In 2011, I threw two coins into the Trevi fountain, one so I'd come back to Rome and another so I'd find love. Guess what, it worked. This year I'm going to Italy with my new husband.
Although Sam has Italian heritage he's never been to Italy. So this trip is two fold. It's our honeymoon but also for him to connect with his Italian culture.
I've never met a person who traveled to Italy and said they didn't love it. The country is so beautiful, north, midlands and south, each area has a distinct charm. So I'm thrilled to be travelling to nearly all the places I've been before and adding some new destinations as well. But the flight from Australia to Europe is far too long for us, so we are breaking it up.
We're booked with Emirates to have overnight stopovers in both Singapore and Dubai before landing in Rome. Hopefully, this will mean we have no more than two eight hour flights and one six hour flight to get us to Rome.
Our travel agent arranged it so that we will have a couple of days in Rome to acclimatize and get to know parts where the tour bus doesn't' go.
Two day's after we arrive we'll joining a thirteen day Best of Italy, Trafalgar Tour, that will take us south through Cassino, to, Sorrento and Capri and Pompeii. We head north through Assisi, Verona and Venice and turn west to Milan, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and then begin our journey back south through Pisa, Florence and San Gimignano and finish back in Rome.
Even after covering so much of the county we have yet to visit the island where Sam's parents were born.
We're booked on Air Italia, from Rome to Catania in Sicily and will stay the night in Catania before making our way to Milazzo by train and taxi the following day. From the port, we'll take a ferry to Lipari, one of the volcanic Aeolian islands.
Now a popular holiday resort with restaurants and plenty to do, our focus will also be discovering the places that Sam's family lived and worked. We are staying at Casa Papiro, in Canneto for four nights. After that we'll do the travel in reverse back to Rome.
Cyprus is our next destination. Sam's best man has a house on Cyprus, and have invited us to spend a week there. We'll take a Ryan air flight from Rome's Ciampino airport to Paphos. Our host will pick us up and be our tour guide while we are there. I'm excited to experience the Cyprian culture the way you can when staying with a local. Also I've heard so much about the beauty of this Greek island and I'm sure it will be amazing.
We fly home to Melbourne, Australia with Emirates and reverse our stopovers in Dubai and Singapore. We've included enough time for sightseeing at our stopovers on the way home. I'm hoping to see a bit of Singapore because I've never been there before. In particular the botanic gardens are at the top of my list.
While writing this blog post I'm made aware of how happy I'll be to get back home and how ecstatic I'll be, that I got to experience such a wonderful honeymoon/holiday.
Have you been to any of these places? Comment and let me know if you have any tips to share. What did you like most? What was your trip highlight? Did you ever throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain?
Dora Bramden writes heart-melting, passionate romance.
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