Our Palladian Winter!

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In winter-time a tourist in Italy is almost a rare sight! Yes it is quite cold, but one can have Palladio’s masterpieces, the canals of Venice, and the Uffizi without the massive crowds. Tourists who have traveled in spring and summer and even in fall, know how rare this is. In fall the Italians travel and things can be quite busy. Jim and I split up for a time in the Uffizi one winter day, and each of us marveled at walking through room after room of masterpieces with not a person in sight. I was greeted like a c-list celebrity by American college students in the Duomo who were studying abroad and were thrilled because, “Oh my God! It’s an American mom!”

I guess they were feeling a little homesick in late January and mom was looking better than when they left! :)

I love Italy in the winter. It is my favorite time. The people are warm, the food hot and delicious, and less tourists and queues, have made me a convert. It is like being in Italy, not being in Italy with 200,000 other tourists crammed into four blocks! I also prefer the cold to the heat of the summer. All of the buildings are covered with cloaks of frost. If all of this isn’t enough to convince you, everything is less expensive in Italia in the winter time. Accommodations, even in pricey Venice, are much less expensive.

We will be back in Italy in the spring and I am bracing for the crowds.

Take a peek at beautiful Italia in the winter-time:

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The genius of Palladio. One can book inside tours of Palladio’s masterpieces in the winter-time more easily. Getting inside is a major treat. There were Pallazos for sale along the Brenta that you can see if your thinking of a move! :) I sure was, but it’s quite a major undertaking and expense to take on a palazzo. I am content to visit.

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The Duomo Florence

76 thoughts on “Our Palladian Winter!

    • I could be your travel agent??? Let’s see, there’s French Polynesia, the Carribbean, ooooh, how about the Cook Islands? The Greek Islands are warm and lovely in spring……

  1. The first photo looks like a painting, and the last, the painting is just magnificent. I love the layers and how the people seem to be leaning out over the balconies.

    I had a week in Italy – while hubby worked I walked around a small tourist town. During a heat wave. Winter might be a good time to go if we can ever make it back that way again. :)

    • Yes. I know most people won’t like the cold, but I even went to Antarctica and would like to go again, so cold empty Italy is nirvana for me. Octobor weather is ideal. Cheers & thanks for stopping by!

  2. Beautiful pictures. I lived in Naples, Italy for 2 years and I loved it. The people were warm and hospitable, the food was out of this world, and at that time they were still using their own currency, lira so a lot of things were fairly affordable. I hope to go back one day on vacation, but I would not choose to go during the Summer because just about everywhere is crowded. Winter is better, you are right.

      • Oh, tell me about it. The food was so, so delicious. My landlord who lived on the 3rd floor actually invited me to have lunch with him and the meal he prepared was so good that I was chocking on the pasta because I was eating too fast:)

  3. Oh Cindy – you and Italy belong together like sunshine and love!!! Have a wonderful time.

    “Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.”
    Bertrand Russell

    • Yes there is a haze in the air because it is cold, there is frost on the vineyards making delicate ice scultures, everything is crystalized, people really talk with you because there are no crowds. I love Italy in the winter time~

  4. After all these beautiful photos and your vivid descriptions of Italy in winter, I am a convert. I love Italy but the heat of summer there simply wears me out. Thanks for a new perspective. :)

  5. I’ve spent a lot of time in Central and Northern Italy. Your first image takes me back to the streets of small towns including S.G. But my favorites are cities are Florence and Siena as well as the lake regions in the north (e.g., Lago D’Orta). But I prefer the warmer weather.

  6. My Italian landlord would love this post! Beautiful bright photos :) If I show him this maybe he will bring more Italian food for my dinner!! They are very generous like that and it’s nice to have a little bit of Italy in the diet especially when it’s freezing cold winter lol and he is very proud of his country :)

  7. We traveled via tour thru Italy in the fall of 2008. Since it was our first time, I’d have no comparison for crowds but we didn’t mind it. Via escorted tour, everything is pre-booked and pre-arranged so we never waited in line for a thing, we just show up. Even Eiffel in Paris

  8. Absolutely. I spent 1 afternoon in Venice in the early summer, and it was more than enough–too hot, too crowded, too full of other Americans. A friend is visiting there now and I’m jealous. I’m sure his experience will be completely different. Ken

    • Oh you just cracked me up big time!! Trust me they will!! It’s great to send them abroad for a year in college, they come back very much appreciating mom. My kids did. Too funny, the high school years are awful for everyone, even the kids, that’s one reason why they have an attitude. This too shall pass…..still chuckling! Cheers to you~

  9. Thats hilarious!! Yes hanging by my knees too!! Actually there are 7 towers (used to be more) and this was from one you could climb up. Hope SD is treating you well. Too bad it’s raining….Love following your progress. Cheers to you~

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