Travel Guide: Italy Part 1: Florence + Rome

Ok, I have to admit I have been majorly lacking the motivation to sift through all of my photos after my trip (I mean truthfully I finally unpacked my bag and did all my laundry two weeks ago.) I can’t believe it’s already been over a month since we left Europe and today as I was going through my photos it was a gentle reminder of how blessed I am and how beautiful this world can be.

Florence

One of my favorite moments on this trip was in Montefioralle (pictured above) a little town about an hour outside of Florence where we reminisced over wine and ate one of the best meals of my life.  The first stop on our trip was a family owned winery. The wine was delicious and after our tasting our guide had recommended La Castellana a restaurant walking distance from where they were located. Seated outside on a narrow road with our glasses full and our stomachs stuffed with truffle pasta and balsamic steak (a staple in the Florence region) we set off to explore a few more wineries nearby. Our second stop was at Castello Vicchiomaggio. The tasting room was the only thing open when we arrived, and reservations were recommended if you wanted to tour the vineyard. So after our tasting we ventured up top on our own to capture some of the most breathtaking views of rolling vineyards and take in the romantic setting that surrounded us. 

The weather was hot so this breezy wrap maxi dress kept me staying cool and feeling beautiful as I danced around through the streets. I paired this dress with my these wrap sandals (similar here) and my new go to favorite hat by L*Space. After our afternoon exploring under the warm Tuscan sun we set back for our Air BnB to lounge by the pool (with more wine of course) and relax for the remainder of our trip before heading out to Rome.

Rome

A chaotic bustling city where the ruins are nestled right in the heart of it all. You don’t have to go far to find a beautifully ornate church and a piece of history around every corner. One morning Chris and I were helping our cousins lug their luggage to a new hotel early in the am. and once we dropped off their bags (sometime around 5:30 am) we noticed we were close to the Colloseum so we decided to venture to it. Seeing it so early in the morning without any tourists and the sunrise peak over the top was almost too surreal to believe. We did go back later in the day to see it again in person. It was packed with people and rich in history. We were only in Rome for one day so other than the Colloseum and the Trevi Fountain (that we ventured to after dinner one night) that was about all we saw. Similar to Paris, I look forward going back to Rome and visiting it all over again with a better plan on what to see and more time to indulge in the cities have to offer. 

Similar to Florence, Rome was quite warm so I stuck with light dresses and slip on sandals to stay cool while touring the city.

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading! I can’t wait to recap my final piece of my summer Europe trip. Stay tuned! 

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