I stayed an extra day in Venice to see the Carnival. I made some friends at the bed & breakfast that I was staying at, and we planned out a fun day. We got ready together in the morning, then headed out for lunch – we wanted some real Italian pizza. We went to RossoPomodoro, which was my favorite pizza place in Venice.
We were there around noon, which is early for Italian standards, so we got to chat with the pizza makers a bit. They let us check out the pizza oven and even made our pizzas into little hearts! <3 We split a bottle of Italian prosecco and had a really fun lunch. It even started snowing for a second right outside of the window as we were eating!
After lunch, we went to the nearby San Marco square and walked up and down the harbor, checking out all of the people on the gondolas and taking pictures with our masks.
We spent the day just wandering and laughing before heading back to the house to rest up a bit before the night started. In the evening, I headed out with my host, Mirabela, to check out the lights on the boats!
To see more on the carnival, check out my video here.
I just spent a week in Turin, Italy. So many people I’ve met asked me, “why are you going to Turin?” It’s not a very touristy destination. But.. I LOVED IT. I’m sure that this place will get a lot more touristy very soon, as it is a beautiful, low key, relaxing and gorgeous spot in Northern Italy. The park running along the river is stunning, the bridges are romantic, and the museums are not to be missed. Here are my favorite parts of Turin:
- The Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum): This place was so incredible! There are so many interesting parts of Egyptian history, and this museum is so massive, it will easily take up your entire day. Good thing there is a cafe inside! The museum houses mummies, the book of the dead, sculptures, sarcophagi, human remains (!), and even a full on tomb that you can go inside. I don’t want to give it all away… seriously, go here.
- The underground tunnels! I went on a tour of the underground tunnels where Peitro Micca set off a bomb to prevent the French from invading Italy in the defense of Turin in 1706. I got to see the actual place where the bomb went off, the place where Pietro Micca’s body was found, and I learned a lot of really interesting history that I had not known about Italy and Turin. Going in an underground tunnel war zone?! Checked that one off my bucket list.
- Mole Antonia: This is currently a cinema museum with a massive tower. I got a ticket to go to the top of the tower, where you can see the entire city of Turin, plus the Italian alps. It is pretty breathtaking.
- The Royal Palace: This was one of my favorite places to go. The inside of the palace is just incredible. I got some great decorating tips for my future castle. But really, the detail put into this is just really amazing. I was in awe the entire walk through.
- Via Po: This is a great street to walk down to the Po River. The entire sidewalk is covered in arcades and filled with great shops, restaurants, and cafes. At the end of the street, when you get to the river, is a massive piazza (open square) that is a great place to stop for a coffee, snack, meal, or afternoon drink. There is a great spot just down the river to sit down and enjoy the view. Italy is one of the most romantic places in the world. It is beautiful! It is a great place for a couples getaway, a trip with a friend, or a solo trip. I would definitely recommend a trip to Turin.
Which place would you like to visit first in Turin? Let me know in the comments below!
I saw a lot of dead people today. Really really old dead people… MUMMIES.
I went to the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy today, and saw some crazy stuff.
THAT IS AN ACTUAL MUMMY.
There were actually a large amount of mummies, so many that I lost track of how many I’d seen by the time I left.
The museum was super interesting, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Turin.
The statues were insane to see.
The detail is just so amazing.
Then we found an actual Egyptian temple that had been moved from Egypt to the museum in Turin. I never thought I would actually go into an ancient museum temple in my life, but today it happened.
All in all, it was a great time. I think the craziest part of the museum was seeing the actual human remains pictured below. CRAZY.
Have you ever seen a mummy?? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂