7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Bologna

If I had to a pick a favorite Italian city, second to Florence, it would definitely be Bologna. As the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna is often overlooked for its more touristy counterparts. But this city actually has so much to offer with half the amount of tourists! Also, why would you not want to visit a city nicknamed La Grassa ("the fat one")?

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I Went to Rome (twice) and Didn't Like It

Ah Rome...the Eternal City of ancient ruins, rich history, and an overwhelming amount of tourists. Ever since I watched Audrey Hepburn's romantic adventure in Roman Holiday, I've dreamed of my own wild escapade. Eating gelato on the Spanish steps, riding a scooter through a piazza...you know, just you're average Italian fantasies.

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Postcards from Burano

About an hour away from Venice, Burano is a little fishing village that's probably the most colorful place on earth. It's claimed to be the happiest island in Italy, and maybe even the happiest town in the world! But I wouldn't doubt it because once you set foot on this island, it's impossible to not feel a rush of happiness and be awestruck by your surroundings.

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15 Things to Do in Florence

Every year, millions of people flock to the capital of Italy's Tuscany region to experience the heart of Renaissance, culture, and la dolce vita (the sweet life) for themselves. So whether you're here for an Italian vacation or studying abroad, here are 15 things to do in Florence that will make you fall in love with this city even more!

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7 Must Try Gelaterias in Florence

One of the very first things I did as soon as arrived in Florence was find a gelato shop (fun fact: Florence is the birthplace of gelato). But where do I even begin? There is literally a gelato shop around every corner and new shops pop up all the time. On the plus side, this means that you can try a new gelato shop and flavors every single day. If you want to have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I certainly will not judge you. In fact, if you're not eating at least two scoops a day, are you even doing Italy right??

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Guide to Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre (meaning five lands) is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Located on top of the rugged cliffs along the Italian Riviera coastline, you’re surrounded by the Ligurian Sea on one side and beautiful, pastel-colored buildings on the other. In the old days, these five villages were known for fishing, but nowadays they’ve become a must-see for travelers. Known for fresh seafood, pesto, focaccia bread, and breathtaking scenery, it’s not hard to see why it’s so popular!

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A Day in Verona

Ah Verona...the city where Romeo and Juliet had their tragic love affair. Or if you're a fan of modern cheesy rom-coms, it's where Amanda Seyfried's character wandered about in the movie Letters to Juliet. Whichever version you prefer, we can all agree that Verona is brimming with romance, ancient Roman ruins, and that classic beauty all of Italy seems to have.

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A Day in Bologna

After my study abroad program ended, I decided I couldn't leave Europe without revisiting Florence - the city that stole my heart and where I caught the incurable travel bug. I spent the first few days going back to all my favorite spots and reminiscing on last summer when I was there with all my friends. But after a while, I realized that the center of Florence is quite compact, and once you've seen it all, there's not much to do. So, I decided to take a little break from Florence and explore outside of the city.

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A Day in Cinque Terre

Ciao bellas! It’s been about two weeks since I have returned from my European adventures, and I’m already having withdrawal symptoms. Living in Florence for five weeks was the most magical and surreal experience, and I’m so very grateful for all the beautiful people I met and the amazing things I saw. I’ve completely fallen in love with Italians and their culture, and I’m hoping I can return very, very soon… In the meantime, sharing my adventures and photos with you will have to do. Perhaps, it’ll even be therapeutic (or just make me miss it even more…).

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