Tuesday, 3 July 2018

My Italy Itinerary


Towards the end of May my boyfriend and I went on a little tour of Italy.

My sister has been a few times and come back with a good tan and gorgeous picture, so I’ve been dying to head there myself for a while.

It seems like everyone in the Instagram world has headed to Italy this year. I can’t scroll through my timeline without seeing a picture of someone eating ice cream in Venice or watching the sunset on the Amalfi coast. 

We originally were planning to go later in the year, but we realised that we couldn’t due to diary clashes. So we hastily booked and planned it all within 5 weeks.

Obviously that made it a tad stressful to book, but we managed to get it sorted. 

We wanted to start in Florence but after a week of looking we realised we couldn’t find cheap enough flights out there so we switched it to Venice instead.

The route we ended up doing was Venice, Rome and Naples. Then from Naples we did a couple of day trips.

I get bored easily so if I’m going away longer than a weekend I like to move around if possible.



Venice

Venice was our first and shortest stop in Italy, we were there for less than 24 hours. I think it was about 20 in total.

My boyfriend used his booking.com points/vouchers/whatever it into get a free night at the Hilton. 

I prefer Air BnBs to hotels these days but when it’s free you can’t really turn it down, can you. It was actually pretty good to spend the first night in a hotel. It was simple to find, check in, the bed was huge and we got breakfast included. The hotel is just a quick 10-15 min bus ride to the main action and it cost just €1.50

Venice itself is absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous. Stunning.

Like, every inch of the place is amazing, from the charming bridges to the stunning architecture, every inch.

We had a loose plan in Venice, the place is so small we decided to walk around and get lost in the network of rivers. 

However we also made sure we headed to some of the key landmarks in the city, such as St Marks Square, the bridge of sighs, Doges palace and the Grande canal.

I  have written a more detailed post on what we got up to while here if you want to know a bit more about what to do and see (especially in a short amount of time).



Rome

We took the train from Venice to Rome. We booked the ticket online the night before, it was a bit pricey at around €80. Getting the train is really easy, the stations are quite modern and well maintained.

Luckily for me my friend lived in Rome for six months, so she was able to give me a good 3 day plan for the city. This included what to see, what walking routes to take and, most importantly, where to eat and drink.

We stayed in an Air BnB in the Termini area, as per above friends recommendation. The location was great, just a 10 minute walk from the main station and a 5 minute walk to the nearest underground.

There is an abundance on things to see in Rome, its so enriched with history. This is why we choose to stay there for 3 nights. Even then we didn’t see all the city has to offer.

But we did see quite a bit. Including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Vatican Museums, Piazza Navona, Sistine Chapel, Spanish Steps, Trastevere and so much more.

And the food, oh my days the food. We had some pretty delicious meals and plenty of gelato. 

I am putting together a separate post on Rome, which I will link to once it’s live. I’ll be putting in the walking routes we did each day and linking to all of the restaurants/cafes/gelato shops we went to. I feel like it’s going to be a hefty and detailed post!




Naples

Naples was the final stop on our Italy adventure.

We got the train from Rome, this time is was much cheaper as the distance is shorter.

We stayed in an Air BnB here too. After speaking with my sister I prioritised finding a place with a good balcony (she sent me pictures of hers and the views were stunning).

We actually managed to find the perfect place. It was as central as it gets, the apartment was modern and clean, the view from the balcony was incredible and there was a cat. 

On the first day we headed straight for pizza, because that’s what you have to do when you’re in Naples. We went to the famous Pizzeria Da Michele (it’s in eat pray love) where they claim to have invented the margherita. Hands down, best pizza I have ever had.

From Naples we took a couple of day trips.

The first was to Sorrento, which we got to by train but you can also take the ferry. Sorrento is a small town very close to the Amalfi Coast. 

It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. Stunning scenery, dramatic cliffs, lemons everywhere and amazing food make it a must-go destination.

Sorrento is well known as being a fancy place to go to. As we booked last minute it was too expensive for us to stay there but I will definitely be heading back in the near future. I have to, it’s out of my control. The place is too stunning.

The second day trip we took was to Pompeii, again by train. This was probably in the top three moments of the entire Italy trip.

Pompeii is an archeological site between Naples and Sorrento. Pompeii was an advanced and thriving Roman city. However in 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted and engulfed the city in volcanic ash.

Sadly most of the inhabitants died and the city was forgotten about for 1700 years!!! Because of this the place is almost perfectly preserved.

Pompeii was utterly amazing. I can’t get my head around how advance the people were, the buildings were breathtaking, especially the theatre. What I loved most was that, due to the preservation, you really got a feel of what life would have been like there by just walking around. 

I would 100% recommend this to anyone and everyone. We took a fairly detailed pamphlet with us that explained who lived in most of the rooms/what the rooms were used for, which I also highly recommend if you’re not into tour guides and want to go at your own pace like me.

So that is a long (yet brief) round up of our Italy Itinerary. Because we got up to so much I am breaking this down into several posts. As I said here is my Venice post, I am also working on one for Rome, Naples, Sorrento and potentially Pompeii, so keep checking for those!

I have fallen head over heels for Italy. I love the lifestyle, the food, the people, all of it. Except maybe the roads, crossing them stressed me out. Apart from that everything is good.

Although we went to a fair few places there are loads more that I want to go to. High up on the list is the Amalfi coast, hopefully I can get that booked in maybe next year.

Have you been to Italy before? Which parts have you visited or do you want to visit?
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