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Souvenirs from Italy

Souvenirs from Italy - What I brought back from my honeymoon

Souvenirs from Italy - What I brought back from my honeymoon

I’m always very conflicted about the decision to buy or not buy souvenirs on trips. When I was younger I would get in a fervor to buy mementos, and they always ended up being meaningless later because they were low quality and not useful. We also do enough traveling now that I can’t afford to purchase and store goodies from each little weekend get-away. But when we were in Italy for two weeks on our honeymoon, I certainly wanted to bring back one or two things (in addition to photos and memories) to remind me of the trip. Here’s what I have to remember Italy:

Visiting Rome in July

Roman Colosseum and george / A Rome vacation recap

Roman Colosseum and george / A Rome vacation recap

Rome was the last stop of our Italian honeymoon, and it was also the longest amount of time we spent in one destination. It was certainly a busy city, and I think the crowds of tourists and the hectic nature made it a little less fun. However, the city was filled with amazing pieces of history and loads of delicious food.

George on balcony by Via Del Babuino in Rome

Adventures in Tuscany

Visiting Livorno, Italy

George and I had a wonderful honeymoon in Italy. This marks part three in a series where I share our photos and fun little tidbits from our adventures.

After quick stops in Venice and Florence, George and I switched things up with a longer stay in Livorno, Italy. It’s a working port city that has a little bit of grit, which allowed us to get a better feel for what Italy is really like. Plus, Livorno is well situated on the western coast, on the Mediterranean and within the Tuscany region.

Visiting Livorno, Italy

At this stop we stayed at an AirBnB apartment, so we really were living like the locals. We did a lot of walking around town, and noticed so much graffiti. It seemed like few things were spared, and even statues in the middle of plazas were covered in tags.

One Full Day in Florence

Bridges on the Fiume Arno in Florence, Italy | 24 hours in Florence

When I talk about our honeymoon trip to Italy, I often brush over Florence. I usually say, “it was fun, but I think I was just a little tired there.” Turns out we spent less than 48 hours in the city, so it’s no wonder I was tired and we didn’t see too much. Some of my friends absolutely love the city, which make sense, since it seems very hip and authentic. Even though we didn’t get to fully experience Florence, here is a quick taste.

Bridges on the Fiume Arno in Florence, Italy | 24 hours in Florence

Looking out window of Hotel Hermitage in Florence

Three Days in Venice

View from Venice Bridge // a quick vacation recap of Venice, Italy

View from Venice Bridge // a quick vacation recap of Venice, Italy

I think it’s about time I share some more details about our Italian honeymoon, because it was such an amazing trip. Let’s start with our first stop, Venice.

Me in Venice // a quick vacation recap of Venice, Italy

Both George and I agree that Venice was our favorite destination of the whole vacation. We arrived after a very long travel day, which included two flights and two train rides. Even though I should have been exhausted from minimal rest, I was immediately energized by the city. It really is like walking into a painting. That, or a dream.