Wednesday, October 24, 2007


I LOVE to travel, however I am unable to do much travelling due to time and financial constraint especially. I did a lot of backpacking during my younger days and I always did my research before I travel to ensure that I get the cheapest and best hotel available. It wasn’t easy on my student pocket but the experience was unforgetable.

Now that we are both working and have a little bit more money, I told Mr Frankie that perhaps him and I should take a trip before we start a family. One place that we both really wanted to go is Italy. So we started researching for hotels in Italy that offers the best rate in town.

We watched a programme on Italy last weekend and we decided that Venice is a must-go place. Venice is a city in northern Italy, the capital of region Veneto, and Venice's nicknames include "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Bridges", and "The City of Light.

We also listed down a few places that we want to visit:-

Trevi Fountain
The Fontana di Trevi or Trevi Fountain is the most famous and arguably the most beautiful fountain in all of Rome. It brings water all the way from the Salone Springs (approx 20km from Rome) and supplies the fountains in the historic center of Rome with water. The water at the bottom of the fountain represents the sea. Legend has it you will return to Rome if you throw a coin into the water. You should toss it over your shoulder with your back to the fountain.

A distinctive feature of Florence's skyline is the dome of the cathedral (Duomo), Santa Maria del Fiore. The building itself, located due north of the Piazza della Signoria, was begun by the sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio in 1296. The third pair of these doors, by Lorenzo Ghiberti, was of such rare beauty that Michelangelo christened them the " Gates of Paradise."

The Coliseum was built during the reign of Emperor Vespasiano c. 72 AD and dedicated in 80 AD by his son Titus. The popular name of Coliseum came about because the immense oval stadium was situated next to a colossal statue of Nero. The original name of this ancient Roman sports arena, the largest arena of its kind, is The Amphitheatrum Flavium.

Rome, the capital city of Italy is also in our list. If you have never been to Rome, don’t worry. There are a lot of hotels in Rome with affordable prices so as not to burn a hole in your pocket. Some of interesting places that we would like to visit in Rome are:-

The Parthenon
The Parthenon was built in honor of goddess Athena. The Parthenon was built on top of the Acropolis. The Parthenon was built inside the city, but unfortunately the roof of the Parthenon fell in and it was destroyed.

Isn’t it just breathtaking?

Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in the Vatican City. Its decoration, frescoed throughout by the greatest Renaissance artists, including Michelangelo whose ceiling is legendary, and its purpose, as a site of papal religious and functionary activity, notably the conclave, at which a new Pope is selected

A friend who visited Venice last June said venice hotels are the best hotels in Italy. Here in Venice you can take the gondola ride down the canals. Also, don’t forget the Palazza Grassian, an imposing white marble palace on the Grand Canal of Venice.

Also, I have always wanted to visit the Fenice or Teatro La Fenice ("The Phoenix"). The Fenice is an opera house in Venice, Italy. It is one of the most famous theatres in Europe, the site of many famous operatic premieres. Its name reflects its role in permitting an opera company to "rise from the ashes" despite losing the use of two theatres (to fire and legal problems respectively). Since opening and being named La Fenice, it has twice burned and been rebuilt.

We are not sure when will we be able to afford this holiday. It's going to be expensive, hence that's why we need to do a lot of research for cheap places for us to stay in Italy.

So, anyone been to Italy?