ITALY Advice?

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In exactly 29 days, my man and I are fulfilling a life long dream and heading to Italy for the ENTIRE MONTH OF MAY. One may call it a honeymoon, but I’m calling it SPRING BREAK FOR MARRIED PEOPLE.

And I’m not writing this to rub it in, I’m actually hoping to solicit recommendations and/or tips for things we should do if this ends up being our only trip to Italy we take in our entire lives (Oh god I pray it is not). I could have written on facebook “Hey interweb friends, tips for Italy, GO!”, but I figure you get back what you put out into the world, so if I put a little more effort into this solicitation request hopefully I’ll get a little more love in return.

SO, here is my sincerest plea for you to share your secrets and must-dos for Italy with us! And to help your kind efforts, above is a rough visualization of our itinerary, and accompanied with following thoughts:

1. Embody Gwyneth Paltrow’s style from The Talented Mr. Ripley. (This is actually mandatory for BEFORE we leave, and I am currently working on my packing wish-list).

2. First stop: VENICE. Most importantly find the spot where my father was born, and second most important moment is visit the library from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. [Homebase is THIS Airbnb.]

3. Hit up Harry’s Bar. Famous boozeyness, don’t want to miss it.

4. Slip on the sunnies and flee to the beach.

5. Cinque Terre for four nights. [Homebase is THIS Airbnb.]

6. Rent a car in Florence and then spend the next four days exploring Tuscany.

7. There will be olives.

8. There will be copious amounts of wine. Especially Chianti.

9. There will always be pizza and pasta.

10. End up in Pompeii. Be humbled and thankful we don’t live next to an active volcano. MAYBE make it to Amalfi Coast if possible.

11. ROME: Hang with the Pope, coliseum, SOCCER GAME, Mercato Monti, history, art, and 100% romance.

We are still somewhat flexible with this game plan so if there is something we can NOT miss, please let us know! And any restaurants, bars, BEACHES, all-night dance clubs, gelato spots, fountains to make wishes in, stoops to sit on, vintage markets, or bottles of wine we must consume that you can think of and pass along are SO APPRECIATED!

GRAZIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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6 thoughts on “ITALY Advice?

  1. How exciting Lauren! Here are my thoughts. The Tuscan hill towns are wonderful–I particularly loved the smaller ones like San Gimignano and Montepulciano. Glorious food and plenty of Chianti Classico? Cortona is another one–you might enjoy reading Frances Mayes’ Under the Tuscan sun–she talks a lot about the Cortona area and gives you a good feel for that part of Tuscany. There are obviously bigger cities like Florence (which 10 years ago I found way too crowded w tourists) and Sienna. You can wander through the latter in a day, although it is a big city. Be sure to stay in the old part of Rome. It is a huge city, and the cheapest digs are a long ways away from anything.

    Whatever you do, you will have a grand adventure. Wine is superlative. Pizza often less so.

    Hugs to you. btw: I think your wedding dress was one of the classiest I have ever seen!
    Sharon E.

    • Thanks for the tips Sharon! The part where we wander around Tuscany is where we are looking for the most advice! I’ll definitely be checking out San Gimignano and Montepulciano!

      And the wedding dress success was all thanks to Amy Kuschel – SF’s most original and classy dress designer!

      big hugs,
      Lauren

    • Thanks Marni! Chris and I WANT to take a cooking class so this looks perfect! And anything that is good enough for Mario Batali’s offspring is good enough for me!

  2. Hey L-boogie, By a weird coincidence I was in Venice two weeks ago. So here are some very fresh Venice tips:

    1) Consider getting a vaparetto pass. It’s the Venetian sea bus and it makes getting around easy, not to mention the lovely views. Riding the vaparetto all the way up the Grand Canal on a sunny day was more fun and way cheaper than the obligatory gondola ride.
    2) Your vaparetto pass will also allow you to go all the way to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. Burano is particularly pretty.
    3) Don’t be too reliant on social media. Everybody and his dog is using TripAdvisor which means that all the well-reviewed restaurants, etc, on TripAdvisor have tended to become tourist oriented.
    4) Get up early. For major sites like the Doge’s Palace, be there at opening to avoid the hordes. Venice is small and gets an average of 50,000 visitors per day!
    5) Order your espresso standing up at the bar, and you get charged less.

    Sounds like a dream vacation. Have a fabulous time!

    Paul

    • Paul that is so crazy that you were just there!! Thank you so much for the hot-off-the-presses tips. I will follow them all and report back!

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