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Runaway Photo: Best of Italy

Oh, Italy, how I miss you.

I stayed the longest in Italy during my Runaway Europe tour. From Milan to Naples, I enjoyed various aspects of this country for two weeks, and made me want to go back someday. Italy, previously well known as a part of the Roman Empire, is one of the most important place for the archeological and cultural reasons. Every step of the way, there is a 2000-year-old artifact to contain amazing anecdote. I enjoyed the story of Herculaneum, a few best of Rome and how pigeons made David to stay indoors. There are so many stories breathing alive here. Though that’s not the only reason why I had such a good time. Thanks to the kind people of Italy I interacted with, I got to see what the life is in Italy. I loved their values in life, coffee culture, beautiful countryside with wineries, and history. Of course two weeks was awfully short time to figure all these out, but as you know, there is a place just connect to the heart without any specific reason. Italy was like that for me. Not just because it is shaped like boots.

Here I share some of the best parts of each city I’ve been.

Milan

Milano Duomo

Milano Duomo

Window display at Milan

Window display at Milan

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Milan central train station

Milan central train station

Florence

Firenze Duomo

Firenze Duomo

Gates of Paradise

Gates of Paradise

Galileo Galilei's tomb at Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence

Galileo Galilei’s tomb at Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence

A glass of wine with sandwich for lunch

A glass of wine with sandwich for lunch

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

Rome

Colosseum and its underground revealed

Colosseum and its underground revealed

The Arch of Constantine (Arco di Costantino)

The Arch of Constantine (Arco di Costantino)

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

Puntarelle – Roma’s favourite vegetable

Puntarelle – Roma’s favourite vegetable

pantheon

Pantheon

Italian Coffee

Italian Coffee

The Vatican City

St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica

Pieta

Pieta

Vatican City (c)Runaway Juno

Very old graffiti

Tomb of Pope John Paul II

Tomb of Pope John Paul II

Orvieto

Orvieto Duomo

Orvieto Duomo

The view of Umbria countryside from Orvieto

The view of Umbria countryside from Orvieto

Underground tour at Orvieto

Underground tour at Orvieto

Orvieto

Orvieto

Naples

Mount Vesuvio and city of Napoli

Mount Vesuvio and city of Napoli

Sorento - Napoli Pizza

Sorento – Napoli Pizza

Pompeii house column

Pompeii house column at Archeological Museum in Naples

Sfogliatelle at Naples

Sfogliatelle at Naples

Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius

Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius

 

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

17 Comments

  1. Giulia says:

    Beautiful pictures! I always like to read about people’s impressions on Italy. And I always find myself thinking I should see more of my country… 🙂 glad you enjoyed your stay here!

    • Juno Kim says:

      I really do love your country. I want to do a road trip from north to south someday. It would be amazing! I really want to see more of countryside.

  2. Turner says:

    God I miss that place. I did a market food tour with Walks of Italy there. Amazing.

    I miss the food. But summers in Rome….like living on the sun.

    • Juno Kim says:

      I liked the food tour as well. I want to buy some of the olive oil and balsamic vinegar next time I’m there. Ah, they make such a great products! I was there in October, but I’ll make sure not to go there in Summer if I don’t want to feel like standing on the sun. 🙂

  3. awesome photo essay Juno, you take amazing photos! Can taste the Napoli pizza through my screen now (perhaps not a good sign for me – lol)!

  4. Great pictures. I’m such an Italy lover too.

  5. It take a lot for me to be impressed by photos from Italy… You have done the job! Beautiful collection reflecting this glorious country. My home away from home. Brava!

    • Juno Kim says:

      Thanks for the compliments! I’m honoured to impress you. 🙂 Italy is such a beautiful country. I don’t know much about their politics (seems like there’s a lot of issues at the moment) but I liked talking to Italians and expats. Somehow, I feel a lot of similarities between Koreans and Italians. Can’t exactly tell what, but I do feel it.

  6. Stephen says:

    Excellent images!! Italy looks fabulous through your lens! I’m glad I was able to travel there with you.

  7. Faisal Admar says:

    Wow! Amazing. Now you make me feel like putting Italy in my next destination to visit 🙂

  8. mi Viajar says:

    The pictures are fantastic. Congratulations! I loved Italy, specially Rome, Florence and Venice.

  9. Raffaella says:

    Awesome photos, really! I see you have been in Tuscany… have you also visited the lesser known “Maremma” area in the south? It is really lovely and alternative to the most ‘famous’ part of the region 🙂 it won’t disappoint

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