“The Creator made Italy by designs from Michelangelo.” Mark Twain
Beautiful Italy, ridiculously hot, humid and overcrowded in summer but nevertheless such an enchanting place to visit. Fantastic fresh food, delicious and affordable regional wines, art and history in abundance and stunning coastlines.
From the bustling ancient sites of Rome to the narrow canals of Venice we traversed the country in just over two weeks via car, trains, boats and walked thousands of steps. From the more touristy stops to the Colosseum and the Vatican to the fantastic Scooteroma vespa tour of Rome (a must-do), an insight into what this cosmopolitan city has to offer on two-wheels.
Travelling south from Naples via Pompeii to the winding coastal roads of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravenllo, just as quaint and stunning as you expect. Traditional trattorias in small villages and a boat trip to Capri is a must-do. The rolling Tuscan hills offer relaxation in amidst spectacular scenery, walled towns seeped in history and the box-ticker that is the busy leaning tower of Pisa that only warrants a short visit. Florence is another gem to explore with its architectural masterpieces and famous works of art, many amazing restaurants including the more casual Central Market filled with aromas and noise. The hilly, colourful Cinque Terre is a collection of five villages dotted along the coast ripe for exploring on foot, by train or by our mode of choice, boat.
Venice was a delight (thankfully not smelly as expected in July), the final stop on a whistle stop tour of this charming country that offers so much diversity and yet retains its rustic charm. A gondola ride may be cliche but has to be done, a launch to the Ciprani for a famous peach bellini is an indulgence. Explore the historic sites, shops and narrow alleyways that crisscross the canals. Stop off in the less touristy area of Cannaregio for a coffee, aperol spritz and some local art, a hidden gem in a city of a thousand tourists. Here’s a first look at our trip pictures.
The views in this post are all my own based on my experience. Unless otherwise stated all photos © Jo Brett 2019. All rights reserved.