ciao, Italia – Venezia!

It’s one of the most unique places in the world. With it’s rich history and culture, Venice is definitely a place you must visit.

The first thing the comes to mind when someone says “Venice” is, of course, the gondolas. It’s a very unique site to see, there are no roads, just canals; no cars, just boats. Other than that, Venice is a very picturesque city, as all Italian cities.

We decided to take a train ride to Venice for a day, to see what it was all about. Italy is a country that’s easily travelled by train. It can get quite expensive but if you book ahead, you can get some good deals.

When we arrived in Venice, suffice to say, it was HOT! This was mid-August and it was super hot, like middle-of-summer-in-the-Philippines hot. Add a huge crowd of tourists (which we were a part of), it can be quite a disappointment. The boats were packed with people, which makes it super convenient for those nasty pickpockets. My sister almost had her stuff stolen. She noticed someone slowly opening the zipper on her bag and thank God she did! She stared the guy down, so he just moved on and got off at the next stop. We’ve been warned about pickpockets in Italy, but since Venice is a major tourist attraction, there were certainly a lot there!

Other than that, it was a fun trip. We had fun taking pictures all over and I must say, I think these photos are some of the better ones from our whole trip. Venice is just that pretty. Here are photos of our day in Venezia!

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We have our tickets! Let’s go!

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You’re in Venice, for sure!

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a parking space for gondolas? LOL

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Sorry, random people! I have to take a picture!
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The Bridge of Sighs – this is the bridge where convicts pass through before their execution. Fun, eh? 
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Piazza San Marco

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Basilica di San Marco
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St. Mark’s Basilica
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Campanile di San Marco
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Lunch time!
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We grabbed a bite at the oldest cafe in the world – Cafe Florian.
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It was a tourist trap but hey, desserts!
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At least, I get to say that I had lunch at the oldest cafe in the world. That counts for something, right? LOL
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Rialto Bridge – one of the bridges that cross the Grand Canal

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“Sikit-sikiti lang!” This was in the boat to Murano. It was like being in a tightly packed jeepney back in Cebu, comes with pickpockets, too! Felt right at home! Just kidding! 
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Glass blowing demo in Murano.
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The finished product, well almost, it has to cool first. Let me point out, that after the demonstration, we spent a lot of time in the gift shop. Got a pair of glass earrings, too! Hmm, wonder if they had glass slippers?
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Picture time!

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By the time we were in the boat ride back to the “main land”, since Murano was a bit farther out to sea, we were drained.
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Of course, PIZZA!
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Now, back to Bologna! 

The day went by so fast in Venice. Although we didn’t get to see most of the place, it was amazing being just there. I would want to go back someday, when it’s cooler, and explore the city some more.

More Italy adventures to come! Thanks for browsing through!

 

 

 

 

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ciao, Italia – Day 1 in Bologna

Happy 2017, world! It’s the new year and I still haven’t finished posting about our trip to Europe. Slow and steady, huh? Here’s the next part ofour trip! (kinda chanelling Dora the Explorer there LOL)

On the last leg of our European trip, we spent most of our days roaming around the beautiful country that is Italy. If there’s one thing that is a must-do in Italy, it’s FOOD! And hence, that was our first stop. We went straight to Bologna – the largest city in Emilia-Romagna Region which is best know for their, wait for it, FOOD!

We decided to make Bologna our home base and travel from there to other cities, instead of hotel hopping. So, we secured an Airbnb and got to exploring! It was pretty convenient as well since the city of Bologna was in the middle of a few key cities that are a must-see when in Italy. Posts on those cities, soon.

Here are a few (more like a lot of!) snaps of our in Bologna.

When we checked in at our airbnb, it was already night time. What better way to kick start our days in Italy than with food? We stopped by the restaurant at the corner, Le Rosa. We kept on going back to the little ristorante for the next few days. It was reasonably priced and the food was very good. Suffice to say, we were happy!

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the Ristorante Pizzeria at the street corner, Le Rose
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When in Italy, eat pasta!
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Hands down, the best lasagna I have ever eaten.
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A simple caprese salad but with the freshest ingredients, so yum!

On our first day, we decided to go on a walking tour of the city, with food tasting, of course! We booked a walking tour with a local. What better way to get to know the place than to explore on your own two feet with the people who know it best?

On our way to the city center of Bologna…
…trying to figure out the directions LOL

Basiica di San Petronio at the Piazza Maggiore

This little street was filled with food, food, food
We ate some gelato (of course!) while waiting for our guide to arrive.

Out and about with our guide

the oldest university
they studied Human Anatomy there

If you haven’t noticed, there were arches everywhere!

We stopped for a bite to eat. Oh, Parmaiggiano! 😍 Best cheese ever!
We had some cold cuts, yum mortadella…
…and some wine!
and soda for the lone kiddie!
The Two Towers
Look! They’re kissing!

Our guide showed us the one and only visible canal in Bologna. All other canals have been covered by the roads and sidewalks.

Our last stop for our walking tour, gelato!

That was Day 1 in Italy! More posts to come soon-ish! *fingers crossed*