Amare / Forelsket:

(n) the euphoria you experience when you are first falling in love.

I think it’s in everyone’s bucket list to travel to europe (probably with an exception to europeans Lol!). And it’s only a matter of time and having sufficient resources to materialize that goal. As for me, i took that decision three years ago and decided to include Italy in my itinerary.

As I remember my history classes back in high school beginning from Philippine history as freshman, Asian history as sophomore, European history as junior and World History as senior (if my memory serves me well.) European history was my favorite back then and was one of my motivation due to the fact that most of the ruins of the past is preserved up till now in those regions of the world.

I can recall having this conversation to myself that i would see those places when i’m able to and so did i. So here’s the 3 cities that made me fall in love to Italy and made me a wanderlust that makes wanna go back sometime soon.

The Colosseum

1.) Rome – Sam Cooke sang the song “Rome wasn’t built in a day” which was true enough, it wasn’t. As any place as important as this living remains of what i consider as one of the most important part of Europe’s history, seeing what is left of the Colosseum which arguably one of Rome’s most famous and iconic monuments as well as it is one of the Roman world’s biggest amphitheatres at the time not to mention is one of the city’s most visited attractions (thanks wiki), i caught myself in awe seeing it in flesh and was overwhelmed with it’s view right next to The Forum and Arch of Constantine. It’s like anywhere i looked was a piece of precious history.

Rome was overwhelming indeed, from throwing a coin and secretly making a wish at the Trevi Fountain,

Trevi Fountain

walking the stretch of the bridge to Castel Sant’Angelo

view from the bridge of Castel ‘Sant Angelo

to just purely sitting on the spanish Steps just to name a few was more than enough for anyone to be captivated by this city including myself. And to top it all up and tasting the cherry on top, Vatican City is also there waiting to be visited. As we all know, Vaticano is a walled enclave within the city of Rome, which is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population. It sure was a pleasure for me as a Catholic. As unintentional as it was, i found myself in Vatican City on an Ash Wednesday and managed to get an invite from one of the Swiss Guards the day before to get to attend the Papal Mass.
The three days i spent in Rome felt like wasnt enough but more than enough for me to fall in love with it and to save another time to explore those that i failed to see.

Florence , Italy

2.) Florence – From Roma Termini, i went straight to Stazione Santa Maria Novella via TrenItalia to continue my journey in Italy. And Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and could probably one of my favorites possibly for 2 things:

The Mall

a.) The Mall: which invigorates my love for fashion that houses most of the powerhouse brands in Italy like GUCCI, Prada, Balenciaga, Tods, Marni, Fendi and many more and

b.) The Statue of David: a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by Michelangelo. It was moved to the Galleria dell’Accademia in 1873 to protect it from damage and a replica of David now stands outside Palazzo della Signoria now known as the Palazzo Vecchio. As for me, of course i went inside the Galleria dell’Accademia and admired the proportions of Michealangelo’s marble statue which is approximately 14 feet/more or less 5.5 meters in height.

One must not skip Florence for that matter if you plan to visit Italy as it’s just also 45mins – 1hr away by train to Pisa and i did a half day trip to see the Leaning Tower. (Will post another blog for that)

View from San Marco Polo

3.) Venice – After spending 2 days in Florece, i took another train to see the “The Floating City” Venice, and boy was i amazed with the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers? You bet. Seeing it from the James Bond movie Casino Royale back in 2006 was one thing and seeing it in person is a whole new story. It has its own charm that you can’t resist to feel happy about and possibly fall-in love with this group of small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. In my opinion, that’s simply the reason why it’s so special, cause it’s not something i see everday (at least to where i live) where there’s cars and land transport everywhere but gondolas, boats and other water transports instead. And people mostly travel by foot that’s why it’s inevitable that you literally get lost as what happened to me.

I hope i inspired you to go to Italy and i hope you will start saving to materialize that life-long
plan in your head. If you have questions or tips i havent mention and you’d like to ask, Tell on the comments below, Or If you’ve been to Italy, tell me what are your favorite cities.




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  1. Your photos are stunning, love your blog!

    I first visited Italy in 2011, had a chance to see Rome and Florence that time. Went back again this year to Rome and got a chance to visit the Amalfi coast as well. It’s such a beautiful country and so rich in culture, nature and history that I’m pretty sure I’ll keep coming back. Venice has eluded me so far, maybe next time!


  2. Last year, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy and it was one of the best experience in my life. I lived with a host family, an elderly Italian couple and they were the most loving and generous people I’ve ever met. They taught my roommate and I how to make Tiramisu, the Italian way, and it was so good and I was so hype on sugar and caffeine that we decided not to do that too often.

    If you are ever in Florence again, try All’Antico Viniao, a small panini shop behind the Uffizi, they have the best panini I’ve ever had. Order the ‘Finocchiona’, it is one of my favorite foods that I discovered while living there.

    Happy reading. 🙂

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  3. Thank you for your wonderful post! It made me feel as if I were there with you. I certainly hope to be able to visit Rome & Florence in the not to distant future. Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures. James 🙂

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  4. I can’t wait to go to taste authentic pasta and pizza. Thanks for clicking by

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  5. Awesome photos!! Just visited these three places and they’re all amazing but Florence stole a piece of my heart! So chilled and a cool vibe!! Keep it up 🙂


  6. Ive been you Rome and Florence but really hope to go to Venice one day!

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  7. All 3 cities are unique and different so one must visit them all!! I can’t pick a favourite but I visit Rome twice a year for work and I feel like the luckiest gal to get to spend so much time there! Definitely my favourite Italian city! Rome is absolute magic.


  8. What can I say? A beautiful post! Should you or any of your friends decide to visit India, I shall be glad to take them around.

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  9. I voted Venice but it doesn’t seem quite fair on the other two as I haven’t actually seen them. Venice I’ve seen several times. Funny how life sometimes works out. I was looking at flights for Florence just before I came to this post. Wish me luck 🙂

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  10. I visited Italy in 2011 and could only see Venice and Milan. But what an experience. I shopped like crazy in Milan and what can I say about Venice, I felt like I was in love.Reading your post made all my Italian memories come to life again. I wish I get a chance to visit other cities in Italy as well. Thanks for liking my post ‘Mountains calling: Day II’ which got me to come to your Blog. 🙂

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  11. Thanks for stopping at my blog. This is so true of Italy.

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  12. Hello there, this sums it up about Italy. For me i like florence the most. From the cuisine, fashion to the historical stuffs. The others ate very interesting as well. One must visit Italy to complete the Europe trip.

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  13. I am fortunate to have visited all 3 cities and loved them all, but I think Venice wins on sheer theatricality – it was so very unusual. Italy is a favourite of mine and I have spent 3 months in Spello, a small and magical hill town in Umbria. So different from the cities and even more beautiful in some ways.

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  14. I absolutely adore Rome! The architecture is astounding.

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  15. Venice is on my to visit list and liked Florence very much. Merci for visiting 24/7 in France, author of “Solitary Desire-One Woman’s Journey to France” (video http://youtu.be/xG_YTa5sDac)

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  16. I’ve only visited Rome and Florence but loved them both. I can’t wait until we’re able to return!

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  17. You are absolutely right about the bucket list – Europe. Even though I don’t c myself traveling in the near times, you made me experience Italy up close with this lively post. Thank You for this wonderful write-up! Keep sharing.

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  18. Wildflower Wildheart July 17, 2015 — 6:12 PM

    Reblogged this on Wildflower Wildheart and commented:
    Love this! Some day ill get to go

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  19. Well I’m italian and I can tell you chose beautiful and unique cities! Florence is my favourite among them 😉

    I have a blog about travel and architecture so if you’re interested have a look 🙂


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  20. No, Europeans dream of these place too! 🙂 I haven’t been to Florence yet, can you believe it? One day though… x

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  21. Great post about 3 of the most beautiful cities in Italy. I have been to each but have spent the most time in Rome. I was there recently for two months. It was a lot of time to spend in one city so I made a few short trips to Florence, Chianti, San Vito Lo Capo in Sicily and Sperlonga, which I know you just read about on my blog!

    You have beautiful photographs!

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  22. Can I say “all three”? They each have their own special features! Thx for checking out my new blog!!!

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  23. Lovely pictures! Italy is definitely on my list of places I want to go.

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  24. Venice did it for me as well! What an amazing place, unlike any other. I had the best gnocchi of my life there at some little cafe, tucked away on a small canal, that I would never be able to find again.

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  25. Your picture of Trevi Fountain made my jaw drop! Such beautiful photos, and such a lovely blog! I’m now desperate to visit Italy!

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  26. I wish someday. I can go to that places. 😉

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