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Italy Trip Recap

I figured I’d take a break from reviews today and share my vacation pics!

I haven’t traveled too much in my life, so I really treasure the vacations that I’ve gotten to go on so far. Mostly, my husband and I take day trips around Florida, but we recently rewarded ourselves with a vacation to Italy, which happened to be around the time of our 1 year anniversary!

Tim and I had such an amazing time. Please indulge me as I share some of my vacation memories with you! 🙂 Even though this is my book blog, so much of who I am goes into it that it just seems right to share some of my life with my readers.

If you prefer book talk I definitely understand! Tomorrow I’ll go back to legit book blogging and post my review of The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa.

We started off our trip with three days in Venice. This area turned out to be more touristy than I expected, but it was still a beautiful place. I mean, a land completely surrounded by water is pretty unique.

Here are some pics from Venice:

View from the famous Rialto Bridge

St. Mark's Basilica

Amazing gondola ride!

From there, we were bused over to Florence and stayed there 3 days as well. I didn’t have too many expectations for Florence, but this city really surprised me. It was full of color, charm and addicting gelato!

360 degree view from the top of our hotel


Stunning Arno River

Cooking class! We made crepes (pictured), bruschetta, chicken and tiramisu.

Our final destination was Rome! Again, I was really surprised by how much I fell in love with this bustling city. After I stopped panicking every time I had to cross the absolute mayhem that they call the roadway, it was easy to notice how gorgeous Rome is. There’s so much history there, and I feel like I could have spent a month in that one spot.


Vineyard where we had a wine tasting (in between Florence & Rome)

The Pantheon

Trevi Fountain

The Colosseum (one of my all-time fav historical sites)

Last gelato of the trip!!

I need to adopt the Italian way of life. It’s filled with good food, loving family and amazing history. I loved every second of my time in Italy!!

If anyone’s curious, we took a Rick Steves tour. It was absolutely fantastic, and I can’t recommend this trip enough. I felt like I came away with some fascinating historical stories (not merely dates and times), and a great sense of what Italy is really all about.

If you have any questions about my trip- especially if you’re planning one yourself- please feel free to message me any time! 🙂


About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • It sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing your photos. I’ve been to Italy (just for a short trip), but my husband hasn’t and I’m eager to go again with him (maybe for our 10 year wedding anniversary?).

  • i LOVED this recap. your trip looked absolutely amazing. and that gelato may cause me to consume ice cream for dinner. 🙂

  • Mmm…Crepes, bruschetta, and gelato! YUMM! 🙂 And the pictures are gorgeous!

  • Lisa

    Thanks everyone!! I wish I could have shipped back a vat of gelato! A-mazing!! 😀

  • Oh my! I love the pics. And the city lite up at night is beautiful! Oh look at the love seat in the boat. 🙂 And you got to sit in one. I hope it was comfortable.

    Rome… it just has such amazing buildings, structures, and HISTORY! Wonderful wonderful pictures.

    You both look like you really had a great time. So glad you did.

    • Lisa

      Thanks Melissa! hehe I was so glad we got the love seat too! We were the only newlyweds on the trip, so I think that was in our favor! We had a fantastic time, and I’m already plotting ways to go back SOON!

      Thanks for all the comments by the way. You ROCK!! 😀

  • Rae

    Wonderful photos– I’m sooo jealous, but grats on the fun time! We like Rick Steves on tv, so I’m sure it was a lovely trip. Rae

  • Oh you are welcome! I try to stop by, sometimes time goes by faster than I like, but I try. 🙂

    And I can see why you would be trying to go back. 🙂 Hope you do!

  • Oh wow! Your trip looks fantastic. I spent some days in Rome in 2009 and just loved it. I really need to travel to Florence and Venice,too, it isn’t even that far away ( 2 hours by plane):)

  • Im a new follower! =) love your blog and your pictures of Italy!
    Thanks so much for sharing them!

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  • Truly Bookish

    I can’t believe I missed this post! Stephen and I went to Italy five years ago and your pics brought back really great memories of the people, places and of course, the food! Thaks for sharing!
    Truly Bookish

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