For years Jason and I have talked about going to Italy.
Unfortunately with our schedules when we both used to work in professional hockey, the only time of year we were able to go would have been summer and honestly, as much as I wanted to go, the idea of standing in un-airconditioned museums in the brutal heat during the busy tourist season just did not sound appealing to me (I’m sure you’ve gathered by now if you’re a regular reader that I do NOT do heat well!).
Now that we’re both back in school I’ve been thinking our March break this year may be the perfect time to go! (I’m sure I won’t have time once I start a 3-year doctorate program, so may as well go now!)
So, time to start planning!
**Note, I’ve actually been to Italy twice with my family, but both times were before I was 13, so I really don’t remember much!**
I began by looking at some of the group guided tours through Italy, and I found a few itineraries that matched the cities we were looking to visit, but I have to be honest, I wasn’t particularly excited about a lot of the day to day itineraries – they were VERY museum and church heavy.
Of course we want to visit museums and churches while we are in Italy, but we want to do other stuff too!
You know, like THIS:
Did you even know you could SUP through the canals of Venice?!?!
No? ME EITHER!
But I DO know we MUST do this!
This is how I want to see Italy.
I want to paddle the canals of Venice. Bike ride through vineyards in Tuscany and visit their natural hot springs. I want to learn to make (and eat!) pizza and pasta in Rome and visit lots of local markets.
And of course I want to go for a run everywhere! (*I even already downloaded the local route maps from the Westin hotel sites in each city!)
Yes, I want to see the Coliseum, the Vatican and the David, but I think what we realized is that we want to experience Italy in a way that fits our personalties.
An active, outdoors, stuff your face with pizza and gelato kind of way!
So, here’s where I’m reaching out for some help!
I’ve done a ton of research already (and my dad has been to Italy a million times so he’s a fantastic resource!), but I’m trying to piece together our own custom trip and would LOVE any advice/ help/ suggestions!
We’re planning on Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples and Amalfi for probably about 10 days (that’s tbd).
If you’ve been to Italy and have suggestions of hotels, tours, “must-do’s” or things you’d pass on let me know!
Even if you just have travel or trip planning tips in general please share!
I LOVE researching and planning trips (I already have a guidebook, spreadsheets and a Pinterest board!), but it can be VERY overwhelming so feel free to send any thoughts!
What’s on your travel bucket list?
What is your #1 travel tip?
P.S. – I’m considering making my trip planning into a weekly or bi-weekly series talking about researching each step of the way, booking things and then getting ready to go, does that sound of any interest?? Plus I feel like it would help keep me on track if I’m going to plan our whole trip myself!