Ate my way through Italy

Over the past ten days, I traveled throughout Italy for Easter Break, where I ate pizza, pasta, and gelato for every meal. My trip began in the Amalfi Coast, where my friends and I relaxed in the hot, Italian sun for five days. Our next destination was Florence, Italy, where we climbed to the top of the Duomo. We finished our spring break in Rome, Italy, where we got to explore old ruins, the colosseum, and of course, live our childhood dream of being Lizzie McGuire by making a wish at the Trevi Fountain.

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We arrived in Sorrento, Italy on the morning of April 7th and  had already fallen in love with it. it was a gorgeous, sunny day, so we decided to relax by the pool at our our beautiful hotel, Hotel La Vue d’Or, which seemed to be the our game plan almost every day we were in Sorrento. For dinner, we finally got to have our first, true Italian meal… pasta. I have to say that it definitely surpassed my expectations. We ate at a very local Italian restaurant, Il Ritrovo, and I had the most delicious gnocchi of my life, I am still dreaming about it. One of our days in Sorrento, we decided to take a boat tour over to the island of Capri. All I can say is WOW. I now know where I want my future wedding to be. We boarded the boat bright and early and headed over to Capri, where we were able to spend 4 hours exploring the breathtaking island. It is by far the prettiest, cutest, most quaint little island I have been to. After exploring the island by foot, we hopped back on the boat and cruised around the island, stopping into several grottos along the way. e were able to go inside one of the most famous grottos, the Blue Grotto. it costs 14 euro to enter, and if you tip your guide, he will let you swim in it! My friends and I were feeling pretty brave and decided to take a dip in the freezing cold, gatorade blue colored, blue grotto. It was literally breathtaking because of how cold it was, but I highly recommend doing it if you ever get the chance. After a long day of exploring and boating, we headed back to the hotel for another delicious pasta dinner.

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Next on our agenda was Florence, Italy. Unfortunately we only had two days here, but we definitely made the most of it. The second we got to Florence, suitcases and all, we headed over to a very popular pizza place recommended by many of our friends, called Gustapizza. Just our luck, it was closed. Luckily, they have a sister restaurant just down the street, so we headed over there for a delicious margherita pizza, followed by gelato. The next day, we walked around the fairytale like streets and came across the Duomo, which looks like a cartoon building. We waited in line for a little over an hour only to find out that the climb to the top of the Duomo was sold out. We were still able to climb 403 steps to the top of the bell tower, which overlooks all of Florence as well as the Duomo. After the treacherous climb to the top, we deserved another gelato, so we headed over to the famous bridge, Ponte Vecchio, where we enjoyed a tasty, refreshing gelato. For a pre-dinner snack, and our last day in Florence, we HAD to eat at another highly recommended place, All’Antico Vinaio, for the tastiest panini of my life. If you ever find yourself in Florence and are unsure of where to eat, you must go to this place… it is life changing. Afterwards, we headed over to Piazzale Michelangelo for sunset, which overlooks all of Florence. From there, we headed to dinner at Trattoria ZaZa for another delicious pasta dinner.

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Our last stop for our spring break adventure was Rome, Italy. I was amazed at how ancient everything, including many of the buildings, is. When we arrived, we headed over to the colosseum and took a tour of the inside, which was really cool to see something so old still standing, even though a lot of it has been updated. After that we headed over to the markets at Campo de’ Firori, where they have fresh fruit, pasta and pizza spices, jewelry, leather wallets and purses, and much more. It was a really cute area with many restaurants and gelaterias. For dinner we headed over to my favorite restaurant of the entire trip, Thats Amore. you seriously HAVE to eat here if you travel to Rome!!!! Its a couple blocks away from the Trevi Fountain, and they have the best pasta I have ever eaten, and will probably ever eat in my life. I ordered the fettuccine al ragú bolognese, but everything looked exquisite. To finish off our trip to Rome, we headed over to the Trevi Fountain to bring out our inner childhood dream of making a wish at the Trevi Fountain, just like Lizzie did in the Lizzie McGuire movie, so I guess we will see if my wish comes true! Overall it was an unforgettable spring break and I will 1,000% be returning to Italy in my future endeavors. Ciao for now!

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