From Barcelona to Nice, from Nice to Monaco (I loved Nice and Monaco too, but didn't spend enough time there to take many good photos!), we drove our way to Verona, which was our first stop in Italy. We spent the evening where Shakespeare's, Romeo and Juliet, took place and there, we got to see the infamous balcony and even touch Juliet's right breast for good luck in love!
We spent two nights in Verona with a day trip to Venice, where we went on along a walking tour checking out the amazing sights, ate a meal that was possibly one of my favourites in Europe (blue cheese gnocchi!) and then ended it all off with a champagne gondola ride! We spent one night in Florence, which wasn't the most exciting city, to be honest. There were plenty of incredible statues and unfortunately, we didn't get time to visit the Statue of David, but apart from that, I don't think there was a whole lot to do. We later spent the night out in Florence at the club, Space Electronic Disco, which was a really fun night with the Contiki group.
We then made our way to Pisa to see the infamous Leaning Tower and despite my hangover in the hot heat, that was definitely one of my highlights of Italy. A well needed McDonald's meal was eaten for lunch that day. After an hour or so in Pisa, we drove to Rome where we stayed for two nights. By this time, I had developed a cold and Contiki cough (hours spent on a coach with a bus full of people and no circulating air is not good for the immune system), which didn't go away until I arrived home a month ago! I persevered though, and despite breaking down because I was exhausted after having spent 12 hours walking around in the heat and just wanting to go back to the hotel, Rome ended up being one of my favourite cities. It's a beautiful city with such amazing history and architecture, and definitely one of the prettiest I've been to. Being sick and barely able to talk didn't make for a fun climb up The Colosseum, but I'm so glad I did it. We also made a trip to Vatican City and I was blown away by the murals and artwork in these gorgeous cathedrals. The Sisteen Chapel was incredibly crowded, but definitely a sight to be seen.
After a day trip to the beautiful island of Capri, our last destinations in Italy were Sorrento and Pompei, though I didn't really get any good photos of those two places. While I wouldn't call Italy one of my favourite countries I visited, I still enjoyed my time there filled with sun and plenty of gelato! Our next stop was Greece, though I'm thinking my next post will be my Europe beauty haul! Yes, I had to separate beauty and clothes because I bought too much. I was away for six weeks though!