When in Rome…

Picturesque seaside scenery, unique natural beauties, tantalizing wines, and carb-free pasta dishes…

…this is how Blake and I plan to spend our vacation this summer.

That’s right, B and I are going to Europe. Italy and Paris, to be more specific. We booked our flights last week and will be arriving in one of the most marvelous places on Earth come the end of May. For two weeks we’ll be witnessing breath-taking views and soaking up the rich culture. We’re fortunate enough to be traveling with another fun and wonderful couple.

I’m very excited for this adventure, and even more blessed to be sharing it with the love of my life.

My friend Megan and I have been anxiously planning the destinations, while Blake and her husband are busy studying for med school. Essentially, this is B’s last summer for the rest of his life and we decided to do it BIG.

In the beginning, our hearts were set on going to Greece, too, but apparently Greece isn’t doing well economically and are on strike. We were disappointed, but understood it wouldn’t be feasible. Tentatively, Megan and I have come up with the following destinations. 

We fly into Rome, but will take the train to Sorrento, located along the Amalfi Coast. A thirty minute boat ride will lead us to Capri, where we’ll spend the day bronzing in the Mediterranean sun.

Peaceful landscape full of serene rolling hills, olive groves, cypress trees, vineyards, and medieval towns and castles is what attracts us to Tuscany. A wine-tasting tour is a must.

Cinque Terre is the unique part of our trip because it’s one of those “Back Door” destinations that not many tourists know about. A seven mile hike (including a “Lovers Lane”) will lead us through unforgettable views of it’s National Park. There’s just something charming and romantic about these “Five Lands,” which is what Cinque Terre translates to.

What is there to even say about Paris? I think it speaks for itself.

With it’s infamous architecture and as a home to Romeo and Juliet, our trip would not be complete without Rome. It’s an Eternal City; a cultural icon filled with secrets and romantic sneak-aways. Love is everywhere in Rome.

…do as the Romans do.

My question to you is: Have you been to Italy or Paris? Do you have any suggestions, ideas, regrets? I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Ciao, Bella

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9 Replies to “When in Rome…”

  1. I love the new layout! I am jealous out of my freaking mind that you and Megan are going to Europe! Live it up! I think it is smart you are hitting up the Amalfi Coast. It is beautiful! I didn't get a chance to go to Capri but I heard that was the place to go. I didn't know you were doing Paris too. I haven't been and I doubt I will ever get the chance. For some reason Luke is anti traveling to France.

  2. Oh my goodness! I am so excited for y'all. You'll have to take tons of pictures and let me know what y'all decide to do :o) I haven't been to either place so I don't have any advice to give, but I know y'all will have a blast no matter where you go! xoxo

  3. Chad and I are going to Italy next March…you must let me know the best places to go 🙂 Paris is amazing I went when I was 16! eat everything 🙂

  4. That will be such an awesome trip! I went to Italy in 2005 with my now-husband, and I'm dying to go back! Our itinerary was Siena, Florence, Rimini, Venice, and then Rome. I hear Cinque Terre is absolutely breathtaking. It's great that you can fit it into his time off…my husband is finishing up third year, and we're trying to plan a trip somewhere for one of his "free" months. We're thinking South America, but also want to do Paris really badly!

  5. Ohhh goodness…I don't know if you really want to be asking me this. I was born in Italy and have a TON of family over there (I've been going there every other summer). So instead of writing a huge novel on your comment, feel free to email me if you have any questions on Italy. cmeloni5@gmail.com
    I would love to help out if I can! I know it's so exciting!!!

  6. Oh my gosh, lucky you!!!!! I am so jealous!

    My advice–in Paris, eat ice cream at Berthillon (salted caramel!!!). Oh my gosh, so good. Also, if you can, go to a concert in the Saint-Chappelle. Also, bring the best camera you can afford/borrow! 🙂

    P.S. My friend did the Cinque Terre hike two years ago, and he said it's REALLY rough–it's almost entirely stairs. He didn't bring enough water or a good hat, so if you have those things maybe it'll be more pleasant!

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