This past weekend, two of my friends and I got the chance to travel to what I think are two of the most beautiful cities in Italy: Venice and Verona. The weekend started very early on Friday morning (4:30am early)! We had to make it to the station for a 6 o’clock train to Florence. Once we arrived, we had a few hours to spare, so what better way to spend the time than to do some flee market shopping. The market in Florence is a sea of scarfs, souvenirs, and lots of leather; it can be very easy to get get distracted and lose track of time in this maze. However, we made it in plenty of time to catch our train to Venice. About three years ago, I was able to see Venice with my family, however, when I stepped off the train and onto the street I was absolutely blown away. It was even more beautiful than I remembered. The water and architecture are so unique and unlike anything I gave ever seen. The only means of transportation in Venice are a boat or your walking shoes; so either way it is a very scenic journey. It took us a while to find out hotel because it was tucked away in a small alley that smelled like fish. But once we were in our room, we were very pleasantly surprised. We were able to open our window and sit out on the sill while waving to people taking gondola rides. Once we settled into our room, we decided to walk around and explore the city. St. Marks Square was about a five-minute walk from our hotel so it was the first thing on our agenda; and of course no trip to Venice would be complete without some shopping. Venice during the day is beautiful, but Venice at night is unreal. Personally the highlight of Venice for me, was walking around at night and seeing everything lit up. All of the lights shimmered and reflected on the water, and bands were playing in St. Marks Square. It was a great experience, but we were ready for our next adventure.
The next day we said goodbye to Venice and hopped on a train to Verona. This part of the trip was especially exciting for me because I was going to see my family who I haven’t seen since the last time I was in Italy. The anticipation and the excitement was killing me, and I couldn’t wait for the morning to come so I could see them. On Sunday morning, we were picked up by my cousins and we headed into Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe to see the sights and Juliets balcony. Verona is a beautiful city with a lot of history and even more shopping! I was surprised at how much I loved Verona. The majority of the buildings were red and the marble streets were pink, the castles are so detailed and have winged shaped pillars to showed alliance to the king. It was much more than I ever expected. After a long day of walking around and probably one of the best meals I have had in Italy, it was time to say goodbye to Verona and my family and catch a train back to Perugia.
My friends and I had such an amazing tip this past weekend. I’m not sure how we are going to top it, but I am sure we will find a way.