Friday, October 8, 2010

I'm Going to Italy!

I purchased my airline ticket to Italy this morning! :)

My Personal Photo of Venice

Another Photo of Mine
...but my former co-worker Clyde played with it.
This is Piazza Navona in Rome.
(Rome's answer to the most beautiful piazza in Italy.)

I scored the cheapest price directly with Delta. (A detailed budget to follow.) I'll be departing Wednesday, March 16th and returning Monday, March 21st. That's four days, four nights in Italy, not including actual travel time. I fly into and out of Milan (which is significantly cheaper and more direct than using Venice's airport). I hope to spend the first night in a hotel room with a balcony overlooking Piazza Erbe in Verona, my splurge. Although by American standards, I believe it to be a basic two star hotel (Hotel Aurora). It seems every city has a piazza that is supposed to be the most beautiful in Italy, and Verona and its Piazza Erbe is no different. Passionate Italians love their superlatives! I can hardly wait to sit and take in the view, have an Italian guy serenade me from below... The other three nights I will stay in hostels. Since I've already seen the sights in Venice, I'll just spend two days shopping for my beloved Murano glass. Sometime in there, I will run off to Padua to see Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel (which is very important art. I happened to study Art History for six years.). I'll probably stay in Milan the night before my return flight. Leonardo's Last Supper is there; maybe I'll see that too... I hope to keep this really affordable. I'll happily eat pizza and panini. And walk far from the touristy centro to get a better deal. These four cities are very close together too.

I'm absolutely thrilled. ...but, then again, I don't think it's really set in yet. I'm not a morning person. On that note, off to work!


  1. Post lots of food pics :) I LOVE Italian food.

    (P.S. This is The Everyday Minimalist too... in case you didn't know who this random FB person is)

  2. Congratulations! I'm excited for you. Now you can dream and plan away for your exciting trip.

  3. Hey FB! I'm actually a longtime reader of your's! You see, I used to follow Big Style, Small Budget chick's blog and her blog roll. Although, it was until recently that I fell in love with your *Everyday Minimalist* blog. I'm pleased to finally be a part of a blogging community. And I'll update with pictures of Italian food for you! :)

    Stephanie, thank you! I'm daydreaming about Italy half the time anyway... now I can put these things into an itinerary!

  4. Congrats! Looking forward to hearing all about it.

  5. Thank you B!

    I think I told a third of my customers on Friday... One guy paid with his Delta SkyMiles credit card so he was the very first person I told and we discussed the frequent flyer program. One girl was grabbing a money belt before leaving for Italy, so I told her. And another guy's credit card was difficult to swipe and getting old and he read the expiration date as "3/11" and said something like "That'll be here before you know it." I began my answer "hopefully..." I told my associate all this, he laughed after I added it wasn't like I was tapping people on their shoulder and asking them "Guess where I'm going?!" ...though I do want to be known as the travel savvy store... Anyway, I'm really excited!