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Summer 2018 in Italy

I spent 6 weeks in Italy between June and July 2018. I just had quit my job and spent most of the time in a tiny village in Tuscany. My main goal was to work on some italian inheritage paperwork, and that had many limitations. The main limitation was that I couldn’t travel much during the week, so I mostly had half of Saturday and Sunday to travel.

Given that the italian train system is amazing, I was still able to visit many incredible places, just by train.

To jump to photos of a specific place, click below:

Cinque Terre

First, I went to Cinque Terre, and I hiked from Monterosso al Mare, to Vernazza, to Corniglia and finally to Volastra / Manarola. I was pretty beat by then and I decided to take the train from Manarola to Riomaggiore, given that the easy path is closed until who knows when.

Note: most of the photos are from my phone (Pixel 2), given I smeared my camera lens with sweat and sunscreen. Oops.

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Venice

Here I took more photos with my camera (a Fuji XT-1 with a 35mm prime lens and that’s it), but some with my phone too, especially the ones at night.

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Florence

I went multiple days and took a billion of photos of Florence, since I was stationed pretty close to it. Again, mix of Pixel 2 and Fuji XT-1. I tried to pick only the coolest ones here.

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Lucca

Lucca is a beautiful town! I highly recommend it. I didn’t take many photos but I highly recommend going there during a festival, or sit at a café, sip some Aperol-Spritz and watch life go by. They have a a lot of Verdi stuff since he was born there.

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Siena

Siena is awesome. Since in the summer italians throw a lot of medieval festivities (pretty sure it’s a good tourist business!), I fell into one that I didn’t plan. If you go, make sure to check the cathedral. Gorgeous.

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Collodi

Collodi is near the city I was staying, and it’s also the home of Pinocchio. I loaded a hiking map I got from wikiloc.com in my GPS watch and followed it. Big mistake — it didn’t have any of the trails, it only told that I had to turn to a certain path. I got lost many times but it was a gorgeous 20km hike! The trail mixed routes that were kept, unkept and also little towns north of Lucca.

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Arezzo (Giostra del Saracino)

I did a super quick stop in Arezzo to checkout the Giostra del Saracino, a tip that my italian teacher gave me. Most of the tourists there were italians, and there were a ton of local people cheering for their own neighborhoods. It was pretty cool to see that didn’t feel artificial. Highly recommended.

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Rome

The last stop was Rome, in which I only spent one day and two nights, beforing returning to New York. I would love to visit Rome again, with more time. So impressive. If you go, check out the tiny concerts everywhere in the summer. I found a piano player playing in a little nook in the jewish neighborhood that was so incredible, even from far away.

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I hope you enjoyed the photos!


Vinicius Baggio Fuentes

Written by Vinicius Baggio Fuentes, who works in tech in NY but would rather be in the kitchen all the time. Twitter Instagram