Tabulous Travels: Italy 2018

March 15, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Hello!!! If we’re friends on Facebook or if you follow me on Instagram on Tabulous Design then you know that we recently went on a two-week vacation in Italy and it was amazing. I’ll be sharing different aspects of our trip with you here on the blog over the next couple of weeks. I’ll look at all the design aspects of a beautiful and historic country like Italy as well as the individual cities we visited. We had some wonderful adventures and some amazing surprises, especially where the weather is concerned. Today I’m going to share a few of the several hundred photographs we took on the trip just to entice you. If you’ve ever considered going to Italy and are where you can in your life than I strongly encourage you to do so, it’s amazing. Enjoy!!!

We started our trip in Rome, Michael and I arrived on a Friday and we met our friends who arrived on the following Saturday evening. We spent our first full day together on Palatine Hill, visiting the Coliseum and exploring Rome. This photo is from above the Palatine Hill, looking back on all the ruins. 

The iconic Trevi Fountain is beautiful at night and thanks to a recent closing of the fountain and a major cleaning campaign it’s beautiful.

The second leg of our trip found us exploring the canals of Venice, and yes that is snow on those boats. It snowed on our second full day in Venice but it didn’t dampen our spirits we embraced it and had a wonderful time. 

Venice is the home of St. Mark’s Basilica and is home to the remains of St. Mark from the Bible and the author of the gospel of Mark. The church is gorgeous inside and out, a definite must see. 

Caffè Florian was our first stop on St. Mark’s Square after a busy morning of sightseeing and tours. This was an amazing sandwich of ham and hard boiled eggs on a croissant. 

Our friends had to leave us after Venice and return home but Michael and I headed to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and some of the most amazing Italian artists ever. This is a view of the city from Michelangelo’s Square on a hill overlooking the city and the Arno River. 

We visited the Galleria dell’Accaemia in Florence mainly to view Michelangelo’s David but almost as amazing was the busts and statuary all gathered in this one room. This is just a small sampling of the marble busts on view. 

I had forgotten Pinocchio was an Italian children’s story until we started seeing the wooden boy in different cities. The most beautiful shop devoted to Pinocchio is in Florence, I’ll tell you more about it next week. 

Of course in the center of Florence is The Duomo, the Cathedral and its amazing dome just visible in the center back of this photo. On the left in this photo is The Baptistry, in the center is the Cathedral and on the right is the Bell Tower. 

Michael and flew in and out of Milan so this is where we ended our trip, we were in Milan for 2 days and 2 nights. Here we see the icon of Milan the Cathedral of Milan. 

Honestly, Milan is not my favorite city we visited but going to the top of the Cathedral and walking the roof and terraces is one of my favorite things we did. We were able to see up close the architecture and carving that went into this building that was started in 1386 and took 600 years to complete. 

A view from the top of the Cathedral of Milan down onto the main square, it was really breathtaking. 

I hope this whets your appetite for more stories and photos from our Italian adventure. I’ll be sharing the highlights of the cities, the sites, where we stayed and much, much more. Have a great day and Enjoy!!!

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