Italy

Rialto Bridge, Venice Italy

Venice, Italy | 2.0

Interestingly, two years later, I found myself booking an Airbnb for Venice, Italy. This time was different. This time I was bringing my Mom along to experience a taste of Italy. It was her very first trip to Europe, coming to visit me and meet my fiancé, Jaka, for the first time. Venice was our girls only part of the trip (sorry Jaka!) so we took a GoOpti* to Venice to begin our adventure. I traveled to Venice in 2015…

villa adriana hadrians villa

Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa) [Tivoli, Italy]

Villa Adriana, or in English known as Hadrian's Villa, was the Roman Emperor Hadrian's retreat from Rome until he moved there permanently in AD 128. It was subsequently occupied by a few successors but fell into a state of disrepair during the 4th century (decline of the Roman Empire). The site was used for building materials, and valuables were taken. Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este (remember him from Villa d'Este?) had many of the remaining statues and marble were taken for his villa.…

Villa d'Este

Villa d’Este [Tivoli, Italy]

Back in 2014, I was living in England and took a trip back to Rome. It is shocking I have not written about Rome yet but that article will come when I figure out how to organize 1000's of pictures of everything I have seen there and around Italy. Suggestions are more than welcome. Back to the matter at hand, during this trip, I went to Tivoli, a town east of Rome to visit Villa d'Este, a UNESCO World Heritage…

Venice, Italy

Early October (2015) I went to Italy and took a mini trip within my trip, because why not?! I went to Verona, Padua, and Venice (and Burano) via train. Nothing ever truly prepares you for Venice. Stepping out of the train station was like stepping out of a time machine. You can honestly spend days and days in Venice and still catch something beautiful down a random street or canal, in the storefront of one of the handcrafted goods, or…

Verona, Italy from Castel San Pietro

Verona, Italy

Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the setting for Romeo and Juliet, is one of the most enchanting cities I have had the pleasure of wandering. Verona appears to be frozen in time. When I first arrived via train from Roma I walked into Piazza Brá, and was face to face with the Verona Arena, a Roman amphitheater built nearly 2000 years ago. [caption id="attachment_208" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Piazza Bra and Verona Arena [Verona, Italy][/caption]  The weather was sadly quite…