Thursday, August 18, 2022

An Italian Summer

 Finally sharing some details from our Italy trip here on the blog! I am by no means an expert after being once, but I'm happy to share where we went, what we did, and what we loved while we were there! 

I linked all outfit details with (check out the tab if you are looking for something in particular) and I also included links at the bottom of this post.

We mostly stayed in rentals and Airbnbs, but I'm happy to share more about those if you are interested in more information, just contact me. 

We flew into Rome (we took a red-eye flight which seemed to help with jet lag) and rented a car. We spent a few hours in Rome exploring and seeing some of the major tourist spots like St. Peter's Square, the Colosseum, and the Trevi Fountain. I was happy to see some of the popular attractions but didn't feel like we needed a ton of time there. If our trip was longer, I might have wanted to spend a night there. 

We then drove to the Amalfi Coast. We stayed in Positano for four nights and I could have stayed even longer. It is seriously a DREAM. We stayed at a rental and it had the most beautiful balcony with an amazing view. The location was perfect and made it easy to get to all the other places we wanted to go in Positano. Some of the restaurants we loved were Chez Black, Ristorante Bruno, Terrazza Cele, Caffe Positano, Maestro's at Villa Treville, La Tre Sorelle, Ristorante Don Giovanni, and Arienzo Beach Club. We chose to do Arienzo Beach Club for one day and would highly recommend it. You can get to their private beach by boat and you can buy different packages for the day that include lunch at their restaurant, a bottle of champagne, appetizers, desserts, etc. We had reservations for most of these places as we went in June, the beginning of the busy season. You will need to make reservations for the beach club as well. There are a LOT of stairs in Positano that are not avoidable, just FYI. We also LOVED Franco's Bar. No reservations needed, no reservations taken - that is their motto. We got there right when it opened one day and had the best seats. It was perfect. The drinks are delicious and the views are spectacular. Something else we did in Positano was the Path of the Gods hike. Once again the views were breathtaking, however it was a little more strenuous of a hike than we thought based on our research. It took about 4 hours for us to hike from the top starting point down to Positano. We took a private car to the starting point and we started very early in the morning to avoid the heat, which I would definitely recommend. The timing worked out well. We were hot and tired afterwards, but got a lemon sorbet at Collina Bakery afterwards. 

We then drove to Sorrento, parked our car, and took the ferry to Capri. We only stayed one night there, but definitely could have stayed longer. On Capri we stayed at the Hotel Weber Ambassador and we loved the location! It is right on the smaller marina, Marina Piccola which is where we rented our boat from. We swam there a bunch also and it was honestly just so beautiful! I would highly recommend doing a boat day and spending some time enjoying the views from the water. That was one of my favorite days of our trip! We had dinner at Il Geranio and I would recommend it for sure. It is a lovely setting, delicious food, and a stunning view of the famous rocks, Faraglioni.

We then drove to Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino for a few days. We stayed in Santa Margherita and Portofino is very close nearby. You can walk, but we took a bus. Portofino is such a beautiful place, I definitely want to go back! We hiked to the lighthouse and had drinks at the end of the peninsula with the most beautiful views. We had aperitivo at the Belmond Splendido in Portofino and it was possibly the nicest place I've ever seen. Simply stunning.

Last, we drove to Torino (Turin) for a few days which is where Zach and his family used to live. We visited the house where they lived and where Zach went to school. It is a beautiful city and every building is so pretty it looks fake. I couldn't get enough gelato, cappuccino, and croissants the whole trip. The food overall is unmatched and I couldn't have been happier eating all the pizza, pasta, and seafood for every meal and of course all the red wine. One day we also drove up into the mountains for lunch and the Alps were magnificent. 

We flew home from Torino. We had a short layover in Amsterdam both ways and it was very smooth. Overall we had the best trip! I swear I tried my best to edit down the photos, but there are still a million. Happy to answer any other questions you might have! Thanks for stopping by!