During my spring break me and my friend went to Italy, had a lovely time and I thought I’d share this vacation. We visited Venice and Verona, which are both beautiful cities. We arrived in Venice during the time of carnival and got to experience that cultural event.
Our very first day already was an adventure. After we had brought our suitcases into our little room in Mestre (which is a city close to Venice) and showered we were curious and ready to explore the city. Going to the bus stop and getting on the right bus was easy but then I had to ask the bus driver for two bus tickets to Venice. Since I am half Italian I do understand everything but I don’t speak very well. Nevertheless, I managed to say the right thing but then the driver said that he didn’t have any tickets left and my heart fell 20 flight of stairs because I thought he was going to kick us off the bus. However, since it wasn’t our fault that he didn’t have any tickets left and we probably looked quite desperate he let us through without paying. After ten minutes we arrived in Venice and started exploring. Just walking through the city without a plan was, in my opinion, the best decision to make because we saw so many different and unique places we otherwise would not have seen. The next days we spent similarly just walking through the city and watching people in different costumes. Modern costumes to authentic historical Venetian robes – everyone wore beautiful masks. As neat as the masks were, seeing a person in a small alley wearing a mask underneath which you couldn’t see a person’s facial features is probably one of the most spooky things ever. Nevertheless, it was very impressive to see the different masks, which all were a unique piece of art. The exhaustion by the end of every day because you’ve walked so many miles was definitely worth it. Eating pizza next to the Canale Grande or drinking coffee in little hidden cafes was what gave us little pauses and made us realize and appreciate where we were and what we were experiencing. I felt like those moments were the ultimate fit to the definition of Wanderlust – at least a small amount of it. Being in a different country, embracing it’s culture and simply enjoying life.
On our last day we decided to take the train to Verona. It took us over two hours to get there but once we were there and had bought a map we were ready to take over the city. Goal number one for the day was seeing the Arena. We made our way into the center of the city and passed the arena several times before actually realizing that it was right next to us. With that knowledge we decided to go inside. The six euros we paid to get in payed of completel. The ancient arena was so impressive and the gorgeous weather made it a thousand times prettier as well. Walking along the ranks people had been sitting on hundreds of years ago listening to Verdis operas was a once in a lifetime experience. After we had done that we went to Juliette’s house to see the legendary balcony. On our way there we came across the most popular shopping street in Verona and then, of course, did some shopping before getting to the house. The little atrium where the balcony is was very lovely and a place you would want to see if you go to Verona.
All in all this trip to Italy was tremendous and an experience I wouldn’t have want to miss out on.