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  • Nick and Dariece | June 9, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    10 Photos From Italy That Will Have You Packing Your Bags

    10 Photos From Italy That Will Have You Packing Your Bags

    Photos by Goats on the Road

    It had taken us many years to finally book our flight to Italy. But you know what? We're actually glad that we waited until we were in our 30s to discover this boot-shaped country. These days, we have a greater appreciation for history, culture, wine and food — four things that Italy is especially known for. Back in our 20s, we were mostly looking for beaches and the party scene! Don't get me wrong, we enjoyed quite a few nights out in Italy, but those nights were spent at trendy wine bars, rather than nightclubs.

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    During our travels around Italy, it became quite apparent that this is a destination that we will be returning to again and again. Here are 10 of our favorite photos from our time spent in Rome, Florence, Siena, Chianti, Venice, Burano and Murano. Trust us, you'll want to pack your bags for Italy after seeing these images!

    the roman colosseum in rome italy

    Visiting the Colosseum in Rome was a huge highlight of our trip! Seeing it from the outside was incredible, but as soon as we stepped inside, we were absolutely blown away. The fact that the Colosseum was built in 80 A.D. is pretty incredible.

    travel to rome pasta making class

    Pasta will probably be your first meal in Italy. There are so many types of noodles and sauces in Italian cooking, it'll make your head spin. In order to really gain an understanding of the pasta-making process, we joined a cooking class in Rome, and really enjoyed it!

    Largo di Torre Argentina

    One of the most amazing things about Rome is that you can be walking down a normal, residential street, but as soon as you round a corner, you'll spot this! Roman ruins are everywhere. The Largo di Torre Argentina is a square in Rome, which is home to Roman ruins and Pompey's Theatre. It's also said that this is the place where Julius Caesar was assassinated.

    travel to venice italy canal

    The canals in Venice can be quite busy with foot traffic. Make sure you venture away from the Grand Canal for a more peaceful experience.

    travel to rome eating at a wine bar

    The wine bars in Rome have a very lively vibe! The bars are always quite small and cozy, with people spilling out on to the streets. There aren't any "no drinking on the street" laws in Rome, and enjoying your glass of wine outside of the restaurant doors is fairly commonplace. A platter of appetizers and a bottle of wine, and you've got your evening planned.

    travel to italy the duomo in florence

    The Duomo is a cathedral in Florence, which dominates the plaza of the same name. The inside is stunning, but the outside is much more ornate. Tours can bring you up to the top, outer edge of the dome for views across Florence.

    what to do in florence eat gelato

    Eating gelato in Italy is another must-do. The best gelaterias that we found were in Florence. Make sure to try the pistachio flavor! There are so many things to do in Florence, but eating gelato daily was probably our favorite.

    what to do in florence italy the arno river

    The beautiful Arno River in Florence. This is a great place for walking, both during the day and at night as well. Oftentimes there will be people rowing on the river, either leisurely, or as part of a training program.

    what to do in florence tuscany wine

    The Tuscan countryside is a stark contrast from Italy's cities. Out here it's peaceful and nature-filled. Even if you're not into wineries and wine tastings, it's still worth making the trip to Tuscany, it's beautiful.

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    travel to italy colourful city of burano venice

    Burano is an island located about an hour's boat ride from Venice. It's known for lace making and colorful homes! This is a great day trip from Venice.

    Have you traveled to Italy? Which destinations were your favorite? Tell us below!

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Nick and Dariece Notes from the Goats

Nick and Dariece Nick and Dariece are the couple behind Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they've been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. They are also full time contributors at Credit Walk where they share their expertise of making money and travelling forever. Check them out at Goats On The and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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