I spent two weeks working my way down the west coast of Italy, more or less. I started in Florence and ended in Rome, and I truly had the best of times. This is my list of favourites, from food over museums to places – and trains! If you’re going to Italy, you should not miss these. In order of appearance – enjoy.
Piazzale di Michelangelo, Florence
I absolutely loved this viewpoint which I reached just around sunset after having walked around the city for a few hours. Florence is at its prettiest from above if you ask me.
Galleria dell’Academia, Florence
The home of the world famous original of Michelangelo’s David sculpture. The museum isn’t very large, and so very enjoyable for someone who can’t take art in doses too large.
Read more about Florence here.
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre
My favorite of the 5 cities of Cinque Terre. This is the largest and liveliest of the cities, with a gorgeous harbour and a lovely main street.
Read more about Cinque Terre here.
Gusta Pizza, Florence
This place came to be special to me as not only do they serve some real nice pizza, it easily becomes a social outing as you have to sit and eat with strangers if you arrive solo – you can’t commandeer a table all to yourself when you’re alone and the place is bursting with people!
I was having trouble keeping my mouth shut when I walked around this magnificent church. There’s so many details, and I found it absolutely gorgeous with all its stripes and paintings.
Read more about Siena here.
The streets of Pitigliano
I so enjoyed walking the back streets of this little gem of a Tuscan village.
Read more about Pitigliano here.
The streets of Rome
I have a thing for Rome. I just love that anywhere you go, on almost any street you will come across something hinting at the city’s ancient history. Be it the Pantheon or the Colosseum, or the multitude of grand, white buildings with Roman pillars and an air of history about them. Rome simply is a beautiful city to behold.
Galleria Borghese, Rome
Same as the Galleria dell’Academia in Florence, this museum was just the right size for me, and with so many beautiful things to look at. I was so fascinated by the Bernini sculptures and enjoyed the experience of simply being in the museum.
Read more about Rome here.
Positano, Amalfi Coast
I only spent an afternoon there, but I could see the appeal for people wanting to stay longer. This is a place that invites you to slow down completely – if I were to go again I would bring a bathing suit, and spend a day next to the water, going shopping in the many very nice stores hidden higher up, and forget about the prices and just relax with some beer or wine in one of the many restaurants by the harbour.
Read more about Positano here.
I was deeply fascinated with this place. It’s a special experience to actually walk these ancient streets, and especially marvel at their skills with a paintbrush – there are some beautiful frescos hidden in the larger houses!
Read more about Pompei here.
Italian high speed trains
(This is the view from the train, as I never thought to take a picture of the train..) Where I come from, it won’t make a big difference time wise whether you travel by car or train to the other end of the country. In Italy though – 6 hours at least from Rome to Milan by car but only 3 hours by train, that makes for a sizable difference!
What are your Italy favourites? Share below!
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