Beyond Vacation Kick-Off Itinerary Part 2
If you missed part 1 of the Beyond Vacation kick-off itinerary, check it out here. Part 2 is the month of June, and June is all about Italy! Italy is one of our favorite countries, and when two of my relatives told me they were going to be in Italy in June, we couldn’t resist. I wish we could much longer exploring every inch of the country, but a month will have to do.
Rimini and San Marino
Andy and I had a gap between Nice and our next stop in Bologna, so we decided on a couple of nights in Rimini on Italy’s eastern coast. It’s also the an easy side trip to the tiny country of San Marino, another bit of list ticking for me. We’ll take a tour with the San Marino Tourist Board, as well as spend some time relaxing in Rimini, hopefully with a nice drink and a view of the sea.
Bologna and the Emilia Romagna region
After Rimini, we will spend the week of June 3-10 in Bologna as part of the BlogVille project. The Emilia Romagna Tourist Board will be hosting us along with a few other bloggers, where we will have time to explore this region of Italy. Andy has already spent some time in Bologna and loved it, so I’m looking forward to seeing the area. The city of Parma is in Emilia Romagna, so we’ll be eating plenty of local cheese and ham. My favorite pasta dish at home (made by a guy from Italy) is Bolognese, so I’m excited to try the real deal, called Ragu, while in Bologna. I’m even going to take a cooking class so I can attempt to recreate it at home. There’s also a place called Gelato University where we’re going to learn how to make delicious ice cream! It’s turning out to be a week dedicated to eating, but there’s no better place for it.
We’re only spending three nights in Naples, but it’ll give us a taste of the area. We are working with Take Walks and will take a tour of Pompeii. We’re leaving the other two days open to explore nearby islands, as well as the city itself.
I have wanted to see the Amalfi Coast for years. It just looks so gorgeous! After Naples, we will spend June 13-20 on the Amalfi Coast. We found an apartment in a small town called Minori, which will hopefully be removed enough from the main tourist trail, but is still close to the bus route and the port in the town of Amalfi. My aunt and her family will be in Positano for about two weeks, so we’ll get to spend some time with them too.
Rome and Vatican City
Andy and I are ending out trip with nine nights in Rome. We are working with Take Walks here as well and will be taking three tours while in Rome, a food and pizza making tour, the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. Beyond that, we just want to explore Rome without a plan and see what comes our way. We rented another apartment in a residential area so we can see the local side of Rome, but we’ll also go see the sights. And I want to eat as much tasty authentic Italian food as possible while I’m there.
We’re booked through June 29th, but our renters will be in our apartment until June 30th. Normally I’d want to be a lot more spontaneous and flexible for such a long trip, but we decided if ever there was a time and place to book ahead, June in Italy was it. As a tiny compromise, we’ll leave Rome on June 29th and just figure out somewhere else to go for a few days while our renters move out. Could be somewhere else in Italy, could be somewhere else in Germany, who knows.
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- Italy Itinerary: Ideas for Planning One Week in Italy
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May 2, 2013 @ 2:55 PM
Looking forward to your Italy posts! I haven’t been there in such a long time…
May 2, 2013 @ 9:11 PM
Thanks! I’m so excited about Italy!
May 2, 2013 @ 8:15 PM
Part 2 is looking good too.
May 2, 2013 @ 9:11 PM
Thanks Steve, I’m really looking forward to it!
May 2, 2013 @ 10:03 PM
Green with envy over that itinerary – didn’t you say you need a personal assistant *nudge, nudge*
May 3, 2013 @ 5:47 PM
Ha! Maybe someday 🙂
May 3, 2013 @ 6:56 PM
I’m curious how you rented out your apartment for the month and half you’ll be gone. Do you use a website? If so, have you found one that you prefer?
May 3, 2013 @ 7:16 PM
We live in a big university town, so there are always people who need a place to rent. We just used a site that’s local for Freiburg, mostly for people who are looking for roommates or an apartment to share, but also works for renting the whole place. If you live in a bigger city, sites like Airbnb or Housetrip probably work well if you’re ok with travelers who might only need a place for a few days or a week. Other than that, I’d see what websites serve your city for renting.
May 3, 2013 @ 7:25 PM
My stomach is already jealous of your trip.
May 4, 2013 @ 3:05 PM
Ha! Thanks Carmel!
May 6, 2013 @ 3:33 PM
Sounds like a great itinerary!
I still have to explore Italy. Have only been to Milan, but didn’t really love that city.
Would love to explore other regions though.
May 6, 2013 @ 8:30 PM
Thanks Sofie! I’ve never been to Milan except for the airport and train station, but I love the other parts of Italy I have been to. I think you’d enjoy other regions more.
The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)
May 8, 2013 @ 6:13 AM
Looks like a great itinerary so far! I’m a tad jealous … not of the amount of time to travel really, but just of the being in Europe. I’m beginning to feel the Asia overload! So I’m looking forward to traveling vicariously with you through Europe!
May 8, 2013 @ 11:54 AM
Thanks Ellen! Having a change of scenery is always nice. I hope you guys have a chance to travel outside of Asia soon!
May 10, 2013 @ 7:16 PM
Really liked Bologna, it’s like Italy, but without the tourists. I spent a couple nights in Rimini once, hope you are ready to party!
May 10, 2013 @ 10:00 PM
Glad to hear! Andy has been to Bologna and loved it, so I’m really looking forward to it. As for Rimini, we’re honestly just using it as a base to see San Marino and maybe a quick beach break. I think our idea of partying involves sitting at a relatively quick cafe or pub with a few drinks!