#TBT Florence

If you ever visit Florence, do yourself a favour and visit the Ponte Santa Trinita or Ponte alla Carraia during sunset.

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I promise you won’t regret it.

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Quick Take: Matera

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.


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Quick Take: Lecce

We visited Lecce on our South Italy Road Trip in 2014. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2014
Days in Lecce: 3
Travelled to Lecce by: Car from Bari
Stayed at:
Palazzo Rollo

Favourite site:
Roman Ampitheatre.
Favourite restaurants: Trattoria Nonna Tetti where we first had fave e cicoria
Favourite Squares: Piazza del Duomo.
Must See:
Roman Ampitheatre, Triumphal Arch, Lecce Cathedral, the obelisk, Church of Santa Croce.
Day trips: Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, Gallipoli, Porto Cesareo.

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#TBT Pisa

Have you ever had that moment where you finally get to lay your eyes on an iconic piece of architecture or art you’ve only ever seen photos of? The beautiful part of traveling is that you finally get to experience these incredible beauties up close.

This has happened more times than I can count in my travels, but last year on our visit to Pisa it happened again. I got to walk upon this marvel that has been standing in a lean for hundreds of years.

Here is is for you to marvel at for a few minutes:

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Italy’s Heel: Road Trip

Our third trip back to Italy (in three years, we are I am obsessed), we thought we’d see some of the south. My Italian cousin, Umberto, had shared his love of the south despite being Roman, and we had never been any further south than the Amalfi Coast so we thought why not? The original plan was to get to the south and take a boat across to Greece. Unfortunately, boats don’t run any earlier than mid June and since we bought our flights already we decided to make the best of it.

The idea was we would have a few home bases and do day trips to different towns. First things first, we planned where our home bases would be – Bari, Brindisi, Lecce and, finally, Matera. We basically wanted to try to cover all of Italy’s “heel”.

We took a train from Rome down to Bari and set ourselves up in our hotel. Our first day there we walked around the town and made our way to a car rental place. Now we had our wheels to get out and explore – and that’s just what we did! Each day we made it to a new place (or two) and at the end of our time we drove back to Bari and trained it back to Rome.

We did very little planning of our day-to-day, which made it one of my favourite trips. No pressure to see everything, just driving to a new place, walking around and enjoying the adventure.

Here are the places we visited in the 10 days:

Bari
Trani
Polignano A Mare
Brindisi
Osunti
Lecce
Otranto
Santa Maria di Leuca
Gallipoli
Porto Cesareo
Taranto
Matera

The people of the south were lovely, though it was a different feel to the rest of Italy. That’s part of what I love about Italy, though. Every province has it’s own food and personality. The south was stunning. More beautiful then I ever imagined. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back!

In the future, I’ll definitely be sharing a little more about my favourite towns on this trip.

Have you ever been to the south of Italy? What was your favourite town?

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Love in the Amalfi Coast

There are few places I’ve been to that are more picturesque then the Amalfi Coast. When planning our honeymoon in early 2012, I knew two things: I wanted to visit Rome, and I wanted some days on the beach to relax. It took all of four seconds to decide on the Amalfi Coast for the second week of our honeymoon.

As we started to research, we decided to stay in Praiano, a smaller town wedged in between Positano (the famous town everyone thinks of when you say “Amalfi”) and the town of Amalfi, itself. Since we wanted to relax, we thought the smaller town would be perfect and it was!

Here are some of my favourite memories from the Amalfi Coast:

The Views

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You never tire of seeing this outside of your bedroom window.

Beautiful Ceramic Painting

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My mother-in-law has a favourite chicken gravy boat – we couldn’t help but think of her when we saw this. We picked up a few hand painted pieces for our home as a souvenir and still love them!

Stairs. Lots of stairs.

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Since the towns are basically built into cliffs, be prepared to climb a ton of stairs! It’s totally worth it, though!

Lemons

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Lemons grow pretty much everywhere along the coast but Amalfi boasts these massive lemons, known as Sfusato. They make the most delicious limoncello you’ve ever tasted!

Boat Rides

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We took a boat from Positano to Amalfi, along the coast. What a perfect (and inexpensive) way to see the houses and towns along the coast. The ride was about 7 Euro each.

 

We loved our time in the Amalfi Coast! We are thinking about renewing our vows there next year during our trip.