OK, now you can stop feeling sorry for us. We are getting the heck out of dodge for 3 weeks and headed to Italy. I know, I know. I can feel the hate and jealousy through the screen. My sister is finishing up her 2 year stay in Vicenza in northern Italy this fall. Her husband is in the Army and based there. She’s been trying to get us to visit for a long time and we’ve wanted to for a long time but the house and that pesky wedding got in the way.
We’re both super excited. Neither of us has been to Italy in over 10 years. I studied in Florence for the summer in 1998 and haven’t been back since. It will be nice because we’re older and for the most part not backpacking or roughing it. We’re staying with my sister and doing mostly day trips. We’re sticking almost exclusively to Northern Italy. I think the furthest south we’ll be in Italy is Genoa. We have a few multiple day trips; one to Cinque Terre and one to Dubrovnik, Croatia. I’ve wanted to go to Dubrovnik since I was 18 years old and I’m finally getting to go!
We’ve planned day trips to Slovenia, Padua, Lake Como and Venice. We’ve got tickets to the opera Turandot at the Verona Arena, a day of Olive Oil and Wine tasting scheduled and few local Sagras (food festivals) to attend. My sister planned the entire trip for us and despite the schedule, left 3 or 4 days free for us to explore on our own. After the warmth, we’re headed north to London for 48 hours with some old friends (again, from when I was 18 years old) and my family.
It’s going to be a lovely trip. Warm, relaxing and cat-free. We can’t wait. I head out today and Micah comes out mid-next week. We’ve got our house sitters all lined up, our mail on hold and our bags packed. YAY!!! If you have any Northern Italy suggestions, please send them our way!
Have a great weekend! And don’t worry, we’ll have a few posts from Italy…if we can manage it!