Sorry for the late reply! I'm still lost in plenty of messages to reply to > . < "
Oh, Hemmo, for culture, history and art, Italy is such a wonderful place! The book shops there are delightfully varied and beautiful, the museum entries are usually very very cheap and many people go to museums and galleries, it's simply in their education, I think. Wonderful to see. I have been to Naples (Napoli), Florence (Firenze) and Rome (Roma), for two days each and one day at the sea and the rest I spent with my lovely Rita at home.
> In Napoli I visited: the National Archaeological Museum (beautiful beautiful collection of ancient statues and mosaics, with many famous ones there, and also ancient Egyptian "things" for the lack of a better word right now x w x), Capella Sansevero (very very interesting place of extreme and tasteful beauty, I know this place in and out because I read about it so many times and even planned to present this together with all the statues inside and every detail at my oral art history exam... in the end the teachers knew I knew my stuff and didn't even let me tell my presentation decently, just three quick questions and I passed with a 10! Not that I complain but I would have loved to present it and sharpen my speaking skills D: but at the Capella, I basically was the full-time guide for my friend Rita aaand then another guy joined us and listened and asked questions, and other people secretly listened too because I gave nice looong explanations, so my heart went doki-doki because I literally was a guide there > ////// < they were so happy to listen to me and find out new stuff!), theRoyal Palace (Palazzo Reale) (holy shit this one was extremely opulent but majestic AF), Castel dell'Ovo (stone castel built in the sea, it's used as an art gallery can you believe it..), the catacombs full of human bones and thousands of skulls aligned.. and of course I walked through the whole city because Rita's parents know Napoli in and out
> In Firenze I visited: church of Santa Maria Novella (the frescoes are breathtaking!!!!!), the center with the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore (the famous one, I was inside too, and while the outer decoration is beautiful and rich, inside it is very simple and peaceful...), Palazzo della Signoria aka Palazzo Vecchio (where Ezio's father was held captive lol I literally went inside and on top of the tower and saw that there are indeed a few prison cells inside the tower! also the palazzo functions as a meeting hall, very elegant and tastefully arranged, and also is a museum basically. Beautiful place, beautiful. And the view from top of the tower is splendid!!), Ponte Vecchio (where many of us ACII players fell into the Arno river a bunch of times, I caught the sunset on the bridge and then stayed there while the beautiful orange lights reflected in the still water flow... it was heartwarming...), Galleria degli Uffizi (the famous art gallery that is very, very, very enjoyable and very long! all of my yes even when my feet were like kill us now) and what else?............ the city is surprisingly small! it's amazing to walk through it, so easy, with beautiful clean streets, though there is an avalanche of tourists everywhere
> In Roma I visited: the Vatican Museums (hell, they are so crowded you can't take the artworks in and relax, but in the end you arrive at the Sixtine Chapel and that place, while being full of people, is quiet and beautiful, the guards take no shit and want people to be quiet, Mikey really did a brilliant job there, sigh...), the basilica of San Pietro outside and inside (stunning, worth seeing! solemn and gigantic yet doesn't feel too big), Galleria Borghese with the gardens outside too (probably the most beautifully arranged, calm, organized and perfect collection of them all, the themes of the sculptures and paintings all go well together in perfect rooms with controlled numbers of people entering, so that it is never crowded inside, a romantic collection that is worth visiting, I recommend it with all my heart, plus there are famous Bernini sculptures inside > w o and the gardens outside are huuuuuge and super-relaxing and full of birds! all kinds of exotic birds!), the Colosseum (beautiful! and interesting to see irl) and Fontana di Trevi (the famous stereotypical tourist destination, but screw stereotypes Hemmo THAT FOUNTAIN IS AMAZING, I almost cried seeing it, it's so so so fascinating and beautiful in reality, I fell in love, no wonder it's so famous and stereotypical!!) and of course I walked a lot around the city <3 but Roma is simply too big to visit in two days, one must plan at least... months... to visit a lot
I am sure I forgot many things but you at least get the idea ; w ; oh, and world's best ice cream is everywhere in Italy, HEAVENS it's too good for this world
Oh, you start university so soon! I start it in October only.. I start to miss the academic atmosphere around, heheh..
I forgot that I also want to avoid FFXV spoilers and I keep falling into the info abyss nuuuu x w x............. must...not....be.....that curious...