Friday, July 18, 2014

Benvenuto in Italia

Please join a special group of bloggers as they show you their favorite places in Europe! Starting with Anita of Castles Crowns and Cottages!

Today I am reminiscing about a very special trip taken to Rome and Florence a few years back and will let these beautiful images speak for themselves!!

The Trevi Fountain Detail

The Cathedral at Orvieto

The ceiling of The Sistine Chapel by Michaelangelo

In the Borghese Gardens

Lanvin Couture 

Victor Emmanuel II Detail

Il Pagliaccio Restaurant 

A Swiss Guard at St. Peters Cathedral

Galligani Pasticceria The Best!

The Colosseum at Night

From the lovely Anita, lets spread the Magic always!

I truly believe that one could spend months in every fine city of Europe and never see enough. However here is just a snippet of some of my favorite things about Rome, its history and romance, and the surrounding region!

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Unknown said...

We've both found ourselves in Rome for Anita's Party ;) It's my favourite city after London of course!!
Happy Weekend xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Karena! Bonjour! Oh what glorious memories you must have, you and dear Catherine up above me here! Rome is a very important destination for me, and I hope to see it before I can no longer travel. Thank you so much kind heart, for joining in. Do visit the others if you can! Anita

Personally selected products said...

Hello Good evening!

Thanks to Anita we can enjoy this holiday in Europe with funny Link Party which has organized.
Thanks to her I discovered your blog and you.

Thank you very much for sharing your story and your photos.
  Wish you a fantastic Friday afternoon

From Madrid .... ...
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Fete et Fleur said...

Oh, how lovely, Karena,

It sounds like you left your heart in Rome. One day I hope to visit this beautiful place. Thank you for sharing the beauty.


Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

Okay, so basically this link party is going to make me YEARN for some European travel! Not fair! :) Pretty pics - can't wait to see more!

Little Miss Titch said...

Rome is such a beautiful city,I have only ever been once,someday I must go back again,xx Rachel and Speedy

Mary Hone said...

That must have been a great trip. One of my must see places.

"Create Beauty" said...

My daughter has been there but not me... I would love the art and architecture! Thanks for sharing your own travels!!!

~ Violet

The French Hutch said...

I’m so happy to have met up with you at Anita’s party. I enjoyed touring with you through some of my favorite places on earth. I would love to see Italy again some day. Thanks for all the travel inspiration...........

Palomasea said...

Ah! La bella Italia!! How fitting as I am treating myself to some hazelnut gelato at the moment!
Dear Karena...your photos are beautiful and make want to go back to Rome...a magical place indeed....
Thank you for sharing this beauty!
And thank you for visiting my Costwolds post! :)

You know, for some reason, your posts have not been coming up on my blog roll...for several months...
I will look for an e-mail option, because I would love to visit you regularly...
Ciao bellissima! :)
- Irina

Botanic Bleu said...

My favorite photo is the first one. Oh, to be so glamorous, care-free, and boarding a BLEU train for whirlwind trip.

Thanks for the tour and taking us along on such a trip filled with beauty.

Thank you also for visiting earlier and leaving nice comment!


Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Hello Karena, Italy, no surprise. I also wrote of Italy. Rome is beautiful city to behold and you have also inspired me with your lovely pictures. I thoroughly enjoyed dreaming along with you.

Marijke said...

Have enjoyed your beautiful pictures of Italy, I wish I go there sometime...
groetjes van Marijke

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Hi Karena,
The pictures say " ooo aaaa and mmmm"! :-D
Thank you for a wonderful glimpse
of a perfect place to go!!
Many Blessings, Linnie

La Contessa said...

ITALIA.........we share that in common don't we!I believe what you said no matter how often we go there would always be more to see!Lovely
photos........I am having so much fun traveling this weekend from my ITALIAN velvet chair!AS you know ANITA sent me...............don't you just ADORE that BALLERINA shot!I could NEVER tire of looking at her......must be BABY POWDER they have dusted her TUTU with!I think I may try something like that on my BIRTHDAY!XOXO

Suz said...

Magnificent images of Rome. Wish I were there.

Anonymous said...

Karena, thank you for sharing your wonderful memories of Rome! Such a delight for all of the senses. What a beautiful place to visit! ♡Dawn

Karen said...

I've never been to Italy so this was especially fun for me. Thank you. I have a couple of good friends that love Florence. With your interests I bet that was such a great vacation.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Karena,

Thank you for sharing your wonderful Rome holiday photos with us.
It must have been a great trip seeing all the beauty there.
Happy Sunday

Anonymous said...

Hello lovely Karena, so wonderful to visit with you, especially through Anita's party. Ah, and you've traveled to my favorite European destination, a place I dream of visiting one day. Thank you for all the inspiration.

VM Creation Atelier said...

Hello dear Carena!
Such amazing trip to Rome and Florence...
I believe that these immensely gorgeous places making you very inspirational and you want to stay there for a while!:)))

THANKYOU so much for you visit,and ofcaurse for beautiful Anita,she brought us together:)))


Preppy Empty Nester said...

Gorgeous photos!! Especially of those yummy pastries! Have a wonderful week, Karena!

Anonymous said...

i think so far France and Italy are ahead in the race of most dreamy destinations. lovely photos.

irma said...

Coucou de France et merci de ta visite.
Italy is a lovely country not so far from my home. Rome, Venise, Toscany, every trip is a delight!

Martina said...

Dear Karena, i see you're a fan of Italy like me and i loved goibf through your post and all the pretty images! Let's eat something lemony today and enjoy some "Dolce hits!. Hope you have a lovely day!

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Such a beautiful post by Anita. SO many beautiful images, and I never tire of looking at European architecture, sculpture and painting! The work of Michaelangelo is just amazing!
Happy Montgomery,

My Notting Hill said...

We recently got back from Rome, Florence and Venice. Love it all, especially Rome! I'm having a giveaway, $100 to Lewis & Sheron, hope you'll stop by.

Kim said...

For Anita's party, I dreamed my way through Tuscany. Your lovely post just makes me want to go to Italy even more now! :)

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Well, it appears you are another Italy Lover! My, there seems to be a lot of us! But how fortunate you have been to spend some time in Bella Roma and Firenze! I do love those cities, and your pictures capture their spirit. I wish every person on earth could see the great art in these two cities!
Thank you for your visit!
Ciao bella

Robyn said...

Such a beautiful post, Karena! I have yet to go to Italy but I will soon and your pictures truly represent what I have dreamed of. Love the architectural, the food, the spirit of Italy. Thanks so much for a beautiful escape if only for a few moments. :)

Lynne said...

Ahhhh Roma!

I was there too long ago.

I was 17.

I attended school on a Summer study tour.

We stayed in a convent. Just like "in the movies", the Italian boys would serenade us beneath our window balcony. The nuns threw water on them. They would always return!

I was able to visit many of the places you so beautifully chronicled here, Karena!

Roma is indeed a dream destination!

I am off to Rough Luxe to see your art!!!!!

It's me said...

A little bit late but......Wonderful post ...great party !!..thanks for Anita !!! Ria...x !

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