6 a.m. – Airport Berlin
Finally, I did it! And it was the best decision of my life. I want to show you the beauty of Europe – the beauty of Italy and also the passion for traveling alone which I discovered. You could visit Italy for months but I only had three and a half weeks. There are so many lively cities, university cities, mountains, the sea, islands and lots of other hot spots. My journey started in Milan, going on to Bergamo, Bologna, further on to Firenze, Perugia, of course, Rome and last but not least Naples. I will give you a little report about two cities which inspired me the most. Can you already guess which? Admitting that it was a really hard decision because at least every city had its own charm but finally I have chosen Bologna and Naples. Here we go!
B O L O G N A
It was a short-term decision to go to Bologna instead of Venice and I am really happy about it. Bologna is a university city with the oldest university in continuous operation, founded in 1088. The city is also famous for its towers. Originally 180 towers, there are only 40 existing today. Bologna gives you a special feeling, Bologna is different, Bologna is not Spaghetti Bolognese.
I felt like being back in time – back in the 16th Century. Old buildings and high towers mixed with young and kind people – the best opportunity to meet someone. I had the pleasure to meet students from Austria, Italy and even Germany and it was not like here in Germany going to one bar and then to one club, no, we went from bar to bar, everywhere happy people. A lot of people (especially students of course) were all full of joy. So do not hesitate about writing in an Erasmus group on Facebook – I never had so many messages in 24 hours what to do and what to see in Bologna, about nightlife and invitations to home-parties.
The welcoming was kind and the goodbye was tough. I envied every lucky (Erasmus) student in Bologna – an old city for young people. Despite the lack of sleep, sightseeing was not to be missed. I have chosen the ‘soft’ version and took the ‘San Luca Express’ a little tram which brought me through the city and even to the
Take your time and your breath when walking those four kilometers in spiritually and sweaty atmosphere. Back in
N A P L E S
I recognized that I had reached the south of Italy. Naples is the third biggest city in Italy but it is really different
Naples was my imagination of Cuba. It had this special kind of Latino character. Even Naples is a bit more dilapidated than other big Italian cities. Yet it is full of life. Furthermore, Naples is not that touristic as Rome or Milan. You can calm down from tourist shops, tourist groups
Last but not least every journey comes to an end and here is my happy end – my last recommendation. You HAVE to visit an old Italian theatre. Whether it is the Teatro
Naples is like a dirty man after a long, hot party night, and it is worth a visit because of its diversity – seas, volcanos, islands, culture, big city life, underground catacombs and so many other things that you cannot discover in only three days. I will come back
I perceived Italians as temperamentally, lively and warm people who make good food and ice cream. After short three and a half
Beautiful Italy with its variety and life full of joy is the perfect country even for a short term stay or a long-term stay – it is your decision. And do not forget – Italians speak with their hands.
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