Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Italy oh Italy

I've recently returned from the most amazing tour of Italy with Trafalgar tours. For a first time traveler to a country I believe the best way of seeing it all is to go with a reputable tour company. I honestly think that I will not be able to see, let alone find, all the wonderful sights that Italy has to offer on my own. Not to mention the fact that I am seriously directionally challenged!

Anyway, what can I say about Italy but that I have fallen in love with this wonderful country. Each city visited is so unique in its own way that you feel as though you are in a different country each time.

Firstly there's the 'Eternal City' of Rome. It has the buzz of a big city yet it has a history dating back thousands of years which is evident everywhere.

St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican Museum, Rome
The mighty Colosseum

Inside St Peter's Basilica

Trevi Fountain


The Pantheon
The Piazza Navona

The Piazza Navona surrounded by restaurants and filled with artists.

Italy is an amazing country, but if you cannot go to Rome then rather leave it. It is not called the eternal city for nothing. Take mints and lots of water as your mouth will constantly drop open at the simple awe of it. The construction of Rome city is something to behold and something every living soul should see at least once in their life time. It is a fast paced city where you will have to compete with thousands of tourists, scooters, busses and mini cars but this all intermingles with the utter polite nature of the Italians. Learn a few Italian words and phrases and they will be the friendliest, most helpful people you will ever encounter.

I adore Rome and will most definitely make at least a few more trips to this fascinating city, to really experience the Italian way of life.