The Recollection Diaries: Italy

My recollection Strongest memory: On one of our last days in Florence, my family all had independent activities planned. The others were doing various day trips, but Andy and I wanted to stay local and do something relaxing. We packed a picnic blanket, our sketchbooks (to clarify, I’m not an artist and the occasions on which…

Eating my way around Italy

Pizza, pasta and gelato all jump to mind when I think of my favourite Italian food memories. Understandably. But Italy is so much more than that. Situated on the Mediteranan coast, Italy’s sunshine and warm climate brings with it mouth-watering olives, focaccia and cured meats. The coffee culture is unlike any other and of course,…

The last supper in Trieste

Trieste was to be our final destination in Italy. We wanted to get to Slovenia (and keeping up with our overland transport theme) we broke up the trip with a night in Trieste. Neither of knew that much about it, except that it was a port city – so we were excited to see what…

Family finale in Firenze

Florence would have to be one of the most likeable cities in Italy. It’s rich in culture and history, it’s beautiful and it’s compact. There really is something for everyone. It’s the kind of place where you could whizz through it and see most of the sights in a day or two, yet you could…

Just a small slice of Pisa please

Is any trip to Italy complete without an excursion to Pisa? Probably, to be honest, but not this time. And, given that our train from the Cinque Terre would pass right through on its way to Florence, we’d have been silly not to. Pisa Centrale station is located about an hours’ ride and €9 one…

Video: Cinque Terre

A holiday in Cinque Terre can be mesmerising in a number of different ways. Picture this: you wake up in one idyllic, pocket-sized seaside hamlet, surrounded on three sides by towering escarpments scored with terraced horticulture. To your left, several kilometres along the dramatic coastline, juts a piece of land, protruding politely into the ocean…

Cinque Terre: blink five times and you’ll miss it!

In 2014 I coined Cinque Terre my ‘favourite place in the world’. I’d spent such a brief amount of time there that it was praise on shallow grounds, so I was worried for its sake (and mine) that it wouldn’t hold true this time round. Spoiler: it did. After bumping into a uni friend of…

Milan: a home away from home

Oh Milano. After studying here for a semester back in 2014, I swore I’d be back as soon as I could. Even though that’s true, it’s still taken me a full 5 years to make it back to this not-so-secret love of mine. We arrived in Italy after what can only be described as our…

Video: Italy / Greece / Croatia

Unfortunately this video had to become a bit of a montage of three countries in three minutes when I lost my phone (not once, but twice, throughout the course of filming this video). The first time I had my phone ripped from my neck (along with my wallet, passport and camera) by a man on…

Video: Venice, the city of love

Despite being exceptionally crowded, Venice has a charm that just makes it so hard not to love. Its narrow winding streets, combined with the shop fronts crammed full of pizza, pasta, chocolates and other enticing goodies. It’s so easy to escape the main drag (which can admittedly be too crowded at times) and lose yourself…