It’s early Sunday morning and I’m holed up at my favorite coffee shop, trying to write a few blog posts ahead of time – be still my heart, this never happens – because in one week Ryan and I are heading to Italy for two weeks of technology-free honeymoon/first anniversary adventure.
I have some questions for you, but first, the back story:
In a way, this trip has been 4 years in the making. When Ryan and I got married we decided to keep things simple for the post-wedding relaxation, so we headed to a family friend’s house in New Hampshire. I don’t know how people plan both a wedding and an exotic, overseas honeymoon at the same time.
I’d asked Ryan to go somewhere exotic over the winter, and my main choice was Indonesia, which I feel in love with while reading Eat, Pray, Love multiple times.
After the wedding, I remembered that years ago Ryan wanted us to take a trip to Italy. But we’d only been dating 6 months, and I told Ryan “We shouldn’t go to Italy. That’s the kind of trip you take for your honeymoon, not just a random vacation when you’re first dating.”
Four years later, after walking down the aisle, I remembered that conversation and asked Ryan if he still wanted Italy. He said yes.
Crap, I thought. There goes my exotic adventure in the jungles of Indonesia. Fortunately, in the process of researching our Italian Adventure, I have become very, very excited. Specifically, I can not wait to visit the hills of Tuscany.
Our Italian Adventure includes the following:
- Train to Levanto. Spend a few days exploring the Ligurian coast, to include Cinque Terre.
- Go to Tuscany. Spend a weekend in Montepulciano, home of one of my fave red wine varietals. Drive around the countryside just exploring places like San Gimignano.
- Spend a few days in Florence. See art, artists, and opera.
- End in Venice. Do whatever Ryan wants, since he’s most excited about that city.
In the planning process, I’ve loved re-reading Jenn’s posts about her anniversary trip to Italy last fall.
I’m also devouring all of Cassie’s travel posts about Italy and Europe at Hi Sugarplum, especially her recent post about Venice. Apparently I’m copying her and doing a very similar trip :)
Do you have any recommendations, warnings, tips, or comments? I’d love to know your experiences if you’ve been to any of the places I’ve listed above!
Of course I’m going to blog about the trip when I return. But if you just want to look at pretty pictures, check out my Italy Pinterest board where I’m keeping track of hotels and sights to see.