Il grande finale

Some places leave me speechless because I can’t come up with the right words, but occasionally I come across a place where the words I’m searching for just don’t exist.

Enter Florence.

We fell in love with Florence during our belated honeymoon in 2011.

Everything about this city is magical — the cobblestone streets, the architecture, the history, the food, the wine, the art, the people. Really, everything.

It was a no-brainer that we should toast the end of our biggest travel adventure yet in our favorite city.

In March, we spent a week strolling the streets and daydreaming about the day we move to the most amazing city in the world.

Florence was definitely the highlight of our month in Italy but we did hit a few other notable destinations while we were adopting the Italian lifestyle.

On our way to Florence, we stopped over in Rome for a day where we walked the forum for hours and touched every inch of the Colosseum that we could get our hands on. You can literally feel the history in those stones.

Since those were our second trips to Rome and Florence, it was time for something new.

Next, we headed south to Naples where we ate some insane pizza and walked the lava-covered streets of Pompeii where we gushed over ruts in the roads made by chariots that date back before 79 A.D. when Mount Vesuvius erupted destroying the ancient city.

Since we came this far, why not spend a few days relaxing on the Amalfi Coast. It was off-season, which meant the towns were quiet. We spent our time eating delicious seafood, laying in the sun, sipping coffee and staring at the 360-degree views. Two weeks later, James had to drag me out of the stunning landscape that covers Italy’s western coast.

Looking back, I would have spent a little more time in Italy last year. This place speaks my love language and will always hold a very special place in my heart.

BONUS: I love Italy so much that I decided to publish a second post this week! Check back Thursday for another post where I’ll introduce you to my favorite building on the planet, which happens to be in Italy. You might be surprised at what it is.

If you had one month to spend anywhere in the world, where would it be? Comment below. 




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