Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday: Columbus Day Weekend in San Marino, Verona, Venice and Pisa

On my very first Flashback Friday, I annotated that my next one was supposed to be this post. I decided to put it on hold and wait for the Columbus Day Weekend as this trip happened on the same occasion three years ago.

These are my very first Italy destinations so imagine my excitement. Not only that, I went with a family that I’ve known for 8 years. I’ve been with them in Mississippi, Italy, and now, here in California. They welcome me to their lovely abode every time I go to San Diego. Being an independent individual for so long, having a family friend that I cling myself to is a wonderful blessing. Yes, a blessing, because we all know how difficult it is to find genuine relationships. We visited San Marino, Verona, Venice and Pisa during a 3-day Columbus Day Weekend three years ago.


Entering in an incline and through small alleys ways, San Marino greets you with inviting souvenir shops and restaurants of different cuisines. I bought me a miniature wine barrel and a bottle of Limoncello during our gander there. Shopping is not the only thing that greets you here. Being perched on a mountain top, getting to the top will give you a bird’s eye view of the city. I took the sky lift to experience it better. At the heart of it stood the Pianello or Piazza della Liberta (not to be confused with the one in Florence). San Martino is the world’s oldest republic and Europe’s third smallest state. As a matter of fact, it has open borders as long as you don’t stay for more than 20 days.

– Piazza della Liberta (Liberty Square) –


I already have two previous blog posts of Venice so I wouldn’t bore you again. *BIG GRIN*
Riding Gondola in Venice, or Making The Best of your Travel

– I haven’t share a picture from my first Venice trip so here goes it. –

Coming back from San Marino and Venice, we took two quick side trips to see The Leaning Tower of Pisa and to Verona for La Casa di Julietta.


No one can really put a dot on whether the greatest lovers we recognize existed or not. Being it a quick stop, we became one of the curious tourists who still opted to visit The House of Juliet in Verona.

– Juliet’s Balcony –

There is also a market and shopping place further down the street. I don’t know what it is, but I love this fountain, and it’s very memorable. Perhaps, it’s from the mere fact that it’s my first Italian trip. Or maybe, though crooked, I just flattered myself with how I got the shot. *Big Grin*

The Leaning Tower of Pisa:

I don’t mean to argue to those who thinks otherwise, but to be completely honest, I just think The Leaning Tower of Pisa is too much glamorized than what it is. However, above it all, being it my very first Italian tour, The Leaning Tower of Pisa sure sparked that magnificent feeling of being very blessed. To physically be there and see it was quite an accomplishment.

By the way, there is also a market place in Florence that we always go to buy cheap tapestry. *wink* I had purchased a good number myself.


Traveling to Italy


Let Amy take you there. An impressive list of travel destinations and a pleasing personality she has, this blog completely lives up to its title and web address, The World is a Book … shareandconnect.wordpress.com. Athens, Canada (to inlcude the ever-magnificent Niagara Falls), Prague, Colorado, Germany, Greece, and of course, an ample amount of Italian posts are some of the many places under her belt. An all-around and all-over-the-place blogger, Amy participates in many challenges to include Weekly Photo Challenge, Sunday Post, Story Challenge, and of course, Travel Theme Challenge. My favorite post is this sad but lovely post about Change – …but the old is better. You better read this post or I will smack you in the head. Get over there and flip the blog post pages full of awesome images of wonderful locations.


Last Call…

I think I owe them an apology for not mentioning them much on my posts. Narrating is just not my strongest suit. It’s about time that I mention them since I was with them almost all my travel destinations. I introduce, the Katimbang Family…


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  1. Thank you so much for the nice words about my humble blog, Rommel! I’m flattered to be on your featured blog. πŸ™‚
    Flashback Friday is such a cool idea! I think it’s enjoyable to travel with close friends, you were lucky. Nice photos of the beautiful Katimbang family.

  2. Hi Rommel! Just a shout out to my Ventura neighbor to tell you that I am really enjoying looking at the pictures you post on your blog. You have a natural eye! Keep up the good work. Oh, and thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog!

    • Thanks for the visit and the comment, Jeff. Yeah, San Marino is so fascinating being it indepedent. I was reading about it, and they use the term “state”. I didn’t even think places in Italy use are categorized as that.

      • I see. I really like your blog especially that it tells about places and travelling. Hope to read more of your works! Keep it up πŸ™‚

      • You are welcome my friend!
        I also find your blog prety interesting & entertaining jejeje specially photographs is something I enjoy the most, πŸ˜€

        Have an ex,celent day, I’ll be looking forward for more stuff jejeje πŸ˜‰

    • In Italy? Phew, so many. I got Italy Category if or when you do get there to get insights. hehe. If anything, Rome remains to what I consider the best city of all.
      Out of the four, I love Venice. But during that time, it was dark and I like traveling during the day than at night, so I choose San Marino out of the four.

      • I will definitely check out your Italy category, thanks!

        Venice seems like such a beautiful unique city. I don’t know much about San Marino, I’ll do some research.

  3. Hi Rommel,
    I was in Italy many years ago, and the tower was leaning then too, and there were lots of things to buy in Florence – and I did, from the basement stash of one of the street marketeers. I’m so glad you got to go there. By the way I want to include you in a circle of blogging friends. This isn’t an award, but an appreciation of what you do. You meet the criteria of what I consider great blogging. Come check out the details. http://wp.me/p2jC53-IB

    • I’m very sorry. It was a toss up between you and Amy. Anyhow, it’s only a matter of time of featuring you both. Since you already been to California, I figured I wait for another post that I can squeeze you in. Gladly, it was that sooner. Have fun blogging, and stay safe.

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