Friday, 31 May 2013

Italy travel planning

After many months of complaining, nagging, and fantasising about being back in the sun, I've finally settled on somewhere to go.

And in less than three weeks, woohoo! Italy here I come.

I've been obsessed with Italy for years. Pretty much ever since I got over my obsession with France. (I will never be able to speak fluent French and follow my dreams of being Amelie... sobs)
I love the people, the language, the culture, the weather, and of course most importantly, THE FOOD!

I visited Venice on a short break in January this year and I've been pretty hell bent on wanting to return ever since, particularly in the summer.

Obviously, as a travel enthusiast and backpacking geek, I knew I wouldn't be happy with sitting still every day on the beach with a package holiday, so I've created my own little travellation* itinerary! (*Travelling vacation... See what I did there? Simply genius)

The plan is as follows:

1.) Return flight to Rome £110. This is the cheapest location for a return flight from Stansted, the closest airport to my house. Thanks to Skyscanner.
2.) 2-3 nights in Rome, explore everything on foot, see all the ancient ruins, do a night tour, copious red wine, cosy b&b etc. (I'm borrowing a friend's guide book, so there'll be lots to tick off here)
3.) Catch the bus down to Naples from Rome Termini station- Only €16 return

The Colosseum at night time 
4.) Spend a day in Naples taking in the sights, eating pizza until I burst, and deciding whether to stay a night here. I've heard from Italians themselves it can feel quite dangerous at night times and in some inner city areas, but to be honest I've had my fair share of scary experiences alone in Morocco and Vietnam, so it can't be too bad!
5.) Then, take the train from Naples to the gorgeous town of Sorrento which I've been so desperate to go to ever since reading Anna's blog and seeing all her gorgeous holiday and wedding photos!
Sorrento and Amalfi coast
6.) Spend 5/6 nights at the popular Seven hostel on the coast very close by to Sorrento and within walking distance to the beach. I've been reading up about where to stay for quite a while and, although this hotel and hostel doesn't have a swimming pool (first world problems) it does seem like a great place to relax, meet other people, be surrounded by beautiful scenery, and make all the regular excusions we're hoping to take. I.e Pompeii, Capri, a boat trip around the islands, snorkelling, MORE FOOD, etc etc.

Tiramisu *drools*

7.) Train back to Rome. More sobbing. Fly home. Drown sorrows in BA free alcohol.
8.) Sleep, refresh, bore you all with holiday photos and blog posts :)

What do you think of my Travellation itinerary? Do you have any tips or recommendations for what else I should do or see whilst out there? If so please share in the comments below!


  1. I'm so jealous of you! I visited Italy 3 times for ski trips while at school, but I would love to visit rome. Hope you have an amazing time.

    Corinne x

  2. Sounds good to me! Sure you are going to have an amazing time, I'm very jealous, I look forward to lots of pictures(especially ones of food)xx

  3. que lindas fotos <3, me encantaria ir alguna vez ahi!
    Saludos desde Chile :)

  4. ah so jealous - would love to go to Rome x

  5. I'm thinking of going to Rome! Looking forward to seeing your photos :)