Spring break part two! I met up with friends from my London program in Venice, ready for our week long Italian adventure.
As you can tell from the title, our dessert of choice was gelato…and also a little bit of tiramisu just to mix things up.
Our two days in Venice consisted of walking around town, exploring narrow shopping roads, and stuffing our faces with pasta. Venice is a very small town and was easy to tour on foot. We visited St. Mark’s Basilica, the bell tower, went on a gondola ride, ate dinner by the grand canal, and of course ate gelato every chance we got.
There are two criteria when judging a gelato: flavor and location of consumption. Gelato isn’t just a dessert, it’s an experience! The gelato can be absolutely delicious, but you won’t remember it unless you were able to enjoy it with a great view.
Here is the most memorable gelato in Venice
It was salted caramel and tiramisu gelato that we ate in front of the basilica while watching a live band perform at a restaurant nearby. It was delicious!
Next stop: Florence
Looking back on spring break, Florence was probably my favorite part of it. The city was small enough that you could get most places by walking but big enough so that you never ran out of things you wanted to see. I came to Florence with a list of things I wanted to do and see and accomplished all but one of those things. During our two busy days we visited the Uffizi Museum, the Piazza del Michelangelo, the Academy, climbed the Duomo and the bell tower, walked along Ponte Vecchio, had the best hot chocolate in the world, and managed to eat delicious pasta and pizza when we could. On top of all that we also ate lots of gelato, mostly while we were on the go which is why I only took one photo of gelato in Florence on our first day.
Next stop: Rome
One train ride later we arrived in Rome! Our two days there included the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, Spanish steps, Trevi fountain, the best dinner I’ve ever had, gelato, and cannelloni.
After the most amazing dinner, we all went to Venchi (this place had chocolate flowing down the walls so you know it has to be good), and then went to sit in front of the beautifully lit up Trevi fountain. Delicious gelato with a perfect location.
With our eight day trip complete and our bellies full of gelato, we were all happy to head back home to London.