Bella Italia!

September 2012 Italy

In September Kappie and I had the privilege of going oversees for 3 weeks. We both turn 30 this year and saved up to visit 2 amazing countries – Italy and Greece. We spent 9 days in Italy – 3 each in Rome, Florence and Tuscany. We barely scratched the surface of this remarkable country and there are so much more to return too! I am a bit disappointed that I didn’t take more pictures but sometimes putting your camera down and just soaking up the atmosphere and all the visual gems around you is a good thing :). I am an avid art and architectural lover so browsing through churches with high arches, painted domes and beautiful light is such an experience for me! But for me the highlights were mostly in the smaller things:

Eating gelato every day!

Feeling the warmth of the tuscan sun on your skin.

Eating the best, sweetest tomatoes ever!

My mom and I making pasta with tomatoes picked from the garden.

Getting lost on a piazza.

Travelling with Kappie :)

The pantheon in the heart of Rome is quite remarkable – the building dates back to 126 AD!

Inside the Santa Maria Church dating back to the 6th century AD

Inside the Vatican museum

One of the amazing Raphael rooms in the Vatican:

The larger than life Sistine Chapel – amazing!

St Peter’s Church – 60 000 people can fit into it!

St Peter’s dome from the inside

The Gesu church in Rome – love the opulent gold and painted ceiling

Trevi Fountain

Roman Forum

Kappie took this panoramic shot of the colosseum

The Duomo dominates the sky line of Florence’s old town

Piazza della Signoria in Florence

The Ponte Vechhio – the famous medieval bridge built in 1345

The Duomo at

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I looove vintage carousals!

Gelato – there is an ice cream shop around every corner – the best you’ll ever taste! (Photo taken by Kappie)

The warm colours of Tuscany!

We stayed on a working wine and olive farm – Podere Torre in Tuscany. This amazing place was the highlight of all the different accommodation we had.

The charming town of San Gimignano

I loved this door in Volterra

This Duomo (church) in Siena was a highlight for me! The massive piazza del Campo in Siena

Just a few random shots :)
Clock wise from top left: In front of the pantheon; At the colosseum; At the Roman Forum; An amazing fresh fruit market close to our hotel in Rome
Clockwise from top left: We joined my wonderful parents for 6 days while in Florence and Tuscany; Florence in the background; In San Gimignano; Eating mushroom and truffle cream pasta!
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I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

  1. Liezel Kriel says:

    Eating gelato every day – Ha ha, is so!

    Kan nou nie besluit of ek nou moet spaar vir die Borrel Bad plek of vir Tuscany nie. Sjoe dit lyk awesome :)

  2. Heather says:

    Dit lyk ongelooflik! Baie mooi fotos Nikki!!

  3. MARLIZE S says:

    WOW Nikki, die fotos is amazing! Love die details van die argitektuur, en jy het dit so mooi vasgevang!

  4. Marti says:

    Sjoe, Nikki, dis ONGELOOFLIK mooi!! Ek wil nie eers uitsonder nie, want alles is stunning – ek verlang nou sooo terug!

  5. Louis says:

    Pragtig Nikki, veral die “onwettige” fotos binne in die Sistynse Kapel moes n ware uitdaging gewees het. Die wyehoek lens doen darem net die ding!

  6. Michelle says:

    Nikki, woweeeeeeeee!!! Ek was al twee keer in Italy en is vinnig oppad terug, dis amazing!!!!

  7. Wow Nikki
    Jy is werklik geseend met n onverbeterlike talent dame!
    Idilliese lanskap en tonele wat betowerend is!
    Inspirasie op sy Heel Beste!

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