We’ve been promising to share some of the highlights of our Italy trip for about a month now. You may have read about how excited we were to spend 14 days traveling all over Europe’s most beautiful country. It’s taken me quite some time to go through 1,000+ photos that I took during the trip, but today I invite you take a peek at what we did during the first half of our amazing vacation. We’ll be posting the other half later in the week since we have SO many things we want to share. Apologies in advance if we make you hungry 🙂
We left on Saturday, October 3rd for a 14 day trip all over Italy. Our stops included: Venice, Verona, Lucca, Florence, Tuscany, San Gimigano, Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Capri, Santa Maria, and Rome. We booked our trip through Wooster Street Travel, and HIGHLY recommend traveling with them. Wooster Travel is a small business out of Hamden, CT (where we are from) but regardless of where you are located this tour is unlike any other, and I urge you to contact them if you’re considering going to Italy. The tour was everything we dreamed about and more.
Our first stop in Italy was Venice. We visited St. Mark’s Square, did a walking tour of the city, and obviously had to take a gondola ride. Dinner was served on a small island off of Venice called Burano, which has the most beautifully painted bright houses. While we usually snack on things like yogurt and protein bars.. we swapped the healthy stuff for some mini sfogiatella’s. They’re crispy little pastries stuffed with a lemon filling. They’re one of our favorite Italian pastries, and they tasted even better actually eating them in Italy. I’m sad we only had 1 day here…We both would have loved to spend more time in the city. How gorgeous is that sunset?!
Our second day was spent in Verona, the hometown of Romeo & Giulietta. We did a walking tour of the city, and enjoyed some free time shopping.
Our third day (one of our favorite days on the entire trip) was spent in a small town called Lucca, where I ate the BEST pizza ever. It was like a caprese salad.. but on a pizza. Ridiculously good. I was on a mission to eat gelato every day, so after I wolfed down the entire pizza, we had Tiramisu gelato. Tyler ate Linguine with clams for almost every single one of his meals.. including this day. I rarely got a picture because he ate it all before I even had the chance to take one!
We spent the next day (my birthday!) in Florence. The architecture of the city was absolutely unbelievable. We saw the David, many churches, and spent some time spending all of our money on leather bags, shoes, purses… etc. We were also able to go to the Piazzale Michelangelo. In order to get up here, you have to hike up ALOT of stairs. ( Which we would have happily walked up) BUT we had a tour guide/bus driver who drove us up there in about 2 minutes. This was my favorite part of the entire city, and I highly recommend it to anyone who visits Florence. After walking around the city all day, we ended the night at a fabulous vineyard where we celebrated my birthday with blue prosecco (super yummy!) wine and limoncello!
Our next day was spent in another small town- San Gimigano. Known for its towers, olive oil, wine and beautiful scenery – this was another one of our favorite stops. The views were incredible. Obviously more pizza was eaten. (How can you not eat pizza when you’re in Italy?!) We had dinner at a place called Fattoria Poggio Alloro . It was one of the best meals we had in Italy, and we bought a ton of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cookies, and sun dried tomatoes from the vineyard. Their food (and wine) were amazing!
Our next stops were Pompeii, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Rome. The last 4 days of the trip were by far our favorite. The scenery, food, and tours were absolutely amazing.. But we’ll save those for next week. Stay tuned 🙂
Have you ever traveled in Europe? We’re already looking for another place to visit… any suggestions?