Italy: the quick version

August 30, 2012
Crossing the road in Pompeii

The Colosseum

The Colosseum

Our feet after 7 hours of wandering through Pompeii

Our feet after 7 hours of wandering through Pompeii

The beautiful Florence

The beautiful Florence

The view from our hostel in Florence

The view from our hostel in Florence

From our trip, I am awarding to Italy:

Best monument

The Colosseum. It just kicks ass.

Best historical place

Pompeii. We spent 7 hours there and I didn’t even see everything I wanted to. I could easily spend another 7 hours there. The immersive experience of exploring an ancient Roman city was simply amazing.

One of the best meals

Veal with truffle sauce in Perugia. That rich delicious darksweetearthy truffle was melt in the mouth stand out amazing. Duffster is still talking about it to whoever will listen.

(Second best meal was one of the cheapest, in France: warm baguette from a bakery, fresh rotisserie chicken, washed down with a chilled bottle of champagne… while sitting in a park at sunset.)

Worst timing

We couldn’t swing it any other way so unfortunately passing through Italy fell in the middle of our trip, in August. This is not a good time to visit. It’s HOT. And there’ll be whole towns deserted, fled for the coast & the sea. I’m looking at you, Bologna.

Worst breakfasts

Italians eat on the run, grabbing a shot of espresso and sugary pastry while standing at the bar at the local cafe. But when I’m on holiday, I LOVE lingering over a big breakfast, watching the world go by & soaking up the atmosphere.

Most hilarious collection of sculpture (unintentional)

The Vatican’s collection of penis-less male sculpture is pretty impressive. I wonder where they all went. Are there boxes of genitals stored somewhere?


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