Our favorite country to visit time and time again is Italy. We are absolutely in love with the people, the food (especially for my picky teenage eater), the history and the fashion. On this trip we started off in Rome and stayed at the Baglioni Hotel. The location was perfect, just a short walk to the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti, the famous fashion street. On our first morning we always need a little nap to re-energize. If possible, secure an early check-in with your hotel. The remainder of our first afternoon we always spend wandering around the city and taking it all in. For dinner we discovered Taverna Trilussa. The pasta is served right in the steel pan it is cooked in. Probably the most delicious pasta we have ever eaten. Be sure to book a table on the outdoor patio as it is much more charming than inside.
There is just so much to see and do in Rome, it is difficult to narrow it down. Having been there before, we decided to visit just of few of the highlights on our second day. The Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon are not to be missed. We ended our tour at the Piazza Navona and had a delicious lunch at Ristorante Tre Scalini. There are so many restaurants around the Piazza Navona, but this is our favorite for a quick bite. Wander around the little streets around the square to find some small boutiques with beautiful Italian labels. And don’t forget your gelato – we have it at least once a day!
The next morning we were back to the airport for our short flight to Naples. We arrived and went directly to The Grand Hotel Vesuvio. The hotel is definitely in need of a little updating, but the service is still impeccable. After a little time to relax and have a quick lunch, we set off for our tour of Pompeii. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried under meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The preserved site features excavated ruins of streets and houses, baths and swimming pools and so much more. We think you will be as amazed as we were to discover how advanced this society was. Truly incredible!
The following morning we took a ferry from the Naples Port to Capri. It was a really easy trip, but be prepared to board and disembark without any help from porters. With all of our bags this was a little difficult for us, but we managed! We checked into the Capri Palace Hotel in Anacapri with it’s modern and sophisticated decor. We spent the remainder of the day at the pool and then exploring the neighborhood around the hotel. The following day we were supposed to take a boat to the Blue Grotto. Unfortunately, the seas were too rough for the boats to go out that day (and for the duration of our stay), so we were not able to visit this iconic site. Jessie was devastated, but that just means we must go back again soon! Our favorite dinner was at Da Paolino Restaurant. The lemon trees, the scenic lighting, the delicious food – it was just perfect and oh so very Capri! On our last day in Capri, we spent the morning shopping and then took the many, many (I can not emphasize many enough) steps down to La Fontelina beach club and restaurant. It was definitely worth the climb. Fortunately, they do have a boat and we opted for that on our way out. For us, La Fontelina represented the very essence of Capri – beauty, exclusivity, and tranquility. Be sure to make your reservations well in advance if you are traveling during their high season.
The next day we took the ferry to Positano. We were met at the dock by porters who transported our bags to Le Sirenuse and we made the climb. Make sure to wear good walking shoes because there is no way to get to Le Sirenuse without taking the steps. Positano is by far one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited and Le Sirenuse is spectacular. If you do not stay there, definitely stop by for lunch. The views are simply magnificent and according to Jessie (who is a lemonade connoisseur) they make the best lemonade she has ever tasted. Relax by the pool, take a walk on the beach, hike the hills and enjoy every moment you get to spend in Positano.
We are always sad when it’s time to leave Italy – definitely the sign of a great vacation!!