Jenna

Jenna

I'm a college student that recently spent a semester traveling Europe. I love to travel with family and friends. My favorite cities I've visited are Florence, Barcelona and Paris.

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Jenna's Itineraries

Where Jenna has been

Brunch at Alice's Tea Cup

Alice's Tea Cup, Chapter 3, East 81st Street, New York, NY, United States

Alice's Tea Cup is the CUTEST way to warm up before a cold day. They have a huge assortment of teas to have your very own tea party, complete with homemade scones, salads, sandwiches and desserts. We got the tea for two which came with unlimited tea and SO much food. Make sure to get a reservation in advance, and go hungry! They have 3 locations spread around the city.

Museum Mile

Museum Mile, New York, NY, United States

Museum Mile in NYC is home to many famous museums. I went to the Jewish Museum, but nearby is also the Met, the Guggenheim and more. Perfect to hide from the snow for awhile!

Stroll Around Central Park

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, New York, NY, United States

If you can bear the cold, bundle up and take a stroll around the reservoir in Central Park. The views are amazing. It takes about 25 minutes to go once around, but you can also venture off to see nearby landmarks in the park like Belvedere Castle and the Alice in Wonderland statue.

The Windows at Saks

Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, United States

Saks Fifth Ave always amazes with their holiday window display. VERY touristy and crowded but always worth it. Every 30 minutes there's also a beautiful light show.

Tree Time

Rockefeller Center, Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, United States

Just a short walk from Saks is the tree at Rockefeller Center. Weather permitting, go ice skating too!

Subway All Day

Grand Central Terminal, East 42nd Street, New York, NY, United States

Even when the weather is bad, the subways still run! Expect some delays, but the subway is a safe and fast way to get around in the snow.

Getting There

Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

I traveled from Florence to Venice via train. It was super fast, inexpensive and comfortable. The area around the station is perfect for souvenirs!

Visiting the Jewish Ghetto

Apartment Ghetto Vecchio, Calle Ghetto Vecchio, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

We walked around the former Jewish Ghetto. It was a very sentimental experience, and we got to taste some authentic Kosher Italian food. The shops lining the main square have stunning glass pieces. I purchased a dreidel. Keep your eyes peeled on the narrow streets for tiny art shops with gorgeous work.

Cruising on the Canal

Grand Canal, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

We chose to walk, but I highly suggest taking a gondola ride. The canals are so beautiful and it's a great way to see all of Venice!

Photo Op

Rialto Bridge, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

We stopped on the iconic (and biggest) bridge for a photo. Love this area for touristy shops and great restaurants on the water.

Lunch with a View

Riva del Vin, 180, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

This was the BEST pizza I had in Italy. Highly recommend this restaurant. This street is full of awesome places to eat!

Doge's Palace Tour

Doge's Palace, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

We toured the famous Doge's palace. Highly recommend - it was beautiful and interesting!

Treats on the Go

Venice, Italy

On our way home, we stopped for a famous meringue cookie!

The House of Giuseppe Impastato

Cinisi, Province of Palermo, Italy

We started our trip in Cinisi to visit the home of Giuseppe Impastato, a famous anti-mafia activist. This was a really important experience, because we spoke to his family about their experiences and got to see the actual place where history was made. After, we walked around the neighborhood and got pastries at the coffee shop across the street.

One Hundred Steps

Cinisi, Province of Palermo, Italy

We walked the "100 Steps." Peppino Impastato was assassinated by the mafia boss that lived down the street from him. We retraced the route, which symbolizes those that have died fighting the mafia.

Palermo Cathedral

Palermo Cathedral, Palermo, Province of Palermo, Italy

We toured the Cathedral of Palermo. There's a line that runs through the cathedral that separates the two hemispheres of the Earth!

Meeting with Addiopizzo

Sicily, Italy

We met with an activist from an anti-mafia organization to learn about how the people still struggle with the mafia today.

Godfather Moment

Palermo, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy

No spoilers, but there's an epic scene at the end of the Godfather Trilogy that took place on these Opera steps!

Gelato Stop

Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Palermo is known for this special treat: gelato in a brioche bun drizzled with chocolate!

Working in the Vineyards

Sicily, Italy

Old farmland that was controlled by the mafia was siezed and redistributed to an organization that raises money towards anti-mafia initiatives. It was a really special experience to work in the vineyards for the cause.

Portella della Ginestra Memorial

Portella della Ginestra, Strada Provinciale 34, Monreale, Province of Palermo, Italy

We visited the site of a horrible May Day Massacre and spoke to survivors.

Pastry Time

Sicily, Italy

Sicily is famous for desserts. We had fantastic cannolis!!

The BEST Brunch

Brunch & Cake by the sea, Passeig de Joan de Borbó, Barcelona, Spain

This brunch hotspot is a MUST. From amazing presentation to yummy vegan eats, Brunch & Cake by the Sea is simply amazing. It's in a great area right by the Marina to explore after you eat.

Tuk Tuk Through the Streets

Barcelona, Spain

This was SUCH a fun and easy way to get around and see everything! Sure, this is as touristy as tourism gets, but the bikers knew which sites to hit and had recommendation of sightseeing places we'd never have thought of!

Ruins of Las Ramblas

La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain

A few years back, a building development stumbled upon the ruins of ancient Rome. This was a very quick and interesting sightseeing stop. If you're interested, there's a free museum with additional artifacts and history of Barcelona on site.

Relaxing in the Park

Ciutadella Park, Passeig de Picasso, Barcelona, Spain

This gorgeous park, designed by Gaudí, is the perfect place to relax. The fountain is absolutely stunning. Walk or bike to the Arc de Triomf, just a few blocks away.

Sand Castle Viewing

Playa de la Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Beach is famous for its nightlife, but also boasts some amazing sand sculptures. A walk along the beach is fun for friends and family alike!

Happy Pills

Happy Pills, Carrer dels Arcs, Barcelona, Spain

Honestly, the hype is worth it. Barcelona is also known for Happy Pills, AKA the best candy store EVER. Fill up your custom jar with as much candy as possible, and then smile until the stomach ache kicks in.

Public Part of Güell

Parc Güell, Barcelona, Spain

We didn't realize that we needed tickets in advance for Parc Güell, so we signed up for a slot the following day and explored the public (free) sections. The main attraction here was an easy hike to an INCREDIBLE view of the entire city.

Take Me to Church

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

The center of Barcelona's religious culture, La Segrada Familia is a piece of history in the making. This unbelievably stunning church is unforgettable! The line wasn't too long, but if possible buy tickets in advance!

Bring on the Pasta

Da Greco, Carrer de Santa Teresa, Barcelona, Spain

I WISH i had a picture to do this place justice. Amazing, like SERIOUSLY AMAZING, food that might actually change the way you look at pasta.

The Barcelona Party Experience

Opium Barcelona, Passeig Marítim, Barcelona, Spain

Opium is unforgettable--no matter how much tequila you enjoy! Make sure to dress nicely, sloppy attire won't cut it at the door. This is THE club of Barcelona--a can't miss!

Parc Güell

Parc Güell, Barcelona, Spain

Incredible architecture defines Gaudí's most famous work. This is stunning park that's perfect for photos. You can really wander here for hours. Don't miss the balcony that overlooks the city!

Mercat de la Boqueria

Mercat de la Boqueria, La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain

Fresh veggies, authentic food and a famous macaroon ice cream sandwich, visit this market to try it all!

One last beach sunset

Playa de la Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain

We had to hit the beach one last time before we left. After grabbing a bite and one last round of mojitos, we took a nice stroll along the boardwalk to watch the sunset.

Lunch at Gusta Pizza

Gusta Pizza, Via Maggio, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

My favorite pizza in Florence! Not only is the crust AMAZING and 100% homemade, but everything comes in the shape of a heart! I <3 Pizza!

Gucci Museum

Gucci Museo, Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

You can't miss the Piazza della Signoria when you're in Florence. Not only is it home to some of the most iconic sculptures in the city, but it also is the site of the city hall. Next to the government building is the fabulous Gucci Museum. You only need about an hour here, but it's definitely worth it!

Visiting the Duomo

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

The most iconic site in all of Florence is of course the Duomo! I love the square around the Duomo for its touristy shops.

Climbing the Dome

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

For the best view of the city, you can't miss climbing to the top of the Duomo. I HIGHLY recommend wearing athletic shoes and buying tickets in advance!

I Scream, You Scream...

Magnum Store, Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

We rewarded ourselves after burning off lunch at the Duomo with a trip to the Magnum store. Pick from a wide assortment of toppings to make your custom ice cream bar.

Photo Opp at the Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

OK so here's a pro tip: for the best photos with the Ponte Vecchio, go to one of the bridges NEXT to it! They're much less crowded and you'll get the bridge in the pic!

Sunset at Piazza della Repubblica

Piazza della Repubblica, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

My favorite piazza in the city is the Piazza della Reppublica because of the gorgeous carousel that lights up at night. There's also a rooftop bar here that's perfect for people watching!

Duomo di Milano

Duomo di Milano, Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy

The Duomo is truly the heart of the city. PRO TIP- buy your tickets in advance to avoid waiting on multiple lines. My friend and I checked out the inside of the church first before climbing to the top. The views were so beautiful!

Fashion Heaven

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is an iconic shopping venue located in the same square as the Duomo. We walked through and window shopped at Louis Vuitton, Gucci and more.

Drinks & Snacks

Mag Cafè, Ripa di Porta Ticinese, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy

We took an uber to the other side of Milan for drinks and a snack and found the Mag Cafe. This place was very artsy Brooklyn meet Italian glam. I loved how the menus were hidden in books and the drinks were very good!

Dinner at the Pancake Bakery

The Pancake Bakery, Prinsengracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands

We got in a little late and were craving some comfort food, so we headed to the famous Pancake Bakery. This gem's has a fantastic reputation, but nothing did it justice. Hands down the BEST pancake I've ever had. Plus, their hot chocolates are a dream.

The Tulip Museum

Amsterdam Tulip Museum, Prinsengracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Unfortunately, the Anne Frank Museum was sold out so I headed across the street to the Tulip Museum. It was very cute and fascinating. The gift shop is also adorable.

The Heineken Factory

Heineken Experience, Stadhouderskade, Amsterdam, Netherlands

How could you visit Amsterdam without a trip to the Heineken Factory? We started Day 2 off here and it was such a great experience...like Hershey Park for adults! The tour began with a history lesson through the original factory, then a lesson on how the beer is made, and finally a beer tasting!

Drinks and Lunch on roof of the Heineken Factory

Heineken Experience, Stadhouderskade, Amsterdam, Netherlands

After our tour, we headed to the roof for complimentary beer. Heineken has an unbelievably beautiful bar that offers a really great view of the city. There's also a food stand with awesome sandwiches. My group ended up relaxing here for a few hours.

Pictures at the Sign

I Amsterdam Sign, Hobbemastraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands

You can't miss this when you visit Amsterdam! The iconic sign is a necessary photo opp. It was much more crowded than I expected, so I recommend going either early or late in the day!

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum, Museumplein, Amsterdam, Netherlands

I'm a big museum person, and I really have to say that the Van Gogh Museum blew me away. It's organized in chronological order and features interactive elements that truly give you a connection with the artist. My favorite part was the first floor, which displays all of his self portraits in order.

Best Pizza

Gusta Pizza, Via Maggio, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

Gusta Pizza may be a tourist trap, but it’s so good! My favorite was the classic Margareta. This shop is in a great area on the “other side of the Arno” that a lot of people overlook.

Best Pasta

Osteria delle Tre Panche, Via Antonio Pacinotti, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

Osteria delle Tre Panche was the BEST pasta I’ve ever had in my life….and I’ve had a lot of pasta. The wine list is amazing, and the atmosphere of the restaurant is super cozy. There’s three tables in the entire restaurant, and you can watch them SHAVING a giant truffle in the kitchen. They have an entire menu dedicated to truffle, and the pasta truly changed my mouth. You also can't miss the cheesecake!

Best Lunch Spot

Obicà - Firenze, Via dè Tornabuoni, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

Obica Mozzarella Bar has a mind blowing burrata. It’s located in the heart of the shopping district and has a great menu! I liked that they have outdoor seating that’s still private.

Best Panino

All'Antico Vinaio, Via dei Neri, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

If I had to choose one food that I miss the most from Italy, it's these sandwiches. There are so many great places, but this one definitely is the best. Wait on the line for the best truffle spread you'll ever have!

Best Cannoli

Don Nino, Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

Located next to the Duomo, Don Nino’s serves GIANT cannoli’s that you watch being made in front of you. Pick your filling and topping, and try the gelato while you’re at it!

Best Overall

Il Profeta, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

Il Profeta takes the cake…and the pizza…and the pasta. Their service is unmatched. Seriously, they FEED you your first bite to make sure you really get the full experience. From their truffle pasta (which comes in an edible parmesan bowl) to their homemade fudge, this place is unforgettable. The best dish on the menu isn’t even on the menu: The John Travolta pasta is simply wonderful. Their secret sauce is unmatched anywhere else.

Home For the Weekend

Hotel Des Artistes, Paris Metropolitan Area, Rue Albert Walter, Saint-Denis, France

We were looking for something cheap, clean and close to the major tourist sites. This hotel had an excellent 24/7 concierge that helped us out a lot and it was walking distance to Notre Dame.

Garden Gals

Gardens of Versailles, Place d'Armes, Versailles, France

On our first day, we decided to take a drive to Versailles. Some people think it’s out of the way, but it was only about ½ an hour in an Uber, and really cheap! PRO TIP- get your tickets Online in advance! We were a bit put-off by the ridiculously long line to get into the actual palace, so we started in the gardens. They were were absolutely breathtaking…SO many good photo opportunities!

MTV Cribs: French Edition

Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France

After a stroll through the grounds, we decided to suck it up and wait for the palace tour. The line went surprisingly fast (only about 30 minutes) and was SO worth it! The Hall of Mirrors was a highlight of the tour. We decided to go for the audio guides, which were really interesting!

Let Them Eat Cake

Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France

After a long day of wandering a palace, these two princesses needed some fuel! Versailles is home to one of the few locations of the iconic Angelina Cafe. The pastries were to die for, and I still dream about their sparkling Rosé.

Stairway to Heaven

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

After Versailles, we were itching to finally get a good look at the city! Our original plan was to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but we were advised by our hotel to climb the Arc de Triomphe instead for a better view. After a quick wait on a line, we ventured up a verrrrrrry long staircase to catch the sunset. PRO TIP- students get a discount!

Shopped Til We Dropped

Champs-Élysées, Paris, France

Our next stop was the legendary Champs Elysées…and it did NOT disappoint. Surprisingly, there were shops for every price point. Of course, we had to do a little luxury browsing!

Macaroons...Where Else?

Ladurée Paris Champs Elysées, Champs-Élysées, Paris, France

We couldn’t visit Paris without eating our fair share of macaroons! Where else would we go but the legendary Laudurée? I’d been to the one in NYC, but this one takes the cake! The bar in the back offers a great scene and awesome cocktails!

Dinner for Two with a View

Chez Francis, Place de l'Alma, Paris, France

After our crazy busy day, we wanted a chic French dinner. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that view! The food and service were amazing and not too expensive! When booking a reservation, be sure to request an outside table.

Day 2 at the Louvre

Louvre Museum, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France

Day 2 was a day at the Louvre Museum! After the typical tourist photo opp, we headed inside to see some truly amazing and beautiful art. You can’t miss the Mona Lisa!

Lunch at the Marly

Le Café Marly, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France

We fed our brains so it was time to feed our body. We headed to Le Café Marly and had the BEST crab and avocado tar tar. This spot was a little pricey, but great atmosphere and food!

Picture Perfect Crepes on the Lawn

Eiffel Tower, Avenue Anatole France, Paris, France

We finally made it to the Eiffel Tower! After grabbing a crepe from a cart, we kicked back and relaxed next to the iconic monument.

Looking for a Glimpse of the Hunchback

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Parvis Notre-Dame - place Jean-Paul-II, Paris, France

We started Day 3 with a trip to Notre Dame. The line was too long to go up to the top of the towers, so we looked around inside for a few minutes and took some pictures outside.

Balmers Hostel

Balmers Hostel, Hauptstrasse, Matten bei Interlaken, Switzerland

My first hostel experience was hosted by Balmers Hostel, and it set the bar high. Very nice staff, clean rooms and semi private bathrooms. The best part of staying here was the nightclub in the basement. Interlaken is a small town, and the Balmers Club was the spot for traveling students. Plus, residents of the hostel were hooked up with free admission and drink deals.

Photo Op on Lake Brienz

Lake Brienz, Interlaken District, Switzerland

The first thing we did was go for a nice walk along Lake Brienz, which led us to a breathtaking photo op. This was the most beautiful view I'd ever seen!

Exploring Zurich

Zürich, Switzerland

The capital of Switzerland was a quick bus trip away, and SO worth every minute! I loved exploring the designer boutiques, the chocolate shops and seeing the oldest clocktower in Europe!

Chocolate Wasted

Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, Storchengasse, Zürich, Switzerland

One of the most famous chocolatiers, Teuscher doesn't disappoint when it comes to Swiss Chocolate. How cute are the mini chocolate animals? The champagne truffles are a must have!

Night Sledding

Interlaken, Switzerland

This was the BEST experience I had in Switzerland! After a (slightly terrifying) drive up to the mountain, we took a gondola to the top. Then we sled down! This was an experience unlike any other, I loved it!

Snacks at the Soho House

Soho House New York, 9th Avenue, New York, NY, United States

Before I met up with my friends, I indulged in a little R&R on the roof of the Soho House. My favorite bites are the avocado toast and the sweet potato, and of course I sipped some Rosé. I love the rooftop pool vibes here!

Drinks at the Standard Hotel

Le Bain, New York, NY, United States

I met my girlfriends at Le Bain at the Standard Hotel for drinks. We loved the atmosphere and ended up changing our dinner reservations so we could stay longer! This is the perfect spot for a trendy, posh crowd...and their Prosecco is the best! I definitely recommend splashing out on a pitcher.

Italian Dinner for Three

FIG & OLIVE, West 13th Street, New York, NY, United States

After drinks, we headed a few blocks over for an amazing dinner at Fig & Olive. We started with a cheese plate for three with their famous olive oil tasting, then finished off with some AMAZING truffle pasta...of course paired with more wine!