Interrailing - My Italian Adventure

Interrailing Italy 30

Well finally! Here at last – what is essentially going to be loads of posts of my holiday photos! What you should know is that these posts will vary between being ‘guides’ (by guide I mean, here are the good places I went to that if you happen to be near you should take a look at) and mainly photos.

I should start off with what I did. I bought an interrailing ticket and went away for two weeks. That’s it…

I’m starting my magical mystery tour in Italy, one of my favourite countries in the world for their love of angrily shouting as a response to most of my questions and, the gelato. I started with a night in Bologna, the journey from Turin to Venice was just too mighty after a 2am start! Bologna is very beautiful – a lovely main piazza, markets, and a beautiful cathedral, what lots of the traditional Italian towns have to offer. I stayed in the lovely Maria’s airbnb – an easy 15 minutes walk from town and a cheap night’s accommodation. The next day I was off north to Venice.

Venice was somewhere I wasn’t originally intending on visiting but once I’d decided to fly to Turin (£20 flights everybody!) I knew I could easily factor in a few days. The city is extremely beautiful; you can’t help but gape at quite how lovely it is. One thing so many people have asked is if it smells… I may have been lucky, but I only found it to smell of seaweed and nothing more incriminating.

I really loved the Peggy Guggenheim Collection at Dorsoduro, 701-704 – sitting in the gardens and reading in the late afternoon sunlight was something from a dream. For cheaper eats, make your way over to Campo Santa Margherita – loads of restaurants and bars in the university district. If I was to make one suggestion if you’re in Venice for a few days would be to visit the Islands of Murano and Burano in the Venetian Lagoon; the islands are famous for their glass and lace but the real draw is the houses which really are a sight to behold. Interestingly, the colour of the houses follow a specific system and any requests to paint them have to be approved my government! A piece of advice, save your money and don’t go on one of the organised tours. Get a 24 hour bus ticket (the bus is a boat!) for 20 euro, a fraction of the cost of the tours – your ticket can then be used all over the city for the rest of the day.

Number one tip for visiting Venice, buy one of the maps. Any free map you’ll get will be useless. However much you think ‘Oh I’ll just walk blindly and find places…’ you won’t! They sell really excellent maps at the bus ticket stands for 3 euro and they really saved me from being lost in Venice for two weeks! Enjoy the photos, there's loads!

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