A week ago I spent 5 days in Northern Italy. The purpose of the trip was to visit my family's home town, visit their graves and meet the living ones and a little bit of sight seeing.
My mum and my step dad were over in Europe from Australia for a month so I went with them and Little L.
It has been over a year since I have actually been on a holiday, which is a crazy amount of time for me and I was so excited. I've always wanted to go to Italy, it has always been a long life dream because its my heritage and I have studied the language and culture for 13 years.
San Giacomo in Paderno Del Grappa
We arrived at Venice Marco Polo airport in the morning and took a hire car north towards Parderno. My step dad was nervous because he had to drive on the other side of the car on the other side of the road for the first time but we eventually made it to the hotel thanks to having a GPS (saved us from getting lost a million times)
The hotel is the only one in Paderno which is a very small rural alpine town where my mum and her family grew up until they emigrated to Australia after her dad died. We went straight to the cemetery and found my mums fathers grave, her grandparents and her aunty and uncle. We discovered her family home was only a few doors down from the hotel and the people who lived across the road remembered my mum when she was a child and told her stories from her childhood. It was nice to see my mum finally have closure on a chapter in her life that had caused her so much grief and confusion and for me to see it all.
View from Ponte degli Alpini
The next day we headed to Bassano del Grappa, a bigger town near Paderno which is famous for Ponte degli Alpini (Bridge of the alpini) It's a beautiful town at the edge of the Alps and we spent the morning wandering some of the streets and shops before stopping to have a coffee and I bought a whole box of crostoli (deep fried biscuit)
We got lost on the way back to the hotel and ended up having lunch on a mountain in a beautiful restaurant. I have guinea fowl with pomegranate and spinach. I vowed to myself that this holiday I would be open to trying new food as I have previously being a vegan for 6 years and have only just introduced chicken, fish and eggs into my diet. It was very tasty!
Ponte Degli Alpini
We went to visit my cousins and my great aunty at their home in Cavaso. It was really lovely to meet family for the first time and you can just see similarities even if you've never met. Genetics is awesome :)
My bis Zia, mum and Little L
The day we went to Venice was a very miserable day. It was pouring with rain and I got absolutely drenched and I was cold and grumpy! I won't go into details but my mum insisted we walking the pouring rain to Saint Mark's Square to get lunch and she kept getting us lost. We did eventually make it there after several arguments! We went and got pizza just behind the square. They aren't wrong, it is expensive to eat here but tasty enough and the waiter was very charismatic.
A canal in Venice
San Marco Basilica and San Marco Square flooded
Saint Mark's square was flooded and all the shops were closed but we did get to go in a have a look inside Saint Marks Basilica, you weren't allowed to take photos but inside was just magnificent. Beautiful icon paintings, mosaics and lots of gold! I studied religious art in highschool and this was definitely up my alley.
No-one on gondolas today
We decided to give up and go home in the early afternoon as it was just getting worse and starting to hail. I would love to come back by myself and do it at my own pace.
Covered in snow!
poor mans Venice because it too has the canals but because Venice is not so far away everyone just prefers to go there. It was still a lovely place to visit.
Interesting statue in old town of Treviso
Italy is a beautiful place with very vast scenery, amazing food and very friendly and helpful people. I hope I get the chance to visit again in the very near future. Little L had a great time too being adorable and getting free sweets from people constantly!
Anyone being to, or want to go to Italy?
Anyone being to, or want to go to Italy?
Love Nee x