Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Italy Christmas 2015

Hi lovelies! As you may have known from my last post, I was fortunate enough to travel to Italy on Christmas Day. (Hints my recent hiatus). The duration of the trip was nine days, and was absolutely amazing. With the help of airplanes, trains, buses, taxis, and subways, I traveled to a few of the coolest places I've ever been. I thought I'd share a little bit about where I went, and what I did. Oh, and show you lots of pictures of course!

The adventure started when I landed in Milan, Italy. Aka, the capital of fashion! I only saw the city for a few hours that day, because I boarded a train, and headed for Florence the very same day. But hey! Even the train station is worth a photo!

Florence, located 187.9 miles from Milan, is known for being the birthplace of the renaissance. Since I was traveling with four other people, I stayed at a rented apartment. I personally loved staying in an apartments rather than a hotel, because they had character. While in Florence, we shopped, ate tasty food, and saw all the important monuments.

After a few nights in Florence, we headed even farther south to Sorrento. We stayed in a small fishing village right on the Bay of Naples in another apartment. (My favorite of the two). The heart of Sorrento was only a short ways away. The catch was that we were basically surrounded by cliffs or mountains on all sides. The only way we could reach the city was by a taxi, which is publicly known for being over priced in this particular area, a bus that never came at the same time, or steps. A lot of steps. Luckily, the view is spectacular from them!

On a clear and beautiful day, we took a private bus tour. I personally like walking tours better, but I quickly realized that to tour the coast on the Sorrentine Peninsula, you can't walk. The ride was almost completely right out of a typical Hollywood road trip movie. Roads, that should be only one lane, but aren't, with sharp turns on cliffs above nothing but ocean. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who gets car sick or is afraid of heights! We stopped along the way to take plenty of pictures. On a few of the stops, we visited fruit stands with fruit grown right where we were! I tired straight freshly squeezed orange juice, and boy was it good. We went to the shore in Positano, ate lunch on the Almafi coast, and toured another small city.

The next day we went to Pompeii, which could be seen across the bay from where we were staying. Pompeii was a city covered by ash from an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The city wasn't discovered until 1,800 years later, and excavations began in 1748. Incredibly enough, the volcano actually use to be three times the size it is today. Pompeii was EXTREMELY bigger than imagined. Rick Steves made it look like a walk in a park. That "park" was 170 acres. Needless to say, we didn't walk the entire thing. Many of the buildings look like a single room, but often would lead to long hall ways and more rooms. Some buildings still had paintings on the walls! Crazy right?

My step mom, told me that people often say that the more south you go in Italy, the more chaotic, and unorganized the cities get. And boy is that true, Florence was nothing. Coming from someone who lives in a small town in the states, it seemed like there were absolutely no driving laws. And although the city was unbelievably busy, a local told us that during the prime season, summer, it's on a whole different level. While it would be beautiful, and maybe even more enjoyable, the busyness might out way it.

On the way back to Milan, we stopped a Naples, simply to have pizza. If you didn't know, Naples is where it originated from! Their pizza is better than what I've at least had in America, because the sauce honestly tastes like fresh tomatoes. So good, ahh I wanna go back!

In Milan, I stayed at my step mother’s apartment. She has been living in Italy as of September 2015 for work. She lives right in the trendy area, which wa
s super neat. She likely will be relocated to another country within the next year, so be on the lookout for my travels ;) Anyways, Milan, as I said before, is the capital of fashion. High end stores line the streets featuring manikins that are dressed in new outfits every single day. It was the coldest place I visited on the trip, and rained and eventually snowed the entire time. I visited the Duomo di Milano, a massive Cathedral, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a high-end fashion mall that is the world’s first mall built in 1800's, Monumental Cemetery, a HUGE cemetery, and an arch thing... That I don't remember the name of:)

Over all, my trip was a success! My favorite place was definitely Sorrento, and I would love to go back again! I hope you liked hearing all about my travels! Have a great day:)


  1. Oh my gosh! You are so lucky! I've always wanted to go to Italy and these pictures are simply gorgeous.

    XO, Brooke

    1. Thank's so much Brooke! It was honestly so much fun, you have to go!

  2. That looks like such a fun trip! Italy is definitely on my list of places to go!
    Lauren | misslaurenalston.blogspot.com

  3. This trip looks amazing, such beautiful photos!
    xo, Syd