TRAVEL DIARY: ITALY 2023 - ROME, VENICE, MILAN

6.12.2023
  

I can't believe it took me a little over a month to get this up but OMG ya'll we went to Italy! Our first trip out of the country in 4 long years. It was my turn to pick as we switch off each year. Italy has always been on my bucket list so we made it happen. Italy is an incredibly big country so narrowing it down to a few places was hard but I decided on Rome, Venice and Milan. We were in Italy for a total of 7 days which I thought was perfect. 


Taking train from to each place was the most inexpensive way and scenic. The trains were very straight forward. I do recommend buying the train tickets in advance. We were in Rome for the first day/last day, Venice for two days and Milan for three day. I also recommend to have euros on you as some taxis/places don't take card. We went at the beginning of May and the weather was different in each city so bring a variety of items to mix/match, comfy shoes and an umbrella.  


Rome

                                             
  
    
There was so much to see in Rome! We couldn't get to it all but saw so much in two days. Rome is just full of history. The Vatican Museum was insane. We spent 3 hours in there and maybe saw a third of the museum because it's massive. Make sure to book tickets way in advance. The architecture all around Rome was stunning. A very walkable city and most of the historic sites were near each other. Rome had the best tiramisu we had. It was so good, we went twice!

Sites we saw:
- Colosseum
- Arch of Constantine
- Palatino
- Spanish Steps
- Trevi Fountain
- Vatican Museum 
- Piazza Venezia 
- Arch of Titus
- Foro Romano
 
Places we ate at and recommend:

Venice

      
  
  
  
  
Venice was our favorite! We loved that it was an island with no roads meaning no cars which was so refreshing. It only had canals and 391 bridges. It was a very walkable island but if you wanted to get around by water you could get on a water bus, water ferry, water taxi or a gondola ride. Of course we did a gondola ride because I had to check that off my bucket list. It was a great experience and our gondolier was so lovely. You can literally just wander around Venice and stumble across everything.

Sites we saw:

-Ponte di Rialto

-St. Mark’s Square
-St. Mark’s Basilica
-Doges Palace
-San Marco Campanile
-Bridge of Sighs
-Ponte della Paglia

Some places we ate at and recommend:

Burano
    
  
  
    
Burano is literally the cutest most vibrant island I've ever seen! It's a small island that is a 40 minute water ferry ride from Venice. It's known for lacemaking. The lace pieces were gorgeous. I think the best time to visit is mid-morning as it wasn't as crowded yet. Burano is also know for bussola cookies and it was good. We grabbed lunch at Al Vecio Pipa before heading back to Venice and it was so yummy! 

Milan

Milan is for sure the city of fashion. The shops were all just to die for. I just love European style. Milan was definitely the most modern city out of all the places we visited. We didn't have much of an agenda in Milan and just walked around, browsed the shops and ate. 

Sites we saw:
-Duomo di Milano 
-Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II 
-Teatro alla Scala
-Bosco Verticale

Some places we ate at and recommend:
-Ciacco

Lake Como

  
  
  
      
    
Lake Como was absolutely breathtaking. The pictures just doesn't do it justice. We took the train from Milan to Varenna which was a 40 minute ride. I had booked tickets for Villa Monastero which was a stunning property along Lake Como. After we walked around the Villa we grabbed a quick bit to eat at Lake Bakery and wandered around Varenna until it was time to head back to Milan. Visiting Lake Como is definitely a must if you're in Milan.  

We literally ate our way through Italy. The pasta, seafood, pizza, sandwiches, charcuterie boards, bruschetta, cicchetti, rissotto, tiramisu and gelato was chefs kiss. Seeing and learning about the Italian culture was really cool. Honestly it was such a dream to be there. There were a few moments where I literally wanted to cry because I couldn't believe we were there. Keven and I make it a priority to travel as much as we can. We work so hard so why not enjoy the world. Nothing beats traveling- exploring, learning, eating and most importantly making memories!


We hope to visit Italy again and go to all the other beautiful places there!


Have a great week xx

76 comments:

  1. Omg Nina! What a dream trip. Italy is so beautiful. I hope to visit one day!
    Diana

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  2. So happy you got to visit my country!
    A

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  3. Omg so gorgeous! Italy is really something. 😍 I haven't been there yet.

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  4. Wow!!! Italy is beyond gorgeous. Thank you for sharing Nina.
    Lily

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  5. Very happy you liked my city (Rome) and my country! :)
    beautiful pics!
    XO
    S
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  6. Burano is so cute with the colorful houses. I want to go!! Looks like you had an amazing time. xo Briana

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  7. We visited a few cities in Italy back in 2016, I think it was... I need to go back! I would love to see Lake Como!

    Carrie
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    1. Lake como is worth it. Absolutely breathtaking there.

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  8. I’m going to Italy in a few weeks. Loved this post and all the photos!
    Nikki xo ❤️

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  9. what an incredible trip Nina I see nothing wrong with eating your way across the country. We will actually be in Rome in October and will be seeing one of Rob's cousins. I can't wait.
    XOOX
    Jodie
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    1. Food was so so good! Ohh can’t wait to hear about your trip.

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  10. I love seeing all the yummy food!

    Shauna

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  11. What a fabulous trip!
    ~Alana

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  12. Such incredible pics Nina! I would love to travel to Italy. Venice and Lake Como are on the top of my list!

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  13. Nina! You’re making me so excited for my trip to Italy this summer. The photos are all amazing. Thank you so much for the tips!
    M

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  14. Wow! Loving these beautiful pictures, especially the colorful houses.

    Bernie,
    The Style Fanatic

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  15. What an amazing trip! Everything looks absolutely lovely! Thanks so much for sharing! <3 /Madison
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  16. All of these shots are so incredible, I am so happy for you! Lake Como is absolutely stunning! I had no idea the Colosseum is so close to a main road, imagine seeing that everyday, it would be fabulous! xx
    Janet
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    1. Yeah it was right in front of a main road, crazy!

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  17. My husband and I are the same. We love to travel too. Best way to spend your hard work earned money! Love the photos😍
    xxxx Maria

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  18. Omg Burano and Lake Como is on my bucket list. Happy you got to visit. I hope to go one day!
    -Kate

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  19. Wow what a trip! Looks Like you had an amazing time and got to see lots!

    Gemma x
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  20. What an amazing trip! All of these photos are so stunning! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  21. Wow oh wow what a fantastic trip!!!
    Jen

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  22. I love Italy. What a wonderful holiday. Cris Santos

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  23. Italy is on my bucket list. It looks like you had an amazing trip!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  24. Lake Como looks stunning, as does Burano! I adore Rome and just can't get enough! x

    Beautylymin

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  25. All your photos are so beautiful, and it looks like you had a wonderful trip!
    Julia x
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  26. I am so obsessed with all your Italy pictures--especially the food shots! You did and saw a lot in 7 days though! Have a great week!
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    1. We did do a lot in 7 days. So worth all the planning :)

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  28. Italy is always a good destination to visit! Feels like every square foot of that country is beautiful. <3
    I've been to Rome twice during school and college trips, but I was always super tired by the time we got there and that's probably why it always felt so underwhelming. Maybe I'll have a much better impression once I go on a planned trip to Rome.
    Lake Como has been on my wishlist for a while as well, looks gorgeous on everyone's photos! <3


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    1. Absolutely beautiful country! Hope you get to go soon and enjoy it as an adult.

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  29. Rome and Venice is on my list. My sister went there and loved it.
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  30. Such a lovely trip
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  31. Omg, you took the DREAM TRIP! These are all the Italian places I have on my bucket list, too! So amazing, loving the pictures!

    -Ashley
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    1. I really did, I could cry again about it😭 I hope you get to visit Ashley!

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  32. Unreal trip! I hope to go one day. Loving all the photos.
    Syd

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  33. So happy you visit my country. Very beautiful trip and so amazing photos Nina.
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  34. Beautiful travel experience
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  35. This trip looks so amazing! So glad you had a great time :)

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  36. My goodness what an itinerary and Lake Como, the superb finish to it all.

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  37. As expected, Venice is full of water and the houses of various colors make you feel very happy!
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  38. Beautiful experience.
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