Hello T.E.A Birds!
First, allow me to say Happy New Year! I know it’s mid-February, but I feel renewed. To be truthfully honest January 1st didn’t feel like a new year for me, and I’ve been struggling with setting goals and getting that “New Year” surge of energy.
But alas Hello 2018! I am here, and I’m ready to dominate… is that what I’m supposed to say, or is it the new year new me thing?
Anyway, this “new year” surge of energy I’m feeling is partly due to our recent trip to the beautiful country of Italy or should I say Italia!
We spent a total of six nights in Italy. Four nights in Sorrento and two nights in Rome. So I’m going to break this Italy post into two parts. Given the title, you can probably guess I’m going to discuss our time in Sorrento and surrounded cities. As for Rome check back next week for the blog post and stay tuned for the Italy Video soon to be uploaded to our Youtube.
Sorrento is a three and a half-hour ride from the international airport in Rome. You could imagine that after sitting in an airplane for 15 hours, the last thing you want to do is sit in a car for 3hours and 30 minutes to get to your next destination. But that is exactly what we did, we picked up a rental at the airport and drove all the way to Sorrento. You can see how nervous Drew was driving in the streets of Italy in our Italy Video lol.
Where We Stayed
Hotel Gardenia was our home for the next few days and our experience there was excellent. Friendly staff, great breakfast spread, and it’s located only a 10-minute walk away from the historical center of Sorrento. From there you can visit shops, restaurants, museums and plenty of historical sites.
We did a lot of walking in Sorrento mainly to sightsee but also because we got lost a lot! lol… We realized that street signs are not really visible. It took us a while to figure out that street names are carved into a stone on the side of the buildings. So no free-standing polls on the corner of the street telling you where you are. lol
Winters in Italy
February is considered the “off-season” which is why it’s cheaper to travel. You won’t find tons of tourists in the area which makes it easier to navigate through the cities and point of interest. You don’t have to wait in long lines to get into places but the downfall of traveling during the winter months are;
- the weather- it was cold most of the time and it rained a lot.
- A lot of the shops and restaurants close down as well during winter months.
Limoncello is a traditional Italian lemon liqueur. It is mainly produced in southern Italy and in Sorrento specifically. If you ever visit you’ll notice lemon trees are plentiful. They produce so many things with their lemons like liqueur, candy, and also perfume. We visited their store Limonoro to taste the Limoncello and it was delicious and strong. The gentleman suggested we try the Crema Di Limoncello which is the cream version, still strong but smoother to drink. We ended up buying 3 little bottles with different flavors, Lemon (original) strawberry, and chocolate. Drew and I thought the Crema tasted like Coquito but with a lemon twist.
We explored the gorgeous Amalfi Coast on our second day. The Amalfi Coast is only an hour drive from Sorrento down the scenic coast. We pulled over several times to admire the beautiful ocean scenery and to take pictures. I think the Amalfi Coast was my favorite place to visit on this trip. The views were absolutely breathtaking. The city had a small-town feel and it was super charming in my eyes.
I will say that visiting the ruins of Pompeii was really fun and educational. Drew and I booked a group tour that ended up being like a private tour just because we were the only ones who booked the tour on that day. I guess that’s another perk of traveling during the off-season. 😉
We learned that Pompeii was destroyed by the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. That last picture above is one of several victims that were found in the excavation of Pompeii.
After our last day in Sorrento, we drove to Rome to explore the Colosseum, Vatican City, Trevi Fountain and so much more make sure to check out Part 2 of our Winter Adventure in Rome.
Thank you so much TEA Birds for always following along our adventures! If you have any questions about traveling Internationally or traveling as a couple or anything else please leave us a comment below.
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As Always Sweet Blessings,
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