A tenth visit to Bella Italia proved to be my dream trip to Italy, because this truly was a romantic vacation. I traveled with someone I love, and that made every place we went as a couple, a new experience.
“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life” —Anna Akhmatova
I love this quote by the Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova, because her words ring true for me.
Arriving in Venice, Richard and I not only explored the Grand Canal, St. Mark’s Square, and the Rialto Market, but we experienced a romantic gondola ride. Of course we explored many other smaller magical places in La Serenissima, and we made a few day trips too.
One was to the beautiful city of Verona, only an hour away by train. Here we met up with my cousin Angela and her fiancé, Alessandro, and had a wonderful day together. Much more on that in another post.
We also took a day trip to Bologna, where we had lunch at an outdoor trattoria, and then went to a smaller out-of-the-way place in Emilia-Romagna. Much more on these places in later posts, but until then, enjoy a few photos from these locations.
A fast train transported us to Rome afterward, where we spent six days that went too quickly. You can easily spend a month in Rome, and it wouldn’t be enough.
With our hotel conveniently located near Piazza Navona, it was only a short walk to Campo di Fiori, the Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Venezia, which is dominated by the larger-than-life monument, Vittorio Emanuele II.
A guided tour of the Vatican and an audience with Papa Francesco were some of the highlights, as well as a tour of the lower levels of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. So much more to write about, but that will come later.
And we spent a day with friends, Daniela and Francesco, who showed us around parts of Rome we never saw and treated us to some authentic Roman food where the locals go. Grazie, Daniela and Francesco
One of the days we took the ninety-minute train ride to Florence as a side excursion and despite the rain, we found a wonderful leather shop to hang out in, where the owner even provided Italian beer and wine. We did get to see Michelangelo’s original David in the Accademia. More on our day in Florence later.
After the busy times in the big cities, it was time for relaxation, so we headed to the Amalfi Coast, where we spent five glorious days and nights in the Positano, a paradise on earth.
Waking up to a view of the sea each day made the hundreds of steps we had to climb worth it all. You’ll be able to read all about this adventure in my upcoming book, which is going to my editor this month. After the necessary revisions, I hope My Amalfi Coast Love Affair will be ready for release this fall, so stay tuned. I don’t want to give away too many details just yet.
The final days of our three weeks in Italy ended in Sicily, and Taormina was our home for the last five nights.
Relaxing in this beautiful resort town,and spending time with my Sicilian family, was the highlight of our Sicily travels.
And we made some new friends as well.
Much more to come other than this brief overview, so watch this space.
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