Italy

Leone's Italian Tour

 

The fun didn't stop after Greece with the Fitzgibbons as we traveled to Italy to spend time with Laura's family, dad Tom, mom Barbara and sister Kristen!  The Leone's were very eager to tour Italy together, as this long awaited trip was once previously cancelled due to Laura braking her ankle 12 years ago!

 

We traveled around Italy for 18 days, first stop Venice!  It was the weekend of the Festival of the Redeemer in Venice, we gathered in the Piazza San Marco for an incredible firework show over the water, cathedrals, and monuments.  The festival celebration was a great way to kick off our Italian adventure.

 

Kristen was our unofficial tour guide who planned our Italian itinerary, we are so grateful as she put together an amazing trip!  Here is a recap of our time eating heaps of prosciutto and burrata mozzarella, all washed down with vino throughout Italy...

Laura and mom in Venice
Laura and mom in Venice
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future sister and brother
future sister and brother
boats starting to gather for the fireworks
boats starting to gather for the fireworks
St. Marks Basilica
St. Marks Basilica
a tribute to Nice, France
a tribute to Nice, France
Festival of the Redeemer
Festival of the Redeemer

Day trip to Treviso from Venice, just a short train ride away...

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From Venice we hopped on a quick flight to Naples and caught a ferry to the island of Ischia.  This hidden spot on a volcanic rock is known for thermal spas.  Not only were the sunsets beautiful, but we also witnessed a magical full moon rise known in Italy as the luna rossa!

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luna rossa love
luna rossa love

Next stop a ferry to Capri, where we danced the night away at Taverna Anema e Core, took 300 steps down to Fontelina Beach Club to relax (we took the water taxi back ha) and people watched in the Piazzetta while drinking espresso martinis...

Capri
Capri
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From Capri we made our way to the incredibly beautiful Almafi Coast and stayed in a villa high in the hills of Positano.  It felt like home as we played card games of 45's and whipped up caprese salads accompanied by fresh pasta dishes from our daily trips to the local market...

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Boat ride along the Amalfi coast captained by a wonderful father & son duo...

Sean & Tom snorkel
Sean & Tom snorkel
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A coastal day trip drive along Amalfi to Ravello...

Revello
Revello
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detour for one final swim in the Mediterranean
detour for one final swim in the Mediterranean

Our next stop on on our Italian tour would be Rome for 2 nights. Our days were packed full with visits to the Vatican City, the Pantheon, and the Coliseum followed by other incredible ancient ruins and monuments.  We worked up an appetite and had the most amazing meal at Da Enzo, seriously if your in Rome...GO!

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gladiator!
gladiator!
you burrata be kidding me! - Da Enzo
you burrata be kidding me! - Da Enzo
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Italy wouldn't be complete if we didn't explore Tuscany, so we rented a car for 4 days and did just that.  We first drove from Rome to Pisa, where Tom and Barbara celebrated their anniversary by attending an annual Andrea Bocelli performance in his charming hometown countryside village of Lajatico... while Sean, Kristen, and Laura  kept busy taking obligatory pictures "holding up" the leaning Tower of Pisa and ending the night with an order of pizza and Chinese food!  🙂

 

Through Tuscany we scouted out sunflower fields, wine tasted at family owned vineyards and stopped in a small village for gelato...

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old Italian men on a bench make Laura blush
old Italian men on a bench make Laura blush
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Our Italian tour ended with a bang, at a stunning resort where wearing robes 24/7 was mandatory!  Quite the treat.  Thank you, thank you, thank you Mom, Dad and Kristen!!!

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On our last day together we explored the village of Orvieto, where Laura's parents would leave us and say our difficult goodbyes after an incredible trip.  Thanks again for everything Mom, Dad, and Kristen!!! We love you!!!

 

We hung in Orvieto for a few nights before making our way to Rome, where we would stay the evening prior to catching an early flight the following day.  The timing of our last night in Rome couldn't have worked out any better as Sean's former boss, Anthony Armando, happened to be vacationing in Rome and we were lucky enough to meet up and spend some time with him and his family!

meeting up with Anthony and Angie Armando!
meeting up with Anthony and Angie Armando!
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It's hard to believe how fast time flies by.  We were just in Greece with Sean's family and now our time with the Leone's has come to an end. The past month was more than memorable and it was a reminder of how much love and support our family's have for us.  We are truly and forever grateful for them. ♥

 

After 4 awesome months it's time to say goodbye to Europe.  However we are sooooo excited to embark on a very different and very exciting new territory, Asia!  Next stop... Tokyo, Japan!!!

 

13 Comments on “Italy

  1. You all look like you had a fabulous time
    Your wonderful smiles on all your faces shoes how grateful you were to be together at such an amazing country Italy
    This will be a lifetime memory of all!
    Diane

  2. Looks like the best time ever… would have loved to be on that trip with such a fun loving fam! Super excited for your next journey to Asia and look forward to getting to see you myself! xo

    1. Awe, thanks for following along! We will make sure to let you know when we plan to visit Thailand and hope our paths cross. 🙂

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