ITALY, ITALY. YOU STEAL MY HEART EVERY TIME.
Well, I am back.
I’m sitting on my couch listening to some tunes I picked up in Florence, cuddled up with a cup of coffee, wishing I was back in Italy.
There were so many things I loved about Italy. Taking it all in was memorable. The girls I traveled with were a blast and there was never a dull moment.
Tiffany’s nickname quickly became Shakira, Kaitlin gave the best play by plays of all things going on, and everyone made the best memories.
Lauren and I got to sneak away from the group for a little bit and check out Davines Headquarters. It was truly a once in a life time opportunity. I’ll share more about that later though. (stay tuned)
One of my favorite parts of traveling is all the unexpected moments you have when you haven’t planned anything at all. The late night conversations, the spontaneous walks, and completely vulnerable moments you share with friends.
We spent time in Rome, Venice, Florence, and Parma.
We took a gondola ride around the city, ate gelato, wondered about, did some yoga in the town square and went to Harry’s bar, home of the original Bellini. I highly recommend going there. We found some awesome street art and walked over 7 miles. It was the best.
Florence was my favorite! We found a cozy little air BnB in a fabulous little area, very walkable and didn’t feel too touristy. Our host was the sweetest and he even helped us when we got so lost and turned around we couldn’t find his house and were stuck at the train station.
Early morning we headed to an authentic cooking class at Florencetown. I highly recommend this class. The instructors were amazing, so passionate and welcoming. We learned all about coking and how to choose the best ingredients. Be sure to check them out if you are ever in the area.
One of my most fond memories on this trip was when Tiffany and I spent some time in the town square while the other girls were shopping. We meet a lovely musician named Giovanni. True talent in the rawest form. He was kind enough to invite me to sing with him, and in that moment, I fell in love. The culture, the people, the city, the moment. Check out his music! He truly amazed me.
Rome is big, it’s not my favorite city but it was fun to explore. We got poured on but made all the memories. The Vatican is amazing and I highly recommend it if you never have been. Once in a life time opportunity! The colosseum is beautiful too, probably better not soaking wet, but hey, when in Rome!
My favorite place on earth! It’s become a tradition that I have shipped wine back from every trip! I love that they are family owned and local. We all got a little sick driving up the winding roads to get there, but totally worth it! Check them out here!
All in all, this trip was amazing. I never wanted to leave. I’m secretly collaborating with myself to see how to make it possible to move there.