Summer Wanderlust: An Italian Holiday
August 27th 2015
By Sally Downs
Earlier this summer, I embarked on two weeks of exploration, indulgence, and relaxation with family and friends throughout Italy. The lifestyle in Italy is so simple, and paired with the fact that it is one of the most inspiring, beautiful, and historical places I’ve ever traveled to it’s hard not to fall in love. The trip was amazing, and definitely won’t be my last.
First stop: Roma! Complete with aperitif, historical tours, and way too much pizza and gelato, my mom, sister and I spent 3 days taking in all that the city has to offer. We tried to be true locals by staying in a local’s apartment (via Air BNB) in the Monti neighborhood and attempted to walk as much as possible. My favorite thing in Rome was definitely the Forum- it’s crazy how you’re able to just walk around this unbelievable architecture that takes you back in time while you’re admiring it.
Next stop: Ravello on the Amalfi Coast. The main reason for this trip was for this stop- a destination wedding with more than 40 of our closest friends and family from the states. Ravello is up on the cliff on the Amalfi coast, and though the drive up the cliff may have been one of the most terrifying things of my life, the views are unbeatable and postcard perfect.
Stop #3: Tuscany- Wine, wineries, vineyards, and sunflower fields to play in? What more could a girl want?
Last stop- Cinque Terre (aka “The Five Lands”). We stayed in Monterosso al Mare, the city on the sea and hiked/ferried between the other 4 towns. The landscape is very similar to Amalfi, however much more laid back and outdoorsy. This last stop was all about ending the adventure-filled trip on a relaxed, peaceful note- and that we did!