Italy

Trip to Italy | Part V: Venice, Burano & Assisi, Italy

Italy Part V: Venice, Burano & Assisi


The last few cities that wrapped up our trip to Italy were breathtaking, to say the least! The best was definitely saved for last! Burano, the colorful island. Assisi, humble yet grand. Venice, pure, glorious magic. Italy really treated us wonderfully and we can’t wait to be back!


Venice, Italy


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Our final few days in Italy were spent in some of Italy’s most unique and gorgeous areas. After leaving the Tuscany area we began to make our way toward Venice. VENICE! One of the main places in Italy I had always dreamt of visiting! I couldn’t wait to walk down the streets, to see a gondola and take way too many photos! This was the place I took the most photos and we were only there for about 8 hours total! Venice was captivating. The time we had there wasn’t nearly enough but the time that we did have was amazing!


Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (4)Italy really has amazing scenic views on their highways! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (5) The first evening in Venice we went on our first excursion–a Seafood dinner and seeing the city by night! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (6)My man, looking like a model. Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (7) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (8)My first views of Venice were at golden-hour, so you know I was in heaven! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (9)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (10) Golden-hour in Venice… Magic. Thanks for this photo, Alexa SedgeVenice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (11) Simply breathtaking. Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (12)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (13) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (14) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (15)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (16) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (17) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (18)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (19) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (20) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (21)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (22) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (23) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (24)Because romantic photos in Venice are a must! Thanks again, Alexa! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (25) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (26) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (27)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (28) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (29) I love that birds were constantly flying into my shots! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (30)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (31) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (32) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (33)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (34) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (35) So amazing! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (36)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (37)We ended our evening in Venice with a 4-course seafood dinner! It was amazing! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (38)


Day Two in Venice


Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (40)The next morning we left bright and early back to Venice.
Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (42)The city looks so different in the morning.Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (43) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (44) Take me back! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (45)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (46) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (47) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (48)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (49) Then it was time for our gondola ride! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (50)Our gondolier!
Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (51)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (52) Thanks for these photos Dave!Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (53) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (54)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (55) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (56) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (57)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (58) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (59) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (60)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (61) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (62) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (63)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (64) I turned this next photo into a canvas for my house and I find myself staring at it often. Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (65) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (66)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (67) This one is a canvas too! Love this one so much! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (68) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (69)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (70) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (71) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (72)Thanks for this quick photo random stranger! 😉 Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (73) Then we had a quick and delightful lunch in this spot! One of my favorite moments in Venice. Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (74) Eating delicious Italian sandwiches as we watched the gondolas passing by… perfection.Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (75)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (76) My happy place. Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (77)After lunch, we found this spot. I saw the light and it stopped me in my tracks!
Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (78)Naturally, we took way too many photos! 😉Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (79) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (80) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (81)New favorite photos of my handsome hubby! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (82) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (83) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (84)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (85) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (86) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (87)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (88) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (89) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (90)Always carrying my bag… my hero. Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (91) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (92) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (93)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (94) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (95) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (96)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (97) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (98) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (99)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (100) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (101) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (102)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (103) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (104) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (105)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (107) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (108)And just like that our time in Venice came to a very sad end. We boarded a boat to Burano. But the small island was just as unique and alive… so that distracted me for a bit! 😉Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (106)


Burano, Italy


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Where do I begin with Burano? This colorful little island was filled with charm, history and so much color! After our 45-minute scenic boat ride from Venice, we arrived in Burano! As soon as we stepped foot on the island my eyes were fascinated by the colors. Naturally, it began to lightly rain and continued the entire time we were there!

At first, I was annoyed. But after walking around in the rain for a few minutes I began to notice that the vividly colored buildings seemed to pop off the gray sky even brighter. So that was the day I really tested out my camera’s weather seal (it held up perfectly)!

Later, when I saw the photos, I realized I couldn’t have asked for better weather! The rain made this city sparkle. Puddles on the floor reflected the vivid colors surrounding them! Plus, the light was evenly dispersed over the entire city and umbrellas popped up everywhere, adding only more color. It was magical.


Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (109) Views from the boat as we approached Burano! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (110) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (111) Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography We just had to get dessert in Burano after having lunch in Venice. 😉 Mint chip and dark chocolate, of course. Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography We miss gelato so much. Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Those Burano colors.
Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography One of my favorite photos! I just love the soft pastel colors in this next photo. Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography  Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Then we said goodbye to Burano and headed back to Venice to pick up the rest of our group. Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography We said goodbye to Venice from the boat. So sad.  Then the next morning we were off! We headed South West to Assisi. Fields of yellow flowers and cappuccinos make my heart so happy.  I can almost still taste it.  The views on our drive to Assisi were breathtaking!  Take me back to ITALY!! 


Assisi, Italy



Easter Sunday was mostly spent traveling back to Roma but during this very scenic travel day we had one more city to visit–Assisi! This little city was filled with charm and gorgeous sights. Although we spent more of our time there shopping and eating, we loved everything we saw!


Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (2)

Basilica Papale di San Francesco d’Assisi

Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (5)So thankful Dave, Alexa & I were able to orchestrate this group photo; I brought my tripod and wireless remote. After a few minutes, we had everyone set up! It’s not perfect but it’s a photo with everyone we had an amazing time with! We made such great friends with everyone on this trip! I can now say I have friends in Canada, South Africa & New Zealand (just to name a few!)
Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (4)Such a wild, fun bunch! Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (3)Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (6)Thank you for these photos, Ed Mansell!Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (7)Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (13) That’s Molly on the bottom of the next photo with her arms up! Miss you Molly!! Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (8) This view was spectacular! Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (9)Jill & Ron and Janelle & Dave, friends that live in different states back home but met in Italy to share a vacation together! #GOALS Thanks guys for sharing a gondola with us in Venice! 🙂Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (14)Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (10) Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (11)Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (12)Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (15)Next stop, our last gelato in Italy! 🙁 Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (16)

Andrew went with yummy flavors like chocolate and Biscotti (which I just had to taste, and it was amazing) and I went with something other than chocolate and coconut or mint for once and really regretted it! I got lemon and strawberry! WHY?? Oh well, it looked really pretty. 😉

Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (17) Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (18)Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (19) Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (20) Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (21)Andrew was the smart one who got pizza before we left Assisi… I was too distracted to eat, making that the second thing to regret. Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (22) Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (23)Then we arrived back in Rome and shared one last evening with our friends! And we prepared for our bittersweet early morning flight back home!  Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (24)

Saying goodbye to Italy wasn’t goodbye. It was, see ya later, Italy! We will be back! 😉


SEE MORE FROM OUR TRIP TO ITALY BY CLICKING THE NAMES OF THE CITIES BELOW!

Rome

Orvieto & Siena

San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca

Florence & Pisa

 

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Trip to Italy: Tuscany | Part: IV Florence & Pisa

Florence, Italy


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On the third day in Tuscany, we spent the whole day in Florence. We visited a leather factory, then had a guided tour by a local guide and had a ton of free time for eating and shopping! Florence is such a large lively city filled with so much history!


Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (3) We started our day early to spend the whole day exploring this incredible city!
Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (5) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (6)Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (7) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (8) First stop was a leather factory and shop! Then we had a bit of free time that we spent in a coffee shop of course! Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (9)Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (10) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (11) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (13) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (14)Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (12)Fun fact: The Netflix show Medici: Masters of Florence gives such an interesting view into the lives of the Medici family and how Florence became what it is today! Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (15)Then we began our guided tour of Florence! Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (16) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (17) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (18)Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (19) Loved the architecture in Florence! Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (20) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (21)It wasn’t a good day for this bike…Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (22) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (23)Obviously, I have a thing for bikes…Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (24)Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (25) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (26)Cattedrale di Santa Maria del FioreFlorence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (27)Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (28) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (29) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (31) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (32) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (33)Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (34) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (35)Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (48)Horse eat hay in Florence, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (30) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (36)Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (38) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (39)Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (40) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (41) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (42)Prosciutto pizza!Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (43) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (44) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (45)This was Michelangelo’s childhood home! Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (46) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (47) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (49) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (50) Florence & Pisa, Italy | Italy Photography | Italy Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (51)And that was our day in Florence!
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Pisa, Italy


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On the fourth day in Tuscany we spent a good chunk of the day traveling to Venice, but before arriving in Venice we stopped in Pisa, Italy! Seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa was a sight to see! After taking too many photos, we walked around the adorable town and found Andrew a bakery that finally had some Cannolis! He had been looking for some the whole trip! I also got my favorite, a Lobster Tail Pastry and it was SO GOOD!!


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More from our trip to Italy will be posted soon!


See more from our trip to Italy by clicking the names of the cities below!

Rome

Orvieto & Siena

San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca

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Trip to Italy | Part III: San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca

San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca


After traveling through Orvieto and Siena we continued to head north along the West Coast of Italy. Our next stops were: San Gimignano, the town of towers, Greve, for wine tasting and Lucca, for an amazing dinner! Every one of these cities had its own charm and incredible history. We witnessed some of the most breathtaking views during this part of our trip and I am so excited to share more from our trip to Italy!


San Gimignano, Italy


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San Gimignano, also known as the “city of beautiful towers.” At one point in time the town had 72 towers but now only 14 remain. The towers rise above Tuscany’s Elsa Valley and make the town look like a medieval dreamscape.


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Cheese + Prosciutto. Delicious. San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (41) Laundry hanging in San Gimignano, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (42)San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (43) San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (44)San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (45)


Greve, Italy


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After visiting San Gimignano and its magnificent towers we made our way to Greve in Chianti for a tour of the Castello Vicchiomaggio winery! We learned how they craft and store their famous wine—The Chianti Classico. Afterward, we had a delicious wine tasting while overlooking a breathtaking panoramic view of Tuscany.


 Greve in Chianti, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (48) Greve in Chianti, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (47)I really wanted to stop for a photo in that field of yellow flowers! Field of Yellow flowers in Greve in Chianti, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (46) San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (49) San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (51)San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (52)  Greve in Chianti, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (53)  Greve in Chianti, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (54)San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (55)  Castello Vicchiomaggio winery in Greve in Chianti, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (56) This is where their wine is kept. Castello Vicchiomaggio winery in Greve in Chianti, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (57) Castello Vicchiomaggio winery in Greve in Chianti, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (58)  Castello Vicchiomaggio winery in Greve in Chianti, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (59)  Castello Vicchiomaggio winery in Greve in Chianti, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (60)Sneaking off for a second to get this shot was totally worth it! Castello Vicchiomaggio winery in Greve in Chianti, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (61)  Castello Vicchiomaggio winery in Greve in Chianti, Italy Then it was time for some VINO!  Castello Vicchiomaggio winery in Greve in Chianti, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Castello Vicchiomaggio winery in Greve in Chianti, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (64)  Castello Vicchiomaggio winery in Greve in Chianti, Italy | San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (65) Wine tasting at Castello Vicchiomaggio winery in Greve in Chianti, Italy | San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (66)Amazing wine!Vino at Castello Vicchiomaggio winery in Greve in Chianti, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (67)San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (73)Glass of wine at Castello Vicchiomaggio winery in Greve in Chianti, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (72) While everyone stayed inside sipping their wine, I immediately took mine outside for this view!! Tuscany views at Castello Vicchiomaggio winery in Greve in Chianti, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (71)Views of Tuscany | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (68)  Castello Vicchiomaggio winery in Greve in Chianti, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (70)Then I dragged Andrew out for some portraits of course! Thank you for these shots, Ange Sedgwick!
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Montecatini, Italy


We stayed in a lively town called Montecatini Terme for two nights while we explored the surrounding cities of Tuscany. Montecatini Terme is a more modern town established in the early 1900’s. It is known for its Thermal Waters which have been known to help relieve arthritis, rheumatism, digestive problems, and a few other ailments.


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Lucca, Italy


Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (1)


After a fun-filled day in San Gimignano, Greve and Montecatini, we headed to Lucca for a farm-to-table dinner at Fattoria il Poggio! We learned that, Lucca is actually the town that the movie Pinocchio was based on. It’s a quaint little town filled with some gorgeous scenes!


San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (87)Fattoria il Poggio is a Farmhouse in Montecarlo in the province of Lucca.Dinner at Fattoria il Poggio in Lucca, Italy The grounds are gorgeous!San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (89) First, we had an informative tour of their vineyard.  San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (90)San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (92) It was almost golden hour and the field seemed to glow! San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (93)Needless to say, all I wanted to do is get some photos taken! San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (94) Alexa Sedge offered to take some photos of us again! We were and still are so thankful for her willingness to document so many sweet moments in Italy! San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (95) San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (96)San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (98) San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (99)San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (100) San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (101) Then they showed us where they made their cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil! Their olive oil was so good that I brought some home! San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (102)San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (103) Then it was time for dinner! San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (106) Four courses of deliciousness. I was so busy enjoying the food that I forgot to capture the other two! San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (107) Tiramisu, my favorite!!
San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (108)Fattoria il Poggio in Lucca, ItalySan Gimignano, Greve & Lucca, Italy | Italy Photography | Crystal Bolin Photography (109)

We finished the night walking around Montecatini Terme! It is a very lively and beautiful town at night!
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More from our trip to Italy will be posted soon!

 

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Orvieto & Siena

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Trip to Italy | Part II: Orvieto & Siena, Italy | Tuscany

Italy: Tuscany | Part II: Orvieto & Siena, Italy


Orvieto, Italy | Orvieto Italy Photography (1)


After a few days in Rome (Click here if you missed Part I: Rome), we began to travel North along the West coast of Italy. The next four days that we spent traveling through Tuscany were my favorite parts of the whole trip! I felt so at home in Tuscany. I really loved everything about Italy but Tuscany, in particular, was a dream. The way the birds chirped in the morning dawn, the smells of the fresh air, the scenic views that seemed straight out of a movie and the delightful food!! It was all heavenly.

Orvieto and Siena were the first towns we visited while traveling through Tuscany. Both of these places were magical. Orvieto was first and it set the bar high! I fell in love with this place. It felt straight out of a fairytale and was so peaceful. After lunch in Orvieto, we headed to Siena! Siena was a much larger city with lots of shops and amazing architecture.


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Orvieto, Italy

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Our first stop was in this little town built on a steep bluff of volcanic rock called Orvieto. From the moment I stepped foot in this charming little town that felt straight out of a fairytale, I was in LOVE. Visiting Orvieto was my favorite part of the entire trip. I have a goal to retire there one day.



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