Not A Bad Start: Trips So Far

Ciao a tutti,

I hope everyone is well and having a nice day. I feel like there is so much to say about Italy that I don’t know where to start..

University life has been going well and I’ve finally started my Teaching Placement which has been a lot of fun! But as promised, I’ll talk about my trips around Italy today.

I’ve been in Italy for over 5 weeks now and I’m pretty happy with the amount of travelling that I’ve done in that time.


First of all there was Milan; me and Izzy went there for the day on our first weekend, then last weekend the three of us went again now that Ellie was here. I must say that in terms of appreciating the culture, we performed badly. Both times we ate, admired the beautiful cathedral and then went to H&M and Zara – being the shopping capital of the world, I feel this is acceptable though…

Would definitely recommend a trip to Milan to anyone! It is a beautiful city. I would say one thing. Beware of the pigeons. I thought London had it bad with pigeons – this was something else!



Before coming to Parma us Eramus students had received an email from a member of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) at Parma inviting us on a trip to Venice and Padua. We of course accepted as it cost us €100 for 1 night’s accommodation, travel, one meal and a ticket for a night out.
We left at 7:00 on the Saturday morning and returned late on the Sunday evening. We spent most of Saturday in Venice and then drove to Padua for the evening and the next day.

Venice was stunning. It’s a very cool place full of beautiful architecture and lots of cute little lanes. It would’ve all seemed a lot cuter if we went on a weekend other than Carnivale weekend…
I didn’t know much about Italian Carnivals but what I have learned is that they’re basically massive events just before Lent where you can indulge and have a ball before the fasting begins. Of course, it was very cool and we were very lucky to be in one of the biggest Carnivale festivals in Italy. However, there was one major downside to this.

The crowds.

It was worse than being in a shopping centre on Christmas Eve. It was horrendous.


I’m surprised the island didn’t sink with the amount of tourists on it!

On the up side, Venice was full of people dressed up in lovely costumes and many types of masks. Some of the outfits were absolutely beautiful!


It was lovely being in Venice for Carnivale but I think next time I’ll try and find a time when there are fewer tourists..




I really didn’t know much about Padova before we went and to be honest I still don’t know much. What I do know is that: it’s about a 30 minute drive from Venice;  we call it Padua in English; it’s university dates back to 1222; it’s main square is is full of statues of important Italian people.


It’s a very pretty city. There aren’t masses of things going on there, but it is just a lovely Italian city full of culture and nice sites.




A few weekends ago me, Izzy and Ellie went to visit our friends who ares studying nearby in Pavia. We wanted to see our friends as well as visit the university and town that we could’ve gone to instead of Parma.

Pavia is a charming town near Milan, unfortunately the day we went was a rainy day, but we still got to see a lot. I would say that the university grounds are a lot nicer than Parma – even though Parma’s are lovely.

It was just nice for the 6 of us to get together and share our experiences in Italy.
Here are a few photos of Pavia:



Next weekend I’m going to Rome and then I’m off to Naples the weekend after. What a lovely sentence that was! I think I’m definitely making the most of living in Italy!

I’ll leave it there for now so stay tuned for future posts.

Arrivederci a presto! x


One Comment Add yours

  1. Rosie says:

    I debated going to Venice for the Carnival, since my February holidays fell around that time, but ended up going to the Alps instead. The crowds look insane, but the costumes look superb! Is there such thing as an off-season for Venice?


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