[travel] 1 week in Italy: Vatican City

Vatican City, or The Holy See, is a land-locked sovereign city-state enclaved by a wall within the city of Rome. Vatican City has a tiny population of 850 citizens, is the smallest state on earth, but has the 6th biggest & most visited museum in the world and is now ruled by the arguably most famous leader of recent time, Pope Francis. (I have to mention his name, personally I think that he is a very cool guy.)

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[travel] 1 week in Italy: all roads lead to Rome

Cliched title alert.

Finally, my overdue post about Rome–the third and last city I visited during my 1-week trip to Italy. I have been ridiculously busy since my last blog post about Venice. Traveling, reading, struggling with school assignments etc etc have eaten up all my time. And Rome, there is simply too much about Rome. This city is saturated in history, myths, legends, and beautiful things. If you want to know what beautied-out means, welcome to The Eternal City.

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[travel] Can Venice be cheap?

The short answer is, yes.
As you might have read my declaration of love for Venice here, you can only imagine how sad I was to read indonesia in my pocket‘s very different view on Venice (ok it is not that I was sad sad but I like to exaggerate things). I understand her frustration, though. 5 euro for a scoop of gelato is a crime against humanity. Had I encountered such ridiculous price tag/cost of staying in Venice like her, I don’t think I could have written such a loving post about Venice.

Luckily for me, however, my short holiday was very affordable and pleasant for such a popular city.
And here is how.

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[travel] 1 week in Italy: Lost in Venice

Venice, Venice. How many cities/towns out there have claimed to be a second Venice? After all, people often liken some Dutch cities like Amsterdam, Giethoorn or Delft, and Bruges in Belgium as Northern Venice. I find all those ‘watery’ places very, very charming, but really, nowhere can be comparable to the ‘Southern’ Venice. The real Venice. The Italian Venice. The most romantic, melancholic, beautiful city I have ever visited.

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[travel] 1 week in Italy: Milan

I am updating my travel report too slowly. Bloody slowly. A few days ago I managed to pull together and wrote about the last city I travelled to with the bf: Barcelona, and Barcelona was only the 6th out of 13 cities I visited during my 1 month winter break… I am, unfortunately, leaving for my spring break in less than 36 hours. God knows when I will be able to finish writing about them all.
Let me start my travel report in Italy by a very boring, unenthusiastic post about Milan. I had never thought that I’d visit Milan. Actually, according to some friends, Milan should be the last city to visit in Italy. I only booked my ticket to Milan because it was cheap. The plan was to spend 2 days in Milan, 2 in Venice, and 3 in Rome. Alas, I should have only stayed in Milan for 1 day, or even a few hours, because the city was a major disappointment to me.

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