Here we are, the third out of fourth post in my European series!
Italy was a mix of some of the most amazing times on this trip while also being the most exhausting country to visit. Our stay in Italy was short, we spent 3 nights in Florence and 2 nights in Rome, which could explain the exhaustion of it all.
Florence, or should I say Firenze, was an amazing time. There is something about this city that is so incredibly romantic. Plus, they have the beautiful Duomo, which is one of the most amazing sights I have ever seen.Our time in Florence was jam packed with excursions, from a cooking class on one day and an excursion to the Amalfi coast on the other, we were left with half a day to explore Florence. We did all the major spots in about 5 hours and treated ourselves to a great supper.
Not a bad supper for our first night in Italy, right??
Our evening was spent at the Michel Angelo viewpoint, where we enjoyed amazing views of Florence.Day 2: Italian Cooking Class Day
Our second day in Italy was one of the funnest days on the trip. We met up with a guide, and in a group of 12, we walked around Florence, picking up fresh produce, meat, bread and cheese from stands and marketplaces.After buying all of the required food, we hopped on a bus for a ride to the Tuscan country side, where we arrived at a farmhouse to get cooking.If that doesn’t sound like a dream, then I don’t know what does.
A chef taught us how to make some of the most amazing Italian staples, from bruschetta, Napolitan pizza, fresh pasta and meat sauce, Tuscan pork, roasted potatoes, tiramisu annnnd gelato.
Oh, and let’s not leave out the unlimited wine throughout the day.
The food we made was some of the best food I ate in Italy, I also met the awesomest people, from Canadians, to Americans and a few Australians! It was awesome to sit around a table at the end of the day and to share what we made today as one big touristic family.
All the recipes were given to us through email, and I fully intend on sharing the recipe for the meat sauce and homemade pasta with all of you. Fresh pasta is SO much easier to make then I thought, so I am excited to share that!
Day 3: Excursion to Cinque Terre (Amalfi Coast)
On the third day we hopped onto a bus for a 2 hour excursion to the Italian riviera, where we explored Cinque Terre, which in English translates to “five lands”. This beautiful coast is made up of 5 eccentric little fishing towns.We hiked from one town to the other in about an hour and a half, and man was it hot. The rest of the travelling between towns was done by train.At the end of the day, we took a boat from the furthest town back to the first one, where we got to see the coast from the water instead of from land.This day introduced me to the world’s best gelato. You see, the issue about Italy is that the gelato can actually be…. well, not that great. Since it is such a touristic area, it can be easy to fall into tourist traps.
The cinnamon gelato I had on this day will forever be remembered, it was made with all organic and natural flavors and I will never get over this heavenly treat…. Ever!!
Day 4: Arriving to Rome
We journeyed our way from Florence to Rome and checked into our first real hostel experience. We were sharing the room with 4 other girls, and honestly… Not a great experience (no one spoke to each other, even after I tried to initiate conversation and one of the girls came back at 12:30am and decided to turn ALL the lights in the room on while she got ready for bed…. ENOUGH said).
Our first impression of Rome was that it was HUGE and we had pretty much no way of getting around quickly. When you have a day and a half in Rome, seeing as much as we could was our goal.
Our first half day was spent walking to all the major attractions:
After enduring blistering heat, fast paced walking, and tons of people everywhere, we settled into a restaurant for some much deserved food.
At this point, veggies were calling my name. I know, I knowwwww, you are thinking “Omg, you are in Italy, what is wrong with you???”. But after being on vacation for 2 weeks, your body starts craving the greens.
Anyway, I ordered an inedible Cesar salad that tasted like tuna (!?!?!) and had gelato with a cone that was, literally, disgusting (who knew that was possible?).So, first impression of food in Rome was that it was gross. Not exactly what I was expecting from Italy.
Our first day in Rome ended extremely quickly, we ended up having an awesome supper (thank god!!!!) and attended a rooftop party where we met two girls from Britain who were super interesting to talk to.
Day 5: Cramming Most of Rome In One Day
Our last day in Rome was serious business. We bought tickets to a hop on hop off bus and started our day at 8:30 am with a tour of the colosseum.The tour was awesome and super informative, so crazy to think that at one point in history, all of this gladiator battling was actually happening!
We spent the rest of the day on the hop on hop off bus, and did much better on the food side. We actually did research and dined at a restaurant my sister suggested after her trip in Rome, and it was delicious!
The next day, we were off to the airport to make our way to our final destination, Barcelona!!
Italy was an amazing time, it was everything I expected it to be and I have no doubts that I will be there again soon.
Have you ever been to Italy, if so, where??
What’s your favorite Italian dish?
Have a great weekend guys! 🙂