3.29.2011

Buon Viaggio!

I will be taking my first trip to Europe this spring--Italy is to be exact. I am beyond elated but am having a hard time pinning down details beyond the flight there and back--so many places to see and of course so little time. I would love any recommendations for my itinerary that you all may have! The one thing that is for sure is that I would love to spend time unwinding on a terrace just like this one...

(via brava casa)

39 comments:

things that sparkle said...

I went to Rome, Cinque Terre and Santa Margherita this summer and would HIGHLY recommend them all. I also loved Positano and Florence when I went a couple years ago. Email me if you'd like any specific recommendations!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

that sounds fantastic!! we want to go to italy next fall-- milan and roma! :) xoxo jcd:: enter to win my jewelry giveaway !!

Appletree said...

the Cinque Terre are so beuatiful, my fave in all of Italy.

Renée Finberg said...

don't miss florence.
no matter what!!

Rachael said...

So exciting! I've always wanted to go. Have a fabulous trip :)

17 Perth said...

Yay!! So excited for you. My favorite city by far was lucca. It is a walled city and absolutely beautiful. My favorite by far.

Megan said...

My husband and I went to Italy a few years ago and LOVED it. You really can't go wrong. The people are warm, the food is great, and the views are amazing. I highly recommend Rick Steve's Italy book. It's sooo helpful before you go and while you're there. Our very favorite spot was Cinque Terre where we could wake up and fall asleep to the sound of the Mediterranean. We also loved Rome, Pompeii, a gondola ride in Venice, and organic gelato from "Grom" in Florence. Have fun!!

thehaflife said...

I agree with the Cinque Terre, but don't tell too many people how much you love it when you get back. Really take time to wander around Corniglia. You have to climb a lot of steps to get there, so eat once you get to the top. (We stayed in Monterosso and started the hike in Riomaggiore. Half of us cheated and took the train to our hotel but missed beautiful Vernazza in the process.) Venice is also a city that will get into your soul. The gardens of Tivoli (near Rome) will enchant you if you're a romantic and can picture yourself being courted and stealing kisses in all its nooks and crannies. And finally, Assisi was a place of peace and beauty... and some cute shops.

April @ A kitchen table for two said...

Don't miss all the amazing art in Rome and Florence! And make sure to make an appointment in advance to visit many of the museums. I'd suggest Rick Steve's Europe website for tips (except fashion advice, lol). I also kept a bit of a journal while I was there~now I can look back on it on a bad day and take myself back to those places =) Have so much fun planning!

Jen S. said...

WOW Italy! That sounds like it will be tons of fun!

jen
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Sydney said...

I did a study abroad there and loved it! Check out Sienna (the James bond movie and letters to Juliet show the famous campo) Florence, cinque Terra, lucca is fun to ride bikes around the city wall, definitely hit the amalfi coast ( tons of celebrities go there and capri is just a boat ride off) and of course Rome and Venice! You'll have a blast!!!!

Gregory said...

This photo is so beautiful, have the best time on your trip!!

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Andrea @ Andrea Reh said...

Have a fabulous, fabulous time! I spent about 8 weeks in Italy a few years ago and it was fabulous... And that was in winter!

Buon viaggio!

Andrea x
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Renee said...

Lake Como for sure! It is so romantic and peaceful.

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

You're going to love it! Rome and Florence are two of those cities I think everyone should see once and then there are so many other beautiful places...Sorrento, Ischia, Positano, Sardegna, Sicily, Lake Como and the surrounding area. Really depends on what you're looking for. Calabria also has some beautiful beaches.

Indiana Munn said...

This looks like the perfect place to relax with a book and glass of wine.

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Barbara@HausDesign said...

Luck you!!! Tuscany (Lucca, Siena, Florence and the smaller towns) would guarantee you the feeling of the picture you show here - heavenly. We'll be there in June and I can't wait. I agree on Cinque Terra especially though - we were there last year and it's very special and unique! I've spent quite a bit of time in Italy - email me with what you have in mind if you want more specific help!
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Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

So beautiful I wish I was sat in that wicker chair chilling with a book

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Kelly said...

We went to Rome, Tuscany, Florence and Venice for our 20th anniversary a few years ago. We used a company called Italy Source to plan the trip...they were fabulous and made everything so easy. They arranged private guides in each area, private transfers and tours (no groups). http://www.italysource.com/. In Tuscany, we stayed at the Castelletto di Montebenichi - HEAVEN! Here is the link, I highly recommend it: http://www.castelletto.it/. Have fun planning your trip!!

Eryn@PluckyFinds said...

I lived in Florence for a year and even then I wasn't able to see all the delights Italy has to offer! If you want a relaxing, outside garden terrace I suggest going to Il Rifrullo on the Oltarno side of Florence. FYI Oltarno means "other side" of the Arno river which divides Florence in half. There you will find the real Florence that is less touristy with beautiful boutiques and the best restaurants... Be sure to stop by Golden View for an aperativo before dinner to enjoy the elegant but cozy ambience! Another amazing place is Il Profeta, such great home-cooked meals and they will make you feel like family. Buon viaggio!

Eryn@PluckyFinds said...

I lived in Florence for a year and even then I wasn't able to see all the delights Italy has to offer! If you want a relaxing, outside garden terrace I suggest going to Il Rifrullo on the Oltarno side of Florence. FYI Oltarno means "other side" of the Arno river which divides Florence in half. There you will find the real Florence that is less touristy with beautiful boutiques and the best restaurants... Be sure to stop by Golden View for an aperativo before dinner to enjoy the elegant but cozy ambience! Another amazing place is Il Profeta, such great home-cooked meals and they will make you feel like family. Buon viaggio!

Ambyr said...

How fun. I wish I could help but I've never been. Can't wait to hear about your trip!

This lavendar, distressed painted table and window seal is beautiful. Such a vibrant but soft color.

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Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Lavender at it's best! wow I love that table.

Do NOT miss Cinque Terre!

Aliza said...

that is so exciting! & the patio is gorg!!

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Have a wonderful trip! Italy is my favorite place on the planet, specifically Rome. You will love it.

Julia said...

I went to Rome, Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre, and Cortona this summer! They were all unbelievable!
rome: Colosseum/all tourist/history things!
florence: shopping anyway!
venice: my favorite and try to get lost in the alleyways, you will find the cutest untouched stores. visit st. marks square
cinque terre: Monotorosso to be exact! perfect mediterranean beach, beyond gorgoeus
Cortona: amazing food! go into town and shop!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow what a Blessing to be able to go to Italy!! Hope you have an awesome adventure.

Jesse said...

You must go to CAPRI and Ana Capri (on the island of CAPRI) off the coast of Naples, just a short boat ride. It is breathtaking! Have a blast!

SusyQ said...

If you want to relax on a beautiful terrace underneath olive and caper trees take a boat from Napoli to the stunning Isola di Salina, it is easily one of the most beautiful places on earth! Drink the local wine, eat tomato salad with the local caperberries grown on the island and swim in the turquoise waters. Enjoy!

Susy.

Couture Carrie said...

So exciting about your trip, darling!
Florence is my favorite Italian city.
Gorgeous terrace!

xoxox,
CC

Caitlin said...

This terrace looks absolutely divine. Have a wonderful time planning your journey to Italy. I've never been there before but would love to go.

mn said...

Oh you're in for a treat! Sicily is truly heaven on earth. And the Amalfi Coast has breathtaking scenery. I've also found the Lake Region (Como, Menaggio, etc.) so beautiful and peaceful.
Really wherever you choose, you'll have an unforgettable trip- Italy is a delight for the eyes. Enjoy it so much!

Anonymous said...

my favorite place was by FAR San Gimignano in Tuscany, not far from Siena. Honestly, staying in a villa there was one of the best experiences of my life. Check out the hotel Il Vicaro in ulignano. check it out on trip advisor, the reviews speak for themselves!

claire said...

Oh my, this space is stunning. So much character. x

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Urska M. said...

Wish you a great trip! I am sure you'll have lots of fun - Italy is really beautiful. I live near so I'm super happy I can make short trips there from time to time :) Hope to see lots of gorgeous photos from the journey! Xoxo

- Urska
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Room Lighting said...

How come this looks so perfect and inviting? I would love to have a siesta here.

Alina Iljina said...

Italia is romantic place...it's a country of dream..love!love!love Italia!!

Lucille J. James said...

I'm glad to see your photography here .