The allure of traveling may never run it's course for me. The more I do it the more I want and this adventure was no exception.
From the moment the little passenger plane I was on first flew over this country I was in awe. Italy is everything it's said to be and more. I am so thankful Nick and I got the chance to spend some time here I'm already dreaming up another visit.
There's a prevalent idea here that Americans are all stressed, over-worked, and high strung. Can you imagine where they got that notion? Italians have perfected the art of "Dolce far niente", the beauty of doing nothing, and they do it well. The only words I know how to translate are wine and thank you, and we got along just fine.
The scenery is beautiful, the food probably the best I've ever eaten, and the Italians are so welcoming. Here are a few of my favorite things if you're planning a visit-
- Margarita pizza. This is where it was invented after all. It's worth the sketchy streets.. just keep your wits about you ya know?
- Road trip down to Pompeii
- Drive across the mountains of Salerno to see the Amalfi Coast if you're feeling adventurous. It was one of the best parts of our trip. Maybe you'll even see a herd of goats.
- Colisseum- do a guided tour that goes through the inside
- The Forum
- Walk along the river
- Biscottificio innocenti- 100 year old bakery run by the same family whose ancestors opened it. Nick still raves about it, I think he liked their desserts more than he likes me ;)
- Il Pastarellaro Srl- the best food I have ever eaten in my entire life. Maps might not find it, so if you're looking pass the bakery above on the right and it's at the end of that street (Via della Luce). Get the gnocchi with zucchini flowers and some artichoke bruschetta.
- Accademia del Buon Gusto- Another highlight that can't be missed in Panzano, the Chianti region. Stefano has books and books of signatures from people who've come to visit him from all over the world and was a delightful person to meet.
- Orvieto- this little town sits on top of a small mountain and is off the beaten path from the more touristy big cities. It's full of cobblestone streets and looks like something out of a movie. When we woke up in the morning we were above the clouds.
- Gelateria Carabe- fresh cannolis made to order
- Cathedral of Florence
- View of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo
- St Mark's square
- Rialto Bridge
Last but not least, eat gelato every day and sometimes twice.