I love Italy. The food, the culture, the way of life. I was fortunate enough to spend two weeks traveling through Rome, Florence & Venice with my mom.
*my mom in front of the Trevi Fountain*
*mum and I eating our favo Gelato at the Trevi Fountain*
Not suprisingly, I can’t possibly talk about Rome without talking about two key things: food & fashion. First, the food. The food in Rome was UNREAL. Fun fact- I am allergic to gluten (..and yes, it is a real allergy that was diagnosed long before this gluten free fad). So to be honest, I was worried about how I would fare in the land of pasta. I was SO pleasantly surprised to find gluten free pasta EVERYWHERE! I had no idea, but apparently a really high percentage of Italian school children have allergies or sensitivities to gluten, so the gluten-free menu has taken over!
Other than the pasta, the best part about the food in Rome was the Gelato. I am such a sucker for gelato.. I think my mom and I had it once every day we were there! haha. If you are in Rome you have to go to my favourite gelato spot – San Crispino. It is near the Trevi Fountain.
Next up, FASHION! I love the way Roman women dress – their style is all about playing up femininity and curves but still being modest. Wrap dresses (think Diane Von Furstenburg in the 70s) were everywhere and they looked fabulous! See the ticker below for some ones I have found that remind me of Rome!
Next up: Florence
*Three of the Local Wines we Tried*
*Me hanging out at one of the vineyards*
my mom and I, Florence was all about WINE & COOKING. We went on a
couple different wine tasting tours through local vineyards and took a
Italian cooking class that was held in the most amazing Italian
castle-looking building in the heart of wine country. The above pictures
are from one of the winery tours. The below are from our cooking class.
*mom adding the final touches to the dessert we made*
*Mom and I enjoying a well-deserved glass of wine with our chef instructor after a full day of cooking*
The cool thing about Florentine fashion & style, in my opinion, was how much they loved colour and pattern. As you can see from the skirt I am wearing while wine tasting seeing entire “scenes” on clothing was totally normal and, in my opinion, incredibly beautiful. The ticker below has some skirts I think are “Florentine” in this regard.
Venice was so cool!! Definitely one of the most unique places I have ever been. I knew that the entire city was on the canal & only really accessible by gondola/water taxi but I don’t think I got a full appreciation of just what that would mean until I was there. I love, love, love being on the water so to get to travel by water taxi and gondola everywhere was such a thrill for me! I was really surprised by how narrow many of the waterways were.. and more importantly, how low!! As you can see from that first picture we BARELY fit under some of the bridges we had to cross under. I found Venice to be WAY too crowded (that would be my only complaint) but otherwise it was a great experience.
Thank you all for reading! Be sure to check back next Thursday for another “Travel & Fashion” post (..and of course check back tomorrow for an outfit post!)