Travel Thursday // Dream Destination: Italy

Verona, Italy photo via To Vogue or Bust

I’ve always wanted to travel to Italy. In my mind, Italy represents romance, love, and passion thanks to my literary mind. I’ve dreamed of going there for years, so I decided to dedicate an entire post to admiring the beautiful landscapes, food, and culture that Italy has to offer. I’m hoping that in the next couple of years, my dream of visiting Italy will finally come true!

photo via To Vogue or Bust

I have something to confess: I have a thing for Roman movies. The battles, the blood and gore, the drama, the romance- it all entices me. Think Gladiator, 300, Hercules, King Arthur, and the list goes on and on. I truly love them all, no matter how cheesy they are. I’m fascinated by the long history of conquest in Italy, so Rome would be first on my list of “must visit” cities. I want to see it all: The Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel to name just a few. I feel like you’d need at least a week in Rome to really see everything. 

italy-2 photo via Tumblr

Then, of course there’s Venice where I’d love to take a relaxing ride down the canals, or Florence where I’d soak up the Renaissance art, or Naples where I’d try my best to find vegan spaghetti and pizza. There’s so much to see and do in Italy I’d have to just go there Eat Pray Love style with no set return ticket.

Cinque Terre, Italy photo via Gary Pepper Girl

When we were traveling through the south of France in July, my boyfriend and I rented a car to drive along the coast so that we could stop and get out whenever we wanted to. After the initial hesitation over how much jumping around that would require, I’m so glad we did it because it was one of the most memorable and romantic trips of my life. I would do it again in a heartbeat in Italy, letting us capture the hidden jems and spontaneous sights we’d otherwise miss.

Florence, Italy photo via To Vogue or Bust

I have one last, final confession to make: the one place in Italy I would really love to see most of all is Lake Como. Why? Because I’ve been dreaming of it ever since I realized that’s where they filmed the stunning lake scene in Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones. I’m super embarrassed to admit this fact, but the sunsets over that lake are so picturesque I think anyone would be entranced by them. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, please Google it or watch the movie. 

Have you ever been to Italy? And if so, where would you recommend we visit on our trip? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments!

P.S. To all my friends and family out there reading this, happy Thanksgiving! I wish I could be back home celebrating with you all, but just know I’m sending you all my love and well wishes. 

photo via Business Insider

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