Genoa, Florence, Rome, Cinque Terre, Pisa
December 2014, I sign up to aupairworld.com as I’m sick and tired of the cold British weather. 2 weeks later I’m on a plane on my way to live in Italy for 7months as an au pair & English teacher.
From January – July 2015 I lived with a lovely family in Pegli, Genoa where I looked after two young children in the mornings and then taught English privately and in Schools in the afternoon.
Before moving to Genoa I had never really heard of the place, and definitely did not expect Pegli to be as beautiful as it was! Every day I got to stroll down to the beach or the park, drink coffee, eat gelato, and admire the beautiful views. I definitely count myself lucky for this experience, as it definitely did not feel like work.
In my spare time when I wasn’t ‘working’ I was often hanging out with new friends, eating pizza (shock!), going for drinks (again, shock!) and exploring new cities. In the time I was there I also got to visit Rome, Florence and Cinque Terre. All beautiful places.
When in Rome…
Yeah, true. When in Rome, Mary and I sure did treat ourselves and tried to fit everything possible in to a girls weekend away. We walked for miles & miles exploring Rome and its all top sights; the Colosseum, Trevi fountain, the Spanish Steps, churches and indulging in plenty of gelato and vino. I would highly recommend any travellers to stop at Rome for at least a weekend, if not longer, as there is so much to see and do. However, it is a pricey city.
Top tip for Rome: Wear comfy shoes!
B.E.A.UTIFUL. Wow. What a city. Such beautiful architecture everywhere you look, it truely is an amazing city. Once again though, plenty of walking is to be done in Florence if you want to see any of the top sights. The most famous, and probably one of my favourite experiences in Florence, is visiting the Duomo Cathedral. After eventually getting to the very top you look out to the whole of Florence, seeing colourful buildings whichever way you turn. It really was picture perfect!
Talking of picture perfect, Cinque Terre is an iconic postcode picture, with every building, house and shop showing an array of beautifully bright colours. Cinque Terre has some beautiful hikes and walks which lead you to the incredible view of the seaside villages. After walking miles and miles up and down in the sweltering heat it really does make you smile when you turn that corner and see, well, this…
Most famous for The Leaning Tower of Pisa. In all honestly, the only great sight we could find was The Tower! Now, don’t get me wrong, It was amazing to see, and have a laugh, trying to get the classic photos. But… After seeing The Tower we found ourselves saying “Oh. So now what?” The Leaning Tower of Pisa was fascinating and so interesting to read and find out more information about, however, after a long day in Pisa, we were definitely ready to head back to Genoa.
I feel like Italy is somewhere you can visit time and time again and always see new places and never get bored. I loved my time there, met some amazing people, and had some great experiences. Italy, you will always have a place in my heart!
Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!