Dear Italia, I love you: Girls’ Trip 2016

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” – Giuseppe Verdi


I want to be real with you – I’ve been procrastinating writing this post. I’ve been agonizing about how I wanted to address my girls’ trip to Italy that occurred three weeks ago. Prior to the trip I knew for sure I wanted to write about the experience. During the trip, I had occasional thoughts about how I was going to explain all of the memorable moments and activities that my friends I did while visiting Rome, Florence, and Venice. However, when I returned from my trip I felt so full with inspiration that I didn’t know how to express it in words. I have about two other blog post drafts that reflect my attempts to paint these memories for you so that you can see them for yourself through my pictures and words. But, they still didn’t feel right.

The truth is – I will never be able to fully explain to you the magic of this trip.


My signature jump in front of the Colesseum.

My signature jump in front of the Colesseum.

I can go on and on about the unnatural amount of pasta and gelato we devoured for seven straight days, the vespa tour through the gorgeous Tuscan countryside that went down as the best day ever, the Chianti wine region, the gondola ride through the Venetian canals, the colorful island of Burano, and oh did I mention the most delicious pasta and gelato we’ve ever had? What about the tiramisu? I haven’t mentioned that yet. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

The trip was nothing short of a dream come true. To be able to tour three of Italy’s most beloved cities was a blessing, especially with two of my favorite people. I would do it again in a heartbeat and I would strongly recommend anyone to take a girls’ or boys’ trip to Italy if given the opportunity. It’s a wonderful country to bond with your friends while eating some of the best food in the world and partaking in fun and relaxing activities. Although there was a little regret prior that we signed up for so many activities and did not allow ourselves enough time to just wander the streets, I think all of us would agree that we made the best decision. Those were three of the best days of my life and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. There also was plenty of time for us to do some exploring around the city after we were done with our tours.

With this said, my next post will specifically cover Florence and the three activities we did: The vespa tour, the wine tour through the Chianti wine region, and the Italian cooking class. If you haven’t caught on by now, Florence was our favorite city out of the three. Florence was the city I looked forward to the most and it did not disappoint. I think we all wish we could have spent even more time there. Don’t get me wrong, Rome and Venice are beautiful. However, it was my second time visiting Rome and although Venice was lovely, I’m tormented by the amount of tourists squished in those narrow streets. We did get to visit the gorgeous island of Burano while in Venice. Burano is just one of those places you can’t imagine exists, but actually does. I saw it in a picture posted on FB prior to our trip, sent it to my friends, and all three of us decided that we MUST visit the island.

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Burano Island

I can’t forget the gondola ride in Venice. This was an absolute MUST and there was basically no way we could visit Venice without taking a “romantic” ride(haha) on a gondola through Venice’s canals. We even got serenaded by our gondolier(who was in traditional gondolier garb. I don’t know what the official name is but that’s what I’m calling it, “gondolier garb”, complete with the black and white stripped shirt and hat).

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Gondola ride in Venice.

Check out the video below of our gondola ride!


Okay, okay, I’ve said enough. Take some time to scroll through the gallery above(at the top of this post) to view some more pictures of Rome and Venice(Yaaassss). I can’t wait to indulge you further on the activities in Florence, most importantly the food which was basically the star of the show.


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    Diane J Holmes
    April 14, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    One of my favorite cities. Thanks for the pics

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