22 January 2013

wanderlust: italy

22 January 2013

i have a serious case of wanderlust. the kind where i just want to hop on a plane and figure out the details later. i want to explore. to discover a new city on my own. maybe paris. or london. or rio.

since i can't jet off right now, i figured starting a wanderlust series was the next best thing. i'll be sharing the countries i want to visit and highlighting a couple cities or regions of interest. if you've been there or you're planning a trip, i'd love to hear your thoughts and recommendations!

if i were to plan out a trip, i'd start with italy. it would likely take me a few trips to see everything i want to see there, but i think i would start with palermo simply because that's where my father's family was from. they emigrated from sicily to texas, of all places, in the late 19th century.

from there, i'd head up to the amalfi coast for a few days of stunning scenery.


wanderlust:italy



palermo
palermo is the capital of sicily and is known for its history, architecture, culture, and food. not typically a major tourist destination, palermo gives you a glimpse into what being a sicilian really means. just make sure you don't accidentally call a local an italian. my dad was always very clear - "we are sicilian."

the historic city of 850,000+ houses some 15 churches, 4 palaces, 2 opera houes, and one of the main museums in all of italy.


image: lisa gerard-sharp for national geographic

amalfi coast
the amalfi coast runs along the gulf of naples, starting in naples, and stretches to sapri. if 30 miles of stunning cliffs, bluffs, and charming villas isn't enough, maybe the limoncello liqueur the region is famous for will draw you in.

insiders say spring and early autumn are the best times to visit. there is only one road that leads to and through the area and it becomes clogged with traffic in summer. prices in the summertime are also the highest.

if you're curious to find out more about visiting the amalfi coast, i'm a fan of this article.

image: brooks walter for national geographic

25 comments:

Susan said...

This looks absolutely breathtaking! Definitely on my list too of places to go. My aunt went last year, and I'm jealous of all of her gorgeous photos. The cliffs look unreal!

Despina T. said...

beautiful photos.i love italy too.i have been learning italian for a year and i would love it if i could visit just for a few days.

Alyssa Longobucco said...

I spent a dreamy semester in Italy and I'm dying to go back. Florence will always have my heart, but the Amalfi coast is beyond gorgeous!

Alyssa
The Glossy Life

Sophie said...

I have got such wanderlust at the moment too! it's funny how i get it in batches.
I have visited Palermo before when we sailed around Sicily and it was pure heaven! Next place in italy is definitely the amalfi coast for me too! xx

christin said...

I got so confused because you said Italy but the picture was of Paris, lol! Italy is BEAUTIFUL. You should definitely go!

Koru Kate {Koru Wedding} said...

Amalfi Coast is on my travel wish list too!

Alexa said...

Absolutely adore Italy. Loved Florence and Cinque Terre and totally wish I was in either of those places right now! :)

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

Greece is on my list right now, but John and I are also talking about tying my June bridesmaid's duties into a Southern road trip!

Zé Pedro Rodrigues said...

perfect post Ashley, also love to travel, is something incredible! ;))

Lauren said...

SO beautiful. I've been lucky enough to visit Italy several times, but I've never been to the Amalfi coast!

Fizz and Frosting

classiq said...

You would be right to start with Italy. We spent our honeymoon in Italy: Rome, Florence and then driving all the way to the Amalfi Coast. To say it's a beautiful country would be an understatement. Oh, I know from my own experience that Sicilians are Sicilians, not Italians (I did the mistake of asking one in Berlin if he was Italian and he immediately corrected me, ha).

Eve@ Payday Loan Lenders said...

Italy will be my next place to visit. I’m so glad to see these beautiful photos. Wonderful.

Alison Dulaney said...

I am right there with you! I would love to jet off to Italy, sighhhh:)

Natalie said...

Oh I'm dying to go to Italy! Love this idea for a series!

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birdie to be said...

I would love love love to go! Its so overwhelming to know just the right spots to visit. Great post on two gorgeous places!

Allyson [Mimosas in the Morning] said...

Italy is at the top of my list! However my well traveled siblings say it is known for pick pocketing so if you go, be careful and strap your wallet to you!

the pocketbook said...

I spent a summer in Italy once! Although we traveled all around we never made it that far south. It was all magnificent however! And I hope you get the chance to experience it for yourself :)

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Staci (LeatherandLeops) said...

I've been dying to go to the Amalfi coast. It looks like heaven! Hopefully we will both make it there someday
xx
Staci

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So beautiful !!!!

Jen said...

I would love to go to Italy! I so badly want to visit Cinque Terre, it looks breathtaking!

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Hand Tufted Rugs said...

Italy is one of favourite place to visit. These pictures are breathtaking. I feel so jealous with you !

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