Italy Memoirs-Trip to Lovers’ Paradise
International Travel is always special since they give you a glimpse of different cultures, people and cuisines. One such trip which is very close to my heart is my Honeymoon trip to Italy in October 2019. Italy is a Lovers’ Paradise but has something in store for everyone. It is a mixed bag resplendent with historical masterpieces, mountains, beaches, lakes and islands to name a few.
Italy is one of the very few countries in the world where cities other than the capital of the country are also equally popular travel destinations. Italy has 4 of the world’s most tourist visited cities in its kitty namely Rome, Venice, Milan and Florence. The best time to travel to Italy is September-October when the tourist frenzy would have subsided leading to
Through this post I would like to encourage travel buffs to include Italy as a Must See country in their bucket list and express my love for Italia.
Italy Travel Planning
Since I have already mentioned the reasons for choosing Italy as my honeymoon travel destination, let me start with the prerequisites to be taken care of before you board your flight to this mesmerizing land.
- Travel Related documents (Passport, Visa, ITR filing)
- Booking-Airplane Tickets, Accomodation, Activities, Tours and Attractions
You need to ensure that your passport is valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of return from Italy. If it’s not the case, then you will need to apply for passport renewal. You will also be required to apply for Schengen Visa for which its necessary for you to have filed your ITR for the last 3 financial years.
After completing the pre travel formalities and documentation, I chalked out an itinerary of 10 days encompassing NOT TO BE MISSED places. I went through a combination of blogs & vlogs to prepare my Must See, Must Eat and Must Experience list.
My plan was to start my trip from South Italy and end it in North of Italy. The reason behind this was because Northern part of Italy of is comparatively much colder than the Southern region and i wanted my body to get used to the cold in a gradual manner considering that I hail from Mumbai which witnesses little to no winters !!
Let me take you guys through my unforgettable travel memories…
Rome-The Capital City of Italy
I had planned 4 days in Rome wherein I spent the first 2 days exploring the capital city and the next 2 days were planned for day trips to nearby places . In Rome I was captivated with the beauty of The Colosseum, Vatican City and Trevi Fountain & gorged on Italian food. The Vatican city is known for Sistine Chapel and the magnanimous St Peter’s Basilica. Additionally if you have time you can even visit the iconic Spanish Steps for that Instagram special click. Rome is a compact city and 2 days are enough to experience its rich history and Roman architecture. The next 2 days were reserved for soaking in the gorgeous beauty of Capri Island and Amalfi Coast. Don’t forget to go for a ride to the Blue Caves in Capri and visit the picture perfect town of Positano near the Amalfi coast.
My next stop was Florence which is the capital of the Tuscan region of Italy. Florence is a compact city which can be covered in a single day and is known for its medieval architecture. Duomo di Firenze is the most iconic cathedral in the whole of Italy. The next day was planned for a day trip to the breathtaking vineyards of Tuscany & the world famous Sunflower Fields of Tuscany. The grape stomping activity was the best part of the trip. On the 3rd day we had scheduled our day trip to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. It was a short 2 hour journey from Florence to Pisa. The first look at the tower will make you admire its grandeur.
If Flower Fields attract you, do check out my blog on the most stunning flower fields around the world Flower Fields Around the World for your next trip
The next destination was Venice where I had planned to spend 2 days. Venice can be touted as the city of love along with Paris. Venice is a lagoon and is surrounded by canals. While there’s a lot to see in Venice like its famous square, cathedral, bridges etc nothing beats the Grand Canal Tour which takes you through Venetian palaces, waterfront and its historical landmarks including the famous Rialto Bridge. And how can I forget the customary gondola ride without which no trip to Venice can be considered complete! The 2nd day at Venice was blocked for a day trip to the beautiful venetian islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello known for their historic charm and beauty.
Our last stop before our return to India was Milan where we had planned to spend 2 days. Milan is the fashion capital of the world and is known for its modern architecture unlike the other cities of Italy which have old world charm. Milan’s famous fashion street is Corso Vittorio where you will be able to find the leading brands in the world. Galleria Mall opposite the fashion street houses some of the world’s most iconic fashion brands. Duomo di Milano-Milan’s most famous and most beautiful cathedral which features in Milan’s top attractions. The last day before our return flight was booked for a day trip to Lake Como which has become famous for hosting celebrity weddings right from George Clooney & Amal Clooney to Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma (not to forget Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone).
- Trains were used for intercity transfers
- Within city travel was done through buses and metro trains; Venice being a lagoon had water taxis as local transport
- All travel experiences within Italy like activities, tours and attractions were booked in advance using Klook app https://www.klook.com/en-IN/ -a perfect tool to plan and book things to do during your trip
I hope you enjoy reading this blog and I hope it turns out to be helpful for you while planning your visit to Italy after the pandemic ends.
Happy Travelling !!