Italy Travel Guide
What a great vacation we had in Italy!!!! In April we flew into Rome and rented a car and drove to the Amalfi Coast. We stayed just outside of Vico Equense– this little town was having a pizza festival, my hubbys favorite!!!! We also made numerous train rides into Naples, Pompeii (this is a must see, you really get a sense of what it must have been like when the volcano blew) we also traveled to Sorrento to taste a little bit of culture and some darn good Italian food!!!! We also visited Capri, Italy- an Island just off the coast of Sorrento, it was such a beautiful day in Italy, the views are amazing in Capri. Another excursion that we did should be on everyones bucket list was a day trip along the Amalfi Coast, so kinda bummed on this day because it was raining a little, but the views are incredible and worth seeing even if you have a rainy day, so amazing!!!!
visit & eat in Naples
Of course there are numerous places to eat in Italy. Try and choose restaurants that have outside seating, even when its cold most restaurants provide blankets to wrap up in. We love to people watch, try and find a great seat and order a pizza- remember pizza was originated in Naples so of course make sure you take a trip to Naples and enjoy a slice!!!! While you are in Naples make sure to check out the Underground Tunnels of Naples
The Amalfi Coast is very famous for their Limoncello, try some while you are there We were not particularly found of this but it is definetly a staple for households along the Amalfi Coast. You will find a huge amount of lemons and tons of lemon trees everywhere along the coast line, they are called Sfusato Lemons (this lemon is used in cooking). Limeoncello Recipe
So the Amalfi Coast is quite incredible, beautiful little towns along the cliffsides and lots of places to stop and get a bite to eat or drink. When booking a tour try and make sure it includes these destinations: Postiano, Amalfi, and Ravello. Do not try and drive on your own the roads are very narrow and the locals know these roads much better than tourists. It was raining on the day we went but was still such a beautiful countryside, will definetly come back again.
Tour of Capri
Capri is a must see when on the Amalfi Coast. We did a tour, they picked us up and took us to the boat dock, loaded up and dropped us off on the island. The tour also takes you around the island, such a beautiful place in Capri.
Spend the entire day here, there is so much to see. You can hire a taxi near the boat docks to take you to the top of Capri. Once they drop you off then take gondola ride to very top of Capri. These are single rides, grab your camera and get some beautiful pictures. The views at the top are breathtaking. There is also a little cafe at the top that you can grab a drink and snack to take in the views.
Pompeii has an incredible history and story behind it. As you look off in the distance from Sorrento you can see Mt. Vesuvius, that entire mountain blew off and ash went everywhere. It wasen’t the hot volcanic lava that killed almost everyone but it was the toxic fumes in the ashes that killed. Before we visited Pompeii we saw a short movie on utube of Pompeii that depicted the life of the people of Pompeii before the volcano blew, people moved to this area originally because it was a thriving city with stores, churches, prostitution, spas, etc. little did they know that the beautiful green hill that they had grown to love was a volcano. Be sure and check out the video before you make your trip to Pompeii it will definitely make your trip come alive. Check out this history on YouTube before visiting Pompeii
Rome and Appian Way
After visiting all these incredible places in Italy our last stop was Rome. Love visiting Rome, the architecture is so incredible I am amazed how all these buildings are still standing after all of these years. This visit we decided to do 2 different ebike tours, one of the interior city of Rome and the other was of Appian Way which was the main road, this was Europe’s first super highway, built in 312BC, it connected Rome with Capua. Rome has so much history that even in one visit its hard to take it all in, don’t try and crunch everything into one visit or you will be overwhelmed.
Essentials for italy
Mosquito Repellant Bracelet
Italy’s summers would be absolutely perfect if it weren’t for mosquitoes. In places like Florence, Rome, and Milan, you can find these little blood suckers in swarms, not to mention the locations directly on the coast! These wristbands are a very effective way to avoid getting bitten and tend to last awhile.
With so many amazing sites to explore, you’ll certainly be doing some day trips in Italy. A backpack will make your day trips a little easier by providing just enough room to bring all the essentials you’ll need.
Filtered Water Bottle
In most parts of Italy, the water can be amazing and they have public drinking water fountains which offer a free way to fill up your water for the day. However, there are some places that may heavily chlorinate the water and other locations where it might not be so safe to drink from the tap. To easy your mind, invest in a filtered water bottle so you don’t have to worry about what may get you sick.
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