city, even if it was only for a day.
The 3 hour train ride from Pisa took us through the beautiful countryside of Tuscany and past the coast, travelling along passed southern Tuscany and into Lazio. We arrived in Rome at 9.30am and stepping off the Train at Roma Termini, I could instantly feel that the modern city was a huge contrast to the relaxed way of life in the Tuscan countryside we had become accustomed to.
Although the city bares not only a long and colourful history but brilliant architecture and cultural treasures, there are plenty of horror stories about the metro system so we decided to walk it all, why go underground in a city scattered in sights anyway? And with so many sites you don’t have to walk far to find one, top of most people’s lists of things to see in Rome is of course the Colosseum. Being incredibly easy to get to from the main station (by foot or metro) we made it our first stop.
Arriving at the mighty ruin was truly incredible, it really is colossal but slightly tainted by the main roads and heavy traffic Even so the 15 admission fee was well worth it as we could have easily spent a full day exploring the historical area. After spending the morning soaking up the atmosphere in the most famous structure of the Roman Empire, we headed down Via dei Fori Imperiali and past the Roman Forum to the Piazza Venezia. We knew it was just a short walk to the Pantheon and Fontana di Trevi but decided if we only had time to see one it would of course have to be the baroque masterpiece.
From Piazza Venezia we walked up Via della Pilotta head on for the Fontana di Trevi and I was speechless, at first with the number of people in front of the fountain and then of the scale of what I expected to be ‘just a fountain’. I can honestly say I was utterly amazed at the size and detail of the marvel, and of course we threw coins to ensure our return to Rome!
A gelato and short stroll later we had stumbled into Piazza Spanga and the grand staircase which makes it famous. The 138 steps which make up the Spanish steps climb up to Trinità dei Monti church, just behind the piazza is the luxurious Via Veneto area. The streets are lined with many high-class boutique hotels and designer stores as well as the famous Café de Paris and Harry’s Bar.
Ok, so we had missed out on the Pantheon and we didn’t have time to venture over the river to the Vatican, but the steep winding slope from Piazza del Popolo lead us up onto Pincian Hill where there is a wonderful balcony giving stunning views over the city and towards St. Peters Basilica. The hill is made up of the large landscape gardens of the Villa Borghese, which is now occupied by The Galleria Borghese. It made a perfect place to relax after a long day walking and a fantastic last glimpse of the city before heading home.
Anyone will tell you a day is definitely not enough to explore the city completely and they are right! The vast amounts of ancient architecture Rome has to offer is truly overwhelming and although I plan to return to city again at some point,e (After all I did throw a coin n the fountain!) I couldn’t help getting the getting the impression that it is just a metropolitan city built on what could be the world’s best museum.