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The last leg of our trip -

April 9, 2017 | DAY 5 -

April 10, 2017 | DAY 6 -

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Positano, Italy

From Pompeii my mom, Cindy, and I headed straight to Sorrento. Making it just in time for sunset! 

Massimo, with Sorrento Silver Star, dropped us off at our hotel, La Tonnerella. They assumed we were a couple on our honeymoon (probably because same last names booking online, a room for two, and it's known as one of most romantic spots), so they reserved a suite for us with THE most dreamy terrace overlooking the sea. Hands down the most beautiful view of any place I've ever stayed (we didn't want to leave). 

We took so many photos and video (can't wait to share these!) during our time in Italy. Most of these are shot with a Canon 5d markiv camera body, and these canon lenses - 24mm 1.4L, 50mm 1.2L, tilt-shift 45mm 2.8, and 85mm 1.2L. I also brought some fuji400h and portra 400 film with my medium format Contax 645.

  • Part ONE

  • Part TWO

  • Part THREE

  • Part FOUR (coming soon)

April 7, 2017 | DAY 3 continues -

View from Hotel La Tonnarella

Hotel La Tonnarella

Wisteria in bloom (our terrace, it's huge!)

A magical view back toward our hotel as we walked down for dinner.

April 8, 2017 | DAY 4 -

Massimo picked us up at 9am and we were off to explore the Amalfi coast! 

Positano

Found a pup that looked just like Wolfgang. Made me miss my Wolfie (pictured above left).

(canon tilt-shift lens 45mm 2.8)

Amalfi

St. Andrews Cathedral

St. Andrews Cathedral

Ravello

More Gelato! (lemon is my favorite flavor)

Villa Rufolo, Ravello

After visiting Ravello we headed back, stopping at this prime photo spot - looking back at Positano and in the distance Amalfi & Ravello. 

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

We got back to our hotel around 6pm and called it a night. A day of winding around cliffside roads along the Amalfi coast put us right to sleep. The next morning we headed back to Rome. 

Rome, Italy

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Galleria Umberto I - Naples, Southern Italy

On our way to Sorrento we stopped in Naples for a few hours, then Pompeii for THE most fascinating tour. 

April 7, 2017 | DAY 3 -

Roma Termini railway station to Napoli Centrale railway station

We booked a 7:35 am train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale railway station, arriving at 8:45 am. A quick ride!

From here we hired a transfer from Sorrento Silver Star. Luisa set everything up through email and was extremely helpful, answered any questions I had and had great advice. Massimo, our driver, picked us up from the train station and we headed to the National Archaeological Museum.

National Archaeological Museum, Naples

Here we got to see the huge Farnese Hercules statue, and tons of Roman & Greek art.

National Archaeological Museum, Naples

Along with mosaics from Pompeii.

Left - Battle of Alexander

Once we finished meandering around the museum we went to a 100-year-old shopping mall.

Galleria Umberto I - fancy mall.

Then we walked to Piazza Dante. 

Piazza Dante

Next Massimo drove us to one of his favorite pizza spots, Acquolina, by the water. 

Acquolina, Napoli

Naples is considered the birthplace of pizza! 

Music and people along Naples Harbor.

After lunch Massimo drove us to Pompeii. A tour I'll never forget! All the historical facts are a little fussy, but I was completely blown away by details of Roman daily life during the 7th century BC.

Luisa with Sorrento Silver Star set up a private tour guide for us. She was AMAZING!! Highly, highly recommend a guide. 

A couple thousand years ago, Pompeii flooded its indented roadways daily to wash away the muck. Pedestrians used stepping-stones to hop across without getting wet. 

Stepping-stones at Pompeii

Incredible engineering went into constructing the steam-bath room, or caldarium.

Forum Baths

Glass cases hold casts of the Pompeiians who were quickly suffocated during the massive eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Pompeii was completely buried under volcanic ash, and laid undiscovered for 1,500 years. 

Tour of Pompeii

After visiting Pompeii we hopped back in the car with Massimo and headed for our hotel in Sorrento, Hotel La Tonnarella! We arrived right at sunset, creating the most warm welcome. Can't wait to share Part THREE (Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello)! 

Sunset view of Sorrento from Hotel La Tonnarella.

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View from top of St. Peter's Basilica's dome

In April 2017 my mom, Cindy, and I traveled to Italy. It was her first trip out of the country, and my third time back to my favorite city, Rome. We were able to see SO much during our 6-days. We flew into Rome from Savannah, Ga, then traveled down to Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, and all along the Amalfi Coast.  

As we prepare for our return (Northern part this time), I figured it was finally time to blog these. Follow along on our upcoming trip through my instagram stories & facebook (we leave February 28th!). 

I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions about our itinerary or tips/advice as we travel Northern Italy (Milan + Lake Como). I'll cherish these memories forever, she's the best mom and travel/photog companion. 

(If you haven't heard of Rick Steves and you love to travel you're missing out! His books & videos were a HUGE help planning this trip, definitely check him out if you're heading to Europe.)

*MAPS.ME is my favorite offline maps app when traveling, perfect for when you don't have service or wifi. I kept my iph on airplane mode most the time, this app doesn't require internet for step-by-step navigation. 

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport - from here we flew to Newark Liberty International Airport then finally to Rome Fiumicino Airport.

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport | April 4, 2017

April 5, 2017 | DAY 1 -

First - Drop off bags at Hotel Raphaël

Hotel Raphaël

Next - EXPLORE! The only thing I had on our itinerary. I love leaving the first day of any trip open for getting lost. Rome is especially perfect for this, there's something beautiful around every corner. 

Exploring the streets of Rome, Italy

Pizza and gelato. Everyday.

Piazza Navona

It's check-in time! We headed up to rooftop before walking around more. (one of the main reasons I booked this hotel is for their rooftop view)

Rooftop of Hotel Raphaël

Fontana di Trevi - The Trevi Fountain

Golden light along our walk to the Pantheon. 

Rome, Italy | golden streets

One of my favorite squares - Piazza della Rotonda with the Pantheon.

Back to the rooftop for sunset & dinner at Hotel Raphaël. 

Dinner on rooftop of Hotel Raphaël

Dinner on rooftop of Hotel Raphaël

April 6, 2017 | DAY 2 -

As the sun rose we walked to the Vatican. I booked an 8am, 3-hour tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter's Basilica with City Wonders. I highly recommend visiting early, before the crowd shuffles in.

Vatican City

Full of the most unbelievable art, history, and culture. 

No photos allowed of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo - one of history's greatest artistic accomplishments. 

St. Peter's Basilica - a grand space richly decorated. Including Bernini's baldacchino and The Pietà by Michelangelo. 

St. Peter's Basilica - a grand space richly decorated. Including Bernini's baldacchino and The Pietà by Michelangelo. 

We took the stairs to the top of St. Peter's Basilica's dome. 

St. Peter's Basilica's dome. 

The Vatican

If you love cats you'll love this spot! These ruins (where Caesar was murdered) are now known as the Roman Cat Sanctuary. 

The Roman Cat Sanctuary

Next we went to Rome's Jewish Ghetto, an area renowned for its cuisine. 

Rome's Jewish Ghetto | La Taverna Del Ghetto Kosher Cuncina Guidaico Romanesca

So delicious!! (with most meals you'll be offered small glasses of limoncello - Italy's famous lemon liqueur, prepare yourself for the bite!)

Limoncello with La Taverna Del Ghetto dinner. 

Roman ruins

Roman Forum

Near the Piazza del Campidoglio

Gelato in bed, Hotel Raphael Rome, Italy

After a day full of sights we decided to head back to our hotel. For dinner we had gelato in bed and watched the movie Pompeii (cheesy but still enjoyable). A perfect, easy night as we prepared for an early train ride to Naples. Part two coming soon! 

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The Bonneville Salt Flats - one of our most favorite stops along our trip. It’s crazy how quickly the colors at sunrise change. We pulled over and hopped out, 10 mins later we would have missed it all. 

From our road trip in October 2016, Athens, Ga to Seattle, Wa.



































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Almost 3 years ago, after graduating from UGA, I was able to take a trip to Italy with my roommate, Bonnie. We were there for 2 weeks, visiting Rome, Florence, and Venice.  

Rome is still one of my most favorite places in the world. It is unbelievably beautiful!! Next week I get to share that with my mom, Cindy. We are visiting Rome for a few days then down to Naples, staying in Sorrento for a couple nights and traveling around the Amalfi Coast. 

After finding an amazing flight deal (thank you for the scoop, Emily!), $413 round trip from Savannah, Ga to Rome, Italy (using google flights to find the cheapest dates and locations), I asked my mom to join me. She's never been to Europe before and with tears in her eyes she agreed <3. We are in for an amazing adventure, let's do this Mom! 

Here are some shots I took in Rome back in Oct 2014. (Along with Venice and Florence)



































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Mark - The Dread Pirate Roberts 

Heather - Princess Buttercup

The day before Halloween we decided to make our own costumes, from one of our favorite movies! The Princess Bride










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Venice, a quiet city with the most character. 




























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