Life Lately #3: From Italy with Love, A Visual Diary
My last entry to the Life Lately Series I talked about how I was traveling long-term and California being my first stop. Two months later and I’m back in California after a month-long trip to Italy. The smell of adobo is wafting from the kitchen as I type away this long overdue entry about my first two months on the road. I know I promised to try to write weekly but totally derailed from it by week two. Sometimes life just demands to be lived and live it I did.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@globetrotgirlfriend) you probably know by now how much I’ve enjoyed traveling around Italy. Let me give you a quick rundown of my many adventures in this beautiful country. From frolicking on the beaches of the South and exploring the castles of the North to road tripping around Central Italy and exploring the picturesque coastal cities, it’s definitely a country with so much to offer. Each region is different, not just in the landscape, but in culture as well. I find it hard to pick a favorite because each one is unique in their own right. In the following weeks, I’ll take you on a visual journey of each of the places I’ve visited so stay tuned!
My first stop was the charming region of Southern Italy. More than just its aquamarine waters, its beauty lies in its laid-back atmosphere and the Southerner’s friendly smiles. I felt like I was taken back in time exploring the ancient city of Matera and the Trulli houses of Alberobello. And one of my highlights? Walking into a surprise dinner at the famous Grotta Palazzese, a cave restaurant in Polignano that’s hailed as being the most romantic restaurant in the world. Of course, a visit to the South would not be complete without lazing by the beach, cliff diving, and voyaging to jaw-dropping underwater caves of Torre San Giovanni and Grotta Verde Andrano. And finally, visiting the tip of Italy’s heel, Santa Maria di Leuca, and the beautiful port city of Gallipoli.
I then took a plane to Brescia in Northern Italy and took my adventures to a much more intimate level by exploring my best friend’s hometown and its neighboring cities. I mean how can you not when your best friend has a medieval castle in his backyard, a Roman amphitheater just minutes away in Verona, and Gatorade-colored lakes at the foot of the Dolomites in Tenno? Rich in history and culture, Italy completely surprised me by its abundance of serene, well-preserved natural sites and Northern Italy is definitely the place to go to enjoy mother nature. And I couldn’t miss the opportunity to visit the romantic city of Venice and the famed picturesque towns of Cinque Terre and Portovenere in La Spezia.
Central Italy was all about road tripping around Tuscany from one medieval city to another and enjoying farm-to-table feasts by local agriturismos. Falling in love with cities like Volterra, Montemerano, and Pitigliano is hard to resist. Consequently what was supposed to be a two-day trip became five, but who’s complaining? Being the beach bums, we can never be away from the sea or other bodies of water for too long. So we took a quick trip to bathe in the natural thermal waters of Saturnia. Before heading back up to Brescia we decided on yet another unplanned detour and spent a day in Florence. Not long after, I found myself in Central Italy once again and spent my last days in the country in Rome.
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