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Travel Diary :: My Trip to Italy and The Vatican City

Travel Diary :: My Trip to Italy and The Vatican City


See ehn, sometimes when things don’t work out the way we expect them to, just stay thankful. Because more often than not, it’s for our good. That’s exactly the case with this my Italy trip.

I was in the middle of a project; My first fashion collection for the African Fashion Show in Geneva, and I couldn’t access my bank account because there was a restriction on it due to CBN’s (Central Bank of Nigeria) BVN (Bank Verification Number) Registration.

One of the Pieces from the collection ( Wore on of the tops from the collection in this post).

I tried all I could, called everyone I knew at GTBank Nigeria but “NO SHOW”. Eventually I gave up and called GTBank London,to see if I can get it done but, they directed me to Paris centre, where I was told they were undergoing some renovations, and so all roads led to Italy.

Booked an appointment for Monday February 15th, and decided to make it a weekend trip. If we (hubby and I) are going to Italy for BVN we may as well explore the city. And I am glad we did. The BVN centre is in Rome, which is the capital of Italy. In order to cut cost, we booked an AirBnB, as I suggested in my post; 5 Tips to Reduce Your Travel Expense (You see I practice what I teach😆😆)

My trip to Rome

We got to Rome, pretty early (It was part of the plan though, so we could make the best use of our time). Our flight was for 6am and by 8am-ish we were in Rome.  The journey was about 1 hour 25 minutes from Geneva.  Once we settled in, we headed out immediately for sightseeing and you can already guess where our first stop was; The Colosseum; One of the new Seven Wonders of the World

My Trip to Italy

See ehn, I personally don’t think any Picture can do the colosseum justices, It’s just too magnifique…

 The View of the Roman Forum

The Palatine Hill

Trevi FountainMy trip to Rome It’s one of the most famous fountain in the world. And if you are a Fashion lover like me, you already know this was where FENDI staged one of its most breathtaking shows ever in celebration of her 90th Anniversary.

The Pantheon

A former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome; The Pantheon is the best preserved building from ancient Rome.

Landscape of RomeMy trip to italy

The view of the Piazza del Popolo

Though the plan was to maximize all the time we had, we couldn’t see all the places we had planned to. I was super tired at this point and just needed to retire for the day. Biko Rome wasn’t built in a day, and so it definitely takes more than a day to see it.

Recommendation : If you can, take the tour of the Colosseum, I hear it’s amazing, we couldn’t because the queue for tickets was too long. 

It’s day two of our trip, we were off to the Vatican City; home to the Pope the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, encircled by a 2-mile border with Italy. Our first stop was the official residence of the Pope; The Apostolic Palace also known as the Papal Palace.

St. Peter’s Square

St. Peter’s Basilica

This is the amazing spiral staircase in the Vatican museum

Side View of The Mausoleum of Hadrian, popularly known as Castel Sant’Angelo

Awon Photobomber of life that won’t let my picture be great😆😆😆

Recommendations: This one is not if you can, Please take the tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. If you can take the Tour of Castel Sant’Angelo as well, the view at the top is awesome.

Day Three was Valentine’s Day, and Hubby had a surprise up his sleeves. He wouldn’t tell me where we were off to, He was just very particular about timing, so we don’t miss our Train. I couldn’t contain my joy, when I found out we were off to FLORENCE 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻

My Trip to Italy and The Vatican City

With Florence it was love at first sight. My husband and I fell in love with the city from the moment we stepped off the train. There was just something about Florence I can’t explain it.

Landscape of Florence

River Arno of Tuscany

Look what I found, their Love Bridge 

Side View of The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore ( Florence Cathedral )

Your Florence experience isn’t complete without having a  bistecca alla fiorentina… Gosh it was so good! I know right I love good food 😆😆

Recommendation: Don’t leave Florence without having Fiorentina Steak.

Day Four was pretty much chilled, our BVN Appointment was in the morning and afterwards we viewed the city one more time and retired early so we could be ready for our flight the next day…

Street View of the AirBnB we stayed during this trip

That’s it guys, I hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed going on this trip. Let me know what you think in the comments section. And which Italian city you would love to visit.

Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage,And He shall strengthen your heart;Wait, I say, on the LORD! Psalms 27:14.




  1. Titi
    March 11, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Beautiful people, beautiful post and a beautiful place👌🏽

    • LaraTESHOLA
      March 11, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Thank you boo 💋💋💋 I totally agree, very warm and amazing people.

  2. Driems
    June 1, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    What an amazing… place and your photos are wonderful, ITALY is the best place to stay. It is a treasure trove with so many things to see.

    • LaraTESHOLA
      June 3, 2017 at 4:53 am

      I absolutely agree with you… Almost all the cities I have visited feels like home

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