While working on ship we were able to go to a lot of Italy's top port cities. For the purpose of creativity we shall call these places "Citaly's". They include Rome, Livorno(Pisa), and Venice. As Fanny Burney said, "There's no looking at a building here after seeing Italy." This is very true in that you can hardly order a cappuccino without seeing a piece of architecture older than the country of my birth.
Since Italia hangs off central Europe like a Louis Vuitton boot, let's take a look at some of the port cities that line the shores. These are the places I went during my time on ships. This country was made for cruise ships, since nearly every city worth going to is either on the sea, or close enough.
Rome, Italy - What was once the capital of the world is now a great city full of history. The most notable aspect about Rome was pretty obvious, the historical architecture in contrast to its bustling contemporary image. It was not the most laid back if Italian cities, but you will find plenty of places to people watch while sipping red wine if you try. This is not a place to rush past either. Their is so much history you can plan on spending a week just to take it all in. Be sure to have a guide book to assist you putting it all together.
Pompeii, Italy - Pompeii was the most amazing historical ruins in the region. What was once a bustling seaport, is now only ruins after Mount Vesuvius covered its lands and people in ash. Pompeii has an amazing history which we are still learning about today. If you can plan it right, go to Pompeii on an off day, or a day when there aren't a lot of cruise ships in Naples. This was such a day to remember and it was great to have so many pictures which showed the emptiness that reflects this once successful city.
As a product of American public schools, I thought this is what all buildings in Italy looked like. Fortunately, I was proven wrong. Perhaps one of the most well known Italian buildings, the leaning tower is as much fun to see in person as it is to emulate with Cheddar. The Leaning Tower of Cheese-a!
Italy is well known for its Italian ice cream which is called Gelato.
And to the right is another great example of how not to do something.
Mount Etna, located on the Island of Sicily, Italy. Just like the people in Italy, smoking hot.
The most striking feature of Venice are the canals. They are the arteries that keep the city alive, just don't fall in. Bring a map if you plan on walking all around Venice. There are a lot of places you can easily get lost. And if you ever need directions on how to get somewhere, just put your forefinger and thumb together then shake it up and down as you talk. Then end every sentence with "a".
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