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The Clean Eating Couple takes on Italy: Part 1

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?!IMG_0169

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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?

 

43 Comments

  1. LOVE Italy! We went there on our honeymoon and did Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre and Rome. Looks like you guys had a blast. I would recommend Barcelona for your next trip, similar to Italy, but different! Happy travels.

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks, Nicole!! Tyler actually is leaning toward Barcelona too.. He already visited it once, but only for a day. It’s on the list for future travels for sure! 🙂

  2. Looks like you were having so much fun on your trip! Italy is definitely on my list of places to visit and I hope to get there at some point! I really enjoyed Scotland. I spent 2 weeks there traveling all around the country and spent each day in a different town. So much fun!
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    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks, Kristin. We had the best time. I highly recommend visiting Italy if you have the chance. I’d love to see Scotland!!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks, Emily! It was so much fun! Sorry for the delayed response.. for some reason all of your comments were popping up under spam 🙁

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      🙂 Be sure to check back for part 2!! We had the BEST time. And yes- definitely go back as an adult!! It is amazing 🙂

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      We loved it too! Lucca was one of my favorite places that we visited. I wish we had been able to bike tours – that would have been so fun!! We were with a group, so there wasn’t too many options for things like that. When we go back on our own we will definitely be doing more biking/hiking 🙂

  3. THEA OREN THEA OREN

    HI GUYS
    I MUST SAY READING AND LOOKING AT YOUR PICTURES BROUGHT BACK FOND MEMORIES AS WE DID THEY SAME TOUR WITH YOLANDA. SHE DOES A FANTASTIC JOB.
    WE JUST RETURNED A MONTH OR SO AGO FROM HER TOUR TO SICILY. A DEFINIT
    MUST SEE. MT ETNA , CHEFALU THE BEACHES AND THE MARKET( MY FAVORITE) WAS JUST AWESOME. THE RUINS ETC. WERE JUST BREATH TAKING.
    YOU COULD NEVER HAVE A BAD TRIP WITH YOLANDA. SHE GOES OUT OF HER WAY TO PLEASE. I CAN’T WAIT FOR YOUR SECOND HALF OF YOUR TOUR. GLAD YOU ENJOYED

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      We want to go on the Sicily tour next!! It was absolutely fabulous + Yolanda + Santino were the BEST tour guides 🙂

  4. It sounds like you had an amazing trip! We lived in Italy last year so I’ve been all over and I must say, the food in Florence was my favorite out of everywhere! I had the BEST gelato EVER there. I look forward to reading more about your trip.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      It was beyond amazing!! I’m so jealous that you lived there. I loved the gelato/food in pretty much every city we visited- LOL!

  5. Looks like you had an amazing trip! My parents-in-law and sister-in-law spent 3 weeks in Italy this summer and I was so jealous! Looks so fun!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      It was great, Leah!! You should take a trip there for sure!! We have friends visiting in a few weeks and I’m SO jealous!

  6. Oh I loved reading this post! My hubby and I did Italy 2 years ago and loved every single second. My biggest regret is not going south of Rome. Kicking myself that we didn’t visit the Amalfi coast! Your trip looked amazing. Thanks for sharing!
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    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Ahhh the Amalfi coast was my favorite part!! I’ll be writing about it in part 2. You’ll just have to go back again and see it 😉

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      It was so amazing!! Highly recommend you cross it off the bucket list! It was fantastic!

  7. Italy has ALWAYS been on my must-travel list (especially after studying italian in school for 7 years!) and it still is today – though, now as a coeliac my plans have changed somewhat 😛

    Your trip sounds absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to hear about the rest!
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    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      You shouls definitely make the trip regardless of being a celiac! Most places have gluten free options 🙂

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      This would definitely be a tough journey..(since Italy is the land of Gluten, Dairy and Wheat) but I have faith that you could do it 🙂

  8. Looks and sounds like you had so much fun!!!!! I LOVE Italy! Isn’t is such an incredible place! 🙂 The only place where we’d allow ourselves to indulge in a pizza slice bigger than our head! 🙂
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    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      LOL! Right?!! The pizza was soooo good. I couldn’t get enough of it!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      We had the best time, Chelsea!! Definitely get there if you can – it was amazing!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      It was so amazing, Laura!! I’m glad we went now while we are younger. But I know we will be back in the future!!

  9. That pizza looks so yummy, I am sure the best pizza is found in Italy! Love the pics..!
    Valerie

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      The pizza was SO good, Valerie!! Although I will say that we do have some pretty fabulous pizza places at home too.. CT is home to the #1 pizza place in the United States – Frank Pepe Pizzeria. Almost as good as Italy 😉

  10. I’ve never been to Europe, but your trip looked amazing. It’s always nice when a good travel agency helps plan the trip. Someday I would love to travel there…maybe when the kids are grown the hubby and I can go.
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    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Thanks, Erlene! It was amazing for sure. Doing this through a travel agency was so helpful. We literally just had to show up with our bags! I hope that you get to visit Italy some day.

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Ahh!! Sorry for that 🙂

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      We had the best time, Christie!! You should make that dream a reality!! Go for it 🙂

  11. Hi Liz,
    We had a blast on this trip with you and Tyler.
    Yolanda told us about your Blog. Nice work!
    Hope we see you again soon.

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      Hi Dave & Ginny! Thanks for checking out the blog 🙂 Italy was so much fun.. hopefully we all get to return soon!

    • thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com thecleaneatingcouple@gmail.com

      You’ve got to go, Jess!! It was so much fun… and sooo much good food 🙂

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