September 20, 2011
I got to spend 11 days in Rome, and enjoyed exploring around the vast city that has been home to so much civilization and culture.
Rome has everything from quiet gardens around the Villa Borghese…
…and ancient ruins from the Roman Empire…
…to modern iconic Italian vespas, political flags, accordions, music….
There are so many facets of Rome, an ancient place where so much history and so many influences have left their mark. I can’t wait to share more photos of some different aspects of the city. : )
September 7, 2011
I got to spend one Saturday in Florence, Italy – a city steeped in the history of art, music, politics, and Italian culture.
In the pedestrian streets around Florence’s famous art galleries, every square foot is filled with musicians and souvenir reproductions of famous paintings for sale….
Walking through the city, there are pops of color and ornate architectural details all around you. You’re embraced by the legacy of inspiration that once surrounded da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Donatello, and so many other artists….
There’s something surreal to the changes of colors in the city throughout the day. In the early, misty morning, Florence’s famous bridge, the Ponte Vecchi, was cool and indistinct….
…but by the warmer afternoon, the shops and walls along the bridge had changed into their famous palette of warm yellows, greens, and oranges….
Florence had a very Italian feel, and it was awe-inspiring to be in the birthplace of so many famous works of art. : )
August 20, 2011
I shared a few photos from our hike through Cinque Terre, Italy here. The seaside, the views – it’s lovely. : )
We started out early in the day by grabbing some fruit at one of the small streetside markets….
Our hike wound along the coast of the Mediterranean through 5 towns, some vineyards, and natural cliffs. In the middle of one orchard, we came across an Italian man selling fresh lemonade to hikers….
For lunch, we stopped in the harbor of one of the towns with some grab-and-go pizza….
Throughout the hike, we overheard people talking in all different languages – Italian, English, German, French, and more. It was an interesting mélange of people from all different places – all come to enjoy the Italian coast….
Everyone we passed would say “excuse me” in a different language. Scusi, permesso, entschuldigung, pardon…
Cinque Terre is famous for its beautiful scenery and seaside hikes, but its mixture of different visitors makes for a really unique atmosphere, too. : )
August 17, 2011
In April, I got to spend my spring break – 11 days – in Italy. The trip was rich with history, culture, and especially food. : )
We spent most of our time in Rome, but made this day trip out to Cinque Terre for some beautiful hiking along the Italian coast.
This hiking area is full of sweeping views, crisp and salty Mediterranean air, seaside life…
The main hiking trail also takes you through 5 small coastal Italian towns, where you find your way through small, winding, complex Italian alleys….
Interesting architecture and inspiring personal touches accent the walls and streets throughout each of the towns…
Tomorrow, I’ll be posting about some of the food we came across as well as the atmosphere of our hike! See you then. : )
April 30, 2011
This week I’m in Rome, Italy enjoying la dolce vita, or the good life. : ) Here are a few photos from the past few days….
Cappuccinos are a must-try in Rome. Italians make some of the best, and my fave is when they sprinkle chocolate on the top….
Back in Germany, I almost never see any national flags. But here in Italy there are flags everywhere! Italian flags, European Union flags, Rome flags – this place has them all.
Tuesday, I went for a long and great hike along the Italian coast through Cinque Terre….
The Mediterranean is the clearest, bluest, most beautiful water I’ve seen. I loooved getting the chance to step back into it again….
I’m heading back to Germany tomorrow night, and I can’t wait to share more photos and impressions of Italy later!
Arrivederci! : )
April 21, 2011
Spring Break has officially started, and I’m excited to be spending it in Italy!
I’m staying in Rome for 11 days, and making two day trips: Florence and Cinque Terre.
It’s been crazy busy at school lately with projects and papers and presentations and research, and I am mega excited to relax and sightsee in Italy. Today, my friend Emily and I visited the Vatican and saw St. Peter’s Basilica (including visiting the very top of the cupola on the roof for a great view of the whole city!), the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel.
Here we are in the square of St. Peter’s Basilica….
And for lunch we got our first real, authentic Italian pizza! Yummm….
The Vatican + gelato + authentic Italian pizza…. our first full day in Rome was so exciting!
AND! Today, April 21st is Rome’s birthday – celebrating Rome since 753 BC. I love being around so much history. : )