Hey there! I haven’t been able to post in what feels like a very long time. But I have a good excuse: I went to Italy! It was my first trip to Europe. My Mom went with me and we traveled first to Rome, then Florence.
I got back just a few days ago. It’s funny how an experience can seem like a dream, as if it happened in your imagination. That’s how I feel about this trip! The whole time I was practically in awe. So I thought I would dedicate this month’s “lately loving” to what I especially loved about it (besides the daily cappuccinos)!
1. Organic gelato from Edoardo in Florence. This quaint shop near the Duomo whips up delicious gelato that’s free of preservatives and chemical dyes. As you wait for your sugar fix, you can watch waffle cones get made, which consequently makes the whole place smell like toasted vanilla. I LOVED the cannella (cinnamon) gelato!
2. Walking the streets of Rome. It’s a trip for your senses and a practice in being “present” and awake to whatever was happening around me. That includes paying attention at busy intersections, where automobiles appear to going in every direction!
3. Burrata! It’s an Italian formaggio that I would like to have at every meal if I could. Its name means “buttery” in Italian, so that’s really saying something. Feeling ambitious? Try this burrata recipe from Food Republic.
4. Relaxing & people watching in piazzas. They’re everywhere—some are tucked between buildings, others as large as a city block. The Piazza della Rotonda, in Rome, stood out for its cozy size and up-close view of the Pantheon.
5. The village of Monteriggioni. This was the highlight of the wine tour that we did. We didn’t get that much time to spend there, but I managed to get a few pictures before sunset! Below is a picture of its piazza.
6. The movie Roman Holiday. I only just saw it for the first time. How convenient that it’s streaming on Netflix!
Have you been to Italy? Leave a comment and fill me in on when you went, what you liked the most or, if you haven’t been, where you’d like to go! Amalfi coast, anyone?