If you’ve been to Italy then you already know. If you haven’t, then I envy you.
Because you’ve yet to experience that first dalliance with Italy. The one that penetrates to the very fibre of your DNA, shifting it every so slightly. Changing its structure just a fraction. Altering its biological makeup just enough to mean you leave not entirely as you arrived.
When you leave, you leave with a part of Italy embedded in your soul.
It’s the reason I’ve been day-dreaming of Italy again this week. Yes, I know – I was only in Florence a couple of months ago.
Yet, I yearn to visit Italy again for a long weekend. So, I’d like to share with you 3 Italian weekends I’ve discovered written by another 3 wonderful bloggers for this week’s Weekend Picks.
May they cause your soul to sing out for Italy in the same way as they do mine. Enjoy, friends.
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A Weekend Break in Rome – by Girl in Florence
Rome, The Eternal City. I think it’s called this because it is eternally different each time you visit. Ancient Rome. Contemporary Rome. Foodie Rome. It’s a shift-shaper, which means a weekend to see all Rome has to offer, is a bit of a stretch.
In this post by Georgette, one of my favourite bloggers, she returns to the city for the third time in August, when most Italians have left for the coast, and uncovers a quieter side to the Eternal City.
Of all the things Georgette gets up to in this post, including a storytellers evening and a trip to the Jewish ghetto for the perfect artichoke lunch, my favourite – and now on my Rome weekender bucket list – has to be the Vespa and vintage Fiat tour of the city. Bellissimo!
Read her Rome adventure here.
24 hours in Florence – by Travelettes
My love affair with Florence is well documented. Naturally, I’m not the only one who’s fallen for the city – I found a multiple of guides on how to spend a weekend in Florence, including this one by Hand Luggage Only, which is more a photo tour than anything, but still an enjoyable to scroll through.
Alternatively, this post by Travelette, Annika, is an interesting read (if you can cope with the typeface). She’s some great ideas for squeezing the best out of the city, including a trip to the enchanting oldest apothecary in the world and how to see the real Michelangelo’s David without queuing.
Read 24 hrs in Florence here.
24 hours in Genoa – by Travel Photo Discovery
Genoa is a harbour port known to be a little gritty around the edges. But even so, like many Italian cities, it’s filled with treasures – you just need to know where to look. Freelance photographer, Noel Morata, uses his magic lense to take us on a whirlwind tour of Genoa’s top sights in this post.
As well as revealing its aesthetic charms, like the incredible Palazzo Reale, he also shows us a neat little wine bar where the locals drink and a fresh fish market where the Genoese love to buy their weekly provisions.
Read his Genoa weekend escape here