I rented an apartment in Fiesole, just outside Florence, together with my friends Jack, Paul, Norbert and Tobi. The apartment (with swimming pool) was located on a hill and when the morning dust disappeared we had an amazing view on the Florence valley.
Fiesole was a perfect base for exploring Tuscany and making trips to Florence, Siena, Lucca with their beautiful churches and squares. Of course we visited the leaning tower of Pisa before we headed to Viareggio to spend a day on the beach.
After being in Istria (Croatia) for a week with Joost, we took the ferry to Venice. We stayed several days to explore the Venetian islands. The first day was rainy (never forget your ponchos when travelling!). The following days the sun was shining bright.
Piazza San Marco was our started point most of the days. From there we walked along the canals on the main island. Since there are no cars on most of the islands, we took the watertaxi on the Grand Canal several times. The last day was spend on the beach on Lindo island.
My sister Angelique and I went to Rome for a couple of days. I enjoyed to have some quality-time with her, drinking Italian wines and exploring the city. Rome is like an open air museum. So much history and beauty can be seen within a few square kilometres.
We visited the historical highlights like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon. We sat down on the Spanish Steps and next to the Trevi fountain to relax our legs after the miles of walking. And those Italian wines...