Must-See Italian Cities You Have To Visit

Must-See Italian Cities You Have To Visit If You Ever Get The Chance

Because pictures just don't do it justice.


Last month, I was in Italy for a few days, and it was everything I imagined and more. I decided to write about some places I went to in Italy that I would recommend people going to, as well as some tips/tricks.

1. Rome, Italy

Rome is, of course, a place you have to go to if you've never been. It is full of so many cool attractions and historical landmarks like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Vatican City, and St. Peter's Basilica. These places are full of history and will make you in awe. If you love history, Rome is definitely the place for you.

TIP 1: If you want to go to any of these places, you should buy tickets ahead of time. Otherwise, you may be waiting in lines to see most of these attractions and let me tell you, the lines are super long. The other thing is that most of the attractions make you pay to go see them (except for the Trevi Fountain which is open to the public), so be prepared to have to drop some cash to see these places.

TIP 2: People are going to notice that you are a tourist, and they are going to try and take advantage of you. When my friend and I first got to Rome, our cab driver overcharged us by not putting the meter on (make sure they do this always!). He scammed us by overcharging us, so instead of paying 20ish dollars, we had to be 45 dollars. Also, around the Trevi Fountain and other touristy areas, people tried to get us to buy things from them. In some cases, people try to hand you stuff and then if you take it, then they will say you "bought" it and will try and make you pay for it. So it's better to just say no and walk away when these people try to make you buy things. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me to buy a selfie stick, I would be rich right now.

TIP 3: There were so many things that I wanted to see, but we didn't have time. If you really want to have time to do everything, give yourself more than a couple of days in Rome. There's too much to cram into four days.

2. Florence, Italy

I loved Florence. It is still a touristy spot, so it was crowded like Rome, but not as crowded. Also, it is home to the statue of David, which I highly recommend going to see. The fake replicas are outside in Florence, but to see the real thing, you have to pay to go inside. There's also a lot of painters and artists on the streets, and I bought the cutest painting from one guy there.

TIP 1: Be careful of scams in transportation areas, especially train stations. We got scammed when we were taking a train from Rome to Florence. This lady in professional clothing walked up to us and asked if we needed help, we said sure why not? And then the lady pointed us where to go, but she didn't really help us. At the end of it, she insisted on us giving her a 5 euro tip minimum. Not fun.

Italy is beautiful and full of vibrant cities and pretty beaches. I would love to go back one day.

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It's so much easier to pin a problem on someone else than it is to look deep within yourself and take responsibility for the things that you've done. But that's all part of growing up.


I'm sure you've heard it before...

"Cut someone out of your life if they negatively impact your mental health."

"You need to cut off friends, family, anyone that is bad for you and your future."

"You will be so much better off once _____ is gone from your life."

At this point in your life, you've probably cut off one or more people who you believed weren't good for you. You were prioritizing yourself, and that meant letting go of someone, regardless of the memories, bond, and love that you had for them. It was probably difficult, but somewhere down the line, you knew that you did what was best for you. And you stood by that decision.

But how many times have you been the problem?

How many times have you sat down and took the time to analyze a situation, only to come to the conclusion that YOU'RE the one that's messing up? And that if you changed x, y, and z, you could save or help your relationship with your friend, family member, or significant other.

Probably not very often.

It's so much easier to pin a problem on someone else than it is to look deep within yourself and take responsibility for the things that you've done. But that's all part of growing up. At some point, I hope you realize that you weren't so perfect either, after all. And when you do, this is what I want you to think about:

We all go through different phases of our lives, and it's okay to understand and acknowledge that this phase doesn't represent the best version of yourself. Character development isn't a strict upward slope, where you start off being a shitty, underdeveloped, immature person, but then progress into being an angel. There are going to be ups and downs. There are going to be moments where you're really disappointed in yourself, and can't believe that you let yourself slip up to that degree. We all have flaws, we all make mistakes. But also all have so much potential.

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And the next step is going to involve putting everything you're saying into practice. I can't promise you that it's going to be easy. And I can't promise you that you're going to drastically permanently change overnight. If I did, I would be lying. But what I can promise you is that everything you're going to do will be worth it in the long run. I hope that's enough of a reason to dig deep for a new you.

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Sometimes you feel stuck, but there's a purpose for the wait.


I've been feeling stuck lately. I haven't progressed in things that I've wanted to move past from, I haven't reached any goals I've set, and I haven't felt my best in a long time.

I've been searching for signs. Anything, really. Quotes from Pinterest, texts from friends, any sign from God that shows that I'm moving in the right direction. Nothing was showing up.

I waited. I've been waiting and waiting impatiently for signs to move on. To reach those goals. To feel happy again.

To find the answers I've been searching for, I've been praying all the time, listening to worship songs to get me through the days, talking to friends about my feelings, and reading books. One book that I absolutely love and I'm in the process of reading is "Come Matter Here" by Hannah Brencher (somebody I look up to tremendously). I try to read a chapter a night but in this process, I've been slacking. The past week, I've picked it up every night and read a chapter, no matter how I'm feeling.

The book talks about how Brencher has dealt with her anxiety and depression, which is right up my alley. "Come Matter Here" is very relatable to me, and reading it obviously helps me to make sense of my emotions.

These past couple of weeks, I didn't know where I was. WHO I was, really. I really lost myself. It was like I had been climbing this ladder of recovery and all of the sudden, my foot missed a rung and I tumbled down, all the way back to where I started, on the ground. I turned to the only place I could. My faith.

To be completely honest, my faith hadn't been my first priority. Being a freshman in college, there are so many different things being thrown at you that I had to put my faith to the side to deal with each thing. Now, this shouldn't be the case, but unfortunately, it was for me. I realized I had been doing this, and I couldn't stop until I was left with nothing. Now, after all that I had lost, faith was still chilling on my shelf, waiting for me to pick it up, dust it off, and begin again.

I was still confused about what season of life I was in. It's hard to explain, but to put it simply, I fooled myself into thinking I was in a different season of life than where I really was. That happens to all of us though. A fake curtain masking what really lies behind it.

So, as confused as I was, I started reading. And searching. I was full of hope and ready to move on from this confusing chapter of life. This purposeless chapter. I felt lost. So I kept searching. Searching for signs, for people, for anything to help. Suddenly, I entered the chapter in "Come Matter Here" that talked about the waiting. Suddenly, everywhere I turned, signs about waiting and being patient kept appearing. On my Pinterest, quotes about trusting the process and waiting kept popping up. I even started noticing signs outside about waiting. I even noticed the faint "Wait!" the crosswalk near UGA's dining hall blurts out on the speakers. All these things made me realize, I'm in a season of waiting.

A season of waiting could mean different things to different people. It could mean adjusting, it could mean a break or a pause, or it could actually mean, literally, waiting. For me, it was taking a break. I'm going from one season to another. I have to grit my teeth and wait. One fact about me, I am not patient. So this season is hard.

But I will wait. I will grow in the wait. I will praise in the wait. I will have faith in the wait.

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