Tique Travel: Italy Edition

Ryan and I got married this past summer in Charleston and chose Italy for our romantic honeymoon getaway. We visited three cities within Italy: Florence, Radda  and Praiano. Each city had much to offer. Here's a little sneak peek into our time at each place.

Florence.

Florence was a unique combination of history & fun, which made it the perfect city to start our honeymoon! It was nice that we could travel the whole city by foot, which made us feel less guilty for all of the wine and pasta we'd consumed while there.

Highlights included:

The Ponte Vecchio bridge that overlooked the Arno River.

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So gorgeous, it looked like a history book painting that came to life.

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The Duomo and Florence Cathedral stood out to us as two of the most impressive landmarks. These buildings were filled with history and beauty on both the inside and out.

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Oh, and you can't go to Florence and not go see the David.

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Am I right?!

It was also in Florence that we discovered our favorite resturant, La Giostra. If you check out their instagram, there is rarely a night where there isn't a celebrity there enjoying there insane food and authentic atmosphere. It is also nearly impossible to get a reservation so we went early to ensure we'd get a table.

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I got the pear gnocchi, which sounds odd but it quite literally melted in my mouth. I'm not kidding you, I didn't even have to chew! Just typing this is making my mouth water. It was incredible, hands down the best meal I've ever had.

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The last day we did the obligatory hike up to Piazzale Michelangelo where we could see all of Florence.

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Our last night in Florence, we went to the Central Market to enjoy some wine, pizza and live music.

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Next stop, Radda.

Radda is a small township within Chianti, located in the region of Tuscany. Full of rolling hills, wildlife and wineries. Our first stop in Radda was a family owned and operated Winery named Santo Stefano.

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It was here that we had our first official wine and olive oil tasting...it was also before 10am. We assumed that it was 5:00 somewhere.

After our tasting, we had a private cooking lesson by one of the family members located in their personal kitchen. This was a big highlight. We learned how to make *homemade* bruschetta, pesto, pasta, polla alla piazzaiole and tiramisu. We drank red wine from their vineyard as we cooked, so I guess you could say we sipped & stirred the day away. It was perfection. The food was out of this world and I've already recreated a few of the recipes back in Charlotte.

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Day 2: We visited Brancaia Winery.  Hidden away at the top of a rolling hill, this place was second to none.  We were given a private tour of their property and even got a look at their barrel room which opened up to a stunning view of their vineyards.  We were told that the grapes were less than two weeks from harvest and we could definitely tell.  They were ripe for the pickin!  We got to taste all of their wines from a rose, to their bolder reds and finished with their grappa, which was no joke!

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Last stop, my favorite stop, Praiano.

Praiano a small town situated on the Amalfi Coast. We stayed at the most beautiful hotel I've ever laid eyes on, Casa Angelina.

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Upon arriving, we enjoyed some bubbles courtesy of the hotel.

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The days ran together in Praiano as we spent the majority of our time relaxing by the pool or beach. The crystal clear mediterranean mixed with the sheer cliffs and rugged shoreline made this my favorite place on earth. Words just can't describe how insanely gorgeous it is.

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This picture was taken at the rooftop restaurant of our hotel. We soaked in the incredible views while enjoying the freshest seafood Italy had to offer.

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Oh and let's not forget to mention the limoncello! No meal was complete without one {or two} of those delicious little nightcaps.

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Our last day in Praiano, we took a 4 hour hiking tour known as the Path of Gods. The views were awe inspiring. We could see the Isle of Capri in the distance and all of Positano while flirting with our fear of heights. I hope I never forget that day and the way it made me feel. So alive and on top of the world.

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This pretty much sums up our Italian honeymoon. I hope you've enjoyed 🙂 If you or someone you know is thinking of visiting any of these cities, please reach out to me as I'd love to answer any questions you/they may have: [email protected]. Also, if you're looking for a travel agent, reach out to John with Cagle Travel, he's the BEST.

Ciao Bella!

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xoxo,

Caroline

 

 

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