Hi friends! I wanted to make a travel diary post half to share and selfishly, half to make sure I remembered everything that happened.
So here’s my trip so far from the beginning..
After a long and fairly terrible plane ride (think late take off, barely able to sleep, and a crying baby) I landed in Rome! I couldn’t wait to get to our Airbnb and share where I had lived for a semester with Mike.
After dropping off our things at the Airbnb, we went to explore the city. It was so weird to start walking and remember where I was. We started off by walking to the Pantheon, one of my favorite monuments in Rome. (I was almost not allowed to go in, because my outfit was too revealing). It is so much larger and grand in person than you would expect and the inside is just so detailed.
Next we walked to the Trevi Fountain and then the Colosseum. At this point I was so tired (jet lag is real) and the sun was so hot that I was really struggling and wanted to make sure we got a table at my favorite restaurant in the world. So, we took an Uber to our dinner spot.
Da Enzo, my favorite restaurant, is located in Trastevere which is on the opposite side of the Tiber river. It’s a little more of a quaint area and I love how you can just get lost in the streets. We arrived at the restaurant, which can be easy to miss due to how unassuming it is, and at 6:45pm there was already a couple waiting in line. By the time 7:30 hit — a.k.a. when the restaurant actually opens — the line was around the corner, so I was very happy we got there early. We sat down and I didn’t even need to look at the menu, I already knew what to order: Fresh burrata, gricia, carbonara, bread, olive oil, and house red wine. Seriously the best food in the world and to finish it all off, their tiramisu which is to die for. We walked back to our Airbnb and it was just amazing to be back in such a beautiful city.
We went to Trastevere again, had breakfast at Bylon Coffee shop (order a cappuccino and chocolate croissant) and walked around all the small streets. I highly recommend doing this as it really makes you feel like you are in a magical place / like you are experiencing what it’s like to actually live there.
Then we took the train to Sorrento where we stayed in a lovely Airbnb right on the water in Marina Grande. We explored town (which means walking a million steps) and sat in the middle of the square at Bar Ercolano to watch the chaos that is all of the tourists walking around.
After dinner at Ristorante Zi Ntonio we went back down to the marina and watched the amazing sunset. It was fiery red and SO bright and huge. Once it went dark, fireworks were set off which was a perfect ending to the night! The next day however we were woken up at 4:45 to bells and then fireworks that kept going on and off for hours.
After sipping coffee and eating a croissant by the water — v Italian of me — we made our way to Marina Picolla to take the ferry over to Capri. Which sounds easy, but with a suitcase, stairs, and a burning hot sun it was horrible lol. After waiting around for the ferry we took the 25 min ride to Capri!
I’ll leave off here…but Capri is amazing. I can’t wait to tell you all about it.