Italy will always hold such a special place in my heart.
It was the first country I ever visited outside the U.S. and forever one of my favorites!
Florence and Cinque Terre
The first time I went to Italy I went to stay with a friend who was studying abroad in Florence. It was my first time ever leaving the country and overall it was quite a shit show to be honest. I experienced a lot of travel anxiety, and broke my phone when I was alone in Rome. Which is why you see no photos from Rome.
But it’s also the trip where I fell in love with international travel, and met my dear friend Antonia. She showed me the best of Florence and we had a great day exploring Cinque Terre. Until we accidentally started taking the wrong train home.
Foreshadowing: this ends up being the first of many times I take a wrong train in Italy.