I had seven short days in Italy. Luckily, I was able to visit Rome, Venice, Florence, Assisi, Orvieto, and Pisa. Each city had its own unique charm and history. Venice is beautiful and romantic while Florence has an artist’s soul. Pisa and Assisi, both smaller cities, were quaint and worth visiting. I found Rome to be the most impressive with all of its history and ancient architecture. The coliseum, churches, cathedrals, museums, and of course, Vatican City, or in Italian, Stato della Città del Vaticano.
Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world with a population of just over 800 people. It is a walled enclave located within the city of Rome and houses a famous and mysterious library that undoubtedly holds some of the world’s most storied documents and secrets. I’m fascinated by the knowledge they have stored in their archives. Hopefully one day they’ll post everything online for the world to see… one can dream.
I understand that most people travel by train throughout Italy, but being a non-conformist, I went by bus to see all of the sites. This proved to be a scary adventure! I remember our driver, Franco, was such a reckless driver that everyone on the bus was afraid for their lives at certain points. Luckily, disaster was averted and we all lived through the world’s scariest bus ride. Today I laugh about it and chalk it up as another adventure!