Traveling Italy with Polaroid - Get Lost With Jackie

Traveling Italy with Polaroid

I spent the end of October and majority of November exploring some of the cities in Northern Italy and I brought my Polaroid Snap Instant camera along, taking some awesome shots that made handheld memories. Not only did the Polaroid Snap add to my Italy trip’s memorabilia – it also made for some really cool “photo of a photo” shots. Scroll along as I revisit my Italy trip with my Polaroid Snap, snaps.

Traveling Italy with Polaroid - Get Lost With JackieFirst stop: Milan, Italy. Would it be a trip to Milan without a visit to the Duomo? Even on a gloomy day the Duomo makes for an awesome capture and it was fun to play a game with myself, seeing if I could get two of the same people in the Polaroid Snap shot, and the photo of the Snap.

Traveling Italy with Polaroid - Get Lost With JackieMy second stop was Bellagio, on Lake Como. The town was so perfectly “Italy” – colorful buildings adorned with vines.

Traveling Italy with Polaroid - Get Lost With JackieWhat I loved most about Bellagio was the view from my hotel rooftop. I have an affinity for old towns and terracotta roof tops. These views have a direct line to my heart.

Traveling Italy with Polaroid - Get Lost With JackieOh, Verona, the city of love – the home to Romeo and Juliet. You can feel the love in the air and the architecture around the entire city was GORGEOUS. I loved all the pink locks left at Juliet’s house by hopeful couples leaving a piece of themselves in hopes of Juliet blessing them with a lifetime of love.

Traveling Italy with Polaroid - Get Lost With JackieThere was nothing as quaint and perfect as the Cinque Terre region in Italy. The five towns are each more beautiful than the last. Pictured here is the southern-most of the five towns, Riomaggiore.

Traveling Italy with Polaroid - Get Lost With JackieIt was really difficult to decide on which of the five towns was my favorite but Maranola definitely took the cake. The way the ocean crashed into the marina just below the colorful town sprawled on a mountainside was perfect.

Traveling Italy with Polaroid - Get Lost With JackieI loved walking around the marina in all of the five towns but it was particularly special how all the locals’ boats were propped up in the Marina in Vernazza.

One of the best parts about this trip was the fact that I was traveling in off-season! Outside of the Duomo in Milan (a very busy city) I didn’t have to fight any crowds to get any of my photos, or my photos of a photo!


This article has 24 comments

  1. Jay

    Oh my goodness .. I love this concept. I’m going to have to get me one of these too. What a great way to take and share photos. ~ Jay @rovingjay

    • Jacklyn Shields

      You totally should get a Polaroid Snap! They’re such a fun way to capture memories!

  2. Jess

    What a good idea! I might have to invest in a little polaroid 🙂

  3. Nuraini

    They’re all such pretty snaps! 🙂 I’ve only ever been to Rome and Venice, maybe someday I’ll go back and do more of Italy.

    • Jacklyn Shields

      I couldn’t suggest going back to Italy to explore a bit more enough. Italy is a beautiful country and so diverse!

  4. Andrea

    this is sooo pretty! such an amazing way how to celebrate polaroid’s anniversary 🙂

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Thanks so much! It was a lot of fun traveling with Polaroid – I can call it my own special anniversary gift to Polaroid, LOL.

  5. Tais

    Lovely shots! I had a polaroid before but never get to use it properly. Italy is such a beautiful country, cant wait to visit!

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Thanks so much – I had a blast using my Snap around Italy and once you get used to taking it out with you daily it becomes second nature.

  6. Caroline @ The Travelling Sloth

    I’m absolutely in love with this idea, Jackie! I always thought travelling with a polaroid would be troublesome and a little annoying… but my goodness would definitely be worth it! I love how polaroids always give a photo that vintage feel to it.

    And of course, Italy is such a beauty!

    • Jacklyn Shields

      I loveeee the vintage-y feels from the Polaroid snaps, also! The Snap is super tiny and lightweight so its easy to toss into my bag before leaving for a day of exploring.

  7. Dawn

    I haven’t seen the photos of a photo snaps before. They look great! What a beautiful part of Italy and what a unique way to capture these places:)

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Thanks so much! I love taking “photos-of-a-photo” with my Polaroid Snap!

  8. Robyn

    A digital photo of a polaroid literally makes for some of the best pictures in my opinion. Love the colours so much in your pictures. I’ve pinned this too 🙂

    • Jacklyn Shields

      They’re so much fun to take, too! Thanks so much for sharing <3

  9. Stella the Travelerette

    That looks like you had a great trip! I would love to see all the different places in Italy like that. So far I’ve only traveled in Rome. I like your photos of the locks at Juliet’s house the best because of all the colors.

    • Jacklyn Shields

      I think that’s my favorite one, too! I love the pops of pink.

  10. Olena Kagui

    What a neat idea to take a photo of a photo 😀 I think I need a polaroid camera asap. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos. I’ve been to Venice, Rome, Naples and Pompeii and I still really want to visit Verona, Maranola which I didn’t know about until your article and of course, Florenc. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Thanks so much for your wonderful comments! You totally need to invest in a Polaroid Snap! They make for such fun photos and are also a lasting memory post-trip! Maranola is one of the five towns in the Cinque Terre, they’re all equally beautiful!

  11. Sandy Cadiz-Smith

    What a great idea, I love your pictures. And what a stunning part of Italy, Maranola looks particularly amazing.

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Thanks so much – Maranola was one of the five towns in Cinque Terre, I loved that region!

  12. Kristina

    I loooooove poloroids! This was such a fun post! Really like how you framed the photos within photos; gorgeous ~!

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Thanks so much Kristina! I had a blast playing with the photos in a photo!

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