We visited Verona on our (now annual) Eurotrip in May 2017. Here is the quick take!
Visited: May, 2017
Days in Verona: 1
Travelled to Verona by: Car from Venice
Stayed at: Giulietta e Romeo Hotel
Favourite restaurants: Formaggi e Salumi Gironda and Osteria Il Ciottolo
Favourite Sites: The Roman Theatre and Juliet’s House.
Must See: Duomo di Verona, Piazza delle Erbe, Corso Porta Borsari, Church of St Lorenzo, Castelvecchio, Lamberti Tower, Ponte Pietra, Piazza Bra, Arena di Verona, Roman Theatre, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Scaligeri Family Tombs, Piazza da Signorini.
Must Do: This city is relatively small and really easy to walk around on your own in just a few hours.
Thanks to those fun Facebook memories, I was reminded that July 3rd, 2007 I arrived in Rome for the first time.
I had traveled before. We traveled to the Caribbean often and I had spent a month in Ireland a few years before, but this trip was different.
I was traveling as a supervisor for a high school English credit (which just so happened to have my brother and cousin taking the class). The students had class during the day, and we spent our afternoons Rome-ing around.
That first day exploring we visited the Baths of the Diocletion, the Piazza della Republica and the Spanish Steps. I remember so vividly walking from the Baths to the Spanish Steps when it hit me – these were the roads that an ancient civilization walked on, these were the places they built. Here I was, thousands of years later, being in awe of all of it. That feeling of being in awe followed me each day – to the Vatican, through the Forum, to the Pantheon and on our day trip to Florence.
That month changed my life. I learned so much, about myself and this beautiful city. I grew as a person. I found a strength in me I didn’t know I had. It sparked a love of travel and need to continue exploring the world.
No matter where my travels take me, I always feel a calling back to the Eternal City.
I feel like an evil genius! I’ve figured it out!
I believe I’ve mapped out the best trip possible for us starting in Venice and ending in Rome.
Here it goes:
Day 1: Land in Venice at 7:30am. Take a nap and stroll around.
Day 2: Venice tour day!
Day 3: Day trip from Venice to Burano.
Day 4: Drive to Golfo Paradiso, after spending a few hours in Verona.
Day 5: Tour Golfo Paradiso.
Day 6: Drive from Golfo Paradiso to Bologna, stopping at Parma & Modena on the way.
Day 7: Bologna tour day!
Day 8: Train from Bologna to Rome!!
Days 9 & 10: Tour Roma.
Day 11: Fly home.
We’re going to be moving a LOT more than normal but I think we’ll be okay!
If anyone has any recommendations or tips for these cities, please share!
We’re heading back to Italy this May for our 30th birthdays and 5 year wedding anniversary!
We have a very vague plan right now – fly into Venice and fly home from Rome. The idea is to road trip our way down and *finally* be reunited with Roma for the last few days. The countdown begins to all of the pizza & gelato… and Parmesan…and prosciutto…and *drool*…
Here is my wish list of stops:
~ Bellagio and Lake Como
~ Parma, Bologna and Modena
~ Golfo Paradiso
~ Maybe Florence
~ And finally, Rome.
Hopefully we can fit it all in! We will be going on our shortest trip to Europe so fingers crossed!!
Well, it’s been 2017 for 10 days now and I’m planning travels for this year! Here is a list of what we’re thinking for 2017:
~ Montreal or Ottawa road trip with our friends for our 30th birthdays.
~ Italy for our 30th birthday slash five year wedding anniversary trip (I’m thinking a road trip of the north with a few day stop in Rome – of course!).
~ Perhaps a second trip to Europe, for an extended long weekend.
~ Las Vegas!
~ Boston or Chicago (or both) road trip.
~ Rounding off the year somewhere hot, if our time off allows. I haven’t had a beach vacation in years!
Before we left for Amsterdam I had heard some not so great things about the food. Being foodies, we thought we’d be resigned to eating frites with mayo the whole time but boy were we wrong!
Here are our favourite Amsterdam restaurants…
Haringhandel Jonk is a street vendor selling incredible sandwiches and fish dishes (for next to nothing). Everything is fresh and so tasty! We stumbled upon it one day while walking and grabbed a sandwich. We sat down on a bench nearby and had to go back for seconds (and again, the next day).
Cafe de Klos
Alex, our Dam Boat Guys tour guide, recommended Cafe de Klos and we went that very same night. Here’s a warning – it’s a small restaurant but they have a pub across the street to wait in. Delicious beer while waiting for incredible Amsterdam-style barbecue. I dream about the slow roasted lamb shoulder still!
When we arrived in Amsterdam at 6am local time, exhausted because we didn’t sleep on the flight, our hotel recommended we walk over to Cafe Winkle for the best traditional Dutch apple pie. So we did, and we were not disappointed. The apple pie was perfect. Crust was phenomenal. Filling not too sweet. Whipped cream on the side was the perfect addition.
We love trying traditional & local food and were recommended Moeders by a local on Twitter. It took a few days to get a reservation but we were not disappointed! Everything we ate was so good! I had the asparagus soup to start, which was a special for the day. For dinner we had the Dutch Ricedish, which is a combination of all the Dutch specialties they serve, and every morsel was incredible.
I feel a relatively strong feeling of wanderlust on the regular but it’s been a few months since a big trip (with not a whole lot planned for the near future) and I’m getting the itch again.
Add a dash of Rome craving from the book Roman Crazy (recommended to me by my friend Teresa) and that our trip to Italy next year might be delayed and I’ve got it bad. I’ve got the wanderlustin’ for Roma blues!
So that I don’t go completely mad (and to feel like I’m doing some planning for something), I’ve started a list. Well, two.
The first, places & things I haven’t seen (yet) in Rome. Included so far is: the Pyramid of Cestius, the catacombs, the Baths of Diocletian, Ostia Antica and the neighbourhood of Testaccio.
Secondly (and equally important) is restaurants and things to eat. We have our favourite restaurants but I would love to have carbonara at Trattoria da Danilo, anything at Eataly Rome, bucanti all’amatriciana and all the artichokes! Plus, I must be reunited with the beautiful Roman style pizza.
What would you add to the list? Do you have a love on for a city the way I have for Rome?
If you ever visit Florence, do yourself a favour and visit the Ponte Santa Trinita or Ponte alla Carraia during sunset.
I promise you won’t regret it.
We visited Matera on our road trip through south Italy in 2014. Here is the quick take!
Visited: May, 2014
Days in Matera: 3
Travelled to Matera by: Car from Lecce
Stayed at: Hotel San Giorgio Matera Albergo Diffuso nei Sassi
Favourite site: Sassi (the caves)
Favourite restaurant: Ristorante Baccanti
Favourite Squares: Piazza Vittorio Veneto
Tours: None. We spent the time were were here just walking around.
We spent the morning walking around the fishing town of Gallipoli during our South Italy Road Trip in 2014. Such a charming and beautiful place. I wish we had more time there.