We had never imagined that we would be living only an hour and a half away from The Italian Riviera, one of the most beautiful coasts in Italy. More surprisingly, we would have never predicted that we would prefer it over the Amalfi Coast. The Italian Riviera is a narrow coastal strip between the Ligurian […]Read more "Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure"
Our first Saturday in northern Tuscany we decided to do some more expansive exploring of the region. My guidebook had mapped out a driving route of the region that toured into small towns in the mountains. Driving north of us, the area becomes more and more remote. Our GPS took us through local roads to […]Read more "The Garfagnana"
We jumped on the opportunity to see a European soccer match when Ryan’s company offered us tickets to see AS Roma versus Barcelona, currently one of the best teams in Europe. The match was held in Rome a mere two days after we moved into our home in in Strettoia, Tuscany. Instead of driving South again […]Read more "AS Roma Versus Barcelona"
This is where our official journey in Tuscany begins, starting in the Chianti region, an area many people envision when they hear the word “Tuscany.” With its sand-colored hills dotted with vineyards and fortress-surrounded medieval towns, you feel as you have entered another era. We arrived in Tuscany after our Southern Italy excursion with a […]Read more "Our First Taste of Tuscany: Montelpulciano, Montisi, and Pienza"
The islands off the Campania coast was our last stop in Southern Italy. The area is most famous for Capri, a long time coveted destination for American tourists. Due to our last minute booking, we ended up making our home base in Ischia, a more local and affordable option to the commercialized Capri. Ischia is […]Read more "The Islands of Ischia and Capri"
The Amalfi Coast removes you from reality. Despite the tourists and traffic that can plague the area during the summer months, it is able to retain its rustic charm that gives off the aura of living a simpler life. We took the famous Sita bus from Sorrento to Positano, an apparently not-to-miss experience as the […]Read more "The Amalfi Coast"
Prior to making our way to Tuscany, Ryan and I planned to spend some time in Campania, Italy’s southwest shoreline and home to the well-known Almafi Coast and Capri. Sorrento was our first stop along the Campania shoreline. We rented our car in Rome upon landing, and set off on the three hour journey to the coast, […]Read more "Sorrento and the Sorrentine Peninsula"