The Week In Pictures: 6.26.15 | Rome and Florence

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Oh, Italy. Where do I even start? My parents visited when I was young and had nothing but great things to say so in the back of my mind, it was always a place I wanted to visit. Even with just a week allocated between Rome and Florence, I got a good feel for the place and am already planning a multi-stop train voyage back next year.

Once I landed in Italy, the biggest draw for me was the passion for a full, vibrant life. The Italians have a level of sophistication and attention to detail that translates to everything they do including their food, cars, design, clothing, art and coffee. It was so nice to be in a place where small businesses were thriving, history was left intact and quality was paramount.

In America, we get caught up on the premises of things being bigger, faster-paced and cheaper and while none of those concepts are necessarily bad on their own, together they can chip away at the quality of life. In contrast, simple pleasures took precedent in Italy. We were content with our tiny apartment, eating handmade late night dinners, walking miles through markets and historical sites and just enjoying a slower-paced existence.

These are some of my favorite moments from Rome and Florence and I’ll be doing a more detailed travel post later on — enjoy!

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

You know you’re in the right place when you turn a corner and it’s so beautiful that it resembles a movie set.

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Every time I passed this fountain, all I could visualize was the face of Mark Twain. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

The scale of the colosseum in person completely blew my mind. it is the largest amphitheatre ever built and dating from 72 AD, it’s hard to imagine how such a behemoth was even constructed.

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

One of the world’s oldest pharmacies, Santa Maria Novella was so epic that I’ll be sharing a full post soon dedicated to it.

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

The Pantheon is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings and an absolute must-see.

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

We came, we saw, we conquered.

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

A long day of walking around Rome calls for a bottle of wine and fresh flowers.

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Italians do everything better including door buzzers.

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

The shopping in Florence was on another level.

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

When you see a carousel, it would be rude to decline riding it. Best €1.50 we spent.

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

No photos of The Duomo can do it justice — the surfaces are inlaid with multiple colors of marble.

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Oh, David!

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Florence is full of beautiful orange trees. I felt right at home!

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Another day, another stop at the Gucci Cafe.

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

And with that, I just flew into New York last night and am off to visit some friends — have a fantastic weekend and I’ll be sharing some more travel-related posts soon. Thanks for reading!

10 Responses to The Week In Pictures: 6.26.15 | Rome and Florence

  1. Misaki Shimizu says:

    the colors are so vibrant and the buildings/scenery is incredible! so dreamy *__*
    I will be in Rome for a weekend in September this year, can’t wait to explore it!

  2. amy says:

    “In America, we get caught up on the premises of things being bigger, faster-paced and cheaper…”

    we do? all of us?

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