First stop on our week in Italy, was the breathtakingly man-made, water bound city of Venice. Classic Italian architecture charmingly worn by time, renaissance sculptures, narrow streets and canals on every corner defined this city. While probably usually a very lovely and romantic city, our stay there was unfortunately marred by a number of poor circumstances. First off, it rained for almost the entirety of our stay, with almost no shelter and extortionately priced food, drinks (and cover from the rain), our day in Venice left us rather damp. Our campsite also left something to be desired, unless you’re loaded, staying directly in town is out of the question, so we had the campsite at the end of an airport runway, where our cabin’s shower flooded, soaking our bags and clothes.
After our bad luck in Venice, the Italian capital of Rome was just the doctor ordered to get our spirits up again. The sun was shining and after navigating the cities public transport system, we finally arrived in the centre of this historic city. Walking the streets of Rome was spectacular, Wide streets, lined by great columned stone buildings gleaming fantastically in the sun. There is something so surreal about walking through these streets, to see large city blocks excavated away to reveal the remnants of an ancient society. While picturing these old rocks and columns as they may of looked in their glory days was interesting in it’s own right, the real Roman highlight was the fantastically preserved and gargantuan Colosseum.
Our final stop, before returning to Britain (and then home) was Florence, capitol of the Renaisance. Grand churches, statues and architecture stand with pride on every corner of this marble metropolis. Walking the streets of Florence was like a much smaller but far more chilled out Rome. While staying in Florence was great, our real highlight of this stop was getting out in the beautifull Tuscan countryside. We spent a day on a wine tour in which we sampled some fine Italian Vino accompanied by the beautiful sunflower yellow landscape.