Travels

Venice – Italy

Hi guys,

I am back. Last week was super exciting for me since I managed to visit five cities in four days.
Timisoara, Venice, Padua, Treviso and finally Skopje.

My main destination this time was Venice, so my first blog after this journey is dedicated to this unique city. For sure this is a very unique citie, you won’t find anywhere else.
Also it is a city that is sinking, so pack your bags and hurry up before it does, it is a shame not to see it.

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Venice is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges, of which there are 400. Guys I swear to you I never crossed more bridges in my whole life.  ;’) However ever single one will give you a chance to snap the stunning photo.
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City is perfect just to walk around, get lost, which you will be for sure. lol
Super confusing but in its own charming way.
I was situated in Hotel Lux, literally 50m away from Piazza San Marco.

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In this photo you can see St. Marks Basilica and St. Marks Campanile which is actually a bell tower with height of 98 m and provides truly stunning view on the city.

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Passing next to the bell and turning right you are arriving at The Piazzetta, which to me looked as a extension of Piazza San Marco but it is considered as a different area.
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This area will lead you to the Grand Canal, Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace, Santa Maria della Salute.

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On the other side of the Grand Canal you will see mesmerizing Santa Maria della Salute.
Cheaper option to get there is using gondola ferry and it is 2e one way. The other way is using Vaporeto system which is basically their public transportation and one ticket is 7.5 e , but you may also buy daily pass  for vaporeto, which is 20e …

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The Doge’s Palace is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic of Venice, opening as a museum in 1923. Today, it is one of the 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.
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The Bridge of Sighs  is a enclosed bridge, made of white limestone, has windows with stone bars, passes over the Rio di Palazzo, and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.
The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The bridge’s name, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells.
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Another bridge which you must include in your sightseeing is Rialto Bridge.
Truly  stunning,  the oldest bridge spanning the Grand Cannal.
Here is the view from it.

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Two of the island worth visiting are Burano and Murano.

Murano island famous for glass making. Interesting fact about this island is that all glass maker were obligated to live in this island, so that they can protect secrets of glass making, while Burano is famous for picturesque canals lined with colorful houses.
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Of course when in Venice you have to take a gondola ride. 45 minutes in gondola costs 80 e, and it is not negotiable.  You can eighter choose to pay it yourself and have a private tour or you can wait other travelers so that you can split the fee and meet new interesting folks 🙂 ….

Some of the useful tips I can provide is avoid extremely central places since it can happen that you get charge for service, tax for sitting etc …
You can find many nice restaurant in the narrow streets around the main squares with decent prices. If you are on a budget there are many pizza places where the pizza slice is just 2 e.
You can find gelatos all over the city, very delicious and from 1,5 for one scoop.
Espresso is 2e and I already said how much  I love Italian food, coffee and gelato in my blog about Rome.

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I am finishing up this blog with few pretty pics and talk to you soon guys.
I will be writing about Padua, Treviso and Skopje in my next blog.

Love,
Stefan

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Travels

Rome – Eternal city

Hi guys,
This is my first blog ever and I will cut  to the chase. I will mostly write about my travels, sometimes about important stuff that had happened to me and I will bedazzled everything with pretty pictures made by me.
I choose Rome to be my first topic and everyone who went there will know why.
For those who haven’t  here is a simple explanation, because it is mesmerizing.
In october of 2017, I landed for the very first time in this amazing city, and I must tell you it blew me away from the very first moment.
To be sure that I will get back I’ve thrown a coin into the Trevi fountain.

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You know what they say. Trow one coin and you’ll have to return. However there is other possibilities here. If you decide to trow two coins, you will ensure your self  a new romance, while three of them guarantee you a marriage. I honestly was not interested in that part, at least not for now 😀 …

Most surprising thing about Rome is how affordable accommodation is. Me and my friends were in B&B close to the Termini station, which is pretty good location, since everything is in a walkable distance. We even had breakfast included for 30e per night. All travelers know how cheap this is. Even food and restaurants are not that expensive, if you look around. Of course do not eat or buy things around Colosseum and Fontana Di Trevi.
Stroll around the streets, go a little bit further from tourist attractions and you will find much cheaper meals, water and gelato.

When speaking about gelato. Here is a sneak peek of what Italy in general has to offer. It is de-li-ci-ous and prices go from 3,5 e to 10 e.


I must mention Italian espresso as well, although I do not have pic 😀 … Italians are proud of it for a reason. It is best espresso I ever had. Is there really need to talk about pizza and pasta, really? We all know where are they coming from.

Let’s get back to the city. City center is made of  couple of beautiful squares and each one of them is beautiful and unique in its own way.  They are called “Piazza” in Italian and some of them are Piazza Navona, Piazza del Propolo, Piazza di Spagna,  Piazza Venezia, Piazza della Rotonda.
I am a type of traveler that likes to explore every single stone in the cities I visit. Soooo I have checked all of the above and a lot more. :’). Do not worry I will not spam you with 10k photos I keep on my phone. I will post some here, and more of them you can check on my instagram account.

You can see Altare Della Patria behind me located on Piazza Venezia. Entrance to this magnificent building is free and there is an amazing view from the top.

My  favorite square would definitely be Piazza di Spagna with its Spanish steps.
The monumental stairway has a total of 135 steps and it is strictly forbidden to eat or drink on them in order to keep them clean. I personally love this rule.On the top od the stairs you can see The Obelisk which is one of the 12 Egyptian Obelisks in Rome.
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Piazza Navona is considered the main and the most beautiful square in Rome. It does not have one but three eyecatching fountains. I’ve always likes myths that people attach to certain places and this square has one.There is a legend of a ghost in the ancient palace around Piazza Navona, called Via dell’Anima. Under a full moon it is possible to see a hand shape in one of the palace windows. It is the hand of Costanza de Cupis, a woman whose perfect hand was amputated after becoming infected. I was there during the night, but was not lucky enough to see the hand 😦 …
It was not my intention to chase the Egyptian Obelisks around the city, but on the photography below you can see the second one I captured. Yeeey me 😀
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One of the best preserved Ancient Roman buildings is Pantheon located on Piazza della Rotonda. And look there is a half of one of The Obelisk again …  (honestly not intentional) 😀LRM_EXPORT_20180223_102328 :

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This is one of the many views and it is actually looking on the Piazza del Propolo.
While we are talking about walking here is a small friendly tip to all the  girls out there.
Wear comfortable sneakers while traveling. This tip is brought to you by my beautiful friend on this pic, who brought only fancy boots with her. Luckily she was able to wear my shoes for running… :’)

Her troubles did not end there.While we were in Colosseum she had close encounter with a bird  … But hey, old folks say it is a good luck … 😀

Back to the views …
One of the places you can take a really good panorama in Rome is Aventine Hill. On top of the hill you can find Orange Garden and a terrace which provides you with stunning view. Instead of the view I will post, a picture of my self from the Garden.
A litlle bit of self promotion can’t hurt nobody 😀 …
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For sure the best view of the whole city is from the Gianicolo. It is the second highest hill in Rome and it is incredible to watch sunsets from it. Unfortunately by the time we got up there my battery was dead so I do not ave photo to prove it. 😦
Next day we did not have enough time to get up there again, but hey there is always next time, and I have picture taken in best place possible where I will keep it forever.
IN MY MIND …
When mentioning Rome you have to talk about Vatican city as well. Line to get inside was extremely long, for several kilometres.  There are tour guides which guarantee you express entrance but honestly I do not know much about the prices of those tours.
We were in a hurry to explore the whole Rome so we took several photos and continued in our search.
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This was really short retrospective about my trip to Rome. I will be more than happy to answer all of your questions. So please be free to comment on this blog or even contact me on instagram.

Talk to you soon,
Stefan