Until October last year I had only been to Italy once and that was a few days in Rome back in 2010. I was very lucky last year and managed to head to Ischia and explore the island for four days in October which was absolutely beautiful, and then a month later I was back to cover both Venice and Rome (again). I have to admit that I absolutely love Italy both the history and architecture but also the food because pizza and pasta are my absolute favs. There’s quite a few places that I want to visit and I know quite a lot of them are connected via train so I know I could fit a few within a single trip. Here’s some of the places I’m planning to visit in the next few years.
Last year I was in Naples twice as it’s where I boarded the boat to Ischia and we spent a few hours there before going to Pompeii and I’m keen to head back to the city and find out more about what it has to offer. Naples was where the very first pizza was created and from trying one I know I’d want to go on a mini food tour, plus you can do quite a lot of day trips to the islands surrounding the Bay of Naples which I know I’d love to do.
Following on from my choice above Capri is one of the islands I’d love to head to from Naples. Knowing that it’s smaller than Ischia I know I could see most things in a few day so it would make a great pit stop at the beginning/ end of a trip to Naples and give me another view of the country. Ischia was full of fresh seafood and I’d guess that being an island Capri would be too which makes a great chance from carb-heavy pizza and pasta.
About 18 month’s ago my best friend went to Florence on a solo trip to explore all of the art galleries and museums and generally get lost in creativity and her photos were absolutely stunning. I’d be keen to head there with her so she can show me around the best of the best galleries and some of the things which she loved when she was there.
Me and my boyfriend fell in love with Venice when we visited last year and I’d be keen to go back around Spring time when the weather is nicer than it was in November when we went but before it gets too hot (and too busy). I love the idea that the whole city doesn’t have any cars in it and it makes it feel so nice to just walk and explore the areas.
There’s pretty much just the leaning tower in Pisa but it’s something which I feel I want and need to see so this would make a great stop point on a train journey where I’d happily just spend a few hours seeing the tower, taking every photo humanly possible and eating some yummy food overlooking the monument.
I first watched Letters to Juliet quite a number of years ago and it was set in Verona based on the story of Romeo and Juliet. Verona is where Juliet’s balcony is said to be and you can visit the site and hear plenty of stories about the young lovers, plus there’s a wall where people leave love notes and people try their best to actually respond to them just like the movie shows. I love little things like this and I’d be keen to explore all the Shakespeare connections in the city.
We’ve probably all seen the beautiful photos of the Amalfi Coast and to be honest that’s the main draw for me and as somewhere to properly relax as it’s on the coastline and boasts some amazing looking hotels and apartments to stay in. This would definitely be more of a relax than an exploring trip.