Our Trip to Italy: Venice, Florence and Riva del Garda

Ahhhhhh! I don’t know how to express my feelings about this trip in words that will do it justice.  Italy is absolutely amazing.  Cities filled with the most beautiful, breathtaking sites I have ever seen.  I’ve made memories that I will never forget and experienced some of the best moments of my life – and (added bonus!) I got to experience them all with the love of my life.  We explored, we ate, we drank, we relaxed, we hiked, we biked and we even cooked.  We spent time in some of the most beautiful romantic places I have ever seen.  We walked hand in hand through the alley ways of Venice, we went to art galleries in Florence and we hiked a mountain in Riva del Garda.  And I want to tell you all about it!  We took about 800 pictures and I can’t show them all to you but I can show some of my favorite moments.  We made memories that will last a lifetime- memories that I will cherish and think about often.  This trip is exactly what I needed- a fresh start, an eye opening experience that shows me there is more to life than working and worrying.

I decided to break up the trip into three parts- each of the cities we visited:  Venice, Florence and Riva del Garda.  I’ll tell you about some of my favorite moments in each- this is going to be a long post, but I want to get all this documented so I can look back on this and remember it all.  I hope you enjoy my stories and pictures as much as I do 🙂

PART I: Venice

 It’s really difficult not to instantly fall in love with this city.  We spent the majority of our time just wandering the streets and getting lost.  It was nice to just take our time and see where the day took us.  We visited the Grand Canal on many occasions (including a sunset gondola ride).  We spent an afternoon in Piazza San Marco and walked through the most beautiful Basilica I have ever seen.  We climbed the clock tower and took pictures of the city.  We ate lots of pizza, pasta and gelato- especially Aaron.  He loved the gelato.  Most of my pictures were just of the streets of Venice, the buildings there were so pretty.  I was obsessed!

PART II: Riva del Garda

This was a small resort town on Italy’s largest lake.  There were tons of outdoor activities but I think we were there just a little too early in the season.  It rained a lot but Aaron and I did not let this slow us down.  We explored the little city, fed the birds, hiked a mountain to Santa Barbara Church, had espresso in a castle and took bikes out almost everyday.  The city was absolutely breathtaking- I was in awe every time we left the hotel.

PART III: Florence

It’s really hard to pick which city was my favorite, but we really loved Florence.  The food was excellent, especially at a market suggested to us by my sister Lauryn (she went to Italy for her honeymoon).  The Florence Cathedral was beautiful and spanned several blocks of the city.  Aaron and I spent almost every night walking around the amazing building.  We also did something really fun- we took a cooking class.  I LOVED it!  We saw David by Michelangelo which was truly something else- I still feel like my pictures don’t do it justice.  I wish that we had more time in Florence, but we made the best of the time we had and loved every second of it.

 

I made it a goal in every city to get up high and see as much as possible.  Luckily Aaron was up for this as well.  I took some really awesome panoramic pics I wanted to share as well- I’ll end this post with them.  I’m so thankful for the opportunity to travel- we are so lucky!  I hope that someday we make it back to Italy.  It’s such a big world out there- I want to see as much of it as I can 🙂

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Beautiful Florence
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Florence at Night
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Florence Cathedral
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The city of Riva del Garda
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Downtown Riva del Garda
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Venice
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Piazza San Marco

 

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Venice from the Clock Tower
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Riva del Garda
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Florence Cathedral
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Florence
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Riva del Garda

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