Piu Vino?

More wine? SURE WHY NOT.

Second time to Italy and what a trip it has been…

My second time in Italy is quite the story. I just want to start out by saying how lucky and blessed I am to have this life and for the people who are in it! Not many people get to travel the world often, so it’s amazing to have these opportunities.

Our family trip to Italy started out a little rocky not going to lie. Our airline lost my sisters luggage which is one of THE WORST things that could happen. Especially when you’re in another country! However, we definitely made the best of it. She actually ended up getting it shipped to her the 3rd day of our trip which is good!

Anyways, our first night in Rome (Saturday) was one to never forget.. just kidding we definitely forgot some things (too much wine yo). Me, Syd, my sister Lauren, and her boyfriend Matt got a suite with 2 balconies which was super nice. We all headed to the rooftop bar across the street for some Aperitivo and beverages! We then decided we would drink some more wine at our hotel… we bought 8 bottles for $40!! How crazy cheap is that? And for good wine! Lol. We then had my cousins friend, Lorenzo, meet up with us at the hotel for some wine! I visited him last time I was in Rome so it was nice to catch up with him again! We then ate at a nice hole in the wall place for dinner. (Lorenzo joined us as well!) We ended with some gelato near the Trevi fountain! (One of my fav spots)

The next day (Sunday) we got up, had some breakfast, and headed in a van down to Ercolano to visit the area that was dug up from Mount Vesuvius erupting back in 79 AD. Last time I came to Italy I had visited the Pompeii site so it was nice to be able to see Ercolano. So many interesting facts and history there! It’s incredible to discover the ancient ruins that are buried from so long ago. After the tour, we headed to Pompeii for a nice wine tasting at a vineyard that our driver Cheero recommended. It was called Medici winery. The people there were so kind and gave us all kinds of food with our wines! Highly recommend!

I would just like to point out that soo many people gave me shit for eating gluten free and were saying I would have a tough time on vacation sticking to it. HOWEVER, every place we went to has had gluten free. (I should probably move to Europe)

After our wine tasting we finally headed down to Sorrento where we would stay until Friday. Here is where more craziness comes in…

Turns out the hotel (Gran Art Paradiso) booked 8 people under one room when we were supposed to have 4 separate rooms with 2 people in each..

HOW DO YOU MESS THAT UP?!

I’m not sure but the fumes coming from my parents eyes would certainly tell you that this was a huge mistake.

Well, obviously we still made the best of it and they booked us for 2 nights at another hotel down the street which wasn’t so bad with great views still. We then stayed the other 3 nights at the hotel we originally were supposed to.

To start the week (Monday & Tuesday) we relaxed & explored Sorrento and everything it had to offer. There was an amazing downtown with tons of shops and food of course. By now we are already overloaded with wine and pasta! Oh and of course gelato.

By the middle of the week (Wednesday) we had a van scheduled to basically drive us down and along the Amalfi coast. Now.. before I get into the incredible views and forget to mention it, this road is the smallest, narrowest, and probably most dangerous road to drive on. Now, Italy’s roads are all super narrow and they drive like maniacs and somehow don’t hit people or things. But this road was by far the craziest. But.. SO WORTH IT. This road led straight through Napoli, Amalfi, Positano, Scala, and Ravello. All of which we got to stop at. We first stopped in Scala for some lunch with an amazing view of the coast. Then we went to Ravello and got some gelato. Next was one of my favorites, which was Positano. The cutest yet smallest shopping area that led to a beach (a rocky one) that really allowed us to soak it all in.  After this long drive and tour of the coast, we ended with a dinner outside on the hotel terrace that was completely covered by the hotel because of the mess ups they had! It was delishhh.

Our last day/night in Sorrento (Thursday) was by far the best. We had a private yacht to the island Capri! This obviously felt SUPER BOUJEE and it was Lol. The weather worked out perfectly for us. They took us on a tour of the coast along the water pointing out certain ancient landmarks, then we headed to capri where we got dropped off to get lunch and do more shopping and sight-seeing. Turns out you have to fight for a taxi just to get driven to the area where you can do all of that! (picture me running to a taxi in a neon bathing suit waving money in the air at an old man, yup) But after all of that, on our way back we got to swim alongside the island! Yes the water was cold but nothing like back home. (you get used to it) We swam by some caves and saw tons of jellyfish (no one got stung) But this was so so fun for all of us to be able to do! Highly recommend that as well! That night we decided we would go to a restaurant several drivers recommended to us and it was called Ristorante Pizzeria Tasso. Obviously the food was amazing there too but had some weird ceramic artwork in there. Lol But the best part was after dinner..

Lauren & Matt got engaged!! Wooo!!

This was the cutest thing ever. After Lauren having such a crazy trip she definitely needed this. I’m so so happy for them and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them, congrats guys! (So yes to all those who asked me a million times who would get engaged first, there u have it and no I didn’t know he was doing it lol only Walter did)

The next day (Friday) was a lot of travel. Leaving the Amalfi coast was sad but I was ready to see more! I highly recommend visiting the Amalfi coast the views were absolutely breathtaking! Anyways, Me & Syd headed on a train to Florence, Lauren & Matt headed home, Alex & Mike headed back to Rome, and my parents headed to Pescara to visit family and then also back to Rome!

While in Florence, I swear Syd and I scrambled to somehow fit everything into one day. After checking into our Airbnb, (Friday) night we decided we would explore around and visit the gardens that were there. Turns out WE TOOK A WRONG TURN and ended up walking ALL the way around the gardens down this random road (don’t recommend, this would only happen to us) Anyways that night we enjoyed dinner at La Buchetta which was basically a 5 course meal. They have amazing steak! We made friends with our server who also gave us recommendations on where to go.

(Saturday) we woke up and did a 3 hour walking food tour all around Florence! Our tour guide was the cutest Italian woman who showed us all the good spots and even the market! We then bought tickets to see the view of the Duomo which was this huge dome in the middle of Florence. The tickets to climb that were sold out so we bought some to climb the bell tower which was almost just as tall. Well, let’s just say this climb was crazy and that I don’t recommend if you are claustrophobic. However, the view up there was CRAZY NICE.

Later on we decided we would buy some wine and head to the Piazzale di Michelangelo where everyone watches the sunset and the view of the city. This view was also amazing and totally worth climbing all the stairs (in heels). (also drinking in the street there is okay and that’s awesome) That night we ate at a place called Zaza. This place was POPPIN, and I mean poppin. Thank god we made a reservation because it was an hour wait. There, we had another 5 course meal with more red wine. (I actually cheated gluten this day because it was my final day in Italy why not treat myself a little bit more) After dinner we decided to head back to get good rest because the next day we headed back on a train and back to the airport!

So yeah woah, after all of that we are now feeling bloated, inspired, and maybe a little hungover still. I kept saying that I think I just breathe red wine now. I mean really I don’t think I’ve ever had that much. But not only that, we also had loads of limoncello, prosecco, and aperol spritz! (which I have never heard of until now but it taste bomb) They also give out shots of limoncello like it’s candy lol.

Anyways, again I feel so blessed for this trip! It only makes me want to keep going back and I definitely will. Life is too short not to travel and see what this world has to offer. Thanks for reading yo!

(Oh and I forgot to mention that Matt almost got run over getting into a van picking us up andddd.. I got pecked by a pigeon)

Stay fruity,

Renee

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