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Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
Firenze… my secret love affair
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Firenze… my secret love affair

I fell in love (apple of eye meaning) again. Honey, I love you… but it surprised me, swept me off my feet, I wasn’t expecting it …I have to be honest and tell you the truth ! It’s Firenze!!

That is the perfect description how this city makes you feel, in love. Butterflies and all. Everything you see; architecture, art, cathedrals, museums, streets, brings you back to Florence’s medieval and Renaissance age. It overwhelms you. If you can see only one place in all of Italy choose Florence! Not Rome, Venice, Napoli….it has to be Florence. Actually you should see it more than once (Mr.G. hint, hint ).

Choosing the right time (killing time synonym) of year to see it is unnecessary. Every time is a perfect time. Or maybe if you are trying to save some money keep your eyes open for that one week of the year (usually some time in spring) when admission to state museums is free of charge. It changes every year so it is hard a plan a trip. One date that does not change is 18 February (in honour of the last of the Medici family, day that Anna Maria Louisa died). On that day all state museums are free.

I would also recommend getting a Firenze Card (www.firenzecard.it €50). It’s valid for 72 hours, it covers admission to 33 museums, villas and gardens, and unlimited use of public transport (which you will not need because you’ll walk and feel the city). One thing about this card that I didn’t like is the fact that it only allows one admission per museum. Some of the places are just (definition just in case) impossible to see in one visit, like Uffizi Gallery. Or you can see it in a day but then you only have 48 hours to see everything else and there is sooooooo much. There is also Friends of the Uffizi Card (www.amicidegliuffizi.it ; adult €60 or for a family of 4 €100) which is valid for a year, and it covers 22 museums and unlimited entries. You might say; why should I get a card, I’m not going to see all the museums, gardens or cathedrals. Entrance for Il Grande Museo del Duomo is €15, Boboli gardens €10, Uffizi gallery €12.50, Santa Croce €8, Santa Maria Novella €7.5 ….so you do the math. Depending on what you want to see, choose your card and save some money.
Firenze is small and best way to see it is on foot. All the major sights are within walking distance. Avoid using a car because Italians are crazy drivers (don’t get mad but you are) and parking is an impossible mission. There is some private parking garages (€20/day), and check with your hotel if they offer a parking spot. Santa Maria Novella train station is in the city centre, 10 min walk to Duomo!


I researched what to see and where to stay weeks before our trip and I would change my mind daily because I didn’t want to miss anything.
We stayed at Hotel Croce di Malta (www.crocedimaltaflorence.com ). We choose it because its decorated like works of art from the 15th and 16th century, for its location (between Arno river and Santa Maria Novella railway station) and a beautiful panoramic rooftop terrace (open in spring and summer). Before you book any hotel based on a terrace check if its open. This was a second time I didn’t do that and of course we again kissed the closed door. But it didn’t ruin our stay because everything else was immaculate, service, breakfast table, cleanliness. It also has a swimming pool, free wi-fi, restaurant… Prices for a room are around (find a way around) 100 €/day.

When it comes to places to see we decided on :

Uffizi Gallery – be prepared to wait in the line for tickets, sometimes for hours (we did 2) and take an audioguide. Four hours of cruising through amazing art collection arranged in 45 rooms. Yep, a lot of masterpieces. Botticelli Room, Leonardo Room, Michelangelo…..Don’t miss the view of the river Arno and Ponte Vecchio from the short glassed-in corridor on the second floor.


Duomo – the city’s most iconic landmark. Gothic cathedral with green, white and pink marble. It took 150 years to complete and just the architectural beauty of it and the colours ….wow! Climb the spiral steep staircase if you are not claustrophobic or in flip flops. I mean that! You will have to make a reservation when buying tickets to climb Dome because they only let few people at the time. When you start climbing you’ll understand why. Even I got nervous at one point and a guy in front of was panicking. When you reach balustrade at the base of the Dome pause and look at the amazing seven round stained-glass windows. At the top of the climb you will be rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view. Take some time to admire the one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.


Also at the Piazza del Duomo check the oldest building in the square, Baptistery of San Giovani (octagonal form). Three sets of bronze doors illustrate Biblical stories. Santa Reparata, Giotto’s Bell tower and Opera del Duomo Museum are also a must.

Basilica di Santa Maria Novella and its Museum has some amazing masterpieces. Cloister of the Dead is very impressive.


Ponte Vecchio – first documentation of a stone bridge here dates from 972 ! Floods swept it away in 1177 and 1333 so the bridge that you see now was built in 1345. Lots of jeweller shops which reminds of Venice and Rialto bridge.

Giardino di Boboli – behind Palazzo Pitti there is this lovely example of Tuscan garden. Great place to have a picnic or get lost in beautiful alleys.


We wanted to see the Basilica di Santa Croce, burial place of many famous Florentines like Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli… Unfortunately it was closed do to some unfortunate circumstances (as we found out a Spanish tourist was killed when a piece of the ceiling fell on his head).


Piazzale Michelangelo has spectacular city panorama view. After 15 min of uphill walk through serpentine paths from Arno, you’ll reach a square with copy of David statue and full of souvenir stalls. To me, it wasn’t a very nice or well maintained square, but it was worth it for the view.

Where to eat

First thing I say to everyone asking me where to eat is; AVOID TOURISTY PLACES !! Yes, I know they might be cheaper or convenient but the food really usually sucks! Try something local, something that says Firenze, you can have pizza or a sandwich at home. Here you have to try Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine steak). It’s not cheep but biting into a huge 1.5 inches of soft, tender, full of flavour beef is just heaven. We tried it at Ristorante Buca Poldo near Piazza della Signoria.

I also recommend Trattoria Mario; historical restaurant that follows the tradition, no advanced reservations and no credit cards.
If you are in the mood for fresh homemade pasta try Le Fonticine. As equally attractive option as many restaurants is enoteca – wine bars serving tasting platters of cheese, cold meats, salads and desserts. We found a great one La prosciutteria, near Uffizi Gallery. It’s like being invited to a locals house for lunch; lot of people having fun, yelling, eating great food and having a glass of good wine.
As they say, for Italian ice cream is an art, so find Amorino. Not only it looks amazing, it tastes amazing.


I’m still in love with Firenze. I think about it every day. I count the days to see her again. Oh my love…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kyoto will steal your heart
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Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Kyoto will steal your heart
Asia

Kyoto will steal your heart

If you want to see what Japan is all about, go to Kyoto! One city that has is all, I loved it from the first time (killing time synonym) I read about it. Everything you associate with Japan like temples, shrines, gardens, neon lights, crowds, shopping, fine dining, great food, inspirational walks, kabuki performances, geishas… you will find it here. It´s full of Japanese tradition and history and it´s amazing! This is the one city that has to be on your list, a must see when you visit (idioms dictionary) Japan.
We stayed in Kyoto for five days, I wish it had been more. It was just (definition just in case) impossible to see all of 1600 Buddhist temples and more than 400 shrines. Each one is so special, colorful, rich in history… I would say Kyoto was the peak of our Japan trip.
We stayed at APA VILLA HOTEL (http://apahotel.com), Kyoto-Ekimae, near the Kyoto station. APA HOTEL is a hotel chain in Japan. You can find them all over and they have great service. Rooms are equipped with everything you will possibly need (iron, kimonos, toiletry bags, hairdryer) but again, they are very small. Best way to explain how small is to say that there is no closet just hanger and we had to move our luggage behind the door so we could turn around. When we had to leave we would move our luggage on to the bed. That is the only downfall to any hotel accommodation in Japan (except the 4* or 5* hotels).  I will always remember this hotel because this was the first place we experienced an earthquake in Japan. Our room was at the 10th floor, (last one) and after a long day of walking we were relaxing and planning our next day, when the ground started to shake. Building was swinging and Mr.G was already calculating our jump to the next building and our way out. Thank our Lord Jesus or Buddha or whomever of the many Buddhist gods, it was a short and not so strong one. BTW that whistle and flashlight I had was buried somewhere in the luggage on the door! That was another thing I checked on my list: “When in Japan!”  Everything else at this hotel I would give the highest score. Great location, 5 min walk north from the Kyoto station, so it was very convenient to walk to some of the closer tourist sites. City is huge and you´ll have to plan an advance. I would recommend choosing a part of city you want to see on that day. Take the metro or JR to the farthest site (idiom site) on each area and then walk your way back.

Southern Area

Our first introduction to Kyoto was Kyoto station – futuristic building with tremendous space above you as you enter the main concourse. There are 15 levels, and a glass corridor on the 11th-floor ! It was completed in 1997 and totally opposite to traditional Japan. Lots of shops, several food courts, shopping area called The Cube, Kyoto tourist information center…. Great hotel called Hotel Granvia Kyoto if you want something classy and it´s right in the station.

Kyoto Station

We decided to walk the city as much as we could so after the Station we went south to see To-ji Temple (15 min walk) which has been the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism. Its five story pagoda is one of the symbols of Kyoto and is the highest pagoda in Japan (55m). Present one was built in 1644, but the first one was built in the 9th century. Since then, the pagodas burned down four times. The inside is normally closed to the public, except for special openings. Once again we were lucky enough to see it from the inside. You can see many statues, carvings, artworks in these temple buildings.
Opening hours are:
Mar.20-Sep.19 8:30 am to 5 pm
Sep.20-Mar.19 8:30 am to 4 pm

Five story Pagoda at To-ji Temple

Kyoto Railway Museum was Mr.G’s choice. Like a kid in a candy shop, I loved the look in his eyes when he saw a vintage steam locomotive built in Pittsburgh, PA and brought here for service and eventually as a museum piece. And his smile while operating the simulator of driving the model railroad trains or watching a railway of how city moves was just pure joy! You can also take a 10 minute ride on one of the smoke-spewing “choo-choos” or see how the Shinkansen bullet train was built. Entrance is 1200¥ and they are open from 10 am-5:30pm or winter time till 5pm.

When in this area don´t miss Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple and Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple. Admission is free and both are close to the Station.

If you want to try the most known specialty food in Japan you have to try the Kobe Beef. It is known as the best beef in the world. You have to splurge, it might be expensive but, it´s unique and delicious. It’s a flavorful meat that is well marbled with fat. Only highest grades of meat with high levels of fat earn the Kobe Beef label.  So walking towards Gion district we came across “Nikuya Ginjiro” restaurant. They offer Kobe beef so we decided to try it and it just melts in your mouth. Sorry honey, but your steaks on the BBQ just became second on my list. Gion district is also known as an exclusive entertainment area and it´s almost the same as it was 300 years ago. Here you are most likely to spot a Geisha especially at dawn.

Also on the south side of Kyoto is Fushimi Inari Shrine. With the Bamboo forest in Arashiyama it´s the most photographed place in Kyoto. It´s dedicated to Inari the goddess of rice and business and 10,000 torii gates were donated by local businesses. Paths lead up to smaller shrines and some of them are dedicated to foxes. They are the messenger of Inari. For me this was one of the most memorable site in all of Kyoto.
You will have to take JR Nara line to Inari or Keihan line to Fushimi-Inari. Highly recommend to go as early as possible so you can skip the crowds if you want to take nice photographs of the torii or, climb to the highest point of Mt.Inari (if I remember correctly around (find a way around) 3 Hours). Going uphill there will be less people and you will have plenty opportunity for nice pictures, also you will have some very nice views of the city itself. Admission is free.

Fushimi Inari

Central Kyoto

Nishiki Market, also called “Kyoto´s Kitchen” is a place where you can find all the weird and crazy food Japanese eat, such as fu (wheat gluten), yuba (soy milk skin), wide selection of pickles ….It´s in the center and best to check out on a rainy day because it´s covered.

The intersection of Kawaramachi street (Kyoto main street) and Shijo, is the heart of downtown shopping district. During the day it´s packed with shoppers and tourists. We found a great hostel place called LEN Kyoto Kawaramachi (http://backpackersjapan.co.jp/kyotohostel). They have a great bar, café, and dining. The prices for rooms are between 2600¥ and 8800¥ depending if you want a mixed dorm or a double room. If you prefer that kind of accommodation you should check their site.

Nishiki market

Take a walk along the Kamo river which is also a perfect path for a run or bike. As you get closer to Pontocho district you´ll find crowds of people sitting on the riverside, having a picnic, watching street entertainers, talking, and just having fun.

Kamo river

Best time to check the Pontocho Alley is after dusk. It is a narrow charming pedestrian-only walkway that is filled with bars and restaurants. It became huge as the entertainment district, but it still has traditional wooden ochaya (type of teahouse where geisha entertain the clients). I loved the lanterns on the street and some restaurants have platforms (yuka) where you can have a nice dinner overlooking the river, we chose “Mimasuya.” It is the type of place where you have to take your shoes off and sit on the floor. There is also a part of the restaurant with tables and chairs on the first floor with a nice river view (sooo romantic). The variety of real Japanese dishes that simply tasted amazing. They also served Italian food.
At Ponto-cho and Gion you will also find plenty of bars, clubs and live music.


With so much to see in Kyoto we decided to skip Nijo Castle. I am sure it was not a great idea, but a necessary one.

Northern Kyoto

You´ve probably heard about Golden Pavilion of Golden Temple (Kinkaku-ji). If you are following any Travel blogs or Instagram accounts and love (apple of eye meaning) travel photography, you must have stumbled upon a photograph of a spectacular reflection of golden temple on the pond. It is the most famous Japanese attraction and the most photogenic temple in the world. You can´t say if it´s more beautiful during the winter time covered in snow or spring time. It´s going to be packed so go early as possible or just before closing (9am-5pm, admission fee 400¥). Take the Kyoto city bus 205 from Kyoto Station to Kinkakuji-michi.
It was built in 1397 as a retirement villa for shogun Ashikaga Yozhimitsu. The main hall is coated in pure gold leaf. In 1950 it was burnt to the ground by a 22 year old schizophrenic monk, but it was fully reconstructed in 1955 and the gold-foil covering was extended to the lower floors. Put it on your bucket list!

Golden Pavilion

Eastern Kyoto

Ginkakuji Temple or also called Silver Pavilion is a masterpiece of garden design. You have to admire the way the sand mound was designed to look like flattened Mount Fuji. And the way the hedge at the main entrance to the courtyard is made is so beautiful.  Stones, bamboo, camellias….It was the mountain retreat of shogun Yoshimasa and it was supposed to be covered in silver as a tribute to his grandfather who covered Kinkaku-ji in gold leaf, but unfortunately it never happened. Opening hours are from 8:30am-5pm and admission is 500¥.

Silver Pavilion

We took City Bus 5 from Kyoto Station to get there. If I remember correctly the price for the Bus was 140¥ per person for a ride. I loved the way they are organized. If you don’t have exact change there is a changing machine on the bus and a screen that is shows the route of the bus. Also they announce the next stop and what´s there to see if you choose that stop. Very hard to get lost, yet another confirmation of their efficiency and organization.

After Ginkakuji Temple head south and follow the signs for the Philosopher´s Walk. A beautiful 2 km walk. It follows the Shishigatani canal and it´s breathtaking during the cherry and maple season. It got its’ name by a philosophy professor, Nishida Kitaro, who used it daily. The path is romantic, peaceful, with untouched nature. You can find a lot of small coffee and craft shops along the route.

Philosopher´s Walk

At the end of the Path of Philosophy (south) another temple that you should check is Nanzen-ji Temple. Grounds are free, but if you want to see Hojo Garden admission is 500¥ and to see San-mon (two story gate which has a nice view over the city) 400¥. There are a lot of subtemples that are open to the public. You would be surprised, but the Nanzen-jis greatest attraction for the Japanese is a red brick aqueduct, a Western structure. It was built in 1890 to bring water and goods into the city from the areas over the mountains to the river and canals of Kyoto.

Aqueduct

Western Area

Arashiyama is definitely a whole day trip. From Kyoto Station take JR Sagano/San-in line to Saga-Arashiyama Station, but take only local trains because the express trains will not stop here. Another famous Kyoto site is Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. As much as you try to capture the beauty of it with your camera, it´s just impossible. You have to see it to understand the magic of this place.

Endless bamboo stalks all around you. South of it you´ll find an amazing wooden bridge, Togetsukyo, and heading north, inside the forest you´ll find lots of temples. We decided to see Jojakkoji Temple (admission is 400¥ and opening hours are from 9am-5pm) with its beautiful two story pagoda.

Niomon gate, south entrance at Jojakko-ji Temple

Another thing I have to tell you about is the restaurant, AKA the burger place! The best burger I had not only in Kyoto I mean the whole of Japan and maybe more! We walked for an hour (5,4 km) from our hotel near Kyoto Station to this place called “Grand Burger” at Teramachi Dori, near Kyoto Imperial Palace.  It is a small place, just a couple of tables with one waiter who is the chef, bartender and probably the owner. You can have a burger lunch set for 1,180¥ (depending on type of burger) which includes a burger, French fries and a cabbage salad. We had the cheeseburger set and avocado burger set and OMG it tasted sooooo good. The menu is also in English. If you want something tasty, western style I highly recommend you stop here. You will not be disappointed.

This city definitely stole my heart. Everywhere you turn around there was so much beauty that it is overwhelming. This is a place where even Japanese come to learn about their history and culture. Be open to experience everything it has to offer. Try the ritual of tea Ceremony; see the geisha at Miyako Odori….. or spend the night in a traditional Kyoto rykan such as Tawaraya. We will definitely do it next time, right Mr. G? He said, definitely, but next time will be better prepared knowing how the mass transit works, the friendliness of the people and love of the culture.

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VENICE – a weekend getaway
VENICE – a weekend getaway
VENICE – a weekend getaway
VENICE – a weekend getaway
VENICE – a weekend getaway
VENICE – a weekend getaway
VENICE – a weekend getaway
VENICE – a weekend getaway
VENICE – a weekend getaway
VENICE – a weekend getaway
VENICE – a weekend getaway
VENICE – a weekend getaway
VENICE – a weekend getaway
VENICE – a weekend getaway
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VENICE – a weekend getaway

I´ve been lucky to see Venice a couple of times. WOW ! It´s definitely a city you don´t want to miss. Adventure, culture, food… It´s probably on every bucket list so no matter what time (killing time synonym) of the year you choose, have patience to wait in lines and walk in the small alleys. To me, it´s the most romantic place I´ve seen so grab your partner (or do it by yourself , because you are worth it) and prepare to be dazzled.

How to get around (find a way around) Venice

If you are going by a car the cheapest and closest car park to the center of Venice is Venezia Tronchetto. It´s 21 € per day and opened 24/7. It´s located close to Vaporetto, boat stop, which will take you to the famous San Marco square. I love (apple of eye meaning) to walk around as much as possible so we always use the People mover (1,50 € single ride) to reach Piazzale Roma. There you will find a ticket office for water bus lines, Actv, which operate as the water ferry network for Venice. And now, welcome to not so cheap Venice ! A single ride is 7 €, it´s valid for 60 min and only in one direction. I would recommend buying daily passes if you are going to use vaporetti a lot (1 day: 20 €, 2 days: 30 €, 7 days: 60 €), but remember Venice is a walking town and everything is reachable by foot. Ok fine, there is also Murano and Burano, two islands that you should see, but I´ll tell you about that later. We used an app Orari Autobus & Vaporetti ACTV to find the line that we needed or to check on a timetable.

Where to stay

If this is your first time in Venice don´t go cheap (if you really don´t have to) staying in Mestre is nice but don´t you want to really experience Venetian life, to feel the romance, to watch gondolas and listen to the gondoliers sing? To be awaken by loud Italians opening their stores or having there first cappuccinos?

We stayed at Hotel Bonvecchiati, NH Collection Venezia Palazzo Barocci and Best Western Plus Quid Hotel Venice Airport. First two are in the heart of Venice and definitely expensive (around 300 $ a night ) but worth it ! Amazing views, food, location…. Third one, Western Plus, is in Mestre and the price is around 150 $. Don´t get me wrong, Western offers almost the same quality, the only thing that is missing is you don´t have that feeling of being in Venice. It all depends on your wishes and your budget of course.

What to see

Somehow we always stayed for a weekend getaway. For us that was enough but feel free to go crazy. Have a city map with you because you can easily get lost despite the signs of major attractions on every corner. We got lost couple of times, being smartasses  as we are „we map the lost“ ( lost the map), that´s what you get sightseeing after a couple of glasses of wine !

 

Piazza San Marco, one of the most beautiful square in the world. There you´ll find Basilica di San Marco, a symbol of Byzantine Venetian history and it takes an hour to see it, depending on the time of year. Remember there will be lines to enter. Also climb Torre de L´Orologio if you want to see Venice from above.

Palazzo Ducale, headquarters of Serenissima Republic also worth seeing. Pray for nice weather or you´ll literally walk on water. The square gets flooded as most of Venice when it rains. If you look across the canal you´ll see Santa Maria della Salute, beautiful white baroque church.

Ponte dei Sospiri is one of the most famous bridges after Rialto. The legend says  lovers will be granted eternal love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola at sunset, under the Bridge .  The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment, but in reality, the prison was for petty criminals and no executions awaited them.

Rialto is probably most photographed sights in Venice. It´s the oldest bridge over the canal, currently under renovation.  Early in the morning is the best time to walk across the bridge and see the shops and market.

Two islands that I mentioned before and shouldn´t be missed are Murano and Burano. Take water bus lines 41 or 42 from San Zaccaria stop, near Piazza San Marco. It takes around 45 min. They call Murano the Glass island. Check numerous presentations of how Venetians make glass for more then 700 years. Their creations, creativity and knowledge is amazing ! Mr. G. surprised me with a beautiful glass rose. Your better half would love a gift/souvenir from here. Trust me !

There is so much more to see in Venice, this is only what I would recommend if  it´s your first time. I´m sure every church, bridge or museum deserves attention. Venetians don´t hate me for mentioning only these top sights. We will see more of Venice I promise, cause it has a special place in our hearts.

When you decide to sit down, relax, have a drink , lunch or just (definition just in case) some coffee take off the beating path, avoid all those tourist places that are overated.  Simply ask a local Venetian where would he take his wife for a nice dinner. Because he knows those  places are worth visiting. That´s how we found are favorite restaurant . Not telling you the name, becouse it won´t be our hidden treasure anymore.

You will be impressed by this city, no doubt.

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Vatican Museums, indescribable beauty and wealth
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Europe

Vatican Museums, indescribable beauty and wealth

There is no words, none… nothing can prepare you for the beauty you are about to see in Rome. I was speechless and I always have something to say ! You are surrounded by masterpiece after masterpiece of every possible art you can imagine. From renaissance every great artist left a piece of his genious work like the Last Judgement by Michelangelo at the Sistine Chapel, Raphael´s Transfiguration, Gallery of Maps, Gallery of the Statues….. Check there site (idiom site) www.museivaticani.va  and decide what do you want to see because it´s impossible to see it all .

The biggest museum in the world, which means the biggest waiting line in the world, (not joking), but don´t let it discourage you. I would recommend guided tours, they offer them on every corner. You will pay a little bit more  (cca 50 € for an adult, students 45 €, children 41 €) but that way you´ll bypass the waiting line, you´ll get the most of it since they are 4 hours long and lessons of history and art are worth every moment. Just so you know, you are not allowed to take pictures in the Sistine Chapel.

I can´t describe you every single piece of art, I hope my photographs will show just (definition just in case) a glance of beauty hidden in this amazing museums and to inspire you to take this trip and leave as a completely different person.

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