As some of you may know, I had the privilege of spending sixteen days in Italy last summer with my older sister, Emily. We originally started planning this trip when Emily graduated high school in 2014. At first, it seemed like a dream that could never really come true, but as we worked and saved up, it slowly began to solidify. It’s been about a year since we left on this amazing journey, and I realized I’ve never really blogged about the whole experience. So, I want to start this little travel series, telling y’all what we did each day. Hopefully you’ll find something worthwhile for planning your own trip, or you can simply enjoy the stories of our adventures across the Italian countryside.
A little background as to “Why Italy?”, when I was in sixth grade, my family hosted an exchange student from Italy. We have remained close with our exchange student, Ginevra, all these years. Gin has been able to visit a few times here in the U.S. since her exchange year, but this was the first time anyone from our family was able to visit her in Italy. And boy, I can’t even begin to say how lucky we were to have Gin and her father Elvio to act as our Italian family/personal tour guides.
On July 12th at 4:30pm, my sister and I boarded our plane for the trip of a lifetime. Our travels took us to Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre (specifically Vernazza), back to Florence, Venice, Siena, Atina, Rome, back to Atina, Salerno, Paestum, Pompeii, and finally Naples. Throughout the next ten weeks, every Sunday, I’ll be sharing a new post for each city my sister and I toured, along with interactive maps. I’ll be linking this original post with each city’s post as I publish them, so you can refer back to this post as this series progresses. Just click on the city name and it should lead you right to that city’s in-depth solo post!
I hope you’ll enjoy this series, I can’t wait to share all of these adventures with you!
Stay tuned for more updates!
xoxo, second sister suzie