Venezia, Italia: Sei bellissima! My husband and I just returned from a lovely little getaway to Venice (with our 4 month old, stroller and all!) Despite it being nearly freezing (literally), we had a wonderful visit. I had actually forgotten how beautiful Venice is… my previous visits to the city on water always happened to be in the peak of summer: in scorching hot August, over crowded with tourists, high season and therefore, ridiculously expensive. In contrast, visiting in January meant that there were far less tourists, shorter lines (if your the museum-goer type), more hotel vacancies, better prices in general, and *bonus* no awful canal smells that grow stronger from the intense heat and humidity the summer brings… just be prepared to bundle up! While we nearly froze one of the days, we made sure our little one was completely bundled up in several layers and the great thing was that he’s still at the age where he mostly slept in his warm “cocoon” stroller lining complete with a rain/wind cover for added protection while we walked …
Sorrento, situated at the northern end of the Amalfi Coast, is one of my favorite places to visit when we head to the south over the summer. Stunning, isn’t it?
The island of Capri: One of the many stunning places to see while in Italy. Located off the southern coast, the gorgeous island is just a boat ride away from Naples or Sorrento and makes for a beautiful day trip or weekend getaway. (Photos taken this past August when my husband and I visited with some friends).
One of my all-time favorite destinations in Italy: Cinque Terre. Located in Liguria, Cinque Terre is made up of five small towns that span the northwestern Italian coastline.
There’s just something about the original, vintage style decor of the modern, fashion capital city of Milan that screams photo op. I love seeing the exquisite architecture of the Duomo, the gorgeous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, cobblestone streets, old school Fiats, brick buildings reflecting so much character, and ancient columns, archways and pillars that are still standing from over the centuries. Not to mention the ever so popular Navigli area complete with cafes, boutiques, second hand shops, restaurants, bars and canals featuring boats, walkways and benches along the water. Milan is just so #hipster #glam
I love Milan in the spring. Having just crossed the year and a half mark of living here, I’ve experienced all four seasons (a couple of them twice now) and spring is absolutely my favorite.
As 2014 comes to a close, I sit here smiling to myself as I think about all of the new things I’ve “learned” thanks to my year here in Italy. It’s a lovely country and so are the people, so bare in mind that these are just meant to be fun things I’ve experienced personally with my husband (who’s from southern Italy), his family and friends here, or stories I’ve heard from other expat friends. There are certainly some generalizations, but it’s only meant to be taken lightheartedly and provide a bit of laughter and insight to my oh-so-fabulous life here in Italy! 🙂
Milano, Italia The ultra glamorous fashion capital (or so it rivals Paris) and its fabulous Swarovski covered Christmas tree, centered in the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It stands 39 feet tall and is decorated with over 10,000 crystals and 36,000 lights.
When I walk past the Duomo and see this view as I enter the galleria in Milano, I can’t help but think it looks *magical*, like something I’d see in a fairytale. Just the sheer vision in the old architecture in Italy is quite amazing if you think about it ❤
Brera is one of my absolute favorite neighborhoods in Milan, and even more so around the holidays. We love venturing through the cobblestone streets, admiring the Christmas lights that are strung from balcony to balcony creating and popping into a cute cafe for a bite to eat or warm cappuccino. The ambiance is especially beautiful in the evenings.
In southern Italy, just south of Rome we visited a beautiful ‘city on a hill’ with small maze-like side streets made of gorgeous cobblestone. It was like taking a trip back in time. I just love the look of the old architecture and design. (Unfortunately, the name of the city escapes me, but it was in the region of Latina, about an hour outside of Rome, and it was located on a mountain top).
‘Tis the season! From December 1st – 24th Milan’s real-life ‘advent calendar’ plays music from its windows in the evening for passing tourists in the piazza Duomo 🙂
Welcome to Milan. Fashion Capital.
I can’t help but stop and admire the intricate details and craftsmanship found in old European architecture. Consider the amount of dedication that went into their artwork, and their long-term vision that was carried out over centuries of time. Simply amazing.