Recently I took a trip to Venice and Rome with my partner. Both cities were beautiful and inspirational in their own unique ways. Venice was a picturesque and romantic compact city, a tangle of streets, canals and bridges, with each path leading to a new discovery. Our days there were filled with getting lost in the districts, finding impressive architecture, little souvenir shops and sitting in cafes sipping coffee (or eating pizza!)
We visited the popular St. Marks square (Piazza San Marco), which holds St Marks Basilica, The Bell Tower and St. Doges Palace. The architecture of St. Doges was impressive and the Basilica was beautiful. The highlight was going to the top of the Bell Tower, where there was a magnificent view of surrounding Venice.
St Doges Palace and The Bell Tower
View from the Bell Tower
If you're going to Venice, I would highly recommend going to see Interpreti Veneziani, a group of violinists. It isn't something I would normally do, but I had heard great reviews and I was not disappointed. The concert was in a beautiful church (San Vidal church) and they played a superb rendition of the Four Seasons.
On the fourth day, it was time to travel to the capital city, Rome. Rome was the opposite to Venice; a bustling city with grand buildings and busy roads. The architecture was very impressive, particularly the Colosseum and The Forum. They were truly breathtaking and I felt lucky to be able to see the old monuments of Rome. It was interesting to see the contrast between old Rome and the new; old and grand architecture surrounded by modern technology, traffic, people and shops.
As a must do when in Rome, we visited the Vatican City. The huge ellipse- shaped St. Peter's Square holds a few gorgeous fountains, an Egyptian Obelisk and the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica. We queued for about 3 hours to get into the Basicilia, but it was well worth the wait.
We walked up the stairs to the very top of the dome, a total of 874 steps! It was a unique experience climbing the dome, as the walls slope inwards and the path is very narrow, not one for the claustrophobic. The view from the top was to die for and worth every step.
Overall, this was a trip I will never forget. I fell in love with Italy; the peaceful and serene charm of Venice and the spectacular monuments of Rome.