Since arriving back in the US, I have had some time to sort through our terabytes of data amassed during our travels. It has been so much fun going back through our photos, editing the ones I never had time for while traveling, and reminiscing about where we have visited.
Italy is gorgeous, and with the food, the history, the art, the wine, and the hiking, it is a very popular destination in Europe for travelers. We traveled as far south as the Amalfi Coast and as far north as the Dolomites, just south of the Austrian border. The two places that were favorites for our family were the Dolomites, where the hiking was phenomenal, and Tuscany, the land of vineyards, olives, and one of our favorite cities, Siena.
From bottom to top, here are some of our favorite Italy photos. This is just a glimpse into what Italy has to offer, inspiration for anyone out there considering a trip to this delicious, sun drenched, photogenic country.
Positano, located on the Amalfi Coast, is beautiful, and our favorite view was from kayaks in the ocean.
We stayed at Casa Elena, a holiday house located in the hills overlooking Sorrento. For dinner, we would walk down the road to a restaurant that had views over Sorrento and Mt. Vesuvius.
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There is so much to see in Rome, but one of our favorite places was Piazza Navona. At the end of the day, this is a fabulous place to have dinner or just relax with a glass of wine.
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It is hard to beat these views over Rome, photo taken from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.
St. Peter’s Basilica
Florence, a city packed with Renaissance art, cathedrals, gelato, and sweeping views over Tuscany. This is a city not to be missed on a visit to Italy.
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You could easily spend an entire week or more just visiting Tuscany. Stay in a villa, tour the hill towns, drink some of Italy’s best wines, cycle through the vineyards…this area has so much to offer.
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This is Tuscany, viewed from a tower in San Gimignano.
Tuscany in black and white.
Siena, viewed from the top of the Campanile.
Walking through the streets of Siena.
The Cinque Terre, with its five towns perched on the hillsides overlooking the Ligurian Sea, is so photogenic that it would be impossible to take a bad photo here.
Monterosso al Mare
Like the Cinque Terre, Venice is another extremely photogenic city in Italy. Just a few days is really all that you need, just give yourself enough time for wandering among the canals by foot, by gondola, and by vaporetto.
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Our favorite spot in Italy was the Dolomites. This is where Italy meets Austria, the hot, summer air was replaced by cooler, alpine breezes, and rocky mountains towered over us. The Dolomites are pure hiking bliss and it is very hard to beat these views.