By Beth Raper
I’m a little embarrassed at how long it’s taken me to get these pictures out, so I’m just going to chalk it up to the busy holiday season and leave it at that. So here we are at the heart of Florence! At this point in the trip, Florence was my favorite city we visited in Italy. It was a nice change from the vastness of Milan and where it resembled many of the other cities (Padova, Trieste) it possessed a unique heart and life of it’s own. I guess if I had to compare it to a city in California it would be the San Francisco of Northern Italy. We walked everywhere which is one of my favorite modes of transportation while traveling, and Florence is fairly easy to navigate. Our days there were replete with shopping, Nutella crepes, gelato, Renaissance art, and friendly encounters. We actually met more foreigners and tourists than we did Italians. We even came across another group of Americans from San Francisco, which sparked some excitement in me – like a “Hey! We’re from California and you’re from California and we are both in Italy!” kind of moment. In any case, Florence was a good time and damn beautiful too. Check out some of the images I got from my time there.
After staying in Padova for a night, the next morning we took a train to Milan for a couple of days. I found this city big and bustling and perhaps not as charming as some of the smaller cities, but I enjoyed exploring it just the same! While we were there we also went to a science museum and the Castello. Unfortunately it started to rain pretty hard that day and we had to stash our cameras and find shelter. Here are some of the images I got
I almost forgot. These images are also from Padova just around the city. I remember not taking very many pictures around Padova, one: because I mostly was trying to capture mental images and two: because I only spent one day there. So these images aren’t that great, but I think they’re worth sharing anyway. This day it started to rain at one point. I wrapped my camera up in my sweater and continued along the labyrinth of streets. Almost in an instant the streets were abandoned for shelter and I quickly descended into a part of the city that was residential. Honestly I couldn’t really tell but it was just the feeling I got. The wet streets looked crooked surrounded by the tall old buildings. I stopped in an antique book store where I found piles of old photos and intricately labelled medical diagrams of various parts of the body. I returned to the streets and eventually found myself at the Basilica (of which I do not have pictures except on my instagram). My friend Kaitlin and I ordered gelato and rested out in front of the Basilica. After we explored it shortly we then headed back to the vintage festival. On the way I ordered us a snack at a café in Italiano* of which I was very proud 😉
*I was determined to learn some Italian before I went on this trip. I didn’t learn as much as I wanted, but I knew some things and I was very excited to really be able to say anything!
I finally got around to finishing my first round of images from my Italy trip! These images are from the Vintage Festival in Padova. I had a great time and the city was charming. My friend, Mattia has been hired to photograph the speakers from the festival for the past 2 years. http://www.vintagefestival.org This is the website, the images on the front page are his. He’s great.
Padova Vintage Festival / September 13, 2013
Coming up next – Milan!