So I haven’t blogged in a couple of weeks, as I’ve been in Italy for a 2 week holiday with my Family & watching my lovely big Brother get married!! On a Monday I usually round up a few things that have made me happy that week, but today i’m going to round up my favorite things about Italy over the past couple of weeks. In no particular order..
1. Seeing my Brother get married!
OK so maybe this one is in a particular order and absolutely has to be number 1 because this is the reason we went to Italy in the first place, and my goodness was it beautiful! It surpassed all already extremely high expectations, and was one of the best days ever. Not only was it beautiful from start to finish, but it was completely and totally emotional watching my big Brother marry the love of his life and my lovely Sister in Law Catherine after a decade (!!) of being together. I wish I could re-live the day again!
2. Wine Tasting
I’ve never been wine tasting before, but I have certainly tasted a lot of wine. I am in no way cultured with wine and I am one of those girls that buys the bottle that should have been the most expensive but is on offer – I’m clearly an expert. We set off up the mountains of Lucca to the most incredible Vineyard and Oil Farm. If you’re ever in that area, the Colleverde Estate is a must visit. We were shown how Olive Oil is made, how wine is made, and then we sat out overlooking the most incredible view and tasted 6 amazing wines. It was the perfect start to our holiday!
We had a day trip to Riomaggiore as it is THE ‘Pinterest picture’ and we were not disappointed. As soon as we came out of the tunnel on the train the views of the sea were incredible. Once we were off the train we spotted an amazing bar with a terrace overlooking it all which we spent a couple of hours in taking in the view (and plenty of Wine)
4. Edoardo Vegan Ice Cream (or any Gelato in Italy)
I’ve been to Italy before so I know that as well as the usual 3 meals a day, there’s also a minimum of 1 Gelato a day too. Not only because it’s super hot and refreshing, but because it’s also INCREDIBLE and i’m already craving an Italian ice cream. When we went to Florence last year, my Sister in Law got an ice cream from Edoardo’s as Beyonce had been there before (and she is obsessed). I decided not to bother because of the que, but decided to give it a go when we went on a day trip this year. The good thing about Edoardo’s is that it also specialises in VEGAN ice cream too – something I have never tried. As I said, i’m a huge ice cream fan so it was a risk in my mind for my Gelato a day to try something new but i’m so glad I did – it was so freakin delicious. I opted for Summer Fruits and after a large meal it was light & refreshing and just what I needed – also super creamy for a dairy free sweet treat so definitely pay a visit if you’re ever in Florence
For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to visit Rome, so when we planned to spend 2 weeks in Italy I knew it had to be on the list. Both my boyfriend and I LOVE history and architecture and anything that has an interesting story behind it, so we knew straight away that we were going to love it – but we didn’t realise just how much. Only a 3 hour train ride away from where we were in Lucca we hopped on for a 3 night visit and it was amazing. I’m going to do a post in a bit more detail but from food to the wine to the buildings and the history it was all just amazing- and a fab stay in a beautiful hotel with a central location definitely helped. If you get an opportunity for a few days here then go for it – you won’t be disappointed!
Aside from all these lovely things, it was just amazing to spend so much time with my family. I mean, we spend quite a lot of time together anyway because we’re a bit strange like that but being abroad and spending quality time together was just amazing