Just because we made the most of our Airbnb flat eating breakfast or dinner on our terrace we still explored the Roman food scene while we were staying in the eternal city!
The third and final stop of our trip was Rome. Despite the capricious weather and a mix of sunburns and soaking clothes, we loved our stay in the eternal city, exploring touristy sites as well as the little streets of residential neighbourhoods. From the breakfasts on our airbnb terrace to late night dessert tiramisu at Pompi, our two days in Rome were perfect and I will be sharing more tips on visiting this amazing historical city. In the meantime, here are some photos to keep you waiting.
Camera: Pentax K1000
Film: Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400 and Kodak 200
PS: Make sure to check my Rome Youtube Video!
Our time in Italy was mostly spent eating delicious food, or thinking about what delicious food we were going to eat. Needless to say, it was not a 5 a day kind of trip, but rather a gelato a day one. Which is why I had to dedicate a whole post to the places were we ate when in Florence, for all you foodies out there.
- Easy lunch
Il Gusta Pizza
Via Maggio, 46, 50125 Firenze
Unless you have celiac disease, you cannot come to Florence and not go to Gusta Pizza… 5€ to 8€ pizza is probably the best deal you will ever get for delicious pizza dough, smothered with the freshest tomato sauce, the most flavourful mozzarella I have EVER had on pizza and whatever other topping you fancy (when in doubt, always go for salami). You walk in, order at the till, pick a table and wait for your order number to get called. Once done, slip it until the glass table to leave your print on the restaurant. Pizza comes on a massive paper plate so you can easily get take away and eat it on the steps of a pretty church – in which case, don’t pick your white dress that day.
After a not so stress-free train ride from Venice, we finally made it to the second stop of our Italian adventures: Florence!
Our 2 days exploring this city were made wonderful by the help of my friend Aisha who’s lived there for a couple of months, who let us crash at her place and shared many great addresses for food as well as tips for visiting Florence. Thank you Aisha! <3
We obviously saw the Palazzo Vecchio, the Duomo and the Campanile di Giotto, although we were quite content with seeing them only from the outside. Being in Florence for 48 hours meant we didn’t have much time to waste queueing to then be stuck in crowds all afternoon. Instead, we opted for bellinis on the rooftop terrace of the Rinascente from which we could actually see the top of the Duomo: what a view!
sadly too sunny to lock ourselves in the Uffizi gallery but that’s alright: it just means we’ll have to come back to Florence ! We walked around the Boboli gardens of the Palazzo Pitti which were stunning! We were lucky to be there when roses were in bloom, which felt like stepping in a bottle or rose essence. The best part about the rose garden there has to be the view: dreamy Tuscany and its hills, valleys, colours… *daydreaming*
For the best view of Florence, you have to go to the Piazzale Michelangelo, which also has a beautiful rose garden. Go all the way up at evening time to see the glorious city in golden hour light. When you think you’ve reached the top, go up some more to visit the San Miniato al Monte abbey, a small basilica which you can enter free of charge.
Florence is such an old city which has retained its historic culture and architecture, the best example being the Ponte Vecchio which we saw many times, although we avoided crossing it in the middle of the day by fear of being overwhelmed with tourists. Funnily enough, the first time I walked through it I didn’t realise we were on a bridge as it just looks like another street!
Here are a few photos which will give you an idea of what our stay was like. Camera: Pentax K1000.
And if you want some motion, please check my youtube video!
Everyone’s told before they come to Venice how touristy it is. Living in Paris and having lived in Oxford, I deal with tourists every day and have learnt all the tips and tricks to avoid them. But how do you do when you’re the tourist?
Here are a few of my tips on how to visit Venice without getting stuck in the masses so you can enjoy every minute of your stay!